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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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The cost to install the veneer stone has a wide range do to many factors. It can range from around $9 to $17 per square foot. It depends on the location, the stone being used, job access, skaffolding needs, wall prep and such. I would think you would be on the lower end of the scale. Your job is on a concrete surface so it eliminates one of the biggest problems they are having with this product, wall preperation. This one of the things that separates the high bidders from the low ones. There are million dollars homes being torn down because of improper wall prep. One a wood frame house a backing system that allows drainage is a must or the moisture absorbed by the veneer can rot the walls behind with alarming speed. Some have had makor damage within the first four years. On a concrete wall the veneer needs no such prep at most wire mesh applied if it is an older concrete wall.

 

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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

Mudjacking reviews in Mentor

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Devite promptly responded to my phone call and gave me the low estimate for the job. After we awarded Devite's the project, the work was promptly performed. Devite's leveled the walkway and also leveled the public side way in front of the home. In order to level a sidewalk Devite's had to trim the roots of a maple tree.The work that the Company did was excellent and we are very satisfied.
- Mark C.
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They arrived a half hour early and were complete in less than 2 hours. They explained everything that they were doing, took care to not damage any of the surrounding structure and cleaned up when they were done. They did a great job.
- Melissa H.
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We requested a quote and personnel were on site for us in two days. We were given a quote and told how the job would be done. The crew arrived on the appointed day and the work was done. Our driveway is old and cracked and attached to the house so the lift was difficult but the crew managed to do a good job of lifting it and then cleaned up and put in concrete patch where necessary. We were given a discount on the job as they were unable to make the slab perfectly level. The two gentlemen who performed the work were polite and informative. I would recommend this company.
- Katharine N.
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I used
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for some projects at my home and they did a great job. Last week I had them install sprinklers at my rental property. While they were putting the controller in the garage they unplugged my tenants freezer so they could plug a light in to see. When they left they forgot to plug the freezer back in and my tenant lost most of the food in the freezer. She called them to complain and they sent someone right over, took responsibility for the mistake and reimbursed her for all the lost food plus some. Mistakes happen but they did not hesitate to make it right. I told them right then and there that I would be their customer for good. Plus the sprinklers work great! Can't wait to see the beautiful lawn they are going to put in next. Thanks
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. You guys ROCK!!!
- Kathleen W.
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The company showed up on time, worked around my schedule, was very thorough with the explanation of the services they provided and the cost. They lifted 3 slabs and cleaned up the area that was worked on. I was very impressed with their professionalism and workmanship. Considering the amount of time that was involved, they were well worth the price.
- Sandra B.
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I contacted
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on 8/10/2015 and requested an estimate on raising the sunken sections of my family's driveway. He was able to stop by the next day and leave a written estimate. After agreeing to move forward with the work,
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was able to schedule the job for the following week.
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and another worker arrived at 9 AM on 8/21/2015 and completed the job within four hours.
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was courteous and professional throughout the entire process. The driveway is now level. It was a very positive experience.
- Lawrence V.
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Very smooth. They came out quickly and gave an estimate, scheduled the work for 48 hours later, showed up exactly when they said they would. Cleaned up the work site. Nothing fancy, just good work.
- KARI E.
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Excellent Job! Crew was on time, very professional, and cleaned the entire area after work was completed. Job came in under budget and received an Angie's list discount.
- Roy K.

Concrete Levelers in Mentor, OH

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3 Brothers Concrete

PO Box 381
Chardon

A-1 Concrete Leveling

35135 Lorain Rd
North Ridgeville

Accessible Home Care Solutions

2401 Superior Ave Viaduct
Cleveland

Ackworth Construction

2237 Watson Marshall Rd
Mc Donald

Beautiful home contracting ltd

7718 lucerne drive
Middleburg Heights

Beavers Built Construction

9604 north ridge rd. east
Geneva

Buckeye Exteriors LLC

3071 Timberbrook Dr
Cuyahoga Falls

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CC Contracting

24850 Aurora Rd Ste E
Bedford

Chronus Construction and Landscaping

1690 Woodlands Dr
Maumee

Clotman & Sons General Contracting Inc

3570 Warrensville Center Rd.
Beachwood

Contractors On Demand LLC

5780 Som Center Rd
Solon

DeBlasio' Concrete & Waterproofing

193096 Stafford Ave
Maple Heights

Destorm Maintenance Contractors

1480 Holmden Rd
Cleveland

DLV Enterprises, LLC

8526 Creekside Drive
Sagamore Hills

DMS REHAB PROPERTIES

5607 LAFAYETTE AVE
Maple Heights

Estes Builders

190 Redfern Rd
Chippewa Lake

firstexperts

2771 Stark Dr
Willoughby

FOAM OF AKRON INC

1016 MORSE ST
Akron

Gallo Home Improvement

17844 Cannon Ave
Lakewood

Gold Standard Construction

553 Highland Rd
Macedonia

hometownconst

3734 dotwood st nw
North Canton

J anthony Construction

40500 webster rd
Lagrange

Jasak Roofing & Construction

68170 Oakwood
Parma Heights

KNIGHT'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

3031 13TH ST
Cuyahoga Falls

KP Concrete & Masonry

PO Box 360378
Strongsville

Lay It Flat Concrete

7233 Enfield Dr
Mentor

MAC PAINTING & REMODELING

23270 MAYBELL DR
Westlake

McDivitt Construction

3126 Townline Rd

Mitchell's General Contracting

316 MAIN ST APT 1
Wadsworth

Mural & Son Inc

11340 Brookpark Rd
Cleveland

Northeast Ohio Renovations

PO Box 852
Twinsburg

Ohio Basement Systems

8295 Darrow Rd
Twinsburg

P.M.Home Improvement Co.

193 W. Glendale Street
Bedford

Perma Lift Inc

24300 Solon Rd
Bedford

R Greene Concrete Leveling Co Inc

PO Box 23339
Chagrin Falls

RAMSER BROTHERS CONCRETE

3756 WEST 104 ST
Cleveland

Richard Nowicki

3965 E 364th St
Willoughby

RONYAK BROS PAVING INC

PO BOX 449
Burton

The Basement Guys - Cleveland

9221 Ravenna Rd
Twinsburg

The House Doctors

1330 Ranchland Dr
Cleveland

Thompson's Masonry Inc

10182 Mayfield Rd
Chesterland

TONY NERO CEMENT & CONSTRUCTION INC

16645 AUBURN SPRINGS DR
Chagrin Falls

Vanni Construction

P.O. