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& Remodeling was exceptionally responsive. This was especially appreciated in a world" where contractor outreach often goes un-answered.
and his crew were clearly talented professionals that were on site when the said they would be, were very courteous, and always left the site clean. This job started as simply replacing two decks, but we quickly learned when the old decks came down, water and carpenter ants had taken their toll.
immediately brought the damage to our attention and walked around the property with us pointing out all areas of concern (including windows). I commend
on his sensitivity to our initial budget and believe his goal was simply to inform. Our decision to expand the project was, in part, due to the quality of work performed thus far. We would not be disappointed.
& Remodeling is not the cheapest guy on the block, but offers great value for superior work. One (not contractor specific) bit of advice, I can offer: should your project scope expand, be sure to get a full and detailed accounting/reconciliation of changes in writing. It will avoid confusion and miscommunication. Overall, we were very pleased with
& Remodeling and would definitely use them again.

-Stephen N.

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was punctual, professional and polite. The job was completed and the results exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend
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-Nancy M.

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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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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.
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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.

 

Remodeling reviews in Homer

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was the best contractor I've ever worked with. His communication was outstanding. His crew and subs were extremely neat and professional. I felt very comfortable leaving them in my home unattended. I new he wasn't the cheapest but it was worth every penny as he backed up all his work and was on top of every nuance our project had. We started with a run down home and left with a beautifully updated dream home. Thanks
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for the great work!
- Phillip K.
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The project turned out better than we had expected. Working with AGA was amazing as we were able to see how many possibilities there was with our kitchen that we were not aware of. It was nice designing our kitchen with AGA as they had our concerns and interests in mind.
The execution of the project was really nice. They did a great job with every scope of work. I was satisfied with each and everything they did.
I have remodeled homes in the past, but this experience was far better than those. AGA has a sense of responsibility and professionalism that all the other companies lacked.
I am proud to have found such a professional and great construction company. Without a doubt, I would use AGA again.
- Terry C.
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We chose AGA from 5 companies we interview. Our initial appointment was with
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
- he helped finalize our dream bathroom by giving us an idea that fit in line with our vision. And that's how he was the whole project. He always assisted us to get us the best bathroom possible. He did a great job of planning his men, and it was done quickly after demolition.
This project was a great experience. We will gladly use AGA for future projects.
- Michelle G.
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We contacted over 7 contractors to provide us with an estimate. Only 3 actually showed up!
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
came on a Saturday and looked over the job with me. I provided him with a detailed list of everything I wanted and he made suggestions to my list which turned out to be very helpful.
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
provided a competitive quote 2 days later and we hired him. His price fell between the other 2 contractors but I felt most comfortable with
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
.
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
's crew showed up and got to work quick.
By the end of the first week they had framed, insulated, did all of the electrical and all of the plumbing in a 1000sq. ft basement! I had a contractor friend of mine inspect the work after week one and he was very impressed with the craftsmanship.
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
also met me that Friday to review the progress and to answer my questions.
By the end of week 2 they had completely sheet rocked the whole basement, spackled, sanded, laid the tile floor in the kitchen and installed the drop ceiling in the laundry room. Once again,
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
and I met to review the job and discuss the progress.
By the end of week 3 they completed all of the trim, doors, recessed lighting etc. And the basement was done.
I can't stress enough how professional
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
's crew is. Anytime I stopped downstairs to check the progress they would stop what they were doing to go over everything. My family and I went away for the week and completely trusted the crew in our house.
The basement looks beautiful and everything was done in 3 weeks!
Thanks
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
!
- Gary R.
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I bought the Angie's "Deal" for my downstairs bath and after I got their bid for my other bathroom -- I used them for both bathrooms! I have an old house had a lot of challenges.
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are great -- anytime something additional needed done, it was just done or he'd give me an on the spot price and we'd work it out. Everything was done as expected, cleaned, efficient and on time! They were just great - I'll use them again!!!
- Susan W.
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Service was excellent, as always. I've used
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for several years for my pool's hardware needs.
Homer Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
has always been quick to respond, and able to repair and/or install new equipment, as needed. I would highly recommend their service.
- Lisa L.
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My husband and I choose them over 2 other remodeling companies because they were recommended to us by two of our friends. I loved the initial communication and their estimate to remodel our kitchen. They did an extraordinary job with great craftsmanship that gave our kitchen a totally new and beautiful look. I’m really satisfied with how things went.
I feel confident referring this company to my friends and family.
- Natalie P.
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The project actually went very, very well. They did an excellent job on designing the remodel - and there were some issues with how to deal with the original footprint of the kitchen. When we hit occasional, unexpected "bumps" in the road - as is common with remodels, AGA was very reasonable and fair in dealing with them. The workmen on the project did an excellent job and were very responsive to our needs as well. The kitchen is beautiful and a joy to work in. And, the project was finished on time!!!
- David & Barbara M.

