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contstruction on 5/29. He stopped over the same day and spent about an hour with me sizing up the job. He said he'd give" me a quote by Monday (The next business day). He thought the job would cost around $27K-$30K. I called him on 6/5 because I didn't receive a quote. He said he didn't have time to finish it yet but would drop it off soon (no email). I called him back on 6/25 and said that he thought I didn't want him to do the job anymore. I said, no, I'm still waiting for a quote and interested in proceeding. He never provided the quote and I never called him back. I'm disappointed that he wasted an hour of my time on 5/29 and never even quoted the job or followed up with anything.

-Mike K.

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"Overall experience was average to below average. I joined Angie's list to find a reputable contractor who can repair the mistakes they made.
" relocated the AC/Heat vent and the cold air return and did not bother to connect the duct work in the basement,. It is covered by a ceiling so we did not notice it until I had the AC company check to see why my kitchen was not getting sufficient air. I also need to have all the electrical repaired....they overloaded the circuits and we are always blowing fuses. They ordered the wrong cabinets and refused to take the blame for it....even though I had the cabinets I wanted in writing so eventually they will also have to be replaced. We had so many issues with them that I had to pick my
so the cabinets didnt make the list. I agree with the others
is very difficult to work with.

-Mary M.

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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.

Remodeling reviews in Spencer

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The company was very prompt in replying once I'd bought the deal, and we made an appointment when I was available, which was a couple of weeks later. When the technician arrived, he asked me about my concerns & I explained my concern with water stains & peeling paint on the kitchen ceiling, with possible rodents in the attic & with need for insulation in my attic. He set up his ladder, climbed up a few steps & peeked into the attic. He took a couple of cell phone pictures & showed me the results, claiming he could not tell about the water stains without tearing open the ceiling. Well, since the area in question was 10 feet away from where he put his head up, of course he couldn't tell. I told him he could not "open up" my ceiling, and suggested he actually go into the attic to look at that area. He then climbed up again & stood on the ceiling beams, but did not walk around at all in the attic. My attic is over 1500 sq. ft., and he could not possibly have seen any more than a very tiny bit from his
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. He showed me a photo of debris on the floor of the attic, claiming he did not know what it was, but I would have to have the whole area cleaned up, then he could seal the holes &
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down insulation for the price of $6000. At no time did he suggest looking at the crawl space under the house, or use any type of infrared device, as The Deal claimed he would do.
I consider this whole experience a SCAM! When I informed him that I could in no way afford $6000 he asked if I could finance that & I said no. He then suggested I call Angie's List & tell them he did not come at all, so I could get back my $79 from them, and he would confirm that, since he did not get any money from that anyway! How kind. Then he said, on second thought, what he needed were ratings so he could be higher on Angie's list, and if I hadn't used him, I couldn't rate him & he really only wanted the rating. So forget the $79 back.
I suggest you stay far away from
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, at least from this scam of a "Complete Attic and Crawlspace Inspection, Plus Whole House Infrared Scan" since it was a complete waste of my time & money. I think it might have been worth $20 for the amount of inspection he did!
- Colleen H.
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AGA was an excellent company to work with. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work as they spent a lot of time working overtime on my project to make sure it was on time.
- Elliot B.
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We called numerous providers regarding stuck windows, needing to know if we required new windows or just repairs. Out of about 8-10 contractors
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's was the only company to offer to come out and at least check them. They arrived on time, checked the windows, showed us a spray to get, fixed one window and that was it. No charge for the visit. I would use them for future needs.
- MARIAN W.
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I contacted
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after seeing work that he had done for a couple of neighbors.They were very pleased with the work that he had performed for them and highly recommended him. I have used
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several times for different projects since having him clean my roof. He is very professional and punctual, performed a thorough job and clean up when he was done, I could barely tell he was there....other than the clean, moss free roof! As a single female, I feel completely comfortable with
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working at my house, providing me a fair price for the work and not taking advantage of me by suggesting more work or repairs than what is actually needed.
- Tracy H.
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did an excellent job and we are very happy with the new look of our stairs! He was very professional throughout the process including timeliness of bid proposal, performing the work on the proposed start date, communication throughout the process, arriving when he said he would, and leaving the work area clean. We will consider using
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for other projects in the future and would recommend him to anyone needing similar work.
- Karla S.
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Used this company about 15/20 years ago for same problem. Appears that old cracks are still holding, but new cracks had appeared. Professional. Good people. Would recommend to others and would call them again.
- Vicki E.
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Though the Anza Valley in Riverside County is only 25 miles from the city limits of Temecula California, it suffers from name recognition problems. Many people think that the Anza Valley in Riverside County is somewhere in the Anza
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Desert of San
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County, a difference of about 40 miles as the crow flies....More /> The Anza Valley is about 4000 feet mountainous area and on the road to Idlewild and or Palm Desert California. The Anza
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Desert on the other hand is at sea level. Given this problem is sometimes difficult to get service people to come to the Anza Valley area. This is unfortunate since the Anza Valley appears to be the next major area for vineyards in Southern California. Failure to services area by individuals on Angie's list is going to be a mistake on their part in the long run.
Given that I have to commend the
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Corporation or their foresight in providing his service to the Anza Valley without question. He sent his technician to my residence in Anza Valley where he remove my old electrical
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and replaced it with a new one in a very expeditious manner. Consequently, I would highly recommend the
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Corporation to anyone who needs electrical equipment installed at their property.

