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"I really love the end result. All of the workers were amazing very responsible, nice and respectful. They didn't Rush to get the job done they took their time" and made sure that everything was the way that we had asked. They checked everything made sure that everything was working correctly before I gave him the last check. They did an amazing job getting the job done. I am looking forward in working with them in the future since my husband and I are planning to do a couple of other things to the house. Overall the experience with them was great.

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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.

Basement Remodeling reviews in Fort Wayne

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I was very happy with
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. The workmanship was excellent. For example, other estimators said the only way to remove my bathroom wallpaper was to replace my drywall, an expensive option.
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was able to remove the wallpaper inexpensively, and make the walls look perfect. The laundry area is now much more functional, and looks pristine.
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kept to their promised schedule, and cleaned up everyday. When I had questions I'd would call my project manager, Efim, who always answered his phone, was very responsive, and answered all my questions. I felt it was important to
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- Todd D.
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We had a major hail storm on Saturday,
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26th, 2014. We called
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. because our close friends in the Twin Cities highly recommended. We called
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and they came out the very next day!
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was very professional and was an expert when it came to working with our insurance. He handled pretty much everything start to finish. Our new roof is beautiful and we couldn't be more satisfied. He brought out many color samples and products to choose from and recommended what color would work best for our home. Thank you
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- Tanya D.
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It went really well, better and faster than I could have imagined.
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is a total professional and was easy to work with. He was kind to my wife and children and was very flexible and present during the project. We initially obtained three quotes. One was 10K more and the other was close in pricing but I felt more comfortable after meeting
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. The two guys he sent to do the bulk of the construction were very efficient and suggested a few helpful modifications that did not significantly increase the cost, but significantly improved the usability and final appearance of the room. They were nice guys who spoke English well so there were no communication issues. We had regular meetings with
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and the project went smoothly. Any options were presented in the beginning with pricing so their were no surprises and when we inquired about a potential modification,
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gave us fair pricing. When we are ready, we will have this company back to perform additional projects.
- Alan K.
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The entire experience was flawless! The owner, Efim, was professional and enthusiastic about the project. He was the only contractor to look at the project who came up with a solution that would keep the finished floor lower than the bottom of the door (as it should be). The project was completed on time for the price quoted. I could not be more pleased with the quality! The stone was cut perfectly and the grout was smooth and sealed. Even the shoe molding was cut with perfect seams (I inspect closely)! The site was totally clean and nothing was left behind but my extra tiles. Everything went so smoothly that I will definitely use them again and recommend them to friends!
- ANNIE H.
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These guys are incredible.
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is very knowledgable and knew exactly what options I had. They were very prompt and finished in 4 1/2 hours.
- Carmelin L.
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M&M were on site bright and earlier as agreed every day. They electrician provided great insight on number of cans for each area on the 2nd floor. He also suggested moving the fan over to center on area of the 2nd floor. The electrician did a great job with the installation. After the electrical work was done, they checked for water damage on all 3 floors of my house which was caused by an ice dam. They were thorough with checking the ceilings to ensure everything was safe. Next, they painted the common areas and master bedroom closet which was covered under insurance. For the most part, the painting was pretty good. There were a couple of areas on the ceiling that I need to touch up since the pencil
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from the electrician could still be seen.
Overall, M&M did a great job with the house and provided great and fast service.
- Jun-Jun V.
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exceeded my expectations on this remodel.
They were professional and so easy to work with. There are one main
person you will interact with his name is (
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who you will meet
initially. Very warm, friendly personality.
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got my vision for the
basement remodel and created a floor plan rendering within a couple of
days of our meeting. He’s not an architect but you won’t need one with
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He’s the “creative” so I stayed in touch with him regularly on
some of my unique requests like a gym and black dropped
ceilings. he also is the owner of the company . He ensures the project is running smoothly
and made sure the budget was in line, a crucial piece. I can’t tell
you how many times contractors would just request checks every few days
and you didn’t know when they would end or in some cases when they were
coming back to the project after receiving a check. This is an
organized operation. You will place a deposit, and then
there are three timed installments. You will also need to pay for your
permits, though they will submit this info for you. Yes, I spent a bit
over budget as I decided to remove two steel beams and made other add’l
requests but
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kept me in the loop so I didn’t experience sticker
shock price . There was no delaying of the project once it started and the basement
was completed in about 6 weeks (inclusive of additional time for special
orders). the own of the company is also involved in the remodeling. He can do just about anything you can envision. He came
early, left late, and sometimes worked over the weekend. His work
ethic is unbelievable and he really goes out of his way to ensure you’re
pleased with everything. The whole team (including others that
helped) is really top notch. If you’re interested in a remodeling
project, be proper to have a great experience with this contractor. they
are very fast once the work begins and will deliver what your expect
your place to be.
- jose L.
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Some of the finishing wasn't perfect, but they stuck to budget and were less expensive than competitors and did it on time. I found some of the finishing touches to lacking.
- Jim D.

All Basement Remodeling Companies in Fort Wayne, IN

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Affordable Plastering,INC

4906 Goshen Rd
Fort Wayne

Amco Inc.

