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"From the beginning,
was very collaborative, getting our (sometimes vague) impressions and requests, and giving us options. He was flexible" in allowing us to get our own appliances, and taking delivery even though he had not ordered them. He did the work mostly as explained. There were some delays caused by illness and so forth, but the work was completed in substantially the promised schedule, and, most importantly,
took care to minimize the time dueing whihc teh kitchen would not be usable; for example by carefully timing counter template and the other components, and by installing a temporary sink between the old counter was demolished and the time the new counter was installed. We had a glitch in which
showed that he is responsible and trustworthy: our faucet (a fancy German one with a filter) was either faulty or badly installed;
took it upon himself to talk to the manufacturer and to the dealer, replacing various parts over several weeks (involving several trips from his base that is not so close) and then finally prevailing upon the parties to replace my faucet with a completely different one, that he installed, at no additional cost to me.

-Juan L.

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"We contacted
because a few of our friends had a positive experience with him. During the planning phase, he listened to our needs and made" some great suggestions that we ended up going with. We had some challenges with figuring out how to design the roof lines to fit with our 2nd floor windows. Other contractors we looked at couldn't come up with a way. He was able to come up with a fantastic solution. His quote was very competitive/fair. He took us to some porches he had built in the past. Being open to showing us some past jobs went a long ways. The workmanship and quality were excellent. We particularly liked his work crew who had been with him for years (this is important because in the end, that is who does most of the work). They were polite and did quality work. We liked the fact that the work area was spotless at the end of each day.
stopped by at least daily to check on the progress, quality and our satisfaction. When we pick a contractor we also pick "the person".
is a quality person and we continue to see him around town and enjoy his company. We highly recommend

-Michael A.

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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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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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The answer depends on your contract.  If you do not have a written contract, you need to begin documenting everything.  Begin by using a calendar and marking the days the contractor started, worked, you had to speak to him/her about the work, etc.

Next photograph the work you feel is sub-par.  If work has been corrected, photograph it now to have a record of its condition.  If you have any "original" or "before work began" pictures get those together, too.

If you do have written contract, see what it says about warranties, complaints, failure to finish / comply, etc.  Holding the money may end up with the contractor taking YOU to court for the funds - you cannot just hold the money.  You need to document in writing what is wrong, what you expect to happen (be specific) and when it should happen by.  A good contract will explain if and how money can be held, how the arbitration or complaint is filed, etc.

You should also invite another contractor to come in and bid the work to finish the job.  They can confirm the quality of the work and give you a price to fix / finish the job.  This gives you justification for holding the funds and an option to finish the job.

If the contractor is not willing to fix the work or listen to direction, do not allow them back in the house.  A judge will ask you why you let them continue to do work if you found it unacceptable.  Take back the key or access to the building - you can also attempt holding any materials or tools as collateral if the cost of repair is higher than the amount owed.  Again, document what you are holding, its estimated value (google or ebay search), etc.

Finally, in writing you should fire the contractor and state the exact reason(s).  Document everything; if it is done in person after they leave make notes of what was said, agreed upon and disputed.  If you are satisfied that what you have paid is fair compensation for the work done, make sure this is noted in the letter firing the contractor.  If you feel money is owed, you will need to file a small claim in your local court.  Include the documentation you made, notes, letters, etc. when you file your claim so the judge will have a copy of everything.  Don't forget to contact the BBB.

Do not wait for the court date; go ahead and hire the other contractor and have the work completed.  Bring this invoice to court with you (file it before the court date if you can).  Bring photos of the finished work (again, file it with the court before the date if possible).  You must show what good quality work looks like vs the poor quality work.

Otherwise it will be a your word against the contractor and you will most likely lose, (the contract is a promise to pay for work) or even if you "win" you will most likely split the difference between the argued amount of money.  Also be prepared for the contractor to file a small court claim against you.  Same process as above, except now you will respond to the summons with a copy of your stuff to defend your reason for holding funds instead of asking for money back.

Good luck!

Remodeling reviews in Marshall

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They did a great job. They are responsive and listen to customers concern. I will definitely use their service again.
- Carmencita S.
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All went well, Doggers made a relatively good job in communicating with me promptly, there was a time where I did feel left out of the loop but only due to a
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lack of communication. I did my research when deciding which contactor I wanted to go with, and I
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say these guys did not disappoint me. I already have another contracted project with them for a different property in the works, I will post an update when its finished.
- michael C.
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Basically rebuilt a very large patio wooden structure and repainted same.
Painted main house trim and back house.
Replaced outdoor lights with
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Repaired stucco wall and repainted same.
All workmen very pleasant and professional.
Small extra repairs or painting done without fuss or extra charge....More /> Work started and completed when promised.
Recommended most highly.

