Access to trusted reviews, the best Basement Remodeling Companies and exclusive discounts!
- Memberships allow Angie’s List to certify that all reviews are real reviews from real members—no fake, bogus, or anonymous reviews here!
- Angie’s List is a Community that you’ll use time after time. Research who to hire, learn tips and tricks, and consult with your neighbors
- Members can choose from tons of deals and discounts for projects they need to do, like 30% off exterior home painting!
- If a project goes badly, Angie’s List has a complaint resolution team standing by to help you.
West Chicago Basement Remodeling Articles
Angie's List In The Press
Sample Basement Remodeling Companies Reviews
entire project within our budget.
Overall I would recommend
quite obvious by mid-November that the GC was playing us for a fool and -- on November 11th (one day prior to our 47th wedding anniversary) attempted to use the unfinished projects as "leverage" when the principals (
The owner of
Prior to signing the contract, when I inquired about the number of their employees, they replied, "Six." There were really only three (including the two principals) and, most often, only the two principals showed up (rarely before 10:00 or 11:00 am, after stating they would be on site by 8 or 9 am). Some days they would not show up at all. The one "regular" -- if I can call him that -- rarely showed up, because he did not have a car and the GC often refused to pick him up due to the extra driving distance. The "crew" often took excessive cigarette breaks (surrounding the property with clouds of smoke that would very often
drift into the home -- due to open doors or windows. To my dismay, I discovered the crew often put out their cigarettes on our porch's wood railing and on the brick walls of our house (I have photos).
The GC then proposed a "labor only" contract that was finalized on September 23. I typed the contract (originally presented to me by the GC in poorly formatted, hand-written form) and they signed it. During this good-weather period, they continually stalled on outdoor projects that needed to be completed prior to poor weather setting in.
In the meantime, I caught Mr.
that, in all the weeks that they had installed nearly 2000 linear feet of replacement drywall, they had never nailed and screwed it down with the intent to "test" the fit.
In order to install new French doors to a now non-existent patio,
"puzzles" (or left incomplete); a botched Master Bath shower... and the list goes on and on.
I even caught the crew sealing up a bedroom wall, with new drywall, without installing new sound-deadening insulation that was in the contract -- and had been discussed with the GC on multiple occasions.
There is so much more I could report, but I haven't the inclination to waste
more time than this GC has already stolen from me... except to say:
On November 11, 2013, the principals of
extract additional monies from us (Home Owner) for contracted work already in
progress or already complete-- without contractually required written and
signed Change Orders in trade for continuing/completing over 40 unfinished
projects, under the contract -- work for which agreed-to fees had
previously been proposed, by the contractor, and for which they were
contractually bound. On November 11th 2013, a verbal threat was made to
walk-away and abandon the job site if we did not give in to their request for
more money and, in the GC's words, to "Throw me a bone, here!"
Other than official Change Orders that were agreed to, we did not have budget
for additional amounts, over and above what was agreed to in the original
signed Agreement. So, the Principals of
contract and abandoned the job site completely -- taking with them many items
that my wife and I had paid for (boxes of nails, screws, tile spacers, tools
and so forth).
Up to the point of GC's site abandonment,
deliver a replacement in-ground pool liner, for which we had paid $1,840, 8
weeks prior on September 8th (due to be delivered to the GC within 3 weeks of
order). Turns out, the GC ordered the 30mil pool liner, with our money --
but did not pay their supplier for it with the money we gave them, until we
threatened to file a fraud report with the County
Not quite so coincidentally, the GC bought a dump-truck right around the
time we paid them for the pool liner. When I first inquired about arrival of the
liner, the GC assured me it was delivered to a "storage" site three
weeks later. But what he did not tell me was the fact that the GC never paid
the wholesale pool supply house with the money, we paid, and the special liner
sat in an Indy warehouse for nearly two months, while the supplier
waited to be paid (the supplier had already put his money on the line by
ordering the liner from the manufacturer). When I tracked down the CEO of
the pool supply company, he told me he was still waiting to be paid for the
Extreme Levels, LLC abandoned our job site and never returned -- leaving us
with half-poured, not-to-standard industry best practices concrete
patios/walkways poured above grade, rather than "at grade" (experts
tell us the $2,500 job will have to be completely demolished and removed, as it
is not level, not properly brushed, and creates water-leakage problems into the
walls). In addition, the GC spilled concrete sludge across our backyard
and massive amounts of sludge were left to cover up poorly constructed,
un-removed concrete forms (that the GC was contractually bound to provide but,
instead, behind our backs, cut up our own expensive OSB boards and timber --
instead of supplying proper, bendable forms).
You might ask, as members of Angie's List, how we came to contract with such a
corrupt and nefarious GC. Well, we actually had several Angie's List
bidders -- one of which we had actually decided upon. Unfortunately, the
day we were to call the Angie's List contractor (who was within our budget
constraints), we received a message that he would be hunting and fishing in
Montana for several weeks and would not be reachable by cellphone. Due to
Fall weather that would soon set in, we could not wait that long and needed to
get started on the demo and remodel. So, we moved to the next
budget-level GC (who, though not an Angie's List member, had been
highly recommended by another local company) and
who was well within our remodel budget. The other bidders were just too
high for our budget. Had we just waited for the original A.L. contractor
to return from vacation, we would be living in our new retirement home...
which is currently uninhabitable. Lessons learned the hard way.
Also,everything was well orchestrated with his sub contractors and we always felt informed.
All Basement Remodeling Companies in West Chicago, IL
Downers Grove, IL
Mount Prospect, IL
Island Lake, IL
Oak Park, IL
Elmwood Park, IL