Remodeling Contractors in Homer, IL

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3-D Construction

1470 W. Mound Rd
Decatur

ADVANCED SIGNS & GRAPHICS

110 W Mary St
Homer

AJL Construction

801 East Chestnut
Hoopeston

Around the House

609 E. Burkwood Court
Urbana

Can Do! Construction and Remodeling

416 Van Dongen St.
Cerro Gordo

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Country Carpentry

3025 Georgetown Rd
Westville

Custom Builders

904 S Race St
Urbana

Custom Home Updates

2907 Crestridge Dr
Champaign

Darcy Bean Custom Construction

PO Box 1758
Champaign

Drop Tine Design

1702 Burnetta st.
Champaign

ELY FURNITURE & CABINETS

2611 COUNTY ROAD 1025 N
Homer

Express Home Repairs

2001 S Mattis Ave.
Champaign

FATHER & SON CONSTRUCTION

312 PLUM ST
Danville

Gillison Construction

PO Box 442
Tuscola

Goodman's Construction

35 Shemauger Trail
Urbana

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE
Libertyville

HOKE CONSTRUCTION

1136 EASTVIEW DR
Paxton

J & B CONTRACTORS

PO BOX 3733
Champaign

J J Swartz Co

2120 N Oakland
Decatur

Jim's Carpentry Service

217 S. Wisconsin ST
Atwood

JT Perfect Home Co

305 S Wood
Bloomington

M&H Contracting

814 bryan av
Danville

mark's handyman services

1810 Larch Pl
Urbana

Math Master K's tutoring service

4811 Allison Dr
Champaign

Messing Construction Co

3416 NE Adams St
Peoria

MGC Home & Garden Services

963 Iron Horse Pl
Monticello

MJ Construction

PO Box 212
Gifford

Moreman's Home Improvement

105 Maple St
Danville

MP Mechanical

33 Bismark St
Danville

New Prairie Construction Co

605 E Main St
Urbana

NEWLINE HOMES

2309 Village Green Pl
Champaign

On the Level Home Maintenance & Repair

1101 Prestwick Point
Champaign

On the level Home Maintenance and Repairs

1101 Prestwick Point
Champaign

Peaceful Renovations

217 Lee st p.o. box 307
Oakwood

Perkins Home Improvement, Inc.

502 E Green St
Urbana

Prism Painting & Home Repairs

1750 E State Rte 9
Paxton

Pristine Inspections & Testing, Inc.

3912 Trailway Dr
Champaign

Pro Service

301 E Chestnut St
Allerton

PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENTS

318 E MAIN ST
Monticello

PSR Home Improvement

1012 County Rd 2125 E
Sidney

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

ReNew Concepts LLC

510 W Front St
Bloomington

Scott Nelson Construction, Inc.

1600 Spring Creek Drive
Mahomet

Shaw's Premier Painting

1003 S Barker Rd
Champaign

Stivers Carpentry

310 N Main St
Mansfield

SUN STRUCTURE DESIGN INC

505 E CHESTNUT ST
Bondville

Taylor'd Home Improvements

1006 E Water St
Urbana

The Floorist

1980 CR 900 N
Sidney

USPRO/UNITED SVC DISASTER

807 W OAK ST
Mahomet

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

WHITE CONSTRUCTION CO

15462 INDIANA AVE
Georgetown

Woods Basement Systems Inc

524 Vandalia St
Collinsville

World Painting Company

1613 Commerce Pkwy
Bloomington

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