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contstruction on 5/29. He stopped over the same day and spent about an hour with me sizing up the job. He said he'd give" me a quote by Monday (The next business day). He thought the job would cost around $27K-$30K. I called him on 6/5 because I didn't receive a quote. He said he didn't have time to finish it yet but would drop it off soon (no email). I called him back on 6/25 and said that he thought I didn't want him to do the job anymore. I said, no, I'm still waiting for a quote and interested in proceeding. He never provided the quote and I never called him back. I'm disappointed that he wasted an hour of my time on 5/29 and never even quoted the job or followed up with anything.

-Mike K.

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"Overall experience was average to below average. I joined Angie's list to find a reputable contractor who can repair the mistakes they made.
" relocated the AC/Heat vent and the cold air return and did not bother to connect the duct work in the basement,. It is covered by a ceiling so we did not notice it until I had the AC company check to see why my kitchen was not getting sufficient air. I also need to have all the electrical repaired....they overloaded the circuits and we are always blowing fuses. They ordered the wrong cabinets and refused to take the blame for it....even though I had the cabinets I wanted in writing so eventually they will also have to be replaced. We had so many issues with them that I had to pick my
so the cabinets didnt make the list. I agree with the others
is very difficult to work with.

-Mary 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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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 Tremont

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The company was very prompt in replying once I'd bought the deal, and we made an appointment when I was available, which was a couple of weeks later. When the technician arrived, he asked me about my concerns & I explained my concern with water stains & peeling paint on the kitchen ceiling, with possible rodents in the attic & with need for insulation in my attic. He set up his ladder, climbed up a few steps & peeked into the attic. He took a couple of cell phone pictures & showed me the results, claiming he could not tell about the water stains without tearing open the ceiling. Well, since the area in question was 10 feet away from where he put his head up, of course he couldn't tell. I told him he could not "open up" my ceiling, and suggested he actually go into the attic to look at that area. He then climbed up again & stood on the ceiling beams, but did not walk around at all in the attic. My attic is over 1500 sq. ft., and he could not possibly have seen any more than a very tiny bit from his
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. He showed me a photo of debris on the floor of the attic, claiming he did not know what it was, but I would have to have the whole area cleaned up, then he could seal the holes &
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down insulation for the price of $6000. At no time did he suggest looking at the crawl space under the house, or use any type of infrared device, as The Deal claimed he would do.
I consider this whole experience a SCAM! When I informed him that I could in no way afford $6000 he asked if I could finance that & I said no. He then suggested I call Angie's List & tell them he did not come at all, so I could get back my $79 from them, and he would confirm that, since he did not get any money from that anyway! How kind. Then he said, on second thought, what he needed were ratings so he could be higher on Angie's list, and if I hadn't used him, I couldn't rate him & he really only wanted the rating. So forget the $79 back.
I suggest you stay far away from
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, at least from this scam of a "Complete Attic and Crawlspace Inspection, Plus Whole House Infrared Scan" since it was a complete waste of my time & money. I think it might have been worth $20 for the amount of inspection he did!
- Colleen H.
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AGA was an excellent company to work with. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work as they spent a lot of time working overtime on my project to make sure it was on time.
- Elliot B.
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We called numerous providers regarding stuck windows, needing to know if we required new windows or just repairs. Out of about 8-10 contractors
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's was the only company to offer to come out and at least check them. They arrived on time, checked the windows, showed us a spray to get, fixed one window and that was it. No charge for the visit. I would use them for future needs.
- MARIAN W.
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I contacted
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after seeing work that he had done for a couple of neighbors.They were very pleased with the work that he had performed for them and highly recommended him. I have used
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several times for different projects since having him clean my roof. He is very professional and punctual, performed a thorough job and clean up when he was done, I could barely tell he was there....other than the clean, moss free roof! As a single female, I feel completely comfortable with
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working at my house, providing me a fair price for the work and not taking advantage of me by suggesting more work or repairs than what is actually needed.
- Tracy H.
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did an excellent job and we are very happy with the new look of our stairs! He was very professional throughout the process including timeliness of bid proposal, performing the work on the proposed start date, communication throughout the process, arriving when he said he would, and leaving the work area clean. We will consider using
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for other projects in the future and would recommend him to anyone needing similar work.
- Karla S.
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Used this company about 15/20 years ago for same problem. Appears that old cracks are still holding, but new cracks had appeared. Professional. Good people. Would recommend to others and would call them again.
- Vicki E.
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Though the Anza Valley in Riverside County is only 25 miles from the city limits of Temecula California, it suffers from name recognition problems. Many people think that the Anza Valley in Riverside County is somewhere in the Anza
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Desert of San
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County, a difference of about 40 miles as the crow flies....More /> The Anza Valley is about 4000 feet mountainous area and on the road to Idlewild and or Palm Desert California. The Anza
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Desert on the other hand is at sea level. Given this problem is sometimes difficult to get service people to come to the Anza Valley area. This is unfortunate since the Anza Valley appears to be the next major area for vineyards in Southern California. Failure to services area by individuals on Angie's list is going to be a mistake on their part in the long run.
Given that I have to commend the
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Corporation or their foresight in providing his service to the Anza Valley without question. He sent his technician to my residence in Anza Valley where he remove my old electrical
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and replaced it with a new one in a very expeditious manner. Consequently, I would highly recommend the
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Corporation to anyone who needs electrical equipment installed at their property.

