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"The enclosed patio does not have insulation, which is necessary for the weather. When I called to inquire about putting insulation on the roof, they explained that" this is impossible for them to do, and that in order to put insulation in the structure, they would have to tear it completely down and build a new one, priced at $35k.

-Edmund G.

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"The concrete work was acceptable, the fence is a different story. When the pickets were installed, several split and were not replaced. After all the pickets were" in place, the contractor left saying he would return to install the cap and stain the fence. He never returned to finish the remaining work. When contacted by phone, the contractor said he would finish the work, but the next day he sent a text complaining about losing money on the job, and not being able to take paying jobs because he was stuck working on this job. Unfortunately, he was paid in full when he completed putting up all the pickets because he said that the wood needed to dry out (in a few weeks or when we were ready) before staining. So we are now finishing the job having to repurchase lumber and stain.

-Danny W.

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Angie's List members say some companies decline their business when they learn only one spouse will be present for an estimate. Is it sexism or practicality?

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Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!
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No.  Heck no.  Here's a good example.  We very recently needed to find someone to install about 500 square feet of exotic wood flooring (we already have the materials).  We contacted about 12-15 top-rated Angieslist contractors.  Out of the few who did get back to us, we got 5 quotes, 2 of them were literally just over the phone.  They "didn't feel it would be necessary to even see the space". 

 

Here were the bids: 

$4000 (sight unseen), $2800 (sight unseen), $2500, $1500, $1450

 

We didn't "share our budget for this".  Why would we?  We asked them to bid the job.  That's it.  All of them should be well-qualified and they are all highly rated.  We were interested in how THEY value their time/resources - for an apples/apples job. 

 

Do you still think that you should tell them about your budget?  Your choice.  From my standpoint it isn't their business.  I'm asking them to bid on a project.  Invariably I'll get some very high bids, medium bids and a few more reasonable ones - ALL from "highly rated contractors". 

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Herlonginc's answer stated that it is not the contractor's job to pay for materials and labor to do the job. I say baloney - a reputable, established contractor has the funds (or a business operations line of credit) to "carry" the job between interim or partial payments, each of which should be keyed to completion of distinct easily measured mileposts in the job, and for a homeowner I would say should be in not more than 20% increments for jobs exceeding a week or so. For shorter jobs, then an initial payment, 50% completion, and completion would be normal. His cost of carry funds is part of his cost of doing business, and is figured as part of his overhead.Bear in mind when he is buying materials and paying labor, his materials he typically pays for on a 10-30 day invoice, and his labor typically a week or two after they work, so he is not really "fronting" that much money if you are giving him weekly or biweekly interim payments, on a typical residential job.

If he does not have the funds to buy materials (excepting possibly deposit on special-order or luxury items, which still typically are 10-30 day invoiceable to him) and hire personnel then he is a fly-by-night operation, and he should not be bidding that size job. You should never (other than MAYBE an earnest deposit of not more than the LESSER of 10% or $5000) let the payments get ahead of the approved/inspected work progress - typically payment should be 10-20% BEHIND the progress, with at least 10% retained at the effective end of work until final inspections and completion of the final "punchlist".

That promotes rapid continuation of the work, discourages the all-too common nightmare of contractors taking on more work than they can handle so they leave your job for weeks or months to go work on someone else's job (frequently to start that someone else's new job so he can get the job), and does not leave you out a tremendous amount of cash if he does not finish and you have to hire another contractor to finish the job. Remember, if you have to hire a new contractor to finish the job, he will charge you a lot more than the original bid to finish someone else's unfinished mess.

This may seem cynical, but having started in the construction business about 50 years ago and seeing the shenanigans that a lot of contractors pull you cannot be too safe. You have to remember contractors are like any other people - I would say maybe 10% are outright crooks, another 25% or so will pull a fast one or overcharge if the opportunity presents itself, maybe 30% will do the work but not any better than they are forced to, about 25% are good conscientious reputable workmen, and the last 10% or so are really spectacular - conscientious, fair, and efficient craftsmen. This top 35% are the only ones you should have bidding in the first place. Therefore, only get bids from long-term reputable firms (so you shake out the marginal short-timers with less experience and also generally less ability to finish the job on budget and schedule), only those that have good RECENT references, and preferably with excellent word-of-mouth recommendation from people you know and trust. That way, you are starting right off with the cream of the crop, so hopefully whichever one bids low should be a good choice.

