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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 Canastota

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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
Canastota Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
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
Canastota Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
. 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 Canastota, NY

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Ackermann Electric LLC

2885 Erieville Road
Erieville

Advanced Painting and Wallpapering

412 Darlington Rd
Syracuse

Affordable Painting and Repairs

109 Wilmore Pl
Syracuse

Affordable Solutions by Brian

PO Box 486
Fayetteville

ALAN B FOSTER

15 caswell st.
Cleveland

Alberts Heating & Air Conditioning

5093 Paddlewheel Ln
Camillus

all phase construction

18 grove st
Baldwinsville

ALLEN CONTRACTING

1406 DERUYTER RD
New Woodstock

American Made Home Remodeling

4430 S Onondaga Rd
Nedrow

Antero Construction

1722 West Genesee St. Suite 4
Syracuse

AP Log Home Services LLC

506 seneca st
Oneida

b and a renovation

146 S Fulton St
Auburn

Bap Architectural Svc

2142 Marshland Rd
Apalachin

Bath Renew

920 Spencer St
Syracuse

Bianchi Agency Inc

2301 Milton Ave
Syracuse

Big Bee's Services

302 W Pleasant Ave
Syracuse

Blue Collar Builders Inc

141 Pebble Stone Dr
Chittenango

BMMB General Contracting

16 Bradford St
Auburn

Building Prosperity LLC

4229 WHITMAN ROAD
Canastota

Burdick Building & Renovations

4251 Mayfair Cir
Liverpool

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CARTESCAPE INC

6783 MOREZAK RD
La Fayette

Castle Property Services, Inc.

168 Roosevelt Road
Cleveland

Cedar Bay Construction Ltd

105 Pratt Ln
Fayetteville

Chick, Dr. Jeffrey B.

6221 Route 31
Cicero

City View Construction

PO Box 305
Camillus

CLASSIC COZY AND CARPENTRY

4110 New Court Ave
Syracuse

CLEARVIEW WINDOWS & EXTERIORS

520 Grant Ave
Auburn

CNY Drywall

1318 Westcott St
Syracuse

CNY Fire Emergency Services

3644 John Glenn Blvd
Syracuse

CNY Home Improvements Inc

7793 Brewerton Rd
Cicero

CNY REMODELING INC

8612 GASKIN RD
Baldwinsville

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

2405 Orchard Crest Blvd

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Country Builder

3550 Amber Rd.
Syracuse

Country Gentlemen Plumbing

8393 River Rd
Baldwinsville

Cousins Construction

20 Hibbard St
Schenectady

Coyne Construction Services (CCS)

1616 Court Street
Syracuse

Crescenzo Contruction Inc.

208 Sheridan Road # 1
Liverpool

D R Whitney Jr Contracting

PO Box 753
Baldwinsville

Dale R Wood

4143 Apulia Rd
Jamesville

Dannan Plumbing LLC

101 E Roswell Av
Nedrow

DB Remodeling

680 County Route10

DFS In-Home Services

2505 Carmel Ave.
Brewster

DH Ferrarone Company LLC

6039 Singletree Lane
Jamesville

DHI construction & building maint

1572 St Rt 11
Hastings

DiMartino Construction & Remodeling

4211 Inverrary Dr
Liverpool

Dimon Construction

PO Box 179
Manlius

DiMora Service and Supply Company

81 Willowbrook Dr
Auburn

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Don Sanborn -Building Contractor

7486 Lakeport Rd
Chittenango

Eagle Village Renovations

5073 N. Eagle Village Rd.
Manlius

Empire State Painting & Contracting

953 Smith Ridge Rd
Bridgeport

Energy Savers Inc

203 Bagg St
East Syracuse

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fleszar's Woodworking World

8343 Route 20
Manlius

G&C EXTERIORS

8161 Sophia Dr
Cicero

GreenSavers

Syracuse

Greer Construction, LLC

6296 rally days trail
Cicero

H.C.R.S

385 stone street
Oneida

Haines and Haines Inc.

