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"Excellent job! Made a proper drain for the shower. Changed plumbing for tub and shower. Replaced Dur-rock. Installed tile and new shower and tub faucets. Really" does the job right. Takes the time to get every detail right. It looks wonderful.

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met with me at the home to go over options and ideas to keep cost down. Very small bathroom, with code issues. He quoted us repair and renovate" options, and was very detailed so we could pick and choose from various aspects of doing the project. We selected furnishings from supplied links, and were kept posted on the job throughout the process.
is very professional, courteous and we couldn't ask for a better contractor. We highly recommend him, and plan to use him again for future projects.

-Phillip R.

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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 Bethlehem

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I have worked with
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for several years. His work is always perfection and he is quick to correct any glitches (which are few and far between and minor)
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is very creative and over the years has suggested better ways or more visually pleasing ways to do things that I have in mind. I have recommended him many times and have never had a complaint and in fact, people call me to tell me how pleased they are with the work and the price.
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is very diversified and can do everything from concrete to interior design remodels. I am an interior designer and have found his input to be a major help to me. He is honest and does what he says he will. He will also be very quick to tell you what he won't do. (He hates to paint but knows great painting contractors). I would highly recommend
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and am happy to provide names of others who have used his services.
- Peggi N.
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We had an ice dam cause our bedroom ceiling to collapse, damaging the ceiling, wall, floor, bed. We called
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at the National number at 4 pm on Friday to request service. We were told that someone would call us to schedule a consultation. We received an email shortly after the call promising a phone call. At 12:30 pm on Saturday, after not receiving any phone call, I called this office. I was informed that they received my issue electronically but "no one called" them so they weren't going to call us. I asked when they might come to out; they said maybe Wednesday, could be later. Then suggested that we clean the damage ourselves (isn't that what they are for?). They reported that they were busy, which I understand, but the unprofessionalism in reaching out to us and the suggestion that we just pull rotted insulation out ourselves is uncalled for. The disconnect between the national outfit and the local office is inexcusable.
- Kim C.
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I had an extremely positive experience with
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and Restoration. My basement was the original basement from a 100 year old house, with a few upgrades about 50 years ago. It was used only for storage. I now have a useable basement space which I can outfit for recreation and have some storage too.
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was prompt in coming to the appointment to review the basement and his price was in the same ballpark as other bids I obtained. I chose
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based upon their experience and suggestions for a few difficult problems in the basement, plus their timetable to complete work was the fastest. The crew working on the job was very professional in every way.
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stayed in touch the whole time, and always responded to any questions I had in a prompt manner. I always felt he was attentive to the status of the work. Good communication is a lost art these days, and
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's responsiveness was very much appreciated during the job. I added a few extras as the job went along and
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's prices were always very fair, and often small accomodations or changes were made without additional cost. In an old house there are always issue with plumbing, wiring and settling, and
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knew how to solve all of these problems. Another thing I found added to the positive experience is that both
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and
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are extremely nice people, and someone I would want to do business with again. I would recommend
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and Restoration without reservation.
- David B.
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used tools on top of hardwood flooring resulting in dents, scratches, and holes in hardwood floor. Cut bullnose on stairs into pieces which left pieces with jagged exposed wood corners under finish. Made us pay for replacement since "we changed things on him" when he never asked. When confronted with first
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we found said "there's probably more"