NEVER start with bids, then check the references of the low bidder - why even consider a vendor or contractor who you do not have faith in from the start ? Get references and short-list you possibles BEFORE you ask for bids.

Low bids - that is another matter - commonly the low bidder is NOT who you want, especially if he is significantly lower than several others, which might mean he is desperate for work, made a math error, or did not correctly figure the entire scope of work. You want a reasonable bid with someone you connect with and trust - that is worth a lot more in the success of the job than the absolute lowest bid.

 

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The answer depends on your contract.  If you do not have a written contract, you need to begin documenting everything.  Begin by using a calendar and marking the days the contractor started, worked, you had to speak to him/her about the work, etc.

Next photograph the work you feel is sub-par.  If work has been corrected, photograph it now to have a record of its condition.  If you have any "original" or "before work began" pictures get those together, too.

If you do have written contract, see what it says about warranties, complaints, failure to finish / comply, etc.  Holding the money may end up with the contractor taking YOU to court for the funds - you cannot just hold the money.  You need to document in writing what is wrong, what you expect to happen (be specific) and when it should happen by.  A good contract will explain if and how money can be held, how the arbitration or complaint is filed, etc.

You should also invite another contractor to come in and bid the work to finish the job.  They can confirm the quality of the work and give you a price to fix / finish the job.  This gives you justification for holding the funds and an option to finish the job.

If the contractor is not willing to fix the work or listen to direction, do not allow them back in the house.  A judge will ask you why you let them continue to do work if you found it unacceptable.  Take back the key or access to the building - you can also attempt holding any materials or tools as collateral if the cost of repair is higher than the amount owed.  Again, document what you are holding, its estimated value (google or ebay search), etc.

Finally, in writing you should fire the contractor and state the exact reason(s).  Document everything; if it is done in person after they leave make notes of what was said, agreed upon and disputed.  If you are satisfied that what you have paid is fair compensation for the work done, make sure this is noted in the letter firing the contractor.  If you feel money is owed, you will need to file a small claim in your local court.  Include the documentation you made, notes, letters, etc. when you file your claim so the judge will have a copy of everything.  Don't forget to contact the BBB.

Do not wait for the court date; go ahead and hire the other contractor and have the work completed.  Bring this invoice to court with you (file it before the court date if you can).  Bring photos of the finished work (again, file it with the court before the date if possible).  You must show what good quality work looks like vs the poor quality work.

Otherwise it will be a your word against the contractor and you will most likely lose, (the contract is a promise to pay for work) or even if you "win" you will most likely split the difference between the argued amount of money.  Also be prepared for the contractor to file a small court claim against you.  Same process as above, except now you will respond to the summons with a copy of your stuff to defend your reason for holding funds instead of asking for money back.

Good luck!

Sunroom And Patio reviews in Mary Esther

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Came out and said we would have the prices in 24-48 hours. We contacted them 2 times with no return call. We called again and was told that we would have it that night or the next morning. We never received anything and they wouldn't call us back. The worst part is that they were a referral from a personal friend of theirs.
- Jacqueline S.
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did an estimate for a job and I found his price to be very, very high for the scope of work. I asked for the breakdown of materials and labor but he refused to disclose that information. He said he would email the quote but I've never received it. I'm sure he does good work and he was very nice but I don't trust that he would be fair when it comes to my costs.

