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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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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 Alamogordo

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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.
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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.

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ADVANTAGE CONSTRUCTION SVC

PO Box 186
Las Cruces

Aesop's Gables Inc

4810 Pan American NE
Albuquerque

Albuquerque Stair LLC

4121 Ellison NE
Albuquerque

ALL CLEAR POOLS

2439 DESERT BLOOM CT
Alamogordo

Armstrong Roof Repair Service

31 N Horizon Ln
Santa Fe

ASPEN CONSTRUCTION

HC 46 BOX 687
Ruidoso Downs

B & J HOME SVC

2211 S WALKER AVE
Alamogordo

Babcock Construction

27566 W Frontage Rd
Santa Fe

BRAVO CLEANING & RESTORATION

PO Box 6241
Farmington

C & B ENTERPRISE

7120 HIGHWAY 54
Alamogordo

C & N Trusted Services

Pear St.
Roswell

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cerro Azul Construction

P.O. Box 483
Tesuque

Chase's Extreme Builders Inc

3375 Mountain View Blvd
Angel Fire

CHINO CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 502
San Fidel

Christian Construction

PO Box 1331
Ruidoso

Chucks Cabinet Shop

12 Yucca Dr
Los Lunas

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Construction By Design

226 Hermosa Dr.

Corn-Struction Inc

201 Highway 82
Alamogordo

Covenant Solutions, Inc

PO Box 43
Lincoln

Cross Unlimited, LLC

257 s. ridge rd
Silver City

CURRY EQUIPMENT & SVC

881 S.R.77
Clovis

Custom Construction & Roofing LLC

#4 Wool Bowl Circle
Roswell

Darnold Plumbing

2512 North Florida Ave
Alamogordo

DEFINED ELECTRIC

PO BOX 12394
Albuquerque

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

East Mountain Flooring

1890 Old Hwy 56
Edgewood

Enava handyman

po box 2443
Ruidoso

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Ez Shade

8180 E Main St
Flora Vista

G-Ten Construction LLC

PO Box 44504
Rio Rancho

Go Green NM LLC

3900 Paseo del Sol
Santa Fe

Go Green NM LLC

8019 Edith Blvd NE
Albuquerque

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

High Sierra Design & Construction

1217 Rael SW St
Albuquerque

Home Service Contractors

2001 1st St
Alamogordo

Image Construction Service Inc

PO Box 165
Alamogordo

Interior Painters & More

10724 Galaxia Park Dr NW
Albuquerque

JDS Builders LLC

PO Box 1893
Mesilla Park

JeM Renovations and Construction

1817 Miracerros Lane
Alamogordo

LABOR4HIRE - HANDYMAN SERVICES

PO BOX 206
San Patricio

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

MAKINSON ENTERPRISES INC

1300 ALASKA AVE
Alamogordo

Matt Weaver Installations

1804 College Ave
Alamogordo

MICANDER CONSTRUCTION INC

585 S VALLEY
Las Cruces

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

Native Constructors Inc.

6989 Albany Hills Dr NE
Rio Rancho

Native Constructors, Inc.

6989 Albany Hills Dr NE
Rio Rancho

ngc painting & decorating

3945 Alabama Ave
Los Alamos

Patton Construction Co.

7 Petro Dr
Roswell

Plasco’s Building Beautiful Bathrooms

1900 7th St NW
Albuquerque

Plum-Struction

22 Goodyear Dr
Alamogordo

Plumbing New Mexico

10586 New Mexico 337
Tijeras

PURVEYOR SOLAR TEX TEXTURE

3235 VASSAR DR NE
Albuquerque

Quality Renovations

825 W 16th St
Portales

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Rolyn Co

5706 Frederick Ave

Ruidoso Services

320 Country Club Rd
Ruidoso

Sabas Construction

PO Box 4499
Roswell

SPRING CREST DRAPERY CENTER

2310 TEMPLE ST
Las Cruces

Spruce Up Construction

Po Box 1658
Alamogordo

STEPS OF AMERICA

5 W ARNOLD LN
Alamogordo

Storm Master Inc.

3404 East Loop 820 South

T SHAW CONSTRUCTION

2506 CAMBRIDGE AVE
Alamogordo

VCS

2080 Enzie Dr
Las Cruces

VG Electric LLC

PO Box 2867
Mesilla Park

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

White Sands Construction Inc

1700 10th St
Alamogordo

Wrye Construction

PO Box 1664
Truth Or Consequences

Y B C Construction LLC

P,O Box 177
Grants

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