- Thomas G.
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and his subcontractors did an amazing job, they took a house that had been neglected for some time and was in need of significant repair and transformed it into a house that is now a home.
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surprisingly was our lowest quote which sometimes can be risky but I knew he was the right contractor for our job and the person that I wanted to work with. He is extremely professional and pleasant to deal with; he organized the job so that it was finished on time and on budget. He also was accommodating of our logistics (owner commutes out of town for work, had an elderly dog, etc.)--he worked with our schedule and delivered wonderfully.
- kelly T.

Remodeling Contractors in Tremont, IL

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ABC Construction & Restoration

406 Charlotte St
Washington

Abel Builders

Farmington

Affordable Builders

1411 Bellaire
London Mills

All Around The House & More

3100 N Knoxville Ave
Peoria

All In One Property Management

205 E. Frye Ave.
Peoria

Alliss Construction

117 Detweiler
Congerville

Aluma-Side Siding & Window Company

203 Eastgate Drive
Washington

Apex Roofing Inc.

521 S. Main St.
Creve Coeur

Associated Interior Construction

22205 Illinois Route 9
Tremont

Assurance Property Inspections

412 Lexington Dr
Washington

Atet Inc

630 Oak Ct
Goodfield

Bath Connection

4218 N Sheridan Rd
Peoria

Bathroom Remodeling Specialist

1215 Market St
Pekin

Bathrooms Plus Inc

7024 N University
Peoria

Bayview Exteriors

327 Derby
Pekin

Bennett Builders

1626 N Kankakee
Lincoln

Better Way Siding & Windows

1501 N Main St
East Peoria

BILL DEXTER HOME REPAIR

101 E TAZEWELL ST
Tremont

Blue Chip Bath and Remodeling

103 Sterling St.
Washington

Blumenshine Construction

1012 St Julian
Pekin

Bob Gottschalk General Contractor

259 E Parkway Dr
East Peoria

Bohm's Better Homes

200 N. Main
Wyoming

BRAD BURGESS CONSTRUCTION

14914 W Windsong Dr
Brimfield

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cbohmdesigns

102 Craig Rd
Marquette Heights

celtic stone & tile

103 Mabee Ave
East Peoria

Central Contractors Inc

223 Meadows Ave
East Peoria

CHRIS RODGERS CONSTRUCTION

345 ROOSEVELT
Creve Coeur

Christian Home Improvement

28105 Allentown Rd
Tremont

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Cool Roofs

104 S Seventh St
Roanoke

Cornerstone Builders & Developers Inc

6129 W Southport Rd
Peoria

Cronkhite Home solutions

7920 N. Hale Ave.
Peoria

DANIEL J HEINZ REMODELING INC

1729 W LAMONT AVE
Peoria

Daniel J. Heinz Remodeling, Inc.

