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"Estimate was prompt. Customer questions were answered promptly and patiently. Price was agreed upon. Day/time of installation was agreed upon. Job was completed as promised.

-pamela S.

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"I had a quality painting job for my house from this company. They helped me to choose the colors for overall design, and they also gave me 30% off deal on this project." The crew are professional, detail-oriented, and willing to do whatever is necessary to make the customer happy. They replaced corner boards and repainted all the trims for free. Excellent job!

-Dennis S.

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The sunroom was renovated after damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Donna S. of Philadelphia)

Sunrooms and patios

Porches and sunrooms can add space and character to any home. From helping to create a unique look to the many benefits that they offer to the homeowner, these structures have the ability to add visual appeal and extra living space to any home when properly constructed.

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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.

Sunroom And Patio reviews in Urbandale

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very nice owner and his workers were very professional and neat. the whole job lasted only 1 day. he inquired about anything special we needed to be done and they did a few extras without increasing the price, i would highly recommend this company in which the owner has experience in for many yrs.
- roman L.
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I lost track of how many people i called and received quotes from. From the moment I met
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he stood out as a total professional and from the questions he asked me to being the only person who took pictures of the area during the estimate process, he stood out. I received the estimate exactly when he said I would and it laid out the room completely and with the final price. His price was right in the middle of all the other quotes I received, but it was his professionalism that stood out.
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and his crew were outstanding,
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was punctual, responsive and kept us in the loop the whole time. The job was done perfectly and we could not be happier with the results. I would not hesitate to use him again and will recommend him to everyone I now.
- marat S.
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Great job- kept to original estimate even though job carried over to next morning. Very professional crew. Price was 1/2 of another estimate I got for same work.
- Robert S.
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Excellent work done by skilled company employees quickly. High quality product, work, and product design.
- Blane W.
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IN DECEMBER THE WINDOWS WERE ALL TORN OUT, AND REPLACED WITH DOUBLE
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INSULATED SLIDING ONES. ALSO PUT IN A GOOD OUTSIDE DOOR. IN
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(AFTER CHRISTMAS) THEY RETURNED AS PLANNED --TORE OUT THE OUTSIDE SIDING BOARDS THAT HAS BEEN USED ON INSIDE OF
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, INSULATED ALL OUTSIDE AREAS WITH GOOD INSULATION , PUT UP PLASTER BOARD AND PAINTED SOME AREAS. THEN TOOK OUT THE STATIONARY DOOR AND THE USEABLE DOOR TO LIVING ROOM, THUS OPENING UP ROOM TO HOME ITSELF. THEY THEN REPLACED THESE WITH 2 LEAD GLASS (BEAUTIFUL) FRENCH DOORS. WE ARE VERY PLEASED WITH RESULTS.
- Barbara P.
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did an excellent job on replacing the tile surrounding the tub. He also installed bead board . He also did all the plumbing work, electrical work, and painting. We are very pleased with all his work.
We definitely would hire him again.
We have no complaints.
- margery P.
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This was a terrible experience. The provider that rescreened my pool cage sent the owner's spouse to supervise a worker on his first day on the job. The spouse was in my reclining lounge chair with his feet up (I was told he was recovering from surgery). The worker installed screen panels that were very loose and flapping in the breeze (I was told that the screen should be loose to accommodate storms). The spline was not tight in several areas. The excess screen was not trimmed off on several panels. My landscaping was full of excess screen and spline pieces that were never picked up. The worker used a ladder in my hedges and trampled several of them which would not grow back. When I called the owner back out with my concerns, she trimmed a few pieces of excess screen, tightened a few areas of spline and offered to take a little off the price for the ruined landscaping. She never got a ladder out and did not check out the upper part of the cage that she could not reach from the ground. Within a few months, I had 5 panels of screen that had separated from the cage. Within a few more months, it was up to 7. I contacted the owner again, and received an email telling me to call her and she would come out. She never came out. This rescreen supposedly came with a one year guarantee.
- Yvonne L.
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Goal was to replace a rotting wooden
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was one of many quotes we got. They were on time and provided detailed information about construction materials used timeframe for ordering and installation. While not the least expensive we were more comfortable with the family oriented attitude of the owners and staff.
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was installed on time and to our quality minded satisfaction. We have referred
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to others and they share our pleasure in the work done.
- Margaret M.

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02 Remodel

4304 98th Street
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1st Craftsman Carpentry and Construction LLC

1985 nw 94th st. suite c1
Clive

3 C CARPENTRY

732 53RD ST
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A Perfect Finish Drywall & Construction

6640 Mott Ave
Windsor Heights

A&J Home Improvement

2011 E 23rd St
Des Moines

A-1 Handyman

833 C Ave
Nevada

AFFORDABLE EXTERIORS

Box 4631
Des Moines

Afterimage Construction Services LLC

PO Box 65975
West Des Moines

Amazed Design & Construction

PO Box 48
Saint Marys

Archadeck of Central Iowa

2925 99th St
Urbandale

ARIZONA CUSTOM PATIOS

406 SE 3RD ST
Ankeny

Ark Construction LLC

PO Box 22237
Clive

B-Squared Construction

33 Country Club Dr

Benchmark Construction LLC

1900 Cedar Street
Norwalk

BERTINI STONE & TILE

3355 SE Crossroads Drive
Grimes

Better Home Construction

1601 2nd Ave SW
Altoona

Blueprint Homes LLC

14212 Ridgemont Drive
Urbandale

BMB Finishes

4525 77th St.
Urbandale

Brenizer Builders

115 Elm Court
Norwalk

Bull West Design

4715 Devlin Dr
Norwalk

Buresh Home Solutions

8421 University Blvd. Ste. K-1
Clive

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Can-Dew Construction

614 SW 59th St
Des Moines

Champion Window of Des Moines

5550 Wild Rose Lane, Suite 400
West Des Moines

CHS, LLC

545 Hwy 6
Waukee

City Builders

2009 Center St
Cedar Falls

City Builders

1320 NE 60th Ave
Des Moines

CREATIVE CUSTOM REMODELING

1927 NW 90TH ST
Clive

Dave's Construction

804 Redwood Drive
Norwalk

Deaver Electric Inc

8810 Swanson Blvd
Clive

deWit Construction and Roofing

20000 Wendover Place
Dallas Center

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Duane Dixon

1306 32nd St
West Des Moines

Haes Construction

818 Sw Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny

Hammerhead Construction, LLC

6612 Sheridan AVE
Des Moines

Harless Construction

4960 Ashley Park Dr
West Des Moines

Hartman Remodeling & Constr

11761 Nw Beaver Dr
Granger

Hawkeye Windows & Doors, Inc

104 Brookeridge Dr.
Waterloo

Hickory Construction Inc

P.O. Box 136
Ames

High Caliber Construction

5125 Aurora Ave
Des Moines

Holst Construction

4665 North East 7th street
Des Moines

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

HOT WIRE ELECTRIC

4380 E. Oakwood Dr.
Pleasant Hill

Hughes Home Improvements LLC

809 Cade Court
Des Moines

JD Homeowner Services

4807 160th Ave
Carlisle

Jepson Enterprises

1812 60th St
Des Moines

jerry d. lohner

3500 36th St
Des Moines

Jespersen Construction

4909 NW 8th St
Ankeny

John Schossow

4427 86th St Apt 31
Urbandale

KC Handyman Services

1848 Fuller Rd
West Des Moines

Kent's Karpentry

1540 48th St
Des Moines

KRM Development

10640 Justin Dr.
Urbandale

Kurth Construction

14694 Kennedy st
Indianola

L&M Building & Remodeling

651 Long Street
Patterson

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MDH Design & Construction

1986 NW 80th Ct
Clive

Michael Harris, LLC

126 1/2 S. 11th Street
West Des Moines

Minka Enterprises LLC

4140 100th ST #10
Urbandale

Modern Touches LLC

6781 Hickman Rd
Urbandale

Monkeys Auctions

69 Johns St
Indianola

Platinum Development Co

2538 73rd St
Urbandale

Premier Construction Services

5461 Sandstone Dr
West Des Moines

Professional Home Improvement LLC

3945 42nd Street
Des Moines

Quail Valley Homes

7105 Oak Brook Dr
Urbandale

Red House Remodeling

5904 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines

Remodeling Contractors

PO Box 235
Johnston

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

schultz construction

4999 Ash Dr
Des Moines

SILENT RIVERS DESIGN + BUILD

9205 SWANSON BLVD
Clive

SUNROOM ESCAPES

4870 Andrews Pl
Des Moines

Superior Exteriors

3076 104th St.
Urbandale

SW Sun Control

6429 N Oracle Rd

Swieter Home Lawn and Snow LLC

2900 Capitol Ave
Des Moines

Tasler Carpentry LLC

4975 170th Ave
Carlisle

Trezac Construction

355 88th St
West Des Moines

Umthun Construction

11651 NW 121st St
Granger

Veldkamp Construction Services LLC.

4532 Boulevard Place
Des Moines

Vice Construction

1203 N 9th st.
Indianola

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

WINDOW WORLD of Des Moines

5201 NE 14th Street
Des Moines

Young Construction Co

5105 Wildwood Dr

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