- Lewis G.
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not punctual, one day say he would be here in the morning, did not come until the afternoon, said he was with his son's real estate agent dickering about $50.00 on a foreclosed home. Uncomfortable with his saying it took 1 1/2 hours to go to
Marshall Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
to buy paint supplies, have four cans of paint mixed into one large tub and buy 4 more gallons of paint. Called two different SW stores and each person I spoke with said at most, would maybe take 1/2 hour. called and cancelled any further work.
- Mary L D.
D

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Based on the very positive reviews found on Angie's list, my wife called
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on March 9th to requests an estimate. We were told they could be out the next day to look at master bath and work up estimate. The next morning my wife called back to advise we would be out for just a bit in the morning but that if there was no answer at the home number we had left the day before, to please call her on her cellphone so that we could come straight back home. We never received a return call (at either the home or cell phone number) and no one ever showed ..
I thought we would give this company the benefit of the doubt but now a week has gone by with no further response from the company. We could perhaps understand if one contact number was inadvertently misplaced, but two ???
- Edgar M.
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I was in need of a few small projects for my new home and contacted
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. After multiple attempts at trying to get someone on the phone I left several messages. Almost two weeks later, someone finally called me back and scheduled a date and time to come to my house to give me a quote. Of course, no one ever showed up. It was raining pretty bad that day so I anticipated that
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might be late or not able to make it, so I called again (no one picked up of course) and I left a message asking if someone would still be making it and if not, if they would at least call me back so I could re-schedule. Its been a few weeks now, and no response still.
If you want someone's business, pick up your phone and return your calls.
- Palak P.
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They were very professional. The guys working here were very nice, which is a bonus when you have people in your home for a few weeks. The end result looks great and they completed the work on time. We are very happy with the results.
- Angie F.
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Timely and complete. Answered all questions and made appropriate arrangements as necessary. Thoroughly cleaned up afterwards and put down furniture and floor protection over all areas as appropriate.
- James H.

Remodeling Contractors in Marshall, MI

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Abode Building Center

8308 Shaver Rd
Portage

ABOUT YOU BUILDERS INC

1309 Edgemoor Ave
Kalamazoo

Affordable Solutions Handyman Services

24 Oak Grove Rd.
Battle Creek

All in One Builders Inc

1950 Waldorf St Nw
Grand Rapids

American Interiors

6828 2-1/2 Mile Rd
East Leroy

Avalon Building Concepts

5017 Division Ave South
Grand Rapids

B. M. I.

123 Wilson Circle Dr.
Battle Creek

BAM Builders

1515 Orchard Ave
Kalamazoo

BATH FITTER - BFU300

1020 E MCKINLEY AVE

Bathmasters Inc

3051 52nd St SE
Grand Rapids

Black Belt Builders

3121 Fleetwood Dr
Portage

Bob's Ext Contract Inc.

8817 N 39 Th St
Augusta

Bradford Johnson LLC

47659 40th Ave
Lawrence

Built Solid Renovations LLC

123 Main
Sterling Heights

C Squared Construction

2664 Eaton Rapids Rd
Albion

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Capstone Home Improvement

1930 W. Milham
Portage

Carpentry by Day

6322 Sherwood Hwy
Olivet

Champion Window of Grand Rapids

4717 Broadmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

CRULL ROOFING & SIDING INC

13667 W MICHIGAN AVE
Marshall

ctp costruction

1028 jackson st
Kalamazoo

CUSTOM DESIGN GROUP

3303 CANTERBURY AVE
Kalamazoo

D. STILES CONSTRUCTION, INC

14440 N ULDRIKS DR
Battle Creek

Dallas Conklin Const Co.

12713 E. Baseline Rd.
Hickory Corners

DeLoof Builders L.L.C

7509 west S ave
Schoolcraft

Dickman Construction

29902 County Road 352
Lawton

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Diversified Services

8807 Gull Road
Richland

DMC Properties

39 south 31st
Battle Creek

Eco Foam Insulating LLC

8709 N 32nd St
Richland

Elite Property Repair LLC

1130 E Ousterhout Ave
Portage

Empire Construction Enterprises, LLC

912 Wheaton Avenue, Suite #2
Kalamazoo

ERICKSON BUILDERS

70291 2ND AVE
South Haven

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Exteriors of Kalamazoo

3400 Gull Road
Kalamazoo

FAIR & SQUARE CONSTRUCTION

143 ST MARYS LAKE RD.
Battle Creek

FRC CONSTRUCTION

16509 Meyers
Detroit

Functional Homes, Inc.

536 Dunewood
Saint Joseph

Gary Rombough

906 Upton Ave
Battle Creek

Gary Van Meter Builder

1550 W Goguac St
Battle Creek

GLASS WOOD & STONE

5269 FORDHAM AVE
Kalamazoo

Great Lakes Waterproofing Co

2929 W Main St
Kalamazoo

Greater Michigan Remodeling LLC

6304 Meadowview
Kalamazoo

Gustum Enterprises

9805 East TS Ave.
Vicksburg

Halls Closets & More...

8675 Portage Rd.
Portage

Hamilton Construction

601 Ralston rd

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Hawk Construction

15 Oak Openings
Delton

HINES DRYWALL

608 13th st
Three Rivers

Home Improvements

2930 Belle Chase Blvd
Kalamazoo

Home Maintenance Professionals

6274 South 32nd Street
Kalamazoo

Home Specialists LLC

237 Steele St
Grand Rapids

HONEYBEAR HOME REPAIR

5525 S 28TH ST
Kalamazoo

Hoogstraten Builders Inc

6086 Far Hills Way
Kalamazoo

Hornburgs Creative Woodworking

28500 Downey St
Dowagiac

Hostetler Construction Inc

10401 Sprinkle Rd
Vicksburg

Howe Patio and Window

150 10th St
Plainwell

Innovative Builders

6533 W Q Ave
Kalamazoo

J & B HOME IMPROVEMENT

18650 R DR N
Marshall

J&H Construction

207 W. Capitol Ave.
Bellevue

JUD DEHAAN BUILDER

4231 W C AVE
Kalamazoo

Just Rite Painting Plus

1416 Howland Ave
Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO KONSTRUCTION

3234 MIAMI AVE
Kalamazoo

KIEL CONSTRUCTION

9343 OWEN DR
Kalamazoo

KITCHEN SHOP

520 E COLUMBIA AVE
Battle Creek

KITCHENS & INTERIORS

905 W MICHIGAN AVE
Marshall

Kuiper Building Services, LLC

1831 S Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo

LA FLEUR CONSTRUCTION

4962 BEECHWOOD DR
Delton

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Lee McDonald Builders, Inc.

8819 S 10th St
Kalamazoo

Lobretto Custom Construction

851 Baseline rd.
Plainwell

log cabin restorations

25161 Twin Shore Dr

M A LARSEN & ASSOC

7688 S AVE E
Scotts

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

martin himebaugh

1400 Lake Ave
Portage

Mater Home Improvement, LTD

6647 s 25 th st
Portage

McNally Wood Floor Specialist

936 roseland ave.
Kalamazoo

Michigan Services

314 N Grant Ave
Three Rivers

Midpoint Construction LLC

2760 Paldan Dr
Auburn Hills

Midwest Gutter Systems LLC

6611 E T Ave
Vicksburg

MIKE'S SEAMLESS GUTTERS

59623 M- 43
Bangor

Molnar Construction

10061 W V Ave
Schoolcraft

Moose Creek Woodworks Inc

454 East Hamilton Ln
Battle Creek

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road
Keego Harbor

MSM Contracting Company LLC

2310 W Milham Rd
Portage

NEWMAN CONSTRUCTION

2869 W DICKMAN RD
Battle Creek

No Gap Insulation

6620 Owen Dr
Kalamazoo

On The Level

417 North Erie St
Three Rivers

Paramount Home Improvements LLC

4621 S Saginaw St
Flint

Parker's Home Improvement

66223 Grey Lake Rd
Sturgis

Pennings and Sons

5829 W KL Ave
Kalamazoo

Platinum Construction Management Inc

4325 W Dickman Rd
Springfield

POWELL CUSTOM HOMES

48962 24TH ST
Mattawan

Powers Bath

8944 Portage Rd
Portage

Premier Building & Remodeling, Inc.

2859 S. 35th street
Galesburg

Privacy Fencing

8814 D Drive S
Ceresco

RBC Construction LLC

58204 Circle Dr
Three Rivers

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr
Royal Oak

Rescue Contracting

14895 C Dr N
Marshall

Richard VanEk Builder

1565 N 7th St
Kalamazoo

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

ROOFS & MORE

1219 E ALCOTT ST
Kalamazoo

Rossman Construction

311 19th St
Otsego

SABR Property Management LLC

64322 Windrose Way
Lawton

Scheffers Construction Co

1495 Forest View Dr
Kalamazoo

Scott Keyzer Roofing

123 East Franklin Street
Otsego

Scotty D's Construction, LLC

1730 Huntington
Kalamazoo

Singleton Construction

55630 CR 653
Paw Paw

Standale Interiors

4046 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids

Stay Dry Basement Waterproofing Inc

4600 N Grand River Ave
Lansing

Swan's Handyman Service

18651 B Dr S
Marshall

The Repairman

7116 Starbrook Street
Portage

Tyler Home Improvements

2824 Bard Ave
Kalamazoo

ULTRA COAT PAINTING

590 Daniel Street
Kalamazoo

Vandam Brothers Builder

5661 Newhaven Dr
Portage

Vangoye Home Improvement

1075 S Peach Ct
Plainwell

Versatile Construction LLC

5567 East R. Ave
Scotts

Vestal Builders

PO Box 125
Mattawan

Vieau Consruction

Middleville

VYLONIS CONTRACTING

55838 DAVIS LN
Dowagiac

W. J. Burnett Carpentry LLC

16745 18 Mile Rd
Marshall

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Warren Builders, Inc.

7764 East D Avenue
Richland

WBI Insulation

9984 Condit Rd
Albion

WMA Inc.

Portage

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