- Leslie V.
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Initial contact with AES was October 2014 and contract was signed December 2014. Plans were drawn, City Permits were submitted/accepted by February 2015 and materials were ordered (dual pane energy efficient windows and doors). We got the original materials in April 2015, but the workers thought the windows that were ordered wouldn't fit in the space due to incorrect measurements being taken during the initial inspection of the space. After waiting several weeks for new windows to come in, these windows were found to be wrong as well, as were new windows ordered after that due to more incorrect measurements being taken. I discovered at the end of June that the original windows sitting out in my yard did indeed fit the space, as I measured the space and the windows myself. These windows were installed, along with the doors on
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16, 2015. The company sent four different workers to install the patio enclosure, and
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(the last worker sent) was the one that installed it and got it right. Thanks to
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for his great efforts in finally installing the windows and doors.
My concerns with this company during this process include:
1) Lack of professionalism and communication skills on the part of the office personnel and executives within the company
2) Concrete they had subcontractors install didn't have expansion joints and was poorly executed overall. When AES was told about this, they had no comments and didn't offer to fix it or compensate us for the poor workmanship.
3) AES sent out electrical contractors, but wouldn't give me their names or their company name so I could verify they had the correct electrical license to do the work, so we ended up hiring our own electrical contractor.
4) Kept telling us we were going to be so pleased with the final results, but what they didn't understand was we hired AES because we felt they were qualified to do this project within a reasonable time period and without so many mistakes. It was the incorrect measurements, poor communication, and unqualified workers that made this a very unsatisfactory project.
I am pleased with the final result, but not with the process to get there. I wouldn't recommend this company for anyone looking to do a patio enclosure/sunroom or for installation of custom doors or windows. I also wouldn't hire them again for any future projects.


- Todd V.
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The construction was fabulous. The work was impeccable. The scheduling ran a week behind, due to the weather. They really couldn't change that. They came back when we were in town and did a walk-through with us. We only had one issue with a door that didn't closed smoothly; they came out and did the adjustment promptly. We have had guests over; they have all been impressed with the final product.
- Doreen G.
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did an fantastic job. Tore out tub, and all the tile that covered every wall. Replaced sink and toilet. Placed new shower unit and added shelving, that I requested. Replaced medicine cabinet and updated electrical and lighting fixtures. New flooring and paint. Added a ceiling vent/fan and repaired/replaced ceiling. Always left a clean area, at the end of the day. Easy to communicate with, answering all questions I had.
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did all the work himself, since it was a small bathroom. I will definitely use his services again it the need arises. Trustworthy.

- Tara C.
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showed up right on time (8am) to give a bid but when he looked over the work that needed to be done he offered to start and complete the Deck work required right then and there. I said yes and he removed the older composite deck up on the second floor right in the hot sun. There were lots of stripped and broken screws that required removal.
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is fast, honest and professional. He has years of experience which made the job go quickly. After all his work he only wanted $50.00 I gave him $100.00. I feel lucky that I was able to find someone like this and I can highly recommend him!
- Russ G.
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Overall went well.
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has excellent customer service skills. Received a call each morning when there was one of many rain delays. This company went above and beyond to explain details and answer questions. I appreciated the follow up visit for a couple minor tweaks. They made sure I was happy. I look forward to many maintenance free years of enjoying my new screen porch.
- Michelle T.
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I was awaiting another estimate and did not sign immediately, but
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stated if I chose to go with them, I could bring the estimate he printed to the office and complete the contract. We were leaving on vacation on Sunday and I decided I wanted to go to the office and complete the contract. I called to make the arrangements and was advised they had to wait until Monday, until they received
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's estimate, to complete the contract, take a down payment and get me scheduled. I was advised that I would receive a call on Monday, while I was on vacation, to make arrangements to get me into their busy schedule.
After a week of no calls, when we returned from vacation, I called the office only to find the Office Manager,
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, seems to be the only one in the office that can do anything to assist the customer and she, as she admitted herself, was just too busy to answer or return my calls. When we finally did speak, she stated she could get me into the schedule, but as soon as I mentioned using giving her a credit card number over the phone for a down payment, she said they couldn't do that because they don't know who I am. After receiving this kind of treatment before I even signed the contract, I decided I did not want to risk having to try to contact them if I had issues during or after the install.

- Jerry D.

Patio And Sunroom Builders in Mary Esther, FL

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1st Choice Home Improvements Inc

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2 Guys Lawncare, Painting, and More LLC

46 Enchanted Way
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2nd Generation Contracting

5665 Cherokee Nene
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3D Glass & Home Repair

2823 Atoka Trl.
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AFFORDABLE HOME IMPROVEMENTS

705 Anchors Street NW
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All About Pavers

1219 Dunmire St
Pensacola

Always On Time Electric Inc

2681 Hidden Estates Cir
Navarre

Art Construction of NW FL LLC

11 W 23rd St
Panama City

At Home Contracting Inc

326 Sibert Ave
Destin

ATW Roofing

P.O Box 611665
Rosemary Beach

Brannan Aluminum Inc

7515 A Holley Cir
Panama City

Build Rite LLC

4906 Laurel Oak Dr
Milton

Burger Construction Consulting Group LLC

5079 N Dixie Hwy
Fort Lauderdale

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CAPSTONE CONSTRUCTION and ENVIRONMENTAL