On the slate we asked for enhancement and sealing. He sealed the floor then tried to enhance over it causing the enhancer to be removed when cleaned. Refused to pay for materials for acid wash and re-sealing with proper product because he "did it right the first time". When confronted with directions from sealer, refused to do the labor in one day (3 coats an hour apart) when sealer would take 72 hours to fully set and fridge had to be moved to living room for slate to be redone.
Broke toilet flange when removing it to do tile in bathroom and tried to tell us that the toilet was broken and needed a plumber. Didn't cover the toilet drain exposing us to toxic gases from sewer for days before we were told by an outside source the
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living like that could pose.
When deciding carpeting brought the cheapest lowest grade carpet available not in the colors we requested. He "thought we were joking" about wanting blue carpet. Also charged us for high quality when he presented low quality.
All baseboard was poorly replaced (is loose on wall), a pocket door was ruined by a 2 in "trim nail" went in such to scratch it when the door was moved.
He was argumentative and tried to intimidate to get his way often. Was offended by questions.
When putting in the vent for the washing machine decided without consulting us to put in an auto vent because he didn't want to extend pipe less than 10 feet away to a outside vent pipe. Auto-vents can overflow and cause water inside the walls. This could cause rotting, mold and the need to replace the drywall with in 15 years.... versus paying the plumber less than $100 to connect to existing vent. We actually asked the plumber how much the excess cost because
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left when he saw my husband stayed home from work to make sure an auto-vent was not put in instead of connecting to the existing pipe and my husband had to explain the job to the plumber.
Quit job midway through without finishing because he didn't want to move new cabinet before installation slightly over to allow a
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in and out without ruining counter top. Currently is holding paid for materials hostage for more money from us.
Prices and acts like he is high quality but buys and does the cheapest thing he can get away with. Doesn't like experienced or knowledgeable people being around to evaluate work.
- Jeff S.
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Really well. It was a complete tear off and new vents on the roof of a twin single (duplex). I chose a better grade of shingles that should last 25 + years. They were very professional and cleaned up after themselves. Found a few nails they missed in my flower beds.
- JAN P.
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Really disappointed wtih the customer service. The contractor was scheduled to come by on Saturday 2/21 around lunch time and then again on Friday, 2/27. On both occassions, I had to follow up with him to confirm that he was still coming. In both cases, it seemed he had forgotten that anything was even scheduled. I called him on 2/27 about 30 minutes before the appointment time, after we had texted back and forth about the meeing time, and his comments to me was 'I wasn't even thinking about your appointment since I had another job I was working on'.
I've got no problems witih scheduling conflicts, however as a customer, I expect the business to contact me if there is a conflict and be proactive about trying to schedule another time. Having discussions both times, initiated by me, within 30 minutes of the scheduled meeting time is unacceptable service. In both of these cases, I adjusted my schedule to accommodate the contractor's
suggested meeting time. How could a customer be confident of receiving good service, when there is such a disregard for the initial meeting?
- Christina H.
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did a superb job in all respects. I build my house from the ground up with many contractors and I never found one that equaled
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. He was out the next day after calling for an estimate on roof and siding repair and emailed his quote to me by the next morning. His quoted price was the lowest of the four bids I received and I don't normally go with the lowest bid because I'd found that the lowest bid isn't always the best way to go. In this cause I'm glad my gut told me after meeting
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that he was the man for the job.
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told me he'd be here at 9 am two days after me telling him he had the job. He was here at 9 am just as promised. He worked all day and finished all but the roof shingles because the shingle colors didn't match well enough and said he be back the next morning with new shingles to finish the repairs, and he was.
While
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was working we discussed the fact that the roof need cleaning so I asked for a price to do so and he quoted a good price and then I asked if he could pressure wash the entire house and he said he could and gave a price I was comfortable with for that also. He completed all the second day he was here.
I was so impressed with his work that I had another person that needs work done to her place come by and talk with him about what she needs done. Plus I have already made plans for other projects that he said he'd do. I don't believe anyone would be disappointed by using
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. I have added him to my speed dial.
- David C.
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Came as scheduled to give quote. When I tried to schedule the job, they never responded. Repeatedly tried to contact and then gave up because it wouldn't be worth trying to get help after they worked on it if this is how responsive they are beforehand.
- Shanna H.

