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"My house was to be a total remodel. I had a duplex that was built in the 50s. It needed extra upgrades, so I shared ideas on how to save on some of the costs by" turning it into a 5br with a wet bar in my lower unit. I pulled the electrical and plumbing permits so he could use his own plumber and electrician. All to cut costs as long as the work passed the city inspection. I was unable to be here to keep my eye on the job. When my insurance company said the house had to be done, it was not done. All of my sinks leak, only the kitchen sink and toilets drain right.the wet bar is completely missing. Three of my windows were covered over without me agreeing to it. My medicine cabinets that the bathrooms had are only mirrors. There are no bars in the two downstairs closets. There is no safety rail to get downstairs. He didn't treat the wood areas that had mold because the mold is coming through the Sheetrock. They left all kinds of garbage in the garage and yard. They also left a hole in my garage wall to use their heater. And the kitchen window above the sink is less than half the size of the original window I had there. There are still holes in the side of my house. Chase did not communicate with me very well. He just walked off without finishing his job after he was paid by State Farm. I would not recommend this company. I just want to be comfortable in my home. But it is not very inhabitable at this time. Oh and he blocked off my large pantry. Tools and overhead lights went missing from my garage, and when they put up the Sheetrock to took away all my power plugs for my garage door openers.

-Lynn C.

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"I did a lot of searching on the web and hunting down referrals before we chose to meet with 3 construction companies. We chose AGA with the intent to test them," and if they passed continue forward with the bathroom remodels... and they did. They did an A+ job. They had great communication with us for the planning phase and during the construction phase and the quality surpassed our expectations. I feel like the hard work I put in to find the right contractor paid off after seeing the result of the remodel.

-Judith K.

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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.

Remodeling reviews in Fort Dodge

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The contractor was very clear with the pricing structure up front. His team arrived within an hour of the agreed upon time window. They were respectful of my home and property. I was overbilled, initially. This was clarified with an email (thankfully, the receipt was itemized), but it was unsettling.
- Everett L.
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I have contacted this contractor 3 times for 2 different projects just to get a quote. They have promised to call back and one time they set up a date, but they never followed up or showed up. I guess they are too busy for new business.

- Gerald T.
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visited our home to survey the required work. He was very knowledgeable, and made good suggestions on how to coordinate his job in the midst of a roof replacement.
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, Operations Manager, managed the on-site work, and did an outstanding job, especially handling unexpected situations. He reviewed each stage of the work, and was never satisfied until everything was accomplish to my satisfaction. The job foreman,
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, was a super guy, who worked tirelessly to get the details done right. I highly recommend these guys for any type of construction and repair work.
- Michael F.
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I contacted
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Ford from am ad on Craigslist. He calls himself
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. He returned my call later that Friday
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25th 2015. We made an appointment to do bid for Saturday
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26 2015 at 11am. He came to our home, we toured the home to see what we wanted done. He was very friendly and spoke with hubby and I for over 4 hours, you would have thought we all were old friends. He even divulged that he and his wife smoked marijana on a regular bases, which I don't hold against him. He wrote down a quote, we accepted it and asked when he could start, he said Monday
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27th 2015 between 9:30-10:00am. We offered him the job and he accepted. He told me to go to Home Depot and buy samples of paint colors we like, paint 3x3 sections on the walls to see how the colors will look on our walls. My sister and I did this, going back and forth to the store, painting walls at home and by 9:30 pm decided on the colors. That Monday, hubby and I were up and waiting for him to arrive. Time past, I sent him a text, no response. I text and called later that day, no response. I text Tuesday, no response. But, I did notice he was constantly putting post on Craigslist advertising his services and I text him again asking him if you don't want the job, just say so because not responding to us at all and not showing up is just bad business. He still hasn't responded and today is Wednesday. I'm writing this review because I don't want anyone else to have an experience like this with him. He comes off nice and friendly but don't be fooled like we were.
- Rosalyn N.
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The work proceeded without incident and in a timely fashion. These guys are real pros. Honest as well: the final bill came in $500 less than initially estimated because the job was less involved than originally expected.
- charles H.
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seemed very nice, courteous, and professional. He promised to give us his estimate in four days. When we didn't hear from him, we sent a text asking if there was a delay. He replied that his estimate would arrive that evening. Three more days passed without hearing. We sent another text and didn't hear back.
We were so sure he was THE one that we lost a week waiting for a bid that was promised, but never came.

- Victoria D.
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Working with Lowe's Contracting Inc was great. From the time I got a quote to the time the job was complete,
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and his workers were easy to work with and they did their job excellently.
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was upfront about all the costs associated with the job, in my case a new roof. He also explained the process and answered all my questions in a timely manner. I was very impressed with how hard the crew worked on the roof and the job was done right and backed by their warranty. I was on a tight budget but didn't want to sacrifice quality, so after looking as 6 reputable roofing/construction companies, I felt very confident moving forward with Lowe's Contracting because of their competitive pricing, quality product, and
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was enjoyable to work with. I would definitely recommend Lowe's to others and already have.
- Stephen D.
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and his crew are incredibly professional and are meticulous in their work. They arrived early every morning, and left the house cleaner than they found it. The replacement windows were installed not only beautifully, but astonishingly quickly. They cut in for the new installation windows and did a wonderful job there, too. ...More /> We were very impressed with
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and will not hesitate to use them again - in fact, we asked him to add on a bit of work and replace some siding that had been damaged by woodpeckers.
- Mary Beth S.

Remodeling Contractors in Fort Dodge, IA

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A & H Remodeling

713 s Helen
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A Mark of Integrity

2317 15th ave no

Audino Frank Construction Inc

2805 W 4th St
Sioux City

BERNIE'S FIRE CLEAN-UP

1401 8TH AVE N
Fort Dodge

Born Again Interiors

522 Highview drv.
Clinton

Brower Home Improvement

102 S 5th St
Red Oak

C & K Construction

602 N. 4th Ave
Marshalltown

Cabinets By Stac

508 W Sheridan Ave
Shenandoah

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

City Builders

2009 Center St
Cedar Falls

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Creating Spaces

528 36th Street
Des Moines

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Down Home Improvements LLC

2304 252nd st
Hornick

Downing Construction Inc

2500 W. 2nd Ave.
Indianola

Ducts In A Row

939 Main St
Pella

Dudley Brothers Company

3576 Dolphin Dr SE
Iowa City

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fischer Quality Construction

300 west 32nd street

FRASE & CO CONSTRUCTION

612 S Madison Ave
Ottumwa

Frisbie Construction, LLC

PO Box 242
Washington

GIB MILLER CONSTRUCTION

2113 4TH AVE N
Fort Dodge

Ground Zero Storm Shelters

4600 Independence Rd

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Handyman's Express

305 N. 7th St.
Marshalltown

Hebert Construction Inc

918 Division St
Sioux City

J&M Residential

Burlington

JAGUAR ENTERPRISES

48 TRYON ST NE
Titonka

Kenco Construction LLC

16303 Bluegrass RD
Ottumwa

Kiss Construction, L.L.C.

533 19th St. SE
Mason City

Larry Elwood Construction

2401 S Federal Ave
Mason City

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street
Strawberry Point

M & H Construction

11652 Sperry Rd
Sperry

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

MANNING CONSTRUCTION

201 N MADISON ST
Wayland

Meister Construction

958 6th Street
Lakeview

MIKE DOYLE CONSTRUCTION CO

301 1ST AVE N
Fort Dodge

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

Nawanna Construction

3210 Davis Ave
Sioux City

Northwest Builders of Iowa Inc

2185 Fox Ave
Schaller

O'Brien Builders Inc

15 S 1st St
Fort Dodge

PETERSON CONTRACTORS

2829 180TH ST
Fort Dodge

Premier Brick & Stone

205 35th St
Bettendorf

RC HOMES & REMODELING

1423 PRAIRIE DRIVE
Story City

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RICH-WOODS INC

1208 1st Avenue South
Fort Dodge

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

Ryan Richey - Architect

6416 Sandwedge Ct.
Dubuque

S.W.E. Construction

1000 S 7Th
Fairfield

SHEETS GENERAL CONSTRUCTION

18284 Highway 64
Maquoketa

Spring Valley Roofing

440 12th St Nw
Fort Dodge

Van Weelden Construction LLC

3831 e 112th st s
Kellogg

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100
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