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"We had an unfinished basement.
came by and we talked about what we wanted to do,
provided ideas/suggestions based" on his experience which fit into our vision so we incorporated into the project.
provided a detail drawing which we liked very much. After getting started and seeing the space framed out we made a change in scope which
was able to incorporate into the construction which we are very happy about.
and the subs are great to work with, all are very professional and care about their work which shows.
kept us updated during the construction process.
maintains a clean working environment. I highly recommend
’s services and we will work with him again.

-Tony C.

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"I was so happy and delighted with the price and service, I decided to have them continue remodeling my upstairs as well, including the kitchen, bathroom, and dining" room, as well as adding a room. We will also eventually be using them to do the siding of the home as well.
, specifically, has been exceptional. His craftsmanship is unbelievable and he is so helpful. He is such a gentleman and a hard worker and just goes above and beyond.

-brendan B.

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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.

Basement Remodeling reviews in Highland

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was great---prompt, easy to talk to, straightforward, and knowledgable--work done quickly and we'll with a minimum of fuss, recommend!
- Sarah H.
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Everything went well. All work was explained and bid before starting work. He worked with me on the selection of materials and price range. He went the extra effort to fix all large as well as small repairs. It was sad to have to redo so much when it had just been done but
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completed all the repairs to make it as nice as before. He did any repair I asked with good quality and a fair price.
- Shirley R.
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They have been so cruel and belittling to this poor senior citizen.
My mother in law has had to retain an attorney to get the matter resolved by getting someone else to correct their code violations and POOR WORKMANSHIP. They were given over a month to make the required corrections, but never showed up or called.
She is so sorry to have EVER contacted and trusted them.
- William S.
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This project went very smoothly and I'm very happy.
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is a great guy and has done lots of painting for us in the past- which he is excellent at- great prices and I can't say enough about the quality of his work. I think he's painted every room in our home at this point, after 8 years. :) He cleans up well when he is finished with projects. He did some other smaller carpentry/repair projects for me, so when I got a very overpriced estimate from remodeling company, I decided to call him to see if he could do our kitchen remodel.
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has been professional, fast, and reasonable. He took down the walls to our kitchen in one day. He found a referral for a trustworthy electrician through his connections and worked well with the electrician, who he hadn't worked with in the past. The total estimate for the project (which was not a complete kitchen remodel, just partial) was about 3 weeks and he was right on target. He went with me to the floor and tile store to pick out everything so we all knew we were getting the correct type of flooring and underlayment.
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is reliable- shows up when he says he will, and I've known him long enough and have trusted him to be in my home alone and lock up when he leaves. I can't recommend him enough and think he would do a great job in any area- carpentry, flooring, tiling, or painting, whether a big or small job.
- Rebecca C.
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I received quotes from three contractors for our basement. When I met
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I felt he was the best match for us regardless of price, but his estimate was by far the best. Lucky for us! He said he’d do a good job for us and I immediately trusted he would. What I liked from the start was that
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was very responsive. My texts and emails were answered right away. Having had a previous, negative home building experience I thought there was a possibility that something might go wrong or shortcuts would be taken. With
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, though, I could see right away he was a craftsman and a perfectionist. The work he did, and the contractors he used, was top notch. I felt like they were doing work they’d do on their own homes. They took great care to keep things clean with a minimum of dust and dirt.
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did little things that I didn’t even think of, like use switches with dimmers so that we could adjust our lighting and multiple hardwired smoke detectors for us. All in all I am so happy we connected with
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. Our finished basement.is beautiful. I would highly recommend
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. A+!


- SHARON J.
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were very professional and patient with my constant changes to the plans. They were extremely helpful with aiding me with design options and ways to get the most out of the square footage that I had. I will say that everything went as planned and they came in on the budget that I had set. I would most definitely go to them for any further construction needs that I may have or that my daughter may have. Overall, wonderful experience.
- Suzanne F.
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does amazing work! And not only was he great to work with, but so incredibly knowledgeable and talented. He was responsive from the start and remained so throughout the renovation. He never took shortcuts and was always willing to answer all of my questions and give me sound feedback and advice. He even befriended my cat despite his allergies.
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's demand for perfection made all the difference in the world. Everything had to be leveled just right -- no shortcuts or sloppy
work. He installed a herringbone backsplash -it's stunning - that he painstakingly measured to ensure everything lined up just right. He built a table base for my granite top table (and saved me a lot of money in doing so) and installed canned lighting throughout my house. He is a true professional, true to his word, and someone I trust implicitly. I already plan on hiring him to redo my bathroom next year.
I love my new kitchen!



- Lisa G.
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From start to finish everything was well planned and perfectly executed!!! This was a big project and
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kept a tight time schedule, and minimized both the dirt and our stress levels!!! Our kitchen/dining room overhaul exceeded our expectations!!! Perfection!!!
- Lisa S.

Basement Remodeling Contractors 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

Advanced Restoration & Waterproofing

2981 State Road 45
Nashville

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

Valparaiso

B&L Work

Chesterton

Big 4 Construct-shinn Inc

118 Northbrook Dr
Michigan City

Bob Furnas Construction

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

861 N. Madison Street
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

Conrad Construction

709 Plaza Dr. Suite 2-156
Chesterton

CROSSROADS REMODELING, INC.

490 Ashford Lane
Valparaiso

Cutting Edge Builders

Michigan City

Cyber Bridge Marine, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie St

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

Denny's Construction

6650 N Fruitridge
Terre Haute

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

6212 US Highway 6
Portage

Harmoney Construction LLC

9627 Johnson Rd
Crown Point

Hays & Sons

800 E Thompson Rd
Indianapolis

Heavy Hammer Construction

1206 E Lake St
Griffith

Home Works

5398 Chase St
Merrillville

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

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

Lefties Construction

PO Box 243
Clinton

Legacy Window & Door LLC

540 N. Range Line Rd
Carmel

Mackenzie Group LLC

PO Box 2863
Chesterton

Malpco

1141 Hoyt st
Michigan City

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 St
Indianapolis

Munster Glass LLC

9386 Calumet Avenue
Munster

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

Potter Construction

7311 W 1000 N
Demotte

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

ROG Restoration and Storm Solutions

4693 W. Coletrane Hill Rd.
Connersville

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

3598 Stoutsburg Road
Wheatfield

Stash Construction

1777 ARMSTRONG ST
Portage

STEEL CITY HOME IMPROVEMENT CO INC

6930 BROADWAY
Merrillville

Straight A Builders, Inc.

13731 Deodor St
Cedar Lake

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 ST
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, Inc.

15134 Myrtle Ave.

WOODSHOP, INC

6430 W LINCOLN HWY
Crown Point

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