4808 Tirol Pass
Fort Wayne

American Basement Solutions

1988 Old State Road 44
Martinsville

AMERICAN CITY PLUMBING INC

14519 PLANK ST
Fort Wayne

AMERICAN RENOVATIONS, INC

4405 ENGLE RD
Fort Wayne

B&Bdrywall&paint

4818 turbo tr.

Baker Construction

4920 Cedar Lake Dr
Fort Wayne

Baker's Contract Building & Remodeling

11833 Hood Street P.O. BOX 68
Harlan

Big Boy's Construction Inc

701 S Nay Rd
Greenwood

Brad & Pam Ash LP

6658 E. McGuire Rd.
Churubusco

Bright Concepts

161 Frasier St
Greencastle

C & P CONCRETE

11203 STATE RD. 101
Harlan

C L Keisler Carpentry, Inc

369 Penn Ave
Fort Wayne

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CCEC (CUMMINGS COMPLETE EXPERT CONTRACTING)

5528 N HAVERFORD AVE
Indianapolis

CDI: Choice Designs, Inc.

3223 Carroll Road
Fort Wayne

Changes Unlimited

1005 Herman St
Fort Wayne

Commercial Constuction Company, Inc

4207 Gallmeyer Ct
Fort Wayne

Coy Plumbing Inc.

3432 Taylor Street
Fort Wayne

Creative Design & Construction

11435 State Rd. 101
Harlan

Custom Lines Inc

PO Box 169
Leo

D.J.'s Handyman

710 3rd St
Fort Wayne

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis

Directflow Services, LLC

3924 Walden Run
Fort Wayne

DL Bailey Construction, Inc

2391 E Business 30
Columbia City

DuHadway Corp

2214 Wayne Trace
Fort Wayne

E & R CONTRACTING & INSTLLTN

4335 EARTH DR
Fort Wayne

E=MC Remodeling Services LLC.

4814 Warsaw Street
Fort Wayne

Edens Painting and Remodeling LLC

8747 Fielding Ln
Indianapolis

Elwood Homes & Remodeling

132 Lincoln Hwy W
New Haven

Evergreen Remodeling Inc.

4006 Goeglein Road
Fort Wayne

Faerber's Bee Window Inc

115 Shadowlawn Dr
Fishers

Fawley & Sons Inc

State Road 13
Syracuse

Flip Bros Construction

19228 Dawkins Rd
Woodburn

Foundation Doctors

1618 Columbia Ave
Fort Wayne

FRUCHTE PAINTING & DECORATING

1741 E BELLMONT RD
Decatur

GRIGGS REMODELING

605 KINNAIRD AVE
Fort Wayne

Ground Up Contractors

PO Box 13623
Fort Wayne

GUARDIAN SERVICES

6502 BLUFFTON RD
Fort Wayne

Heritage Builders

15717 Viberg Road
Leo

Home Works Professional Handyman Services

4825 Lafayette St
Fort Wayne

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

Honorable Home Repairs

9018 Village Dr.
Fort Wayne

Hyde's Renovate Right

2041 Cherokee Rd
Ft. Wayne

INDIANA ADVANCED co

3604 STAFFORD DR
Fort Wayne

Indiana Foundation Service

624 N Front St
Whiteland

Integrity Design & Remodeling

5404 Chico Grey Dr
Indianapolis

J YODER INC

7802 YOUNG RD
Fort Wayne

Jerry's Custom Services

17326 Kent Way
Harlan

K4 Renovations

4111 Woodstock Dr
Fort Wayne

KLSDesignBuild

Fort Wayne

Mark Weaver

Fort Wayne

Midwest Air Solutions

15630 Joliet Road
Westfield

Miracle Contracting, Inc.

507 Constance Ave
Fort Wayne

MPP Contracting LLc

2403 N clinton

Myers Construction

5421 Chantilly Drive
Fort Wayne

NORTHERN REFLECTIONS CONSTR

8566 S WEST BAY SHORE DRIVE

Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling

3010-1 BUTLER RIDGE PKWY
Fort Wayne

RCD Inc.

315 Barouche Pl.
Fort Wayne

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RFD Construction

PO Box 8592
Fort Wayne

S & A HOME IMPROVEMENTS

7014 ELZEY ST
Fort Wayne

S H & S Construction Co

4130 Lafayette St
Fort Wayne

Serenity Kitchen & Bath Inc

1912 Omee Ct
Fort Wayne

Service Plus Heating Cooling Plumbing

11771 Technology Dr
Fishers

Sizemore's Handyman Service

1808 CR16
Waterloo

Skaggs Construction, LLC

139 S Boehning St
Indianapolis

Splash Carpentry

4546 Church St

Springer Construction Inc.

9318 Airport Dr
Fort Wayne

Steam it

5130 Starwood Dr
Fort Wayne

Swainco LLC

3831 Morgantown Rd
Greenwood

T & L CONSTRUCTION

1720 E POPLAR RD
Columbia City

The Extreme Artisan

1116 W Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne

W C Borchelt & Sons Inc

6332 Maplecrest Rd
Fort Wayne

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Windows Doors & More

1121 W Washington Ctr Rd
Fort Wayne

WITCHET REMODELING CO., INC

443 ARCADIA CT
Fort Wayne

WRIGHT BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION

4605 WEATHERSIDE RUN
Fort Wayne

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