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"After the storm in
we had several companies come knocking on our door offering to give free inspections for roof damage.
" was the fourth company we had take a look at the house. We were impressed with
Walk right away when he inspected not only the roof, siding, windows and deck for damage, but he also walked to the back of our property where we have a large wooden play set that he also inspected for damage! None of the other companies were that thorough. The other companies told us after looking at our roof that we "definately have heavy hail damage" and that we would definately get a new roof. When
did his first inspection he told us there was minor damage and that it would probably not be enough to justify a new roof. He was very straightforward about everything and did not hype things up to get our business. We were sold! We had the insurance company adjuster come out and
followed the inspector and answered questions and showed him where the damage was. At first the inspector didn't see enough damage on the gutters until
showed him where he had seen it and the inspector agreed that the house needed to have the gutters replaced. The inspector also decided that the roof had minimal damage and was still in very good shape, just as
had told us.
showed him where the damage to the siding had occur and they took a sample to try and find a match. Turns out it was discontinued and we got to pick out a new color and style for the house. Installation of everything went very smoothly and everyone that came to the house to work on it was extremely professional friendly l and very efficient! It took a little over a week to complete the job and when they left you couldn't even tell that they had been there. The dumpster was gone and all the old siding, gutters and trash had been removed without a single thing left behind - or one piece of trash on the ground! During the entire project from the first point of contact after the storm until the last electrical plate was reattached after the project was done,
was ALWAYS there to answer questions and make sure the work was being done properly. Whenever we had a question (which was often!) or needed something
was incredibly quick to respond back to us, although he usually answered his phone every time we called him. Every detail and every concern of ours was addressed almost immediately! We are so incredibly excited how the house turned out and how thorough and professional everything was handled. Needless to say we are beyond happy with our experience with
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-William W.

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first gutted our entire kitchen. We have a 100 yr old house, so it was a big job just for the first stage. We have a new ceiling, new" floor, and a new wall where the new cupboards were installed. Everything that was contracted and more was completed in a perfect and timely manner. The workers were pleasant, and did beautiful work. I love my new kitchen and would not hesitate to employee
and his crew again!

-Gloria S.

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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.

Home Remodeling reviews in Iowa City

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gave estimate on minor renovation of master bath replace shower counter and new fixtures. was one of top two contractors. decided on other contractor. was impressed with professionalism and knowledge.
- Robert B.
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Positive experience from beginning to end. The owner,
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and the crew were very skilled and friendly. Here are some other notes:
The plans for the proposed work was a three dimensional picture that made it much easier to see what the end product would look like. The software was very high-end.
The invoice for the work was extremely thorough and easy to read. Everything was accounted for so we knew exactly where we stood if we wanted to change or eliminate something. Any changes were reflected in a new invoice and sent to us immediately. We have not had this experience before, but it certainly
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to trust and a sense that everything was transparent. Cost was very fair for the work we wanted to have done.
Quality of the work was OUTSTANDING! We had a heated floor installed, a new ceiling, an expansion of the closet, a larger and tiled shower put in, new cabinetry, and a gorgeous granite counter top.
Iowa City Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
came with me to select shower tile, floor tile, and granite that would complement each other and the places we went to did quality work. The crew placed the tile and really had a sense of what would look great and it sure did! When I had thoughts or suggestions, they quickly accommodated and were so easy to work with, even when it meant replacing a piece of tile.
The crew was courteous and hard-working. They did a nice job putting up a tarp to keep the dust at a minimum (although there was still dust that needed to be cleaned up). They cleaned up after themselves each day and communicated well about what they were doing and what would be coming up in the next day or two.
The work took a bit longer to complete than we were hoping for, but it was usually due to outside circumstances.
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was on top of the situation and made it right. He takes great pride in the work
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does and it was greatly appreciated.
This is a company that I highly recommend with no reservations. We're already thinking about what might be our next project with them :-)

- BARRY C.
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Do NOT engage with this company. The job was originally promised to be done within 6-8 weeks. After 7 months of delay upon delay, and very poor workmanship, I was forced to hire a second company to finish the job. This was very difficult because the original work was so poorly done that other contractors didn't want to get involved. I made the mistake of paying too much of the fee up front, and I finally had to pay another contractor $3,300 to complete the job just to make it weather tight. It is still not cosmetically completed.
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(owner) admitted that he owes me a refund of at least $2k but asked for time to pay it back. After 2 months of waiting for the refund now he will not respond to texts/emails.
- DAVID Z.
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Although we experienced a few problems with communications with our sales person, the overall job was great. The work crew was very professional, conscience, personable, and hard working. They arrived when expected, responded to questions and concerns and always left things picked up at days end. When adjustments were necessary they clearly explained the situation and offered suggestions. When we experienced a problem and brought it to the attention of the company the owner responded quickly and offered a resolution. We would definitely use them again.
- Tricia S.
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Completely remodeled our shower, did a great job. They went above their call of duty, i.e.., they fixed our door locks which was installed incorrectly, and they fixed our door to the garage, which wasn't closing properly. They were timely, always arrived at the time they had indicated and they were very professional. I would highly recommend
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for your future home projects.
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was very professional and every thing quoted in the contract met our approval. He always kept us informed of every procedure needed to complete the project. He always arrive on time and we greatly appreciate timely people. Our new walk in shower is above our expectation. Their price may be a little higher than their competitors, but it is worth it.
- Donald W.
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and his crew did an outstanding job on all levels... very professional, thorough, communicative, and cleaned up every day.
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and
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were not only very talented but a delight to work with.
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was very good at looking both at the big picture and the littlest details, studying each piece of the process to make sure the right decision was being made. So many contractors I've had experience with in the past just want to get the job done quickly, without much thought or communication with the customer.
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always showed us options for us to approve before completing a new task.
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was very good at listening to our concerns and finding solutions to address them, no matter how big or small.
All details were met with the highest quality.
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stayed on budget (even a bit under budget) despite all the "extras" that weren't on the original bid.
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and his crew will be our "go to" contractor crew from now on and we'd highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!
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- JoAnn G.
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go over and above to make sure that the job is done correctly. Their work exceeded expectations. They always provided updates when the weather was interfering with scheduling. Will not hesitate to use this company in the future.
- Susan M.
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was great to work with. Very responsive, flexible, and willing to go the extra mile to satisfy the client. All problems were handled very professionaly, and the patio looks great. Would definitely recommend them and will use them for future projects.
- Alex K.

All Remodeling Contractors in Iowa City, IA

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Ackerman Plumbing

2289 U Ave
Williamsburg

Actually Clean Carpets

1250 1st St NW
Cedar Rapids

Affordable Plumbing & Remodeling

816 1st Ave NW
Cedar Rapids

Arctic Insulation

107 35th St
Marion

ATLAS HOME SERVICE

1402 ESTHER ST
Iowa City

Bast Innovative Contracting

1026 11th st NE
Cedar Rapids

BATHQUARTERS

PO BOX 142
Mount Vernon

Blue Hot Design

201 W Brentwood Ln

Bob Lisenbee Siding & Home Improvement

3518 Cumberland Ridge Rd NE
North Liberty

Bob's Home Improvement Co

2145 Echo Hill Rd
Marion

Bouchard's Home Improvement

7612 Sandhurst Drive NW
Cedar Rapids

BRIGGS INC

1711 HOLLYWOOD BLVD
Iowa City

C N A Company

PO Box 1085
Newton

C.S. Home Remodeling

283 38th Street Drive SE
Cedar Rapids

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CAPITAL PATIO

3010 BUCHMEYER BND NE
Iowa City

Cedar Tree Constuction

2321 Tamerac Circle
Marion

Change Properties, L.L.C.

305 Sycamore Street
Tipton

Clarks Home Improverment

199 Holiday Lodge Road
North Liberty

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Corridor Construction Co LLC

215 Shelley Ln NW
Cedar Rapids

CRAIG WOLFFIS BUILDER

832 Dearborn St
Iowa City

CROWN ELECTRIC INC

4185 Alyssa Ct Ste 3
Iowa City

Cutter Construction

1049 Juniper Dr SW
Cedar Rapids

Dan Lynch Construction, Inc.

3130 Carlisle Circle
Marion

David Evens Construction

307 Linn St
Walker

Deckworks Cedar Valley

3123 Big Woods Rd
Cedar Falls

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Doerrfeld Solutions LLC

2612 Handley Dr. SW
Cedar Rapids

Done Done Services

2949 Old River Rd. SW
Cedar Rapids

Drywall Concepts

2813 Fruitland Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids

Dudley Brothers Company

3576 Dolphin Dr SE
Iowa City

Duwa Drywall

5056 Derby Ave SW
Kalona

EAGLE HOME CONSTRUCTION LLC

3162 121ST ST.
Amana

EH Maintenance

Cedar Rapids

Empire Construction

PO Box 126
Tiffin

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Garrett Construction Company

3044 Rohret Road SW
Iowa City

Ground Zero Storm Shelters

4600 Independence Rd

Hahn Emergency Restoration

3003 Timberline Drive

Hamm's Home Interiors

1134 S Gilbert St
Iowa City

Hammer in Hand

Iowa City

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

HANDYMAN SERVICES

413 E 4TH ST
West Liberty

Hawthorne Construction & Painting LLC

P.O. Box 343
Central City

HCI Marketing LLC

4343 16th Street

High Quality Home Maintenance

1323 O Ave NW
Cedar Rapids

Home Repair Team Inc

2698 Reservoir Dr NW
North Liberty

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

hr construction

151 26th St NW
Cedar Rapids

ILTEN'S INC

919 14th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids

Innovative Construction

511 DEWHURST ST.

Iossi Construction Inc

1040 W 4th St
Davenport

J M Construction

833 Normandy Dr.
Iowa City

JASON LEE CONSTRUCTION

1553 360TH ST SW
Oxford

JIM BURESH CONSTRUCTION CO

1630 42ND ST NE
Cedar Rapids

John Bohlken Contracting

3033 Whittier Rd
Springville

JR's Home Repair

2727 12th St SW
Cedar Rapids

Kelley General Construction Services

915 Wiley blvd. N.W.
Cedar Rapids

Kent Building & Remodeling

101 2nd st
Swisher

Krueger Construction Services

2561 Cemetery Rd Nw
Oxford

L R Hochstetler Construction

709 13th St.
Kalona

LAMMER'S CONSTRUCTION

35 IMPERIAL CT
Iowa City

Lanes Construction

315 W 2nd St
Vinton

leopold construction

305 n augusta ave.
Oxford

LES DEAL INC

7601 Mt. Vernon Rd SE
Cedar Rapids

Linz Construction

1818 Wolf River Ln. NW
Cedar Rapids

Loman Construction

1432 WILD PRAIRIE DR
Iowa City

M C Carpentry LLC

860 Blairs Ferry Rd
Marion

M DESIGN BUILD INC

4530 N OAKLAND AVE

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magick Men Maintenance

PO Box 7
Cedar Rapids

Martin Construction

1824 G St
Iowa City

Mccreedy & Ruth Construction LLC

5494 Oakcrest Hill SE Rd
Iowa City

MD Company

Iowa City

Metal Monsters Inc

165 Hwy 965
North Liberty

Mike Moreno Remodeling

PO Box 5386
Coralville

MILDER CONSTRUCTION CO LLC

PO BOX 3264
Iowa City

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

Nick Roberts Construction

1438 F Ave
Marengo

Polaris Restoration and Roofing

3126 Whispering Ridge Lane
Riverside

Pro Platinum Construction & Remodeling

900 Hwy 965 NE unit #4
North Liberty

Pro Platinum Construction & Remodeling LLC

67 Holiday Lodge RD
North Liberty

Quality Property Maintenance Co

6501 Gibson Dr. NE
Cedar Rapids

R&P CONSTRUCTION LLC

392 21st St SE
Cedar Rapids

Redbird Construction and Remodeling

2612 Fruitland Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids

Reegans Heating Cooling & Plumbing

4615 Indian Ridge St SW
Cedar Rapids

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Reynold Uhlenkamp construction

1922 Highway 1 NE
Solon

ROBERTS CONSTRUCTION CO

521 S 1ST AVE
Iowa City

Rock Shop

740 Kacena Rd
Hiawatha

Roger's Handiman Service

228 Paddock Cir
Iowa City

Sabre Solutions C.R.

P.O. Box 9306
Cedar Rapids

SERVPRO

4172 Alyssa Ct
Iowa City

SERVPRO of Ottumwa

4172 Alyssa Crt
Iowa City

SGPWoodworking

716 Oakland Rd NE
Cedar Rapids

Smith Enterprises

PO Box 10979
Amana

STEVE BRENNEMAN CONSTRUCTION

4872 AMERICAN LEGION RD
Iowa City

STICKA DESIGN

716 OAKLAND RD NE
Cedar Rapids

Sueppel's Siding & Remodeling LLC

2007 Glendale Rd
Iowa City

Sutton Construction

PO Box 11573
Cedar Rapids

Teagle Construction

123 Stevens Dr
Iowa City

TENTINGER CONSTRUCTION

4047 KITTY LEE RD SW
Iowa City

The Design Studio

409 3rd Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids

Tim Duggan Construction Inc.

1405 1st St. SW
Cedar Rapids

Todd Hahn Construction, Inc.

3003 Timberline Drive
Riverside

TRU-Rosettes

2612 Auburn Hills Ln. NE
Solon

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

warren home improvements

2512 SE 8th Ct
Des Moines

Weber Paint & Glass Inc

660 10th St
Marion

Wills Way Consolidated Building Services

41 North Scott Blvd.
Iowa City

Window World of Cedar Rapids

5511 6TH ST SW
Cedar Rapids

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