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"He was full of ideas on how we could use the space and what would look the best. His teams were punctual, clean and professional. The job site was well maintained." The job was done quickly even with the problems of winter storms. I would definitely use him again.

-Debra B.

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was super -- thoughtful about how to make the work look and function as well as possible. He let me know in advance what questions he had," how he was going to keep our house as clean as possible, and what his recommendations were. we've worked with
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put equal care and thought into both of our projects, even though one project was relatively small.

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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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There are two sides to this and everyone will have an opinion.  I can tell you that from a contractor's point of view a customer that is up front with me is much easier to work with and the entire experience is much more pleasurable to all parties involved.  If you treat your contractor like there's always something to hide from him expect the same in return.  A good contractor is going to take your budget into consideration and make recommendations based on that budget.  When possible, he's going to estimate the work 10-20% under your target to leave room for the unexpected.  With any remodeling work, there's always the possibility and likelihood that there will be surprises that will have to be added such as mold damage, improper existing framing, etc.  The cushion allows room for the project cost to grow without going over your budget.  If no problems are found and you decide to spend that money some of the final finishes can be upgraded or other projects added.

Another good arguement for disclosing your budget to your contractor is to save you both some time and aggrevation.  You may have a $10,000 budget and want $30,000 worth of work.  Wouldn't you like to know your desires aren't possible before you get your hopes up or spend money on design fees for plans you can't afford?  Likewise, the contractor doesn't want to put in the hours of calculating the estimate only to find out it was all for nothing or that he has to refigure for a much lower cost after pricing what you specified.

Be fair and honest with your contractor if you expect the same respect in return.  You'll get a lot more out of it with the right contractor.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
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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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You should always get a set of print and pull a permit when remodeling you home. It is a good thing that you want to be involved in your project. I do have some reservation about the electrical work. There is a lot at risk with doing the work yourself. If the house burns down you will never get the insurance money, unless your a certified electrician. Now of days 90% of home fires are blamed on electrical problems because the insurance company is to lazy and cheap to investigate the true problem. Also find out if the city you live in will allow you to perform the work. Make sure you coordinate your subs to have the proper time and space to perform their job. You don't want people working on top of each other. If you order all you materials make sure everything is there before you start your project. Have your subs check for proper and full items to be installed. Make sure every sub has a working set of prints. Make sure you have all the demo done before your subs show up to work. Schedule your plumber first, do any final framing or electrical work while you wait for inspection. Electrical inspection next followed by framing, insulation, and wallboard. All subs must get a final inspection on the job before you (the GC) can call in your final inspection.

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Provider came out initially to check out the project and measure the space and discuss ideas for usage of the basement. I asked about the plans and he indicated that it would include the type of insulation, steel stud framing, lowered heights for ductwork, etc. He never did send me any plans or details after the initial visit. I called several weeks later inquiring about the status of the plans ... response was that he thought the plans were sent by mail already to which I replied no. The second time around another person came to the house to measure the basement space. He hand sketched a rough outline of the basement and I provided dimensions to him with my handheld laser distance device. He indicated that he would be sending detailed drawings with even lighting locations, HVAC, etc. specified. What I received in the mail was a 1 sheet 8 1/2" x 11" paper with the very rough (not to scale) layout that was drawn quickly at the time of the visit. On it were rough light locations, etc. This is a caution to all who are mislead from the ad to believe they would receive a professional drawing (2D means rough pencil sketch not to scale on a single sheet of plain paper) ... not the type of drawing the original person who came out indicated that I would receive. Provider is essentially charging people to come to their house to discuss and draw up a very rough concept sketch ... this frankly should be provided at no charge in hopes of gaining future business. Save your money and sketch up your own image (to scale) as it will likely be much more accurate and complete.
- Milan J.
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I have used the company since 2002. They do a wonderful job.
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is contentious and cost effective. He does exactly what he says he will and is highly professional. They have also have built a pool house with an endless pool, remodeled a kitchen and did a deck repair. I have had no issues with scheduling and they are very responsive.
- RICK W.
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The craftsmanship was excellent. The follow through and time-frame of the project was outstanding. The final punch list was followed up on and finished in an efficient and timely manner.
- Danny S.
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They were just absolutely fantastic.
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would give me multiple options when we ran into something the was more difficult then originally thought. He is very reasonable and saved me a lot of money. I would highly recommend them. We did have one issue with the bathroom and
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new exactly how to handle it.
- Joni W.
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Very well.
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, field manager, was efficient and clean in coordinating the work needed. Very responsive to our needs and questions.
- RAMON & KAREN F.
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The work was completed on time and within budget. We were very pleased with the entire process and would use them again. The work was done in a very professional manner. At the end of the project the owner made some detail work be redone because he was sure we would be bothered by the quality later even if we said it was ok then. He was right and now when I look at that door trim I am reminded they did quality work for us.
- Leah H.
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and his team are highly skilled. I could not have asked for anything better. The quality of the work is superb.
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and his team were reliable, flexible, creative, trustworthy and very professional. Though it may have taken a tad longer that I had hoped for the final product was worth the wait. I love my new basement.
- Jennifer T.
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They did great work and they got the job done over 2 months. They finished the job on time and met all the timing deadlines. The communication could have been a little better throughout the process.
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is great to work with and he is super nice. Their attention to detail is great. They sub-contract a lot of work out and some contractors were much more respectful of my home than others. I would definitely recommend them. The cost was pretty much exactly as they quoted it and the pricing was fair.
- DANA B.

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Ace Solves It All

1692 Dolores Dr
Kissimmee

Advent Building Company

2408 NE Ginger Terrace
Jensen Beach

AGRUSA & SONS CONTRACTING

4441 Northlake Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens

Alliance Construction & Cabinetry Inc

8078 Dillman Rd
West Palm Beach

American Designer Homes

6854 NW Brookhaven Cir
Port Saint Lucie

Bope Construction

526 sw bradshaw cir
Port Saint Lucie

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cosmopolitan Construction & maintenance Corp.

4974 Se Horseshoe Point Rd
Stuart

Dan Webb & Associates LLC

3341 SW Hill St
Port Saint Lucie

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dreamworks Remodeling LLC

110 SW Monterey Rd
Stuart

Eco Pure Construction Inc

258 SW 12th Ave
Deerfield Beach

Excel Building & Development

931 SW Grand Reserve Blvd
Port Saint Lucie

Freedom Homebuiders, Inc.

1084 NE Industrial Blvd
Jensen Beach

GC&D, LLC

5976 20th St
Vero Beach

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

Innovation Contracting, Inc.

PO Box 12757
Fort Pierce

John DiFrancesco Construction

4712 Sunset Blvd
Fort Pierce

K L Adams Inc

1534 W Talton Ave
Deland

KDF CONSTRUCTION INC.

18800 N.W. 2 AVE.,
Miami Gardens

Leimer Masonry Inc

12874 Se.Hobe Hills Dr
Hobe Sound

LMS Construction Inc.

5207 Grant St
Hollywood

Lord General Contractors Corporation

Post Office Box 99
Indian Rocks Beach

MR HUSTLE INC.

4107 SW MOORE ST
Palm City

PAUL DAVIS RESTORATION

2781 Vista Parkway
West Palm Beach

PBS National, Inc

13155 SE 34th St
Okeechobee

Recovery Insurance Adjusters

10617 SW Hartwick Dr
Port Saint Lucie

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Restifo Builders, Inc.

3140 SW Alexander Ct
Palm City

Richie The Roofer & Co Inc.

8004 Georges Road
Fort Pierce

See It N 3D Design & Technical Illustrations

500 Los Faroles , Carr 861
Miami

Southeast Construction Associates, Inc

1911 SW South Macedo Blvd
Port Saint Lucie

Spicer Design Build Inc

897 Shore Dr
Miramar Beach

SteveNSons Construction, LLC

SW General Patton Terrace
Port Saint Lucie

StoneCrete Designs

Port Saint Lucie

Stylecraft Fine Cabinetry

870 Colorado Ave
Stuart

Under the Sun Construction, Inc.

1331 SW Doric Ct
Port Saint Lucie

Upland Homes

1169 US 27 South
Sebring

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

WINGATE CORP

900 26TH ST
West Palm Beach

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