2716 E BALDWIN RD
Panama City

Cavan Stuntz WW LLC

208 Third St.S.E.
Fort Walton Beach

CHI-MAR CONSTRUCTION

5410 E County Highway 30a Ste 206
Santa Rosa Beach

D & J Seamless Gutters LLC

1475 Preservation Path
Baker

Darvai General Contracting

119 Seaclusion Cir
Panama City Beach

David Meyer Builder, Inc.

707 Elise Ln
Destin

Destin Roofing Inc

150 Industrial Park Rd
Destin

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

EAS Doors and Construction

43 jet drive
Fort Walton Beach

Exquisite Painting & Home Repair

8810 Commodity Circle
Orlando

Five Star Enclosures Inc.

Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach

Folkers Window Co

5030 Commerce Park Cir
Pensacola

Fort Walton Beach Roofing Contractors

124 Garfield Dr.
Fort Walton Beach

Fresh Water Decor

3631 HWY 231
Panama City

GFY Construction LLC

81 Marina Cove Dr
Niceville

Grant Builders Group Inc

981 Hwy 98 E
Destin

Graves General Contractors, LLC.

147 Catahoula Road
Ponce De Leon

Gulf Shore Builders LLC

500 Vera Cruz Dr.
Destin

Gulf Star Builders

414 Escanaba Ave
Valparaiso

Gutter Magic LLC

12202 Hutchinson Blvd. #74
Panama City

HEADWAY OF NW FLORIDA

12 Commerce Dr. Unit B
Destin

Headway of NW Florida, Inc.

981 hwy 98 E.
Destin

HOLLYWOOD CONSTRUCTION INC

3003 STATE AVE
Panama City

Hometown Contractors, Inc.

4567 Pace Patriot Blvd
Milton

Island View Builders Inc

6729 De Len Dr
Panama City

Kevin J. Smudde, Design

4256 North Cambridge Way
Milton

Kevin Wisler

680 Seven Oaks Rd

Kirby Properties, Inc.

P.O. Box 6968
Miramar Beach

Kitchen & Bath Center Inc.

415 Page Bacon Rd
Mary Esther

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Lord General Contractors Corporation

Post Office Box 99
Indian Rocks Beach

LRE Ground Services Inc

1115 S Main St
Brooksville

M Moore Construction LLC

404 John Sims Pkwy W
Niceville

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Mayko Construction, LLC

380 Stonehenge Cir
Mary Esther

Mcgettrick Electric Inc.

1567 Lena Street

Mike Dean Construction LLC

5888 Houston Ln
Crestview

Mr. Fix It Home Repairs & Maintenance

204 Green Drive
Mary Esther

New Horizons Remodeling,LLC

602 Koniser Court
Shalimar

Omega Construction & Design Inc

2880 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze

Pilgrim Home Repair

3200 Canyon Trail

PKB Construction LLC

P. O. Box 883
Destin

Purdie Construction, LLC

937 Fitness Rd.
Panama City

Reliable Handyman

6109 N Star Drive
Panama City

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Residential Remodeling and Maintenance, llc.

000 Memorial Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach

Sandcastle Construction llc

1456 Pine St
Niceville

Seashore Tile

1219 Isabella ave
Panama City Beach

See It N 3D Design & Technical Illustrations

500 Los Faroles , Carr 861
Miami

South Wind Development

1419 Quailridge St
Crestview

Spicer Design Build Inc

897 Shore Dr
Miramar Beach

SW Sun Control

6429 N Oracle Rd

The Aerial Companies, Inc.

4492 MERCANTILE AVE
Naples

The House Doctor

7 Walter Martin Rd NE
Fort Walton Beach

Titan Sunrooms

5680 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze

Tri-State Industries Inc

2512 Hwy 98 W
Mary Esther

Tri-State Roofers Inc

158 Monahan Dr
Fort Walton Beach

Vanderheyden, Inc.

8783 Navarre Pkwy
Navarre

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Williams Executives, LLC

12118 Panama City Beach Parkway Unit 8
Panama City Beach

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