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"We were very please with the service foe all three projects. They were quick and did exactly what we wanted. Very pleased with the final product.

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"Heating and air conditioning were added. Next a wall was built dividing the two rooms but this wa made in a temporary manner so should the house ever be put up" for sale it can easily be turned into a garage again. Communication by
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about it. We would highly recommend this company to our friends and family. The did an excellent job and get an A+ from us. Thank you !!

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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 Rockland

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Horrible Experience.
Their poor work caused 3 MAJOR leaks. The first was DURING construction where one of the workers accidentally turned on the water while working on the bathroom. The caused water to run down to our second floor, causing damage to the ceiling.
2 years after the project, the same bathroom leaked water down to our dining area, causing damage to the ceiling over our
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table. We called them to fix it and they came, did a little caulking and said they fixed the problem, refused to do anything else, didn't fix our damaged ceiling. Good thing my dad could help us fix the leaky pipe and re-do our ceiling.
3 years after the project, we have water damage in the ceiling of our master bedroom. Water was leaking from the roof that THEY did. We didn't want to call them but they should be held accountable. It took a few weeks because they said they couldn't come work on the roof due to frigid temps. fine. When they finally came, they said they re-seamed the part of the roof near the chimney. The communication was poor. Only asking them to please explain what caused the problem and what they did to fix it, did they explain. If you don't explain, how do we even know you even did any work? They refuse to fix our damaged ceiling.
VERY poor work. I would never use them again nor would I recommend them to anyone.
- Tammy V.
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was wonderful from start to finish. He always did what he said he was going to do. He worked with me on the financial end. He towed stuff from my yard that wasn’t his responsibility. I would recommend his company,
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, to anyone.
- Jackie B.
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... , We had a kitchen upgrade including new counters, floor, painting, plus installation of new sink, garbage disposer, cook-top, & range hood. Work was begun 3 weeks later than promised & the project manager, who assured he'd be here to supervise, was out of the country the whole time that the work was in progress. During that time, the counter top had to be re-done, since it wasn't right the first time, plus debris from the demolition plugged the drain & we had to call in a private plumber. The electric cook-top was the last item to be installed, & we wound up ordering 3 different ones, as they said the first 2 were defective. Finally, on the 3rd one, they sent an electrician, & he discovered that the problem was in the electrical system of the house. The whole process took 3 months, during which time I had only a microwave with which to cook. This is without putting in new cabinets! We signed the contract on 9/10/14 & work finished on 12/31/14.
- Alice P.
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Not very well at all. There staff was clean, organized or trained in the field. Nice men but poor workmanship. Very poor warranty follow up.Not a good experience at all.
- Dianne J.
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We used
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Door for a bathroom/living room remodel.
They finished with the work last week, and I could not be happier with how it turned out.
They were able to give us a beautiful new bathroom, and turned a wall in our living room into a pony wall
with a granite bar on top. All of their guys knew their stuff and paid attention to detail. They were on time. They listened to our ideas and suggested some of their own when we asked. I am very pleased that I decided to let them do this work on my house, and in a few years, I will probably call them back for the kitchen.
- Melissa T.
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All in all it went very well. The work spanned the holidays so there was some expected delays. When the tile in the bathroom was first installed there were some problems with the subfloor not being level. The contractor pulled up the tiles, re-leveled the floor and reinstalled new tile no problem. Workers arrived as scheduled and worked hard to complete the job. Some delay in getting the correct plumbing for the claw foot tub but they were able to side track another order that was not urgent and get us the required parts sooner than expected. That was great because it was the only thing left for them to do. We have been enjoying our new bathroom very much! The General Contractor (
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) was very involved with the project and kept good track of the progress. He was honest and kept us informed even with the bad news (delay in parts!). He was always available by e-mail, phone, and text. Both major and minor issues were discussed and resolved right away. I would highly recommend
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to anyone!
- Douglass G.
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I had never done any renovations before, and I was concerned about working with a contractor. I am so glad that I chose
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to remodel my kitchen and bathroom.
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and
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were a pleasure to work with.
- They paid attention to my needs and worked within my budget
- They made sure to pull all permits (other builders who quoted me said they did not pull permits)
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spent a lot of time consulting me before any building began. This included many discussions on
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out, appliances/fixtures, design, what to expect.....
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scheduled their crew and contractors. They were able to completely gut and renovate my kitchen and bathroom in 6 weeks. They worked quickly and efficiently.
-They paid attention to details and made sure everything was completed to our satisfaction
-They used high quality raw materials
Overall, I had a good experience working with
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and would not hesitate to use them again.
- Chris M.
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remodeled both of the bathrooms in 2012. I was happy about the job. I am more impressed that they
still stop by to fix the bath door issue, without any charge! To me, the service after job done is more important.
- S C.

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A-Smart Home Improvement Inc.

1191 Hallowell-Litchfield Road
West Gardiner

Above & Beyond LLC

524 Lincoln St
Lewiston

AFC - Augusta Fuel Co.

