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"They did terrible mud work, they quoted things that they did not do, the plaster drywall work was horrible, and then they did not complete the job. I paid them a" little more than half the amount of the job, they told me they were going to come back but i have never heard from them again. I've attempted to contact them several times and they have not returned any of my calls. They also left a large construction mess. I do not recommend this company to anyone.

-Jerry I.

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"It went well. They were very professional, excellent work quality, they gave me a good estimate and stood by the quote, they were polite with a very conscientious crew.

-TERRY L.

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Why You Should Hire a Pro to Finish a Basement

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Basement Remodeling

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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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For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.

Basement Remodeling reviews in Monroe

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He called to set the appt when he was supposed to and showed up on time. He was friendly and worked quickly. He did a great job on everything he worked on. He cleaned up his work areas and left them as clean as he found them. He gave me his cards and asked that I call him if I find any issues with any of his repairs.
When I spoke with him on the phone I gave him my basic list of issues and he arrived with all the tools he needed to do all the repairs I asked.
I will definitely use him again and refer him to anyone looking for a dependable, capable handyman.
- Ginger A.
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We had an unfinished basement.
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came by and we talked about what we wanted to do,
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provided ideas/suggestions based on his experience which fit into our vision so we incorporated into the project.
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provided a detail drawing which we liked very much. After getting started and seeing the space framed out we made a change in scope which
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was able to incorporate into the construction which we are very happy about.
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and the subs are great to work with, all are very professional and care about their work which shows.
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kept us updated during the construction process.
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maintains a clean working environment. I highly recommend
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’s services and we will work with him again.


- Tony C.
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I was so happy and delighted with the price and service, I decided to have them continue remodeling my upstairs as well, including the kitchen, bathroom, and dining room, as well as adding a room. We will also eventually be using them to do the siding of the home as well.
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, specifically, has been exceptional. His craftsmanship is unbelievable and he is so helpful. He is such a gentleman and a hard worker and just goes above and beyond.
- brendan B.
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was great---prompt, easy to talk to, straightforward, and knowledgable--work done quickly and we'll with a minimum of fuss, recommend!
- Sarah H.
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Everything went well. All work was explained and bid before starting work. He worked with me on the selection of materials and price range. He went the extra effort to fix all large as well as small repairs. It was sad to have to redo so much when it had just been done but
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completed all the repairs to make it as nice as before. He did any repair I asked with good quality and a fair price.
- Shirley R.
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They have been so cruel and belittling to this poor senior citizen.
My mother in law has had to retain an attorney to get the matter resolved by getting someone else to correct their code violations and POOR WORKMANSHIP. They were given over a month to make the required corrections, but never showed up or called.
She is so sorry to have EVER contacted and trusted them.
- William S.
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This project went very smoothly and I'm very happy.
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is a great guy and has done lots of painting for us in the past- which he is excellent at- great prices and I can't say enough about the quality of his work. I think he's painted every room in our home at this point, after 8 years. :) He cleans up well when he is finished with projects. He did some other smaller carpentry/repair projects for me, so when I got a very overpriced estimate from remodeling company, I decided to call him to see if he could do our kitchen remodel.
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has been professional, fast, and reasonable. He took down the walls to our kitchen in one day. He found a referral for a trustworthy electrician through his connections and worked well with the electrician, who he hadn't worked with in the past. The total estimate for the project (which was not a complete kitchen remodel, just partial) was about 3 weeks and he was right on target. He went with me to the floor and tile store to pick out everything so we all knew we were getting the correct type of flooring and underlayment.
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is reliable- shows up when he says he will, and I've known him long enough and have trusted him to be in my home alone and lock up when he leaves. I can't recommend him enough and think he would do a great job in any area- carpentry, flooring, tiling, or painting, whether a big or small job.
- Rebecca C.
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I received quotes from three contractors for our basement. When I met
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I felt he was the best match for us regardless of price, but his estimate was by far the best. Lucky for us! He said he’d do a good job for us and I immediately trusted he would. What I liked from the start was that
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was very responsive. My texts and emails were answered right away. Having had a previous, negative home building experience I thought there was a possibility that something might go wrong or shortcuts would be taken. With
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, though, I could see right away he was a craftsman and a perfectionist. The work he did, and the contractors he used, was top notch. I felt like they were doing work they’d do on their own homes. They took great care to keep things clean with a minimum of dust and dirt.
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did little things that I didn’t even think of, like use switches with dimmers so that we could adjust our lighting and multiple hardwired smoke detectors for us. All in all I am so happy we connected with
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. Our finished basement.is beautiful. I would highly recommend
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. A+!


- SHARON J.

Basement Remodeling Contractors in Monroe, GA

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(Anthony)Co.

112 Blackthorne rd
Nicholson

A legacy Construction

108 Laurel Lane
Social Circle

A to Z Handyman, LLC

320 Edwards St
Monroe

A.M. Property services

810 cattle barn rd
Monroe

AA Handyman

330 North Crosslane Rd.
Monroe

About Plumbing LLC

PO Box 1030
Loganville

Accomplishing Interiors

543 Forest Lake Rd
Pendergrass

Accurate Restorations

PO Box 7
Auburn

Advance Southern

10168 Azalea Dr
Covington

Affordable Athens handymen

705 spring valley road #75
Athens

Affordable Home Concepts LLC

1485 Oak Rd
Snellville

Allied Home Solutions

501 Social Circle FairPlay Rd

ANSLEY HOME IMPRVMT & SURPLUS

1215 S BROAD ST
Monroe

ARI Construction & Roofing Inc

PO Box 103
Winterville

Athens Audio Visuals

216 Putters Drive
Athens

Bear Creek Home Improvement LLC

PO Box 644
Loganville

BERDING CONSTRUCTION

1090 LAVISTA RD
Athens

Berenger Unlimited

PO Box 2258
Loganville

Best Results of Ga. Inc.

831 Carl Davis Rd
Monroe

BIRES REMODELING, INC.

5154 LAKE CARLTON RD S
Loganville

BLS Group Inc

1860 Barnett Shoals Rd
Athens

Blue Print Construction, Inc.

209 Chandler Walk
Loganville

Bona Fide LLC

455 N Milledge Ave
Athens

Braswell Construction Group Inc

6105 Emory St NW
Covington

Brookfield Residential Const.

MAIN ST
Sandersville

Brown Services

780 Jefferson Hwy
Winder

BullDawg Contractors, LLC.

487 Leaflet Ives Trail
Lawrenceville

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Christian Roofing and Remodeling

1030 Summit Grove Dr
Watkinsville

Colossal Construction Company LLC

590 Means Street NW
Atlanta

Craigs Remodeling & Repairs

5581 High Shoals Rd
Bishop

Crawford Drywall Repair

2012 Vintage Oaks Dr
Loganville

Cyber Bridge Marine, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie St

Design South Builders

1090 Robinson Ct
Athens

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Eco Home Renovations

2012 Vintage Oaks Dr
Loganville

EDT Construction & Remodeling

35 Railroad St
Arnoldsville

Electrical Specialist Corporation+

5320 Roswell Rd
Atlanta

Encompass Contracting LLC

2819 Bay Ridge Dr
Loganville

ETL Construction

1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy.
Athens

Fagant's Contracting & Electrical

893 Monroe Hwy
Bethlehem

FCS Residential Design/Build

286 Apperson Dr.
Winder

FLOYD'S CONTRACTING

PO BOX 863
Monroe

GATA Development

27 St. Ives Cr.
Winder

Gemstone Carpet and Flooring

2729 Oakmont Way
Monroe

Generation X Groups Inc

2362 1/2 W Broad St
Athens

George L. Hammond Construction

1331 Lenru Rd
Bogart

Georgia Home Remodeling

PO Box 494
Bethlehem

Green Source Homes

4035-C Danielsville Rd
Athens

Griffin Remodeling and Decks

1080 Carrie Craft Rd

Hall's Handyman Service of Georgia LLC

327 Rock Forge Ct
Jefferson

Halo Construction Inc.

