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Don't get burned by failing to read the fine print of a home remodeling contract. Check out these things every remodeling contract should contain.
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.
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's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
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.
Basement Remodeling reviews in Cecilia
They have made my house renovation a breeze.
We renovated 3 bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room and rec room. Like other reviews say, they find creative and efficient solutions for any sort of problem is encounter. Some of the furniture and appliances (including sinks and faucets) are european, and presented quite a challenge to be fit with an american setup, they all were solved with flowless results and care for details.”
The space has relatively new construction but is unfinished.... that was left undone. He is a wonderful craftsman.....his estimates of the space and dimensions have always been accurate. He maps out a schedule and sticks to it. When he says he will be done with something; hw is done. If anything, I am the one who has to keep up with him!!!!
He has wonderful ideas and understands what is the best use of the space. He takes command of the project and doesn't need pushing or hand-holding which is important to me as I am working full time. Most of all, I feel he is trustworthy and has trustworthy sub contractors............What more can you ask for?
I decided to go with the idea he suggested, and it was within my budget. Both he
and his helper worked long days, and
It was a three phase project consisting of the bathroom remodel, hardwood flooring, and staircase carpeting.
The remodel was completed in 28 days, which was two days earlier than the time frame he originally projected. I couldn't be more happy. He was meticulous, and rehabbed my basement with care. I will definitely use him in the future.”
We contacted called the next day and scheduled an appt one evening that week to meet at hour home. I had some ideas for the project and a list of what we really wanted out of the space. After taking a look at our space, he had several ideas for layouts and that day we agreed on a general plan for the space - approximate location for our kitchenette, bathroom, media area, play area and a separate office.
We started our project with demo of the existing basement in late June.
The construction process took about 6-7 weeks.
The drywall process overall went well and the finish product is excellent. The drywallers did have to return a couple times to make some finishing touches. The tile also looks great and
A special note should be made about some of the carpentry that
We did take on some areas of the project ourselves. Flooring is not typically a part of
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