4 Northern Ave
Augusta

All Aspects Construction

18 Ocean Park
Saco

All Season Home Improvement Co

823 Church Hill Rd
Augusta

ALL THAT CONTRACTORS

43 C Street
Bangor

Allen Johndro & Son

321 Bigelow Rd
Saint Albans

American Dream Builders

1588 W. Appleton RD
Union

black bear industrial inc

16 Andover Rd
Rumford

BLACK BROS BUILDERS INC

2 MELROSE CIR N
Rockland

Blue Spruce Joinery INC

89 Makers Cove Road
Owls Head

Bragg Builders

16 Harris Rd
Winslow

Broughman Builders Inc.

6 Acadia Way, Route 1
Ellsworth

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cam Roofing

263 Union St.
Bangor

Casco Bay Home Improvement

56 Leighton Rd
Augusta

ccr-contruction

14 State St
Rockland

CENTRAL MAINE HOME IMPROVEMENTS

530 RIVER AVE
Gardiner

CIR Enterprises

Newcastle

Clarke Painting, Inc

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Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

2405 Orchard Crest Blvd

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

3 MacIntosh Lane

D D Dyer Contracting

279 Dover rd
Charleston

DAN GILMORE & CO.

P.O Box 4006

daves home improvment

30 wilson st
Augusta

DAVID H BARKER BUILDER INC

70AlmarSt
Farmingdale

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Earl Farris Contractor

640 Civic Center Dr
Augusta

Endevour Builders

PO Box 224
Camden

EUSTIS CABLE ENTERPRISES

3 GORDON DR
Rockland

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fairfield Drafting and Construction

518 Norridgewock Road
Fairfield

FB Jacking and leveling

PO Box 269
Winthrop

FULLERTON BUILDERS

11 COUNTRY ACRES
Monmouth

Gagnon Home Improvements Inc

RR 1 Box 300
Hallowell

Greg Parks Builders LLC

1 Brigadier Lane
Searsport

Gutter Guys

1456 Tibbettstown Rd
Columbia Falls

H.T. Winters Flooring Co.

43 BAY ST 289 ROUTE ONE
Waterville

Hafey Construction

6 Davenport Street
Augusta

Halldale Builders

938 Halldale Road
Freedom

HAMMOND LUMBER COMPANY

2 Hammond Dr.
Belgrade

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

HOME WATCHERS

45 BOWALK DR
Manchester

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

JNM Electric

353 Wingood Road
Windsor

Keenan Construction

213 River Rd
Richmond

Keith Trembley Builders Inc

9 County Rd
Milford

Kevin Niles Contractor Kittery Maine

80 Bartlett Rd
Kittery Point

Kitchen Solutions

995 Center St Ste 1
Auburn

LakeHouse Design Build

10 Liberty Lane
Readfield

LEGACY HOME IMPROVEMENTS INC

PO Box 177
South China

Living Space Consultants

5 S Belfast Ave
Augusta

LORRAINE CONSTRUCTION

270 WEST ST
Rockport

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

MERCHANTS FLOOR SANDING

14 Summer St
Skowhegan

Midcoast Home Designs

168 Head Tide Rd
Whitefield

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

MYB Construction

12 J and J Ln
Gardiner

New Leaf Construction

PO Box 1083
Rockport

Old House Works

842 Washington St
Bath

One Stop Home Repair

90 Stillwater Ave
Orono

Orey Clark

Moosebrook Rd
Houlton

Overhead Door Co

533 Riverside Industrial Pkwy
Portland

Paul Jeffrey LLC

160 brook street

Pearl Contractors

P.O. Box 115
Charleston

Plumb Crazy

P O Box 306
West Enfield

Prestige Inc.

109 Church Rd
Brunswick

Prudential Remodeling

1 Westview Terr

RAM Renovations

244 Alder Park Rd
South China

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

SERVICE MASTER CO

8 STATE ST
Rockland

Stevens Siding & Window Co Inc

40 Benton Plz
Waterville

STIRLING/BROWN ARCHITECTS

1 MOUNT VERNON ST

Sustainable Structures, Inc.

PO Box 45
Hallowell

T&L Construction

484 Acadia hwy
Montville

T-Libb Construction @ Design Service

350 Rebel Hill Rd
Smyrna Mills

Timber Ridge Quality Homes

22 Knights Rd
Albion

Valliere Design Studio

49 West Meadow rd.
Rockland

Wagner Home Renovation

66 York Woods Road
South Berwick

WALDOBORO CHIMNEY SERVICES

320 VIOLET LN
Waldoboro

Ward and Sons Construction Inc.

534 Gardiner Rd.
Wiscasset

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Webb Insulation, LLC

12 Franklin Ave.
Houlton

Western Maine Supply Co

33 Cross St
Bethel

Zabby's Farm

600 Manktown Road
Waldoboro
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