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"Everyone working on the job were great. They were quick and provided quality work. They were very helpful and patient with all my questions.

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"They did a very good job, they were focused on satisfying the client, and paid attention to a lot of the details of the project. The owners are a husband and wife" team, one is the project manager and one is the designer and they work as a team and provide very good design ideas and then implement those ideas. Being a historic home in down town Concord, there were a lot of times we have to follow the rules of the historic home and they took care of all that. Also, when we call for service, they always show up and take care of us.

-Jeevan R.

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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.

Home Remodeling reviews in Spencer

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Luxe just completed a bathroom remodel for us. Removed the linoleum floor and replaced it with natural stone (which turned out to be a nightmare to work with but looks fantastic finished). Refaced all the cabinets, Knocked out a section of wall and cabinets between the kitchen and living room and replaced it with a pony wall and a new overhead beam. Removed the original countertop and prepped it for the new quartz countertop. Removed the dishwasher and replaced it with custom cabinets. Moved electrical switches around to accommodate the wall removal and installed an overhead exhaust fan.
We are totally pleased with their work. Conscientious, easy to deal with, made a lasting friend of our dog and did his best to keep our kitchen operational for us during the remodel. Their workmanship is excellent. They showed up on time and worked hard. The job was finished on schedule, due to them working 2 Sundays to stay on time and came in well below the estimated budget. Additionally we had some problems with the countertop provider and our contractor was available for consultation and advice even after they had moved on to their next job.
- Sean H.
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Very professional,friendly, polite. and knew what he was doing. I cannot tell one shelf from another in the pantry. He had to go back to the cabinet makers to get a special kind of board to connect the cabinet to the wall so there would not be a gaping 2" hole along the side, so the project took longer, but when finished it looked like it had been built correctly in the first place.
He installed a new microwave and vented it to the outside of the house. I don't know what was involved but the smoke alarm no longer goes off when I fry something. All in all I was very happy with what they did, and I would be happy to use them again.
- Florie A.
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Hello People:
I bought a disaster of a 4BR / 2
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house and tasked
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with making it a.) functional b.) aesthetically attractive and c.) as cheap as possible.
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is a nothing short of a wizard. He somehow built an incredibly beautiful and house with very little time and comparatively little money.
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answered every question I ever asked and never once made the question seem small or insignificant. As a first-timer at a full home renovation I was tentative and nervous but
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always guided me away from bad decisions relative to our overall goal with the home.
Every detail was done 100% to my specification was always correct.
There was a time during the 2 month renovation that I was unable to visit the property for 7-10 days at a time and it was clear that my presence (or lack thereof) hadn't in any way hindered the project.
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and his team are miracle workers...you should go to zillow.com and enter the address to see before and after photos. He did that. Quickly. Cheaply.
Like the pro that he is
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finished out the job with the same fervor and
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that was there from Day 1. Can't say enough good things about my experience.
Do yourself a favor and hire ABC ... can you put a price on peace of mind?
- Robert C N.
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was professional, polite, and personable. I had a kitchen cabinet that was falling off the wall and he did an excellent job securing it.
He immediately knew what to do and completed the work with quality materials and knowledge.
I intend to have him back to complete other repairs. I have been looking for a professional to repair several things in my home and I am more than pleased that I found
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. I highly recommend this company!
- Dolores M.
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Outstanding finished product, with the ingenuity to swap locations of our sink and shower to gain space and a nicer look even though we live in a condominium and the previous contractor couldn't figure out a way to get around the building supply locations we couldn't touch. Photo of job is on contractor's own website.
- Brent B.
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did a fantastic job. I had an office space remodeled earlier. The person I used prior did a good job, but not a GREAT job.
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rehung 14 interior office doors so they were straight and opened and closed effortlessly. Two exterior commercial doors did not function, had hardware which did fit framing, and were still in overall poor condition and very unaesthetic to look at.
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was able to use same doors, new hardware (including panic bars), reframe, and the doors look and work BRAND NEW. If I would have known about
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before, I would have used him for previous work. Will definitely use
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for future work at my office building and home.
- ANGELA K.
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It went very well as always. We have been working with
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since 2003. He is definitely my "go to" carpenter/handyman. I would not use anyone else! He has done so many projects in our home, which include refinishing our basement, which includes a full kitchen, full bathroom, bar, and media center.
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also works with only the best sub-contractors out there. He is always on time, kind and courteous, very meticulous, and delivers exactly what he proposes. When I have
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on a job, I have peace of mind, absolutely no worries that he has everything under control, and that the end result will be nothing less then what I have expected. I will always use
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for all of my projects! I can't say enough good things about them. I have used others before I knew about
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and his company, but they just don't compare. You will not be disappointed if you hire
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- Vickey F.
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We needed our master bath renovated and found
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Rounds was responsive from the first time we called and throughout the job, both by email and cell phone. We had a tight time-frame and
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worked with us to meet it. Throughout the work,
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and his workers were punctual, respectful of both people and property, asking questions as needed to ensure they completed the work as we wanted.
In the middle of the project, we had a water pipe break. Thankfully,
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's crew was able to repair the pipe break. Although that took time away from the primary job, they worked extra hours each day to complete the project on time. We are very pleased with the completed renovation. Any additional work we need, we will be sure to contact
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- Joyce K.

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ADS Electric

105 Lafayette Ave
Oolitic

Advanced Restoration & Waterproofing

2981 State Road 45
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AMI Contractors LLC

8320 N State Rd. 37
Bloomington

Austin Construction

4588 Old State Road 46
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

CNC Construction and Remodeling

9383 E Mineral Koleen Rd
Owensburg

Cochran Exteriors LLC

6330 E 75th St
Indianapolis

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Constructive Innovations

1040 E Thornton Dr
Bloomington

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 and 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 South 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

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

J L BENTON CONTRACTING

301 Garden Dr
Spencer

JC Design & Install, Inc.

11841 N Wellman Rd
Stilesville

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

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

136 East Main St
Westfield

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

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

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

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

Prange Homes

1935 N. Locust CT
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 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

Rubicon Custom Homes

1815 S Walnut St

S & T Specialties

3939 W Woodhaven Dr
Bloomington

Sam Dennis Woodworking

621 W Fairway ln
Bloomington

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

223 W Dodds St.
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 South Mount
Indianapolis

Total Retail Services Inc.

1421 WILFORD LN
Indianapolis

United Dynamics Inc

2555 Cannon St
New Albany

Universal Roofing LLC

5950 N Keystone Ave
Indianapolis

Waltman Construction Co., LLC

PO Box 1951
Nashville

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Wilds Restoration Services

1901 N Sherman Dr
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

Yoder Dame Construction

120 S Hwy 37
Mitchell

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