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"I couldn't have asked for a better contractor.
was on time, very informative, and extremely helpful and considerate of time and money."
presents a proposal that is detailed and clearly states what is expected to be done. He provides a calendar with a schedule of when steps were to be completed. I think the job was maybe one week over deadline due to a slight delay in flooring. There were no surprise add-ons. The budget was adhered to perfectly; I spent less on the bathroom mirror and the difference was accounted for in the final invoice. The work was done on time and they operated very cleanly. We continued to live in the house during the remodel and they were very considerate. Things like, leaving the washer/dryer set up for as long as possible, including setting up for the weekends. Blocking off rest of house with plastic to avoid dust and debris. At the end of each day, tools and materials were stored out of the way and swept up. During the final walk through, I had to look very hard to find anything to point out. Everything was done very well.
was very accomodating to my work schedule and a few times meet in the evenings and on weekend to pick materials or to sign contracts. The very best part is how they treated us and our pets, they went above and beyond when dealing with my beloved 11 year old lab mix. On the day the nail guns came out my dog had had enough and went into the yard through the pet door and jumped the fence. They realized what happened and got her back into the yard and leashed her to a tree. Proof that good guys still exist. This is what they did: 1) new floors, including laying a leveling compound 2) new cabinets, counter, hardware, sink, plumbing 3) new window, door, and baseboard trim throughout 4) all new bathroom - vanity, tub surround, floor 5) paint throughout 6) many more things I am looking forwarding to working with
again when I get the rest of my house fixed up.

-James W.

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"The new linen closet is wonderful. The finishing work was well done and the thresholds are much sturdier now. We were not home when the work was done. The crews" were very neat and tidy and everything looks great.

-Marjorie E.

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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 New Haven

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was great - there are so many moving parts in a project this large and not only did it all go smoothly, but he really manages the subcontractors well. Whenever i had a problem with the way something was being done,
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was easy to reach and helped figure out a solution. All in all, I was very pleased with
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and would highly recommend them.
- Susan Q.
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He was prompt even though called at the last minute and he came after a full day's work elsewhere. Hung the doors. In one case the rough opening was smaller than professionally usual, but
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was able to hang the door plumb.
- Rossean H.
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Suffice it to say, the house was a mess and
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brought it back. I will hire them again as soon as I have another project, so if you want them you better get them before I do.
Best contractor I have ever hired.
- Stephen B.
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and his team at Precision Remodeling did a complete remodel of our kids/hall bath and they did a fantastic job! This was our first time using Angie's List. We subscribed specifically to find a builder for this project. I read all the reviews and contacted multiple builders to get quotes on the job. The prices were all about the same, but Precision
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above the others in professionalism and experience... so they were hired. These guys truly know what they're doing and guided us through every step. They were helpful with design and selection of materials. The guys showed up on time, were friendly and professional, and always left things clean and neat. We made a few changes/additions as the project moved forward and they never seemed frustrated by this. Their goal was to make sure that we were happy... and we were! I would highly recommend
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's Precision Remodeling and would gladly use them again.
- Linda W.
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My daughter contacted several contractors about finishing the basement on her condominium townhome prior to moving into it with two other family members. She found
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, personable and articulate, and he outbid the other contractors contacted.
The team completely finished the basement, with a bedroom, full bathroom, living area, and wetbar. Enough was left unfinished for storage. They also repainted the walls, doors, and trim throughout the home, and performed several other updates (adding track lighting in one area, hanging ceiling fans in most rooms, adding bathroom grab bars). They remodeled a laundry area that was slightly too small for a toploading washer/dryer, allowing those to fit in the space provided.
My (adult) granddaughter was the "project manager" and was onsite 2-3 times a week to see how the project was going. She found the members of the team easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and very professional.
The final results were stunning. We intend to work with
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to do some updates to our own home.
- Wilma P.
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Excellent service--professional, on-time, thorough job. Steady hard work with superior quality. Very pleased and would recommend.
- Gordon W.
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All the work was very professional. It was completed on time. All work areas were well cleaned. Floors were covered to prevent damage and reduce dust and dirt.
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took the time to meet us at a local home improvement store to make sure we got the correct products.
- Billy L.
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came and looked at our job and talked a great game. He is a very nice and likable guy. Unfortunately, that is where it ends.
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told us that he was the best and that he could do everything that we wanted. After doing the demolition on our bathroom, everything started to go wrong. We had a special shower
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that he said he knew how to install, but after receiving a $1000 down payment, he had to call in a plumber to install the base, install the shower valve and basic plumbing work, although he told us that he would use NO sub contractors. All through out this job, he kept asking me the same questions 5 and 6 times a day. Questions such as " we are installing a shower here,right?" And I am saying to him that you just had a plumber in here to install a shower base. I should have ended it there, but I truly liked him and wanted to give him a shot even though he was extremely absent minded. He then started to install; cement board and drywall, and clearly didn't know what he was doing. He informed us that he was going to have a guy come in and do the taping of the drywall, again against his promise of no sub contractors. After shopping for some supplies, he came back to my house and informed me that he wanted more money since he had to pay his plumber and was going to have to pay a taper to finish the drywall. I reminded him that he had told us that he could do all the work that we had asked him to do, and if he had mis-represented himself and had to use sub contractors, that was his mistake and I would not be giving him any more money until the job was finished, just as we had agreed upon before starting. He said that he had no money to pay his drywall guy or for gas to get to our house. At that time I asked him to pick up his tools and we would not need his service any more. He was very upset about that and refused to acknowledge that he did not know how to do the plumbing or drywall as he had said. I gave him another $200 because I really did like him as a person and insisted that he leave. After that, we had another contractor come in who began to show us everything that was wrong with the little work that
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did. Drywall and cement board that was not even supported correctly and a host of other problems that are too lengthy to write about in this short box. I had to pay another contractor for two days work just to get back to where we started with. Beware of the nice talk and stay well clear of this guy!!!
- Ed W.

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3 C Construction LLC

21228 Schwerdt Hill Rd
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A & E Constrution Co.

17200 campground rd

A FRESH NEW LOOK

12 East Ln Dr
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ABC Plumbing & Services, LLC

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Above & Beyond

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Afford A Pro

41 Laird Ave
Rolla

All About Electric

11983 County Road 637 / P.O. Box 884
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ALL DRY MISSOURI INC

3615 Mall Ridge St
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All Phase Home Repair

2815 Felix St
Saint Joseph

American Oasis LLC

125 E First St N
Wright City

Angle Ridge Remodeling

48 Brussels Valley Dr
Troy

Arens Construction, Inc.

571 Joan Dr
Union

B Unnerstall Construction

637 St Marys Rd
Villa Ridge

BEST CONSTRUCTION

4043 E SHORE DRIVE
Hillsboro

Best Contracting

3850 Ridge Rd

Best Decks & Custom Construction

6668 Big Creek Dr
House Springs

Bill's Home Repair

1213-B East 5th Street
Washington

BRC Builders

PO Box 1254
Marthasville

Brooks Contracting

10396 Acorn Rd

Build Pro Carpentry

18325 Rathbun Hills Rd
Pacific

C & H Construction

RR 1 Box 19B
Drexel

CACHERO ROOFING and remodeling

27297 rattlesnake hill rd
Smithton

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Calvary Contracting LLC

17209-203 Chesterfield Airport Rd
Chesterfield

Carpenter Services, Inc

1350 Haines Rd.
Bland

Chilton Construction

255 Timber Glen Rd
Steelville

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Copperhead Contracting LLC

936 Farrar rd.
Leslie

Cranmer's Seamless Guttering

301 Calhoun St
Chillicothe

Crowden Home Improvements LLC

8430 Schumacher Lane
Catawissa

Curt’s Construction Company L.L.C.

141 Bearcreek Rd
Brumley

Custom Roofing & Exteriors

12720 Paw Paw Rd
Fletcher

Dan Boxx

4184 Hwy V
Villa Ridge

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dry Basement Foundation Repair

5121 E Front St
Kansas City

Drysdale Carpentry Services

960 Arft Ln
Pacific

Exterior Specialist

1713 35th St
Hannibal

Exterior Specialist

1713 35th St.
Hannibal

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Faulkner Enterprises Inc

302 W Main St
Sedalia

Feth Construction

122 South oak street
Union

FLR Properties

PO Box 437
Eureka

Foundation to Roof

403 S. Jenkins Street
Centralia

G & G Restoration LLC

308 Johnston Drive
Raymore

Garage Harmony

809 Southern Air Dr
Jefferson City

Goecoexteriors.com

108 Front St.
Labadie

Ground Zero Storm Shelters

4600 Independence Rd

Gullet Contracting

220 N 7th St
Pacific

Hall Home Repair

515 W Heidel

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Hans Jessee

1803 bunker hill dr
Plattsburg

HB Services LLC

117 W Bellevue St
Pacific

HCS Construction Group LLC

2112 William St
Cape Girardeau

HMS Construction, Inc.

4820 Green Valley Drive
High Ridge

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

Honeywell Home Improvements

11045 Foothills Lane
Warsaw

J Miller Construction

RR2 Box 11
Greentop

J Smith Builders

439 N Service Rd
Union

J&B Construction

14777 Highway 63
Vichy

J&K Custom Contracting

29203 Cardinal Ln
Gravois Mills

Jason Laycock

163 Eagle Ridge Rd
Robertsville

JayGar General Contracting

342 Weston Dr
Troy

JDContracting

Brookfield

JOHN RAUTH CONSTRUCTION CO

2447 PATEE ST
Saint Joseph

JS Construction

10 Lensing Rd
Rhineland

JUDE MARKWAY CONSTRUCTION CO

4812 WARDSVILLE RD
Jefferson City

Keeney Contracting

1978 bem church rd

kelly construction

359 LAKE LABADIE
Labadie

kyle stewart llc

906 center street

kylestewartllc

906 center street

Landeros Construction Services

320 Nicole Ct
Sullivan

Mac Company

2911 Beaver Creek Drive
Cape Girardeau

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Martin Contracting & Remodeling LLC

1213 Timberwood Ln
Saint Clair

Missouri Web Bay

32 Durham Drive
Washington

Modern Renovations

3408 Sacramento Street
Saint Joseph

MonicaNechita Designs, LLC

348 Fair St
Washington

MR PROJECTS

17203 Lynda Cir
Lawson

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

Murray Drywall & Paint

76 Christopher Drive
Camdenton

Myers Select Homes

440 Gracie Ln
Moscow Mills

Natural Stone Care & Restoration

1126 Industrial Dr.
Osage Beach

NOAH BUILDERS INC

276 HIGHWAY F
Silex

Patriot Builders LLC

501 Olive St.
New Haven

Power Electric LLC

207 Camelot Drive
Camdenton

Precision One Construction LLC

734 East Booneslick Rd.
Warrenton

Psy Co. Customs LLC

705 Flora Ave.
Warrenton

R K Carpentry LLC

21968 Meinershagen Rd
Higginsville

Randolph Deveolpment

100 N Lafayette St.
Madison

Rateliff Contracting LLC

1036 Hackberry Ct.
Troy

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Rice Roofing LLC

PO Box 2640

RK Electric Service

1595 Denmark
Union

Roof Medics LLC

Chesterfield

ROSS CONSTRUCTION

31668 STATE HIGHWAY C
Bevier

Ruhl and Son Construction & Excavation

110 Alan Drive
Montgomery City

Segers Properties LLC.

7221 Troost Ave.
Kansas City

Semo Painting Company

Route 1 Box 117
Williamsville

SEQUOYAH CABINETS

1599 S FRED HANNA DR

Shackelford Custom Homes & Remodeling

4730 Fox Mountain Rd
Pacific

Shadalawn Builders and Remodelers

488 Catlin St.
Lebanon

Shamrock Roofing & Construction LLC

514 North 5th St
Elsberry

Shawn D's General Construction

19 Surrey Hills
Hannibal

Show-Me Tile

3526 Prescott Ln.
Columbia

Signature Exteriors

2025 Zumbehl Rd
Saint Charles

Spillman Contracting

5107 Hatteras Dr
Columbia

St. Louis Contracting & Construction LLC

2267 Gray Summit Rd.
Pacific

Stable Homes, LLC

20375 Stagecoach Rd
Waynesville

STATE WIDE WATER PROOFING

913 Jackson Street
Jefferson City

Stokes Dock Co., Inc.

3797 Osage Beach Pkwy
Osage Beach

Suermann Plumbing & Construction, LLC

490 OAK FIELD Court
Washington

Sunset Construction, LLC

Po box 148
Wappapello

T&L Design and Construction

296 Cedar St
Camdenton

Terbrock Remodeling & Construction

200 Cuivre Point Ln
Moscow Mills

The Handy Hubby Inc

4904 Elder Rd
Villa Ridge

Tingler's Home Repair

3295 SE McQueen Rd
St. Joseph

TreadStone Exteriors LLC

751 North State Business Route 5
Camdenton

TRI STATE ROOFING & GENERAL

1607 BIRD ST
Hannibal

V & K Construction

Mt. Sterling

Van Cleave Construction

1103 Pacific Street
Saint Joseph

W & W Services Co LLC

32766 Waverly St
La Grange

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Warner Construction

12759 Hwy 28
Dixon

Willis Contracting LLC

24453 S STATE HIGHWAY 47
Warrenton

Wolffe Enterprises LLC

180 S Weidman Rd.
Manchester

WSR Roofing & Home Improvement

8299 Highway Yy
New Haven

WT Construction LLC

10087 Hillcrest Rd
Potosi

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