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-Blanca V.

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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 Highland

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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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that I be happy with the project, and I was.
- 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 Highland, IN

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A-PLUS INC

504 Broadway
Chesterton

Abacus Home Inspections & Construction

P.O. Box 442
Rolling Prairie

Abe's Pro Painters & Remodeling

903 Wilcox St
Hammond

Above Board Construction

221 N Calumet Rd
Chesterton

All Construction

462 South 500 West
Valparaiso

American Basement Solutions

1988 Old State Road 44
Martinsville

Anderson and Anderson Construction

670 N Madison St
Crown Point

AR Construction

6218 Abercorn Ave
Portage

b & b remodeling

4628 towle ave
Hammond

B&L Work

Chesterton

Big 4 Construct-shinn Inc

118 Northbrook Dr
Michigan City

Bob Furnas Remodeling

8585 E. Rio Grande Ave
Terre Haute

C R HOMES INC

8639 PARRISH AVE
Schererville

C.H.I.

55 S Morgan Blvd
Valparaiso

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cal Homes Inc

11505 Maryland St
Crown Point

Capstone Construction LLC

115 Crestview St
Crown Point

CJB Construction

446 N Rensselaer
Griffith

CK Building and Design Corporation

P.O. Box 1136
Crown Point

Compton Construction

PO Box 266
Schererville

CROSSROADS REMODELING, INC.

490 Ashford Lane
Valparaiso

Cutting Edge Builders

Michigan City

Dano Construction

5435 110 St Unit 3

Darrell G White Home Repair

2149 Hulman St
Terre Haute

David DeCesaris

2146 Coral Dr
Schererville

DELTA SUN ELECTRIC CORP

3900 E 31ST AVE
Hobart

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis

Done Right, Inc

11604 W 181st Ave
Lowell

Doppler Construction Inc

1023 1/2 E. Summit St
Crown Point

Duneland Home & Hardware, Inc

1018 North Karwick
Michigan City

Dye Custom Carpentry

203 E 16th St.
Laporte

Eccentrics

453 Hayes Leonard RD
Valparaiso

EcoProz

356 W Joliet

Edens Painting and Remodeling LLC

8747 Fielding Ln
Indianapolis

Eenigenburg Exteriors Inc

13926 W 117th Ave
Cedar Lake

Ephesus

21920 E Lincoln Hwy

Faerber's Bee Window Inc

115 Shadowlawn Dr
Fishers

feledy contracting, inc.

17291 tapper street
Lowell

Fred C Doppler & Sons Inc

305 N Colfax St
Griffith

GORGEI & SON CONSTRUCTION

422 W US HIGHWAY 6
Valparaiso

GW Owens Construction Inc

234 Illinois St
Shirley

H&L Handyman and Remodeling

6805 Forestdale Ave.
Hammond

HandyPro

902 Calumet Ave.
Valparaiso

Harmoney Construction LLC

381 Kairns Dr
Crown Point

Hays & Sons

757 E Murray St
Indianapolis

Heavy Hammer Construction

1206 E Lake St
Griffith

Home Works

5398 Chase St
Merrillville

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

IMPACT HOME IMPROVEMENTS

11961 MOUNT ST
Crown Point

Indiana Foundation Service

624 N Front St
Whiteland

Jason's Concrete Construction

450 Dorchester Ct
Valparaiso

JCM Development

815 Cheyenne Dr

Jim Gardner

2255 Territorial Rd.

K & A Construction

362 West 460 North
Bloomingdale

Kaizen Builders Inc

3305 Kestrel St
Valparaiso

Keske Construction

1887 peactree ct.

Keystone Remodeling LLC

PO Box 11375
Merrillville

KJ Construction

6401 W 25th Ave Lot 4
Gary

KUSIAK CONSTRUCTION INC

8338 KENNDY
Highland

Lakeshore Painting

3029 Franklin Street
Michigan City

Lefties Construction

PO Box 243
Clinton

Legacy Window & Door LLC

136 East Main St
Westfield

Mackenzie Group LLC

PO Box 2863
Chesterton

Manion Contracting & Design

10867 S 375 E
Carbon

McCowen & Associates Corp.