1729 West Lamont Avenue
Peoria

Design A Maid Inc

219 1/2 Monroe St.
Washington

Dillman Brothers Contracting Inc

3509 N Cunningham Ave
Urbana

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Doc. Kildairs Home Repair

1628 glenview dr
East Peoria

Dreams To Reality

PO Box 210155

Duffy Electric

1201 s capitol

Expert Exteriors

724 Taylor ST
Morton

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FIRST BUILD ASSOC INC

410 JUBILEE LN
Metamora

Gary Roe Home Improvement

809 W McClure
Peoria

GNT Maintenance

7217 N University St
Peoria

Go Green Construction Inc.

5617 Dorita Ln
Dunlap

Goodwood & Stone Inc

304 New Salem Dr
Canton

Goodwood & Stone, Inc

304 New Salem Dr
Canton

Grethey Construction

415 S Mesa Hills Dr Apt 1124

Ground Zero Storm Shelters

4600 Independence Rd

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE
Libertyville

Handyman Services

146 W. Main St.
El Paso

Helitech North

1910 5th Street
Lincoln

HENSLEY HARDWOOD FLOORS

5035 E RICHLAND AVE
Chillicothe

Homepro

2415 W Antoinette St
Peoria

Homestead quality

26083 Liberty Ln
Washington

Hornecker Construction, Inc

2332 Lake Shore Dr
Pekin

House Works By Jim

333 W Stonegate Rd
Peoria

Interior Finishing Systems

161 Hollywood Circle
Creve Coeur

JB & Sons Construction

124 Greenlawn Ct.
East Peoria

JC Construction

1615 E Wilson Ave.
Peoria

KELLEY CONSTRUCTION

201 N. 8th
Pekin

Kern Construction And Remodeling LLC

301 W 2nd Ave
Deer Creek

Kitchen & Bath Specialties

7041 N. Teakwood Ct.
Peoria

Konie Repair & Construction LLC

1705 S. Livingston St
Peoria

Lakeside Custom Builders

PO Box 109
Mossville

Larry May Carpenter Contractor Inc

1012 E Wilson Ave
Peoria

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

McDaniel Plumbing Co

17901 Unsicker
Groveland

Messing Construction Co

3416 NE Adams St
Peoria

Michael Schmidt

3603 Woodbine Ter
Peoria

nevitt construction

14314 grandview dr

No Stone Unturned

145 Chicago St.
East Peoria

OPTCO Residential Inc

5136 S Desert View Dr

P & W Builders Inc

6222 W Plank Rd
Peoria

Peoria Siding & Window Co

203 Eastgate Dr
Washington

Precise Repair & Remodel

1026 Meadow Ave
East Peoria

Raymer Plastering Repair

652 N 8th Ave
Canton

Reading & Son Plumbing Inc

7712 N Crestline Dr
Peoria

Remodeling Roo & His Crew

203 S Meadowview
Washington

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Revive Painting

10305 N. Autumnview Ct
Peoria

Rich Murray Granite & Marble Works

4603 Enterprise Drive
Bartonville

RO Properties and Remodeling

505 Somerset Dr
Metamora

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

S&S Automotive

665 S 6th Ave
Canton

S.F. Pauli Builders, Inc.

1518 E Beach St
Peoria Heights

Sale Plastering

635 N 1ST Ave
Canton

Sky Real Estate Services

511 W High St
Peoria

Specialty Home Builders

7812 S Glasford Rd
Glasford

STEIDER HOME IMPROVEMENTS

125 CAMELIN DR.
Washington

Stoops plumbing

4014 sw Adams
Peoria

Superior Installations Corporation of Illinois

750 Lee Street
Elk Grove Village

The Bath Connection

4218 N Sheridan Rd
Peoria

Vance Remodeling and Restoration

210 Laurel Ln
East Peoria

Voorhees Siding & Window INC

1299 N Henderson st.
Galesburg

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

William Cox Construction

403 N Magnolia St
Elmwood

Williams Doug Construction

1835 S Crest Dr
Peoria

Woodfront Kitchens

203 Eastgate Dr
Washington

Woods Painting & Remodeling

108 S Market St
Washington

World Painting Company

1613 Commerce Pkwy
Bloomington

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