8087 KIRKVILLE RD
Kirkville

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Healthy Glass

2283 County Road 28
Canandaigua

HEFFRON GENERAL CONTRACTING

2051 GENESEE ST
Oneida

HOLMES CONTRACTING

198 HONEY HILL RD
Fulton

Honey Do Repairs & Projects

218 Allen Rd
Parish

HUGH'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

5929 QUARRY RD
Canastota

IANNONE HOME IMPROVEMENT

3692 Pine Ridge Rd
Canastota

Its All Better

PO Box 844
Brewerton

J. Hence & Co. Inc.

4 Limestone Plaza
Fayetteville

J. Santoro Construction, LLC.

5850 Court Street Road
Syracuse

JO JO ELECTRIC, LLC

PO Box 293
Canastota

Joe Montana Drywall

East Syracuse

john c rainbow, inc

4971 syracuse rd
Cazenovia

Johns Home Repair

7929 JOHN HUSS AVE
Bridgeport

JV's Construction

5026 Aitchison Rd
Syracuse

Kapp construction

65 W 4th St Apt 2
Oswego

Kassel Construction

684 River Rd
Glenmont

Kathy Kotz Home Builder Inc

PO Box 744
Syracuse

Kreis Construction

306 Center Rd
Pennellville

L Raymond Construction DBA

2207 Kamm rd
Marietta

LANDES CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 324
Syracuse

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Lioto Enterprises LLC

PO Box 3832
Syracuse

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Maple flats construction

8690 maple flats rd

Marty Congdon

131 Oswego Ave
Canastota

MC LEOD REMODELING

106 PLYMOUTH AVE SOUTH
Syracuse

Mcdonald Plumbing & Heating

448 S Edwards Ave
Syracuse

MEID Construction

1341 Middle Rd
Oneida

Merrill construction

4098 Cedarvale Rd
Syracuse

MIKE ANTELMI INC

9262 SHORE LAWN DR
Bridgeport

Modern Build Construction

241 Quincy Pl
Liverpool

Modern Home Contractors Inc

900 Old Liverpool Rd
Liverpool

Modern Home Tech

169 County Route 37
Central Square

morris construction

1615 n salina st
Syracuse

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

Muir Construction

Central Square

Mustang Construction Group

5510B Bennetts Corners Rd
Camillus

New York Sash

349 Oriskany Blvd
Whitesboro

North Eastern Enterprises

44 cayuga st
Auburn

O'Brien Building Solutions

8483 Button Rd
Cicero

O'Tooles Handyman Service

234 Blackberry Rd
Liverpool

Parla Construction

1923 State Route 48
Fulton

Phillips Home Solutions

500 New Karner Rd
Albany

Pidgeon Roofing & Renovations

35 Aurelius Ave
Auburn

Pioneer Masonry

515 CHURCH ST
Syracuse

pipeworks plumbing

1412 North Lake st.
Oneida

Pitcher Hill Construction

104 Sheatree Lane
Syracuse

Practical Properties LLC

8955 Rte 92
Cazenovia

PRECISION BUILDING & REMODELING INC

9447 CHALKSTONE COURSE
Brewerton

R & B Innovative Construction

PO Box 393
Morrisville

R.O. Builders

21 Legacy Drive
Baldwinsville

RC Hammer

11521 Gradwell St.

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Rock Ridge Contracting

217 W. Hickory St.
Canastota

Rock Solid Basements

111 Electronics Pkwy
Liverpool

Rodriguez Painting

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Syracuse

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

S. Caselle Construction Inc

8505 Long Leaf Trail
Liverpool

Salisbury Construction Services LLC

320 Westholm Blvd
Syracuse

Scott Sweeney Contracting

3538 E Genesee Street Rd
Auburn

Sherry's Home Improvement's

16479 west lake rd

SHETLER CONTRACTING

8754 BENGASI CRSE
Cicero

SIEDSMA CONTRACTING

7698 ROBERTS ST
Canastota

Silverline Builders, Corp.

118 E. Genesee St
Auburn

SK Custom Woodworks LLC

6124 Rt 233
Rome

SpaceRenewed

203 Windsor Drive
Syracuse

STUDCO CONSTRUCTION, LLC

2871 LAFAYETTE RD
La Fayette

Superior Property Management

404 N Midler Ave
Syracuse

T.M. Industries

po box 314
East Syracuse

Ted Amidon Construction

5860 Sugarbush Dr
Tully

Terpening Woodworking

263 County Route 36
Hannibal

THE CRAFTSMAN

110 WALTER DR
Syracuse

The Home Depot

1634 Clark St Rd
Auburn

Trade Masters Enterprises Inc.

822 Milton Ave
Syracuse

TRUE COAT

7485 NEW ROUTE 31
Baldwinsville

TWG Enterprises, Inc.

Baldwinsville

Tyler Construction Services Inc

440 State Rte 34
Hannibal

Up State NY Handyman

8848 Oswego Rd

V.C. Associates

p.o. box 978
Syracuse

Vic Peters Construction

PO Box 67
Jordan

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Webb The Professionals

437 Washington Ave
Oneida

Wet Paint Company

19 East Cayuga St.
Oswego

Wilcox Basement Systems Inc

10327 Coombs Rd
Holland Patent

Woodford Bros Inc

6500 State Rte 80
Apulia Station

Woodman Contracting

1301 Powers Rd.
Auburn

Yankee Construction

8405 Tuttle Rd
Bridgeport

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