2304 N. Lafayette Dr.
Sullivan

MDN Remodeling LLC

8208 White Oak Ave
Munster

MeadowMark Enterprises, Inc.

263 S. 26th St. Drive
Terre Haute

MEM CONSTRUCTION

5223 ELDRIDGE RD
Terre Haute

MIDWEST CONSTRUCTION CO

1331 BROADWAY
Chesterton

Mike's Home Remodeling

8547 Kennedy Ave.
Highland

Mr. & Mrs. Fix It!

7742 Burr Street
Schererville

Mr. & Mrs. Fix It!

7775 Burr Street
Schererville

Mr. Handyman of N La Porte, Porter Counties

9896 W. 300 North
Michigan City

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Indiana

7266 E 86th Street
Indianapolis

Munster Glass LLC

9386 Calumet Avenue
Munster

My Perfect Kitchen & Bath

4409 E. 6th Ave
Gary

Northwoods Construction LLC

2698 N Van Gogh Dr
La Porte

Northwoods.Construction LLC

2698 North Van Gogh Dr.
La Porte

Oilar Construction & Landscaping

2000 S Center St
Terre Haute

Old Farts Construction

220 s. linda st.
Hobart

On Call Electric

Merrillville

ON THE LEVEL CONSTRUCTION

9318 W 158th Ct
Lowell

One Source Construction

230 Anderson ST
Clinton

Paitson & Son Home Improvement

5773 W US Highway 40
Brazil

Perfect Solutions Co

506 Dexter Dr.
Crown Point

Porters Network

1050 W 81st Ave
Merrillville

Prestige Construction LLC

2700 Valparaiso St
Valparaiso

Price Point Builders

PO Box 1343
Crown Point

Prime Contractors, Inc.

6609 74th Place
Schererville

Professional Home Services

350 Campbell St Ste 24
Valparaiso

Projex-RHB Inc.

POB 2452
Portage

R and R Painting and Remodeling

503 Oak Street
Michigan City

R J CONSTRUCTION

13713 77TH AVE
Dyer

REMODELING PROFESSIONALS OF INDIANA LLC

700 waverly rd 109
Chesterton

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RHODES RENOVATIONS, INC.

8428 MORAINE AVENUE
Munster

RK Construction

15070 new jersey street
Rensselaer

RSDS CONSTRUCTION

1599 177th Place
Hammond

SCHANDER REMODELING INC

2814 Lyndale Way
Long Beach

Schilling

8900 Wicker Ave (US 41)
Saint John

Schmanke Home Improvement, LLC

335 Maid Marion DR. N
Schererville

Service Doctor

5150 E US Hwy 30
Merrillville

Simply Angelo's Creations

886 Floyd St
Gary

Smiths Construction Services

1690 Starwood Dr
Chesterton

southridge building and remodeling

6503 East 84th Dr
Merrillville

Stallion Flooring LLC

5940 US Highway 6
Portage

Starke Industry

640 Fairlfield Lane
Crown Point

Stash Construction

2137 4J Hart Street
Dyer

STEEL CITY HOME IMPROVEMENT CO INC

6930 BROADWAY
Merrillville

Straight A Builders, Inc.

13731 Deodor St
Cedar Lake

Swainco LLC

3831 Morgantown Rd
Greenwood

TERRY'S SEWER SERVICE

8235 LINCOLN ST
Merrillville

Trade Masters Construction

230 Anderson ST
Clinton

Triple Cross Construction

1101 Cumberland Xing # 314
Valparaiso

Triplecrossconstruction

1101 Cumberland Xing # 314
Valparaiso

TWO UNCLES REMODELING

844 N ELMER STREET
Griffith

Vigneri Surfaces

112 S Main
Crown Point

Villar Construction

833 Dorsetshire Dr

Ware Construction

9411 W 136th Pl
Cedar Lake

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Waterproof4Less

15134 Myrtle Ave.

WOODSHOP, INC

6430 W LINCOLN HWY
Crown Point

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