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did excellent work and beyond that he was courteous, punctual and thoughtful. In some ways, the best aspect of all was that at times he would" make suggestions about changes or alterations; he was never pushy about it, but in almost every case, we ended up taking his suggestion and they were definite improvements. These were not additions that cost more, just different ways to handle some aspect of the job....we'd have
do any job for us. We trust him to do excellent work at a fair price.

-John S.

"After a series of many bids, from at least 10 different companies, I chose to go with
. The owner of the company,
" was recommended to me by a good friend, who is a Realtor. Many of the people that I met during the bidding process were very nice, but I found that
was the most likable and professional. Comparing all of the prices together, I found that his overall price was even a bit lower than many of the separate bids I received from other companies. His promise of being on budget, on time and always available to me was reassuring and clinched the deal! The whole job was done efficiently and professionally. The most important part was that Mr.
was, as he promised, on time, on budget and, if he couldn't be onsite one day, he was available by phone almost immediately. I would definitely use his services again. I found to be personable, attentive, very detail orientated and a pleasure to work with.

-steve P.

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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!

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". 

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.

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.


Remodeling reviews in Linthicum


I live in the Buffalo area and was in Syracuse for 8 days to prepare my single family rental home for sale. After having a pre-sale home inspection done, I needed several repairs done before listing the home with the realtor. The home inspector referred me to
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. After his tour of property, reviewing my wish list & knowing my time constraints, he re-arranged his schedule & arrived 2 days later to begin work. He completed various jobs with included electrical, plumbing, painting, roof repair and general maintenance. His service was excellent, price was reasonable & the work was done in a timely manner. Wish I had known of him during the 8 years I have owned this home. I would highly recommend him to others in the Syracuse area.
- Alice D.

I went to Moss initially because of a friend's recommendation. Also, I needed the job done as quickly as possible. I figured because they're a large contractor, they would have the man power to get it done fast. Because I didn't want to take advantage of the red carpet services available for choosing hardware, tile, fixtures,and vanity etc.....I purchased everything myself. (These costs are not part of the 20,133.00). So, my bathroom ended up being more expensive than I originally wanted to spend but it was completed ahead of schedule. Once everyone understood (sales, work management, and work crew) that I was only interested in getting this job done asap, things moved rapidly, and professionally. When there were issues, they were dealt with quickly. The most important people were the actual work crew. They knew what they were doing, worked hard, were incredibly respectful of my home, my needs and always did their best. I am more than pleased with my beautiful bathroom.
- Deborah M.

The guys (
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, Ferdy,
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) were all pleasant, and on time. Each day the guys showed up between 8:00am and 9:00am. They worked all day with very few breaks.
The tile work was done very nice although during the demolition and installation they did not cover any furniture in the adjacent room (our master bedroom) and everything was covered with dust. My wife and I finally covered the furniture when we realized they weren't going to do it. The house was a mess. We are still working on it to clean the dust.
Ferdy only brought one type of shower head and valve as an example. I indicated I wanted volume control in the valve and I wanted a different type of shower head. He indicated to me that this would cause a delay in the project and seemed irritated that it might be delayed. I went with the shower head he brought. I hate the shower head and now have to go buy another one. This is an added expense.
The same is true with the tiles. We asked them to match the travertine we currently had in the shower. They brought three samples that were considerably darker then what was in the shower. We went with the lightest one. Again they indicated they were unable to find any lighter travertine. I find this hard to believe considering I found it on line with no problem. They just didn't look anywhere else except the store they normally do business with. I was extremely dissatisfied with that whole process. They gave us no time to pick out our own tile. They gave us no help in choosing the tile. Three tile samples is ridiculous. I was expecting they would have catalogs of tiles to pick from. No I got three. Again It would have delayed the project.
They did an absolutely horrible job on texturing the walls and fixing the molding they broke. The two guys who did the tile also did the drywall and wood work. These guys are not
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-of-all-trades. They do good tile work but what ever you do do NOT let them touch anything else. I give them credit for sending out
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to redo the drywall, molding and paint. He did a great job. The problem is if I hadn't told them or complained about it they would have left it the way it was. Extremely poor quality.
I asked them if they sealed the tile. They said yes. In my experience the tile sealer has an extremely bad and strong odor. I did not smell anything. In addition. a good sealing job should be done twice withe a 2 hour drying period in between. Look at any bottle sealer and it will tell you that. I went and rubbed my hands on the tile and they were covered with dust. They never sealed the tile. They basically LIED or they did a grappy job. I went ahead and sealed it myself. Another expense.
I never received a receipt for the tile they purchased so mine and my wife's understanding was that they must have stayed within the $2 a square foot allowance that was in the contract. At the very end of the project
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came by to see the work and wanted another $597 for the cost of the tile. We never got a receipt. We never got to say yes or no to the price. This is a VERY DECEPTIVE PRACTICE (don't tell us the price until it is too late).
Beware of their practices. What you see in the contract is not what you will pay. All other companies I got estimates from included the glass doors.
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send you to a glass company. I was told that the glass would only cost between $900 and $1200. The glass cost $1500. Again another DECEPTIVE PRACTICE. I asked numerous times about the price of the glass because I didn't want to spend over $1000. Now I am stuck with a $1500 bill.
I would never have these guys do anything in my house again. They are dishonest in pricing and they rush you to make decisions. They are more interested in getting the job done than making the customer happy.