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349 N. Main St.

Andrew J Richter General Carpentry

215 Cream Hill Rd
Bristol

AP's Carpentry and Handyman Services

178 Parker Road
Whitefield

Artistic Exteriors

PO Box 333
Brookline

Be Fair Builders

31 Ten Mile Brook Road
Bristol

Beechwood Builders Inc

ROUTE 101 BOX 172 UNIT 25
Bedford

Bethal Builders LLC

184 Varney Rd
Center Barnstead

birdhouse remodeling

55 corliss hill rd

BOLLAND CONSTRUCTION

82 BERKLEY ST
Bethlehem

Brad Wood Construction LLC

121 Old Lake Shore Rd
Gilford

Brouillette Building & Remodeling LLC

1512 COLUMBIA CIR
Merrimack

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CarpentryByAllen

160 Thompson Farm Ln
Plymouth

Carriers Carpentry

26 shirley Way
Mirror Lake

Cillo Brothers Construction

14 Rustic Ln
New Boston

Clarke Painting, Inc

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Clean Cut Construction

477 Pine River Rd
Effingham

Clear Choice Home Improvements

750 East Industrial Park Dr
Manchester

CM Construction

12 Montana Dr.
Sandown

COAST CLOSETS

PO Box 163
Greenland

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

2405 Orchard Crest Blvd

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

3 MacIntosh Lane

D.R.B. Contracting and Home Remodeling

27 Coteville Road
Londonderry

DBS Contractors, LLC

96 Myrtle Street

Decosta Construction, LLC

50 Highland St
Plymouth

Delmon Contracting

63 Range Rd. Suite 202
Windham

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dream Works Remodeling

5 Coolidge Way
Raymond

DreamMakeovers

89 Danbury Woods Rd
Danbury

East Branch Builders

72 Pollard Rd
Lincoln

Elite Door of New England

165 S Barnstead Rd
Center Barnstead

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

G H Winn Builders

238 Foster Hill Rd.
Littleton

Gadbois Roofing

20 Meadowview Dr
Holderness

Gagnon Carpentry/Contracting

581 ColePlain Rd
Lisbon

Gallagher Construction LLC

88 sleeper hill rd
Gilford

George LaBonte Contractor

16 Summer St.
Tilton

Gpconstruction

Tallant Rd
Merrimack

Grey Ghost Construction

7 Lasala Road
Hillsborough

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

Indian Ledge Services

563 Knox Mountain Road
Sanbornton

Iverson Properties LLC.

24 Old Manchester St
Raymond

james horne carpentry

40 tuckermtn rd
Meredith

James Oreilly Group Ltd

129 Main St
Alton

JIM FRENCH HOME IMPROVEMENT

68 WHIPPLE AVE
Laconia

JLCC Contracting of Londonderry

72 west road
Londonderry

Keywest Sunrooms and Decking

96 Hillard Rd
Laconia

KJ Smith Construction

11 Greenough Rd
Plaistow

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Laurie Cs Interior Maintenance LLC

88A Chestnut St
Franklin

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Marois Design

38 Putnam Rd

MHF Building and Remodeling

48 Meadow Ln
Campton

Mike White Remodeling

124 Bog Road
Concord

Montshire Painting LLC

56 Partridge Lane
Canaan

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

munn foofing & remolding

rt 16
Center Conway

MVP Home Improvements

60 Rockingham Road
Windham

My Homes Helper

PO Box 350
Bristol

NATURAL STONE PLUS

10 CARTER ST

Naysa

1 Mifflin Place

Northeast Water Wells Inc

50 River St
Jaffrey

Novak Construction

99 River Rd
Greenville

Ogden Construction

60 Thompson Street
Ashland

Old House Works

842 Washington St

On-Time Construction

46 Union Street
Whitefield

Painting By Yeskis

20 Dawn Dr
Concord

Paul Jeffrey LLC

160 brook street
Manchester

Persson Construction LLC

313 Lee Hook rd.

Picket Fence Property Services

162 Ten Mile Brook Road
Bristol

Precision Applications

P.O. Box 1837
Plymouth

Prep Contractors LLC

208 Daniel Webster Hwy
Plymouth

Probuilt Custom Homes,LLC /DBA Meredith Bay Homes

18 Daniel Webster Highway
Meredith

Professional Building Services

9 Olde Woode Road
Salem

Protech Home Services

29 Columbia Cir
Merrimack

Prudential Remodeling

1 Westview Terr
Pelham

R.Blake Construction

PO Box 1454
Conway

R.I. State Restoration

117 Gleaner Chapel Rd

Raymond W. Savary

14 Carter Rd
Merrimack

SLATE ROOF & HOME REPAIR

PO Box 153
Keene

Squam Lakes Woodworks

PO Box 253
Ashland

Steve Melbourne Design

20 Foxglove Rd
Gilford

STIRLING/BROWN ARCHITECTS

1 MOUNT VERNON ST

Sub Zero Insulation LLC

23 Demers St
Berlin

Sumex Design

394 Central Ave
Dover

The Home Beautiful Flooring America

141 Daniel Webster Highway
Belmont

The Kevin Roy Building Company

257 Portsmouth Ave.
Stratham

The Logan Boys LLC

472 South Rd.
Contoocook

Thomas Buckingham HouseWright, LLC

95 Blackwater Rd.
Concord

TPM Construction

20 Wheeler Avenue
Salem

Trademark Custom Homes L.L.C.

PO Box 152
Center Harbor

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

WHITNEY'S INC

115 MAIN ST
Franconia

Wichland Woods

64 High St.
Keene

WINNI CONSTRUCTION INC

108 LITTLEFIELD RD
Danbury

Wood Wrights Incorporated

243 Amesbury Rd
Exeter

Woodland Carpentry

348 john smith hill rd
Bridgewater

Xtreme Woodworks

21 River Lane / PO Box 89
Freedom

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