- Thomas G.
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and his subcontractors did an amazing job, they took a house that had been neglected for some time and was in need of significant repair and transformed it into a house that is now a home.
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surprisingly was our lowest quote which sometimes can be risky but I knew he was the right contractor for our job and the person that I wanted to work with. He is extremely professional and pleasant to deal with; he organized the job so that it was finished on time and on budget. He also was accommodating of our logistics (owner commutes out of town for work, had an elderly dog, etc.)--he worked with our schedule and delivered wonderfully.
- kelly T.

Remodeling Contractors in Spencer, IN

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ADS Electric

PO Box 327
Oolitic

Advanced Restoration & Waterproofing

2981 State Road 45
Nashville

AMI Contractors LLC

8320 N State Rd. 37
Bloomington

Array of Hope

219 N. East St.
Spencer

Associates Four Services

4030 W. State Road 45
Bloomington

Austin Construction

4580 Branstetter Rd
Nashville

Bailey & Weiler Design/Build

PO Box 3134
Bloomington

BATH FITTER

5701 W. 85th St.
Indianapolis

BENCHMARK BUILDERS LLC

5815 THREE OAKS LN
Spencer

Blue Line Building & Design Inc

7297 E SR 45
Bloomington

Bright Concepts

161 Frasier St
Greencastle

Building Associates, Inc.

3701 W Jonathan Drive
Bloomington

Built by YOU

1935 N Locust Ct
Bloomington

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Chandler Tile

507 W Lois Lane
Bloomington

Christian Construction

611 Johnson Road
Spencer

Clean Trust Restoration, Inc.

3715 S McDougal St
Bloomington

CNC Construction and Remodeling

9383 E Mineral Koleen Rd
Owensburg

Cochran Exteriors LLC

6330 E 75th St
Indianapolis

Coffman Roofing & Construction

3311 S Walnut St Pike
Bloomington

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Cordell Construction

P.O. Box 3481
Bloomington

Craft Construction LLC

P.O. Box 7943
Bloomington

Crane Remodeling & Contracting, LLC

7156 S Stain Ridge Road
Bloomington

CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION

4777 LAMPKINS RIDGE RD
Bloomington

CTW Restoration & Remodeling

2500 S Rockport Rd
Bloomington

D & S MAINTENANCE INC

1412 S MONON DR
Bloomington

D J Crews Group

11225 E 200 N
Sheridan

D&M Construction

12234 country pines rd.
Shoals

Darrell G White Home Repair

2149 Hulman St
Terre Haute

DAVE'S REMODELING

2937 HYDEN RD
Spencer

David & Sons

3013 S. Stratford Dr.
Bloomington

Deckard Construction, LLC

1001 14th St
Bedford

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis

Dominion Home Builders, Inc.