- Gary H.

Excellent job. Contractor was punctual and responded to questions right away. He came back several weeks later to tie up a minor loose end because we had a delay waiting for a backsplash.
- Katherine E.

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Laschyk is the owner of Two
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Interiors, and we dealt with him personally on everything, which was always a pleasure.
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is warm and funny, and is completely professional in his work. The only knock I could possibly give him is that he is, at times, difficult to get on the phone.
When it comes to the work, the quality is the best I've seen. We took a small, old, humdrum utilitarian kitchen and turned it into a showpiece. The craftsmanship everywhere is superb, and on the crown molding is breathtaking.
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and his workers were polite, professional and tidy; they did excellent work, and cleaned the place up beautifully when they were done.
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prepared a detailed estimate, and never deviated from it without our advance consent.
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does some really amazing large expensive work for people with mansions in our area, ad we were a relatively small job, but that made absolutely no difference to the quality of the work, We are very very happy with the work does by Two
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; I would gladly recommend them to a friend, or to anyone, and would gladly hire them (and expect to!) to work on our home in the future.
- maryellen W.

We asked the floor contractor who had installed our hardwoods to come out and give us an estimate for repair and refinish. The Regal sales person crossed paths with the floor contractor and decided at that point they did not want to do the job because they had unresolved difference on some other job in the past. They were so late showing up at all then refused to bid the job in the end you can imagine my surprise when we received an invoice for $2,486.19. The only service they provided was dehumidifiers for 3 days and a big waste of our time telling stories of how the floor contractor was such a bad person. VERY unprofessional.
We got our insurance money and they estimated that drying for our sq ft should be $668.00. It would appear that this company takes advantage of people in emergency situations and overcharges for dehumidifiers that are expensive and in excess of what is needed. We had to start all over with the process of determining how much remediation was needed after they walked off the job so to even dream of charging us for walking off the job is inexcusable.
In the end had we pulled out the sheetrock that they indicated we needed to based on the moisture readings they took we would have done three times as much as was really needed. They were trying to get us to rip far more out than we needed to so they could charge us to repair. Instead we methodically tested the areas that had gotten wet using a process recommended by our in insurance company and only had to remediate a third of our drywall.
At this point they are threatening filing a
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against us even though I paid them the amount the insurance company paid us for drying.
- Sally B.

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remolded our bathroom. we wanted the hallway doors to match the new one. He replaced five forty year old hollow doors with new six panel solid core doors, improved the hallway lighting, removed and replaced the trim and baseboard, and painted. Our dark dingy hallway is now beautifully well lit. Best of all, the ugly hated bedroom doors are gone and the new doors really block the sound.

The quality of the work was poor and for 16 hours of labor (two people, one day), I could of done the work myself in one day with much higher quality.
- Jeff D.

Remodeling Contractors in Linthicum, MD

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1st Impressions Home Remodeling&Handyman Services

714 N Hammonds Ferry Rd

A A Action Waterproofing Inc

805 Barkwood Court
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All Aspects Waterproofing

8735 Bollman Pl


PO Box 16925

Angler Carpentry LLC

711 Greentree Rd
Linthicum Heights

Atlantic Home Improvement

1052 Hampton Dr.

Closet America

5000 Philadelphia Way

Cole Younger Construction

306 Oakdale Rd
Linthicum Heights

Colonial Remodeling LLC

11350 Random Hills Rd

George's Painting Inc

1009 Brill Way

High Performance Home LLC

3711 Roop Rd
New Windsor

Home Pro Roofing & Remodeling LLC

2144 Priest Bridge Ct

Honest Abe Plumbing Heating & Cooling

7095 Milford Industrial Rd


Linthicum Heights

Kargmans Inc

10429 Reisterstown Rd
Owings Mills


Linthicum Heights



Maryland Rebath

5191 Raynor Avenue
Linthicum Heights


Linthicum Heights

MH Construction, Inc

PO Box 124
Linthicum Heights

Mr Basement

832 Oregon Ave
Linthicum Heights

Noonan Construction

9625 White Acre Rd.

Scardina Home Services

8082 Veterans Highway


406 Applegate Ct
Linthicum Heights

Whiting Co

2707 Verdis Lane

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