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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 Madison

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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
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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 Madison, NH

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A Cut Above the Rest

84 Gage Rd.
Wilton

A. Bennett Contracting

89 Shirley Hill Rd
Manchester

Accessible Solutions

349 N. Main St.

AHR Builders

4 Smith Well Rd
Dover

Artistic Exteriors

PO Box 333
Brookline

Barton Construction

P.O. Box 394
Moultonborough

Be Fair Builders

31 Ten Mile Brook Road
Bristol

Beechwood Builders Inc

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Bedford

Bethal Builders LLC

184 Varney Rd
Center Barnstead

Brouillette Building & Remodeling LLC

1512 COLUMBIA CIR
Merrimack

Bryan Locke Leak Repair

438 S Barnstead Rd
Center Barnstead

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

Cinderella Painting & Maintenance Inc

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Clean Cut Construction

477 Pine River Rd
Effingham

Clear Choice Home Improvements

8025 South Willow St
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

Crestwood Property Management

42 Porter Road
Freedom

Daniel J Cox & Son Builders Inc

13 Partridge Ln
Whitefield

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

Elite Door of New England

165 S. Barnstead Rd.
Center Barnstead

Eric Dupray Construction

28 Auburn St
Exeter

Gadbois Roofing

20 Meadowview Dr
Holderness

Gagnon Carpentry/Contracting

581 ColePlain Rd
Lisbon

Gallagher Construction LLC

369 Morrill St
Gilford

George LaBonte Contractor

16 Summer St.
Tilton

Good Livin Home Improvement Co

2702 Chinook Trail
Tamworth

Gpconstruction

Tallant Rd
Merrimack

Gregory J Home Design Center

520 Amherst St
Nashua

Grey Ghost Construction

7 Lasala Road
Hillsborough

Hadden Fine Carpentry LLC

26 Neal Lane
Barrington

Hallmark Home Improvement Inc.

1182 Penacook RD
Contoocook

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

HANDYMAN NEW ENGLAND

6262 Carriage Hill rd
Epsom

Indian Ledge Services

563 Knox Mountain Road
Sanbornton

Iverson Properties LLC.

24 Old Manchester St
Raymond

J Lance LLC

468 Old Connecticut Path

james horne carpentry

40 tuckermtn rd
Meredith

James Oreilly Group Ltd

129 Main St
Alton

Jameson Property Maintenance

7 Chase Lane
Stratham

KJ Smith Construction

11 Greenough Rd
Plaistow

LACEWOOD GROUP INC

961 Whittier Highway
Moultonborough

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Laurie Cs Interior Maintenance LLC

88A Chestnut St
Franklin

M.B. Fogg Construction

180 Stone Road
Gilmanton

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Marois Design

38 Putnam Rd

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

National Pro

19A Lafayette Rd
Hampton

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 St
Ashland

Old House Works

842 Washington St

On-Time Construction

46 Union Street
Whitefield

Outside In Construction

PO Box 1301
Alton

Overhead Door Co

533 Riverside Industrial Pkwy

Paul Jeffrey LLC

160 brook street
Manchester

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

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RJL Construction

PO Box 1694
Conway

S R F Excavation

PO Box 45
Danbury

Sandra Curtis Design LLC

PO Box 7012
Gilford

Simply Green Cleaning Etc

149 Jug Hill Rd
Milton Mills

STIRLING/BROWN ARCHITECTS

1 MOUNT VERNON ST

Sub Zero Insulation LLC

23 Demers St
Berlin

SUB-CON CONSTRUCTION CO.

135 BENNETT RD
Freedom

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

THS Complete Property Care

PO BOX 423
Laconia

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

Wood Wrights Incorporated

243 Amesbury Rd
Exeter

Xtreme Woodworks

21 River Lane / PO Box 89
Freedom

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