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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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The cost to install the veneer stone has a wide range do to many factors. It can range from around $9 to $17 per square foot. It depends on the location, the stone being used, job access, skaffolding needs, wall prep and such. I would think you would be on the lower end of the scale. Your job is on a concrete surface so it eliminates one of the biggest problems they are having with this product, wall preperation. This one of the things that separates the high bidders from the low ones. There are million dollars homes being torn down because of improper wall prep. One a wood frame house a backing system that allows drainage is a must or the moisture absorbed by the veneer can rot the walls behind with alarming speed. Some have had makor damage within the first four years. On a concrete wall the veneer needs no such prep at most wire mesh applied if it is an older concrete wall.

 

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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

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Mudjacking reviews in Noblesville

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Very professional and nice. They had good workers. There were a few hiccups along the way but nothing major. We also liked that there was no money asked for up front, we paid once the job was completed.
- Sharon H.
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I called then 5 times and never spoke to a person, I got voice-mail and left messages with short description of my projects asking someone to contact me, come over and see the work and then provide a quote.
- Peter F.
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Job went very well. They not only raised the porch with also made some minor repairs between the porch and service walk at no additional cost. Would use them again in a heart beat!
- KIRK C.
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The service went great. A crew of 15 came out and completed the job in 1 day. They were very fast and efficient workers. They did leave a little bit of a mess but it was not horrible. Their pricing was reasonable. It was very easy to schedule their service and they even showed up a little early.
- Richard B.
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Noblesville Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
did a great job. We had the job done while out of town.
Noblesville Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
called to schedule, and agreed to take pictures and forward them to us on completion.

They were the only ones willing to watch the weather and get it done. All other providers said they would get back with me in April.


- Michael O.
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I am very happy with the work that
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and his crew completed. The cost was reasonable and
Noblesville Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
was good at communication with me about work times. Would definitely call again.
- Erin B.
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the home is built on a gentle grade. the grade at the front of the home, where the sidewalk is located, 'drops off' quickly ( estimate is 40%). the sidewalk had settled in several locations. the contractor drilled holes and then hydraulically forced a slurry of lime and sand into the holes and raised the settled sections of cement. we had to have the contractor return a second time to raise some of the sections, due to settling. we had been advised by the contractor to stabilize some of the sections with earth or cement because of potential water intrusion and subsequent settling. These repairs were made following the first and second repairs. We have had some additional settling (1 inch) of the sections.
Important: the slurry does not
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like a cementitious (cement) product. the slurry does possess good to excellent compression strength but only in the presence of dry or well drained soil. the slurry does not provide good
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strength unless the repair area is very stable. the customer must know these important factors before starting the repair. if you do not start with a stable, well drained base, you will not get the desired results.
the company was professional, prompt and courteous. the overall rating is for the limited capability of the slurry used for the repairs.
- john F.
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We like the pouring job that
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did - our driveway looks nice and they helped us with some of the design brainstorming that was valuable. I see people drive past and take pictures of our driveway, and I believe they've gotten new business in the neighborhood based upon how ours looks. They clearly have a lot of experience in doing driveways. However, the time it has taken for them to complete the work has been abysmal. We're 6 weeks into what should have been a one week project. Excuses have been numerous - weather, holidays, health, etc. Even with these excuses (some legitimate and should have causes a few days' setback each), we're at a point where the project is nearly done but is STILL not 100% complete. If you go with
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, you'll likely get a nicely poured cement project that looks great. However, you run the risk of having it take weeks and weeks or even months to complete. I dislike writing a poor review - we like the owner and workers. But the truth is, they're slow and the work gets pushed out.
- Catherine D.

