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was quick to respond to my request for a quote (where other companies took a long time to respond) and gave me a good price relative to one" other estimate I received. He came out with 2 other workers and they were on time and did a good job. Overall, I'm very pleased with the result. Just a couple of comments. During the job they had laid some tools down on our new artificial turf and left some concrete residue. Fortunately, I saw it and washed it off before it dried and became a problem. They had also rinsed some of the tools which left some dried concrete in our yard. Not a big deal as I was able to break it up and rake it out. Just a few points off for that. Again, overall I'm pleased and I would use them again.

-Felino C.

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"Wonderful. He was able to make the driveway wider, seal it to the house, and generally made it look very nice. We're so impressed with the work, and he did" it all himself. Very pleased, we recommend him highly!

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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. 

 

 

Concrete Repair reviews in Lanesboro

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did an excellent job of replacing the sewer line from the street to my house. They had to excavate around a water main, other sewer lines, two natural gas pipes, and my house water line. City did not know where my sewer line was located so contractor had to find main sewer line in street and follow it to house. They were very methodical in the excavating, keeping me informed all the time of their progress. Fortunately they did find the separation and sewer line break before it entered the house.
Sewer line had to be replaced because the line was originally not installed correctly and caused the breakage and subsequent separation.
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not only replaced the sewer line according to proper standards, but backfilled and compacted the soil as it should have originally been upon installation.
I highly recommend them. They are professional, experts in their field, and willing to go the extra mile to provide good customer service.
- Connie T.
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I got three quotes, they were very competitive. They did they work they quoted, on time, no hassles, and had excellent follow up. Demolished and removed the old driveway in one day and poured the new driveway the next day. I have a large driveway. The price was $10,200. I would definitely use
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again and recommend them to others.
- Kevin V.
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A couple of owners before us tore out part of the driveway to install a fence. Instead of filling the fence side with concrete, they put in 2 cobblestone wides connected to the garage pad in the back of the house. The stones sank causing water and mud to get tracked into the garage.
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's detailed proposal was what impressed me most. Even if I don't know half of what was in the written contract, it was all there to study and know why they do what they do. His price was the highest for our budget but from the other reviews it looks like quality of the job is not an issue.
- Angela P.
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I trust Precision to make quality recommendations and do quality work. Very reliable, no drama and reasonable price.
- Brian H.
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This project turned out great. My wife and I are very happy with the outcome.
G & P Concrete delivered on their promise. They were a great group of people, fun to work with, and very courteous. It was great to see a group of people working hard together along with their boss !
The job was taken as a "winter project" and it went much better than I expected. G&P took advantage of every good weather day and were able to complete the job much quicker than I ever expected. They started the job on 12/20/2014 and were finished by 1/14/2015.
We treated each other fairly, and they made my wife and I very happy that we selected them to do our project. I would definitely use them for any future concrete projects and highly recommend them to anyone else needing such services.
Thanks
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and Team !
- Connie S.
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The initial response from
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was quick. I purchased the deal and added some more square footage. The price immediately shot up over what was advertised. I was told this was because my lot was on a hill?
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came out and poured concrete in the rain and continued working after sunset. So the pour didn't come out well. The "clean up" was absolutely unacceptable. Weeks after the job I found leftover concrete, rebar, and nails, throughout my yard. There was a lot of trash left over and construction debris. On top of it all there is concrete dust all over the siding on the back of my house. They finally came out over a month after finishing to smooth over the slab and finish cleaning up. They were supposed to get the concrete dust off of the siding as well. The patio looks better but is still uneven and the dust is still all over my house. The worker that came over to finish instructed me to call
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about the paint issue. He has yet to answer or respond to my texts. The house is less than a year old and my paint job is ruined. It seems like they are going to refuse to finish cleaning which is part of the job. Worst part of it all is that i already paid the full amount. They haven't provided a contract or any kind of warranty either. I know shame on me.


- Shane H.
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we've used them for years and they have always been very personable, always on time, efficient in their work, and very through. I am always very pleased how clean he leaves the house. The quality of his work was exemplary.
- Deloris M.
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After I received the reply from this business I e-mailed back the same day & supplied the information which had been asked of me. No response. I e-mailed the information to him again on 12/4/2014. The last time I attempted contact was on 12/16/2014. There has been no further communication from this business. No service was performed.
- CHARLOTTE T.

All Concrete Repair Contractors in Lanesboro, MA

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Bay State Brick & Stonework

PO Box 70
Mansfield

C & R CONTRACTING

27 Melrose Street
Adams

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cape Cod Roofing & Siding

111 Hathaway St
Wareham

Classic Concrete

151 Sycamore Dr
Holden

DiOrio Builders and Designers Inc

5050 Washington St
West Roxbury

Drycrete Waterproofing

13 Sun Street
Waltham

Etg Chimney and Masonry

340 Barker Rd
Pittsfield

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fixwright

42 Fisher Hill Rd
Cheshire

HomePride Contracting & Remoldeling Co

30 Northern Lights Ave
North Adams

JRE Masonry

61 Norwood Ter
Holyoke

Kelley Masonry

77 Peacock Dr
Hyannis

Kiley Builders LLC

122 Clifton Ave
Chicopee

Leader Basement Systems

149 C Greenland Rd
Sterling

Pkm Home Improvement

19 Boston Post Road
Wayland

Pros Home Services inc

449 Boston Post Rd. East
Marlborough

Ranieri Construction Inc

22 John St
Needham Heights

REAL DRY WATERPROOFING LLC

Mr. Curt Guenther
Multiple Locations

SERMINI MASONRY

105 Housatonic Street
Lee

Sotac Home Improvement

109 Ridgefield St.

Sturdy Home Improvement

9 Short St
Worcester

Sullivan Construction

P.O. Box 45
Pittsfield

T & D Remodeling

North Billerica

TOM MC KNIGHT CNCRT CNTRCTRS

801 N MAIN ST
Lanesboro

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