P.O. Box 50521
Indianapolis

Douglas B. Spencer Artist, Craftsman, Builder

10122 E. Dobson Road
Bloomfield

DreamBuilders LLC

5488 E State Rd 46
Bloomington

Duramax Roofing & Construction Inc

8415 Southern Springs Dr
Indianapolis

Edens Painting and Remodeling LLC

8747 Fielding Ln
Indianapolis

Evans Professional Services

3608 Cockrell Rd
Bloomington

Expert Window & Door

7480 S Old State Rd 37
Bloomington

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

EXTREME MAINTENANCE

1369 W STATE HWY 46
Spencer

Faerber's Bee Window Inc

115 Shadowlawn Dr
Fishers

Fair & Square Construction LLC

11141 Sunny Slope dr
Poland

Fair & Square Construction LLC

11141 Sunny Slope Dr
Poland

Final Touch Exteriors

PO Box 1514
Nashville

Gemini General Contracting LLC

121 S Walnut
Westfield

Golden Hands Construction

334 S Jackson St
Bloomington

Ground Zero Storm Shelters

4600 Independence Rd

Hammerworks Construction Inc

1118 S Willow Tree Pl
Bloomington

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

HINTON CONSTUTION

4643 Jobe Rd
Cloverdale

Home Value Restoration

8888 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis

Hoosier Permanent Coatings

5731 W 85th St
Indianapolis

Hoosier Services & Mechanical

5943 N. Britton Rd.
Solsberry

INDIANA WINDOW & SIDING

West Tower Road
Bloomington

J L BENTON CONTRACTING

301 Garden Dr
Spencer

JERRY REYNOLDS

3499 WHITE ROAD
Spencer

JIM FOSTER CONSTRUCTION, INC

1916 W WYLIE ST
Bloomington

KCA construction

830 j street

Keith Construction

3113 Dunn Rd
Freedom

Kevin Walcott Construction

6550 W. Ratliff Road
Bloomington

KILLBRIDE CONSTRUCTION

4230 WILLIAMS RD
Gosport

Koontz Construction Inc

5699 N Union Valley Rd
Bloomington

Landon Ferree Construction

5464 W Woodland Rd
Ellettsville

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Legacy Window & Door LLC

540 N. Range Line Rd
Carmel

Lowe's

350 North Gates Dr
Bloomington

Machango Construction, Inc

5649 W. McNeely St.
Ellettsville

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Mainstream Roofing

3520 Ballinger Rd.
Martinsville

McArdle & Co Inc

603 S Ravencrest Ave
Bloomington

Modern Maintenance and Renovations LLC

5326 Norwaldo Ave
Indianapolis

Moore Restoration Inc

3610 Shelby St.
Indianapolis

MORGENSTERN HOME SERVICES

PO Box 3533
Bloomington

NELSON'S FURNITURE RESTORATION & FINISHING

6573 S Old State Rd 37
Bloomington

No Limit Contracting

2008 South Elizabeth Street
Kokomo

Panama's Property Service

4300 N Old State Rd 37
Bloomington

PARDIECK'S KITCHEN BATHS SPAS & SAUNAS

3615 N NATIONAL RD
Columbus

PERMA DRY WATERPROOFING

2555 CANNON ST
New Albany

Perrine Construction LLC

9901 N Brown Lane
Gosport

Platinum Exteriors LLC

1302 S Liberty Dr
Bloomington

PM Home Repair

4256 S Orchard Lane
Bloomington

Premiere Plus Remodeling Inc

20 Shawswick School Rd
Bedford

Pritchett Bros Inc

108 Briarwood Ln
Bedford

PROPERTY FIRE ADJUSTERS

3824 S BAINBRIDGE DR
Bloomington

Rapid Roofing & Restoration, Inc.

7375 E Rush Ridge Rd
Bloomington

Reliable Seamless Guttering

9430 N Karen Dr
Mooresville

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Restoration & Exteriors LLC

4007 N Lawndale Ave
Indianapolis

Rick Deckard Homes

PO Box 8035
Bloomington

ROG Restoration and Storm Solutions

4693 W. Coletrane Hill Rd.
Connersville

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

Rubicon Custom Homes

1815 S Walnut St

S & T Specialties

3939 W Woodhaven Dr
Bloomington

Sam Dennis Woodworking

621 West Fairway ln
Bloomington

Seamless Restoration

5345 N Winthrop Ave
Indianapolis

Smoot Contracting

112 Bartlettsville Rd
Bedford

Southern Construction Company LLC

7644 South Mount Zion Rd
Bloomington

Straight Line Construction

7318 N Red Hill Road
Elletssville

Stumpner's Building Service

8700 W Gardner Rd
Bloomington

Sure Seal Restorations

320 W Country Club Rd
Bloomington

Taylor home improvement

3928 n state rd 45

The Pros Source

5488 E State Rd 46
Bloomington

Thomas & Son Contracting

6008 N Oakland Ave
Indianapolis

Tom Gorman Construction, LLC

8597 N Old State Rd 37
Bloomington

Top Notch Tile Inc

748 S Mount
Indianapolis

Total Retail Services Inc.

1421 WILFORD LN
Indianapolis

United Dynamics Inc

2555 Cannon St
New Albany

Waltman Construction Co., LLC

PO Box 1951
Nashville

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Wilds Restoration Services

5858 Thunderbird Road
Indianapolis

Wilkinson Electric

555 Sherwood Rd
Mitchell

WILL-HARRIS BUILDERS INC

5641 W STATE ROAD 46
Bloomington

Williams Construction

6673 N Us Highway 231
Spencer

Williams construction

6673 N Us Highway 231
Spencer

Williams Construction

6673 N Us Highway 231
Spencer

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