All Foundation Contractors in Noblesville, IN

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A-1 Concrete Leveling & Foundation Repair

10816 Deandra Drive
Zionsville

AAA Mudjackers Inc

PO Box 227
Sheridan

Acculevel

9495 N Waldron Rd
Rossville

Advanced Restoration & Waterproofing

2981 State Road 45
Nashville

All Things Carpentry

108 Smith St
Whitestown

AMERI-DRY

5855 Kopetsky Drive Suite D
Indianapolis

AMERICAN BASEMENT SOLUTIONS

1992 OLD STATE RD 44
Martinsville

Anchor Contracting LLC

2224 Lafayette Ave
Columbus

Angler General Contracting

133 West Market Street
Anderson

AZTEC WFR INC

5101 Massachusetts Ave.
Indianapolis

Beyers Concrete Construction

8112 North 300 West
Fortville

BROCK CONSTRUCTION

483 BEVERLY DR
Zionsville

C&C Total Construction

20608 Lamong Rd
Sheridan

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CALIBER CONSTRUCTION

10775 N BETHEL RD
Mooresville

CASI Maintenance Services

11711 N College Ave
Carmel

CD's Unique Builders

2314 N. Auburn St
Indianapolis

Christian Bros Chimney Sweeping & Masonry Restor

12148 King Fisher Court
Indianapolis

City Wide Paving Inc

6341 W Minnesota St
Indianapolis

Complete Concrete of Indy, Inc

P.O. Box 7174
Fishers

Creative Restoration Masonry & Caulking

1717 S Delaware St
Indianapolis

CUSTOM CONCRETE

17241 FOUNDATION PKWY
Westfield

DECKER CONCRETE INC

574 E US 36
Pendleton

DELELLO & SONS ASPHALT PAVING INC

17306 WESTFIELD PARK RD
Westfield

DLS & ASSOCIATES, INC.

8145 Moore Rd
Indianapolis

DWYER CONCRETE LIFTING

7019 BLUFFRIDGE WAY
Indianapolis

Elite Crete of Indiana

647 Sayre Ct.
Greenwood

Greenwood Marble & Tile Co Inc

PO Box 207
Greenwood

GW Owens Construction Inc

234 Illinois St
Shirley

Hancock Home Improvement

523 west 600 north
Alexandria

Handy Repair Guys, LLC

1389 W. 86th Street
Indianapolis

Hofmann Concrete

7831 S Franklin Rd
Indianapolis

Indiana Crawl Space Repair

1759 N Blue Bluff Rd
Martinsville

Indiana Foundation Service

624 N Front St
Whiteland

Indy Home Detailers

Indianapolis

J PARRISH CONTRACTING

6245 KINGSLEY DR
Indianapolis

J.S. Concrete Specialists LLC.

111 West Lincoln Street
Greenfield

Jaco Waterproofing

4350 WADE MILL RD

K A T HOME REPAIR

5923 E CO RD 100 S
Avon

Loftland Construction

910 W Van Buren St

Maple Road Construction Inc

1111 E. 54th St.
Indianapolis

MASON'S NORTHSIDE CONCRETE

18416 HARVEST MEADOWS DR
Westfield

Mike Short

8322 Countryside Ct
Indianapolis

Mudslingers Pool and Patio

5575 Elmwood Ave
Indianapolis

PAUL'S REMODELING

529 COFFEY ST
Indianapolis

Perfection Concrete

2330 Cedar St
Anderson

PNC Construction

648 Peeples St

PRO CARE HORTICULTURAL SERVICES

9801 Commerce Drive
Carmel

QUICK'S QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

5510 S Main St
Fountaintown

RH Property Solutions, LLC

5019 Madison Avenue
Anderson

Rockyedge Enterprises

8801 Sargent Road
Indianapolis

RUSH CONSTRUCTION

5958 STINEMYER RD
New Palestine

SB10 Contracting LLC.

3356 Voigt Dr.
Carmel

Smart Home Improvements

406 Henley Ave
Carthage

STURGEON STONE & LANDSCAPE

8768 W GRAVES RD
Bloomington

THE CONCRETE MAN

318 N. RILEY AVE.
Indianapolis

United Dynamics Inc

2555 Cannon St
New Albany

Van Croshier Concrete

16283 E 126th
Fishers

W & M INSULATION

2603 E 30TH ST
Indianapolis

WHARFF EXCAVATING

418 N. Meridian St.
Pittsboro

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