PO Box 328
Jersey

Handyman R Us

1310 Pirkle Rd
Douglasville

Hane Custom Remodeling

202 Garden Walk Way
Loganville

Highnote Drywall

115 Belmont Trail
Covington

Hogan Builders Inc.

305 Old Commerce Road
Athens

Horizon Roofing

5184 CALDWELL MILL RD

In & Out Maintenance Services

390 Providence Club Dr
Monroe

Innovative Building Solutions, Inc.

218 Richmond Hill Rd.
Monroe

Irish Electric Inc

2278 WALKER DR
Lawrenceville

JBR Enterprises Inc

4584 Knightsbridge Rd
Flowery Branch

Jim Casey Construction LLC

PO Box 6882
Athens

Joslin Carpentry

118 E 5th St
Monroe

Leeshire, Inc.

211 W Jefferson St
Madison

Long Branch Custom Cabinets

5346 BBS Way
Braselton

M. Zornig Construction LLC

110 Sagewood Drive
Winterville

Max Construction

2693 powell crt
Monroe

MD House Doctors

1234 Spooner Street
Alpharetta

Michael Carr & Associates Inc

821 Jett Roberts Rd.
Jefferson

Mobile Home Repair

512 Cobby Cir

Monroe Tile Co

1350 Old Monroe Madison Hwy
Monroe

Morgan's Ridge Homes, LLC

585 Morgans Ridge Court
Winder

Nelson Construction

108 Old Rogers Mill Rd
Danielsville

New Phase Construction

7314 rocking chair lane
Hoschton

Northeast Gerogia Contractors

305 Rock Forge Ct
Jefferson

Old South Traditions LLC

3724 Atlanta Highway
Athens

PAINTING SPECIALISTS

3064 CASTELWOOD DRIVE
Loganville

Peoples Plumber

370 Blackberry Cir
Auburn

Plumbing Central Inc

215 Six Hills Lane
Alpharetta

Powell Painting

32 Laurel Dr
Elberton

Precision Concepts Construction Company

2003 Ora Circle
Loganville

Premier Homes and Contracting Group LLC

210 Old Loganville Rd
Loganville

Prestige Remodeling

P.O. box 82279
Atlanta

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

ResCom Construction, Inc.

49 Piedmont Drive, Ste 107
Winder

Safe and Affordable Handyman

4335 Hwy 53
Hoschton

Simply Southern Homes LLC

PO Box 110
Monroe

Southeast Restoration Group

120 MOUNTAIN BROOK DR
Canton

Southern Pride Construction, Inc.

3587 Perry Smith Road
Monroe

STANFIELD AIR SYSTEMS

1130 Mitchell Bridge Rd
Athens

Steeleys Lawncare and Remodeling

232 s. myrtle street
Winder

Structural Integrity Construction

142 Deer Hollow Rd
Bogart

Tailor Made Enterprises of Georgia LLC

147 Morallion Hills
Peachtree City

Talastar Exteriors

514 Commercial Dr
Statham

Tapp Plumbing

2121 Rock Ct
Loganville

TDE Inc Construction & Painting

340 Commerce Blvd
Athens

Tim Womack Contractors LLC.

590 McCreery Rd
Jefferson

Tiptop Plumbing Services Inc

313 Brook Hollow Ln
Loganville

Total Home Audio/Video

1229 Bradford Park Lane
Auburn

True Construction Inc

1750 Ozora Rd
Loganville

Umbrella construction

102 N Center st
Winder

Universal Home Improvments

2592 Bermuda Dr
Loganville

universal painting and home renovations

2510 Bethany Church Rd
Monroe

Venture Group of Georgia

PO Box 1229
Grayson

Viking Development Group,LLC

4625 Trilogy Park Trail
Hoschton

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Weaver Guy Trim & Remodeling

2455 Azalea Drive
Loganville

Wilson Roofing and Restoration

2082 Bethlehem Church Road
Grantville

Works Of Art

323 Hickory Street
Social Circle

Young's Interior Trim and Remodeling

1541 Weaver Jones Rd
Rutledge

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