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"Synopsis: DId not once give promised call backs Attempted to increase the price by $3,000 after providing a quote Wasted over a week on a time sensitive project." More details: It started out promising. They were professional on the phone and were able to send someone out to inspect for a quote the next day. This was great as it was a time sensitive project. After the inspection I was promised a quote within 24 hours and that they could come out in a week or two to do the job (unless permitting was required) I received a quote by email a few days later (after calling to ask for it) for $2,044. It stated it included an unsolicited, unexplained 10% discount. I attempted to schedule the work. I was promised multiple call backs that never happened. I was told the delay was he couldn't get a hold of the boss to give expedited scheduling. We agreed to place the job on the schedule and that we could move it up later after speaking with the boss. I was promised a call back same day to confirm. 3 days later after still no call back I call up, mysteriously get disconnected after identifying myself, and call back once more. I am told I am not on the schedule, the earliest they can fit me in a month and a half. Also there was a mistake in the quote and it will cost an extra $3,000.

-Cortland B.

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"I picked up a
flyer at a local counter store and called them about a kitchen remodel and some electrical service. Ed was very polite when" he came and spent a good amount of time discussing the projects I was interested in. I was told that
was a little backed up, but that he would be able to provide a quote within two weeks. Things seemed to be on schedule as I got a call the next week to confirm a couple of the requests for the project. However after two weeks, I still had not heard back from the company. I called and left a couple of messages that were not returned. A month after the initial date for the estimate, I received a call that apologized for the delay and promised an estimate by the next week. It is now four months later and I never got the quote. It's a shame as Ed was polite and their gallery looks promising.

-Arthur A.

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Why You Should Hire a Pro to Finish a Basement

Debating whether to remodel your basement yourself or hire a contractor? Here's what our experts had to say.

Basement Remodeling

Get use out of every square inch of your house and add value to your home by finishing your basement space. Remodeling your basement can add a family room, in-home theater, kid's play area or a guest suites for the in-laws.

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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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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.
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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.

 

Basement Remodeling reviews in Ware

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Had a great experience w/
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- he and his helper always arrived on time, kept the place neat, and did a great job with this bathroom. I am now going to hire him for hardwood floor installation on the entire house, plus door replacements, etc.,! So refreshing to deal with a contractor who is responsive, punctual, reliable and produces such beautiful work!
- Susan H C.
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The finished product is beautiful! My 1970's outdated
basement is now gorgeous!
Ware Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
, our main installer was wonderful to work with,
a great craftsman, and very conscientious. Minor imperfections were taken care
of promptly. Having that said, there were some aspects that were very
frustrating. First off, the sales pitch was over 4 hours and was high pressure.
If one did not sign up on the spot, the "discounted" price for the
project would not be available and one would end up paying more for the project.
To me, that's just wrong. Secondly, I was told the project would take 3 to 4
weeks, but it took about 8. Often, subcontracted work was delayed, or at the
least, did not take place on the days that I was told it would. There was
actually a two week period when we were told that the flooring would be
installed 5 different times and it never was. Even worse, we were never told
that the installers were not coming though we repeatedly asked to be notified.
I had family members sitting at home for nothing. Lastly, I would be a little
remiss if I did not say that I think the price could have been better. There is
no doubt that Matrix marked up the subcontracted work to make a bit on each
aspect. I am sure that if we chose to
act as our own project manager, we could have gotten things done for less. We
chose to let Matrix handle things, such as replacing the windows and
subcontracting out the flooring, and painting, because we were in a time crunch
and thought that it was worth a little more to get the timing right and the
project finished faster. That obviously didn't happen. So, I guess, happy
overall, but things could have gone better.
- Tina W.
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Cuppy are exceptional in all aspects of the work. We have used them in the past for a large remodel and did not even meet with anyone else when it came to this one. All jobs have hiccups but overall went very smoothly. The finished product is beautiful.
- MARY W.
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They did terrible mud work, they quoted things that they did not do, the plaster drywall work was horrible, and then they did not complete the job. I paid them a little more than half the amount of the job, they told me they were going to come back but i have never heard from them again. I've attempted to contact them several times and they have not returned any of my calls. They also left a large construction mess. I do not recommend this company to anyone.
- Jerry I.
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It went well. They were very professional, excellent work quality, they gave me a good estimate and stood by the quote, they were polite with a very conscientious crew.
- TERRY L.
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He called to set the appt when he was supposed to and showed up on time. He was friendly and worked quickly. He did a great job on everything he worked on. He cleaned up his work areas and left them as clean as he found them. He gave me his cards and asked that I call him if I find any issues with any of his repairs.
When I spoke with him on the phone I gave him my basic list of issues and he arrived with all the tools he needed to do all the repairs I asked.
I will definitely use him again and refer him to anyone looking for a dependable, capable handyman.
- Ginger A.
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We had an unfinished basement.
Ware Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
came by and we talked about what we wanted to do,
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provided ideas/suggestions based on his experience which fit into our vision so we incorporated into the project.
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provided a detail drawing which we liked very much. After getting started and seeing the space framed out we made a change in scope which
Ware Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
was able to incorporate into the construction which we are very happy about.
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and the subs are great to work with, all are very professional and care about their work which shows.
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kept us updated during the construction process.
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maintains a clean working environment. I highly recommend
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’s services and we will work with him again.


- Tony C.
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I was so happy and delighted with the price and service, I decided to have them continue remodeling my upstairs as well, including the kitchen, bathroom, and dining room, as well as adding a room. We will also eventually be using them to do the siding of the home as well.
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, specifically, has been exceptional. His craftsmanship is unbelievable and he is so helpful. He is such a gentleman and a hard worker and just goes above and beyond.
- brendan B.

Basement Remodeling Contractors in Ware, MA

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A & L REMODELERS

P.O. Box 15
Feeding Hills

A + Construction INC

31 Maple Ave.
Ware

Aaron Basement Technologies

14 Colony Road
West Springfield

ABB STOVES LLC

3800 River Road N #180

Acheson Company LLC

PO Box 1052
Williamsburg

ADG Contractors

18 Edge Hill Place
Amherst

Barron & Jacobs

70 Old South St
Northampton

Big Bear Alarm Company

PO Box 80531
Springfield

Big Bear Rehab

PO Box 80531
Springfield

Bonde Construction

205 Park St
Easthampton

Brian Baker Construction

183 Ellsworth Ave
Springfield

Centennial Construction Co

11 Kenwood Park
Springfield

CHAGNON BUILDING & REMODELING LLC

91 STOCKBRIDGE RD
Hadley

Charista Construction Inc

38 Harkness Ave
East Longmeadow

Chestnut Hill Home Improvement

11 Chestnut Hill Road
Hampden

Core Builders

845 East St

Cornerstone Contracting

PO Box 50
Warren

Cornerstone Contractors

P.O. Box 229
Huntington

Cortis Construction Company

34 Green Road
North Brookfield

Countertops 2GO

2141 Boston Rd
Wilbraham

Countryside Construction LLC

170 East Main st
Westfield

Cyber Bridge Marine, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie St

Dave Lane Home Improvements

1371 Main St.
Palmer

Dave's Woodworking Plus

350 Bosto Post Rd.

David White Construction

270 Leonard St
Agawam

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DRAPEAU & PATLA

156 KENDALL ST
Granby

Dry X Waterproofing

67 meadow hill rd

Dugre Remodeling

189 Pendleton Avenue
Chicopee

ENERGY SAVERS OF AMERICA

3339 Boston Rd
Wilbraham

Extreme Tile and Stone

206 hampden road

FRANS' QUALITY HOME IMPROVEMENT

1760 WESTOVER ROAD
Chicopee

Gagne Carpentry

65 Manchonis rd
Wilbraham

GLUSHIEN ELECTRIC

P.O. Box 80372
Springfield

Gutters & More

495 Main St

H & R Homes Remodeling Inc

2345 Boston Rd
Wilbraham

HALLMARK STONE CO

2200 CASSENS DR

Harris Contractor, Inc.

86 Massreco St
Springfield

Hawk Renovations

Holyoke
Holyoke

Haydenville Woodworking & Design

54 Whatley Rd Ste D
South Deerfield

Henry Martin Construction

218 Allen Rd
Belchertown

Home Improvement Associates LLC

7 Skyline Dr
South Hadley

Home Services

128 posner circle
Ludlow

Ideal Kitchen Home Improvement Inc

838 Grattan St
Chicopee

In/Home Design and Construction LLC

236 Pond View Dr
Springfield

J.GORETSKIY & SONS HOME IMPROVEMENT

145 WORTHINGTON RD
Huntington

JACQUES BUILDERS

185 SHEARER ST
Palmer

JAD Basement Systems

117 Old Post Rd

Jared D. Smith Electric

94 Ridge Rd
East Longmeadow

JNL Services

35 Fletcher Circle
Chicopee

Joel Jette Construction

57 Walker Rd
Wales

Just Bathrooms

42 Brainard Rd
Wilbraham

Kady builders

45 new Braintree rd
North Brookfield

Kashima builders

Greenfield

Keiter Builders, Inc.

51 Hatfield St
Northampton

KITCHENS DIRECT

67 CARDINAL LN
Westfield

Knight Home Improvement

18 Mellen St
Chicopee

Lavallee Home & Property Services

145 Podunk Rd
Sturbridge

Lukasik Construction

12 Spence Street
Chicopee

Lux Renovations, LLC

60 Shawmut Rd
Canton

Mar Con

Springfield

Marek Dybacki Electric

1468 Center St
Ludlow

Maynard Construction Inc

468 Springfield st
Agawam

McKeon Builders

West Brookfield

Menard Construction And Design

46 Stuart Pl
Westfield

Messing Construction Co

3416 NE Adams St

Michael A Foote Remodeling

26 Slade St
Belmont

Mike Of All Trades

156 Three Rivers Rd
Palmer

N Riley Construction Inc

77 Mass Ave
Chicopee

N.M. Construction

11 Conant Street
Palmer

NBM ENTERPRISES

PO Box 638
Sturbridge

Promethean Solutions

19 Indian Ln
Marlborough

Prudential Remodeling

1 Westview Terr

Raymond Michael Home Improvement

14 Melikian Drive
Wilbraham

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Richter Homebuilding & Remodeling

342 North Loomis St.
Southwick

Riverside Contracting

77 Mill Street, Unit015
Westfield

Robert C. Hayden House Framing & Remodeling

458 Montgomery Road
Westfield

Route 9 Design & Build Inc

104 N Elm St
Northampton

Roy's Home Improvement LLC

908 Chicopee Street
Chicopee

S.H.I. Construction

151 Bowdoin Street
Springfield

S.P. Home Improvement

1242 Main St #402
Springfield

Scheer Construction

PO Box 600
Fiskdale

Sebastien Derobert

139 Summer St
Maynard

Sirois Home Solutions

36 Country Club Hts.
Monson

SLISKI CONSTRUCTION

17 GOODHUE AVE
Chicopee

Stanton Contracting

147 Tannery Rd
Westfield

Sterling Homes

221 Wales Rd
Monson

Steve Powell Construction LLC

1212 Calvary Church Rd

Sturdy Home Improvement

9 Short St
Worcester

TCL & Associates

41 Alandale Dr
East Longmeadow

Teagno Construction Inc

228 Triangle St
Amherst

Tom Dolan, General Contractor

PO Box 297
Chesterfield

Tri-County Construction

29 Locke Hill Rd
Wendell

Valley Home Improvement, Inc.

340 Riverside Dr.
Northampton

Warmur Greene Designs, Inc

PO Box 81106
Springfield

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

WILK BROTHERS INC

Little Rest Rd
Warren

WKB Carpentry & Restoration

21 Schuyler Dr
East Longmeadow

Woodsmiths

5 Anna St
Ware

www.BellaWindows.net

1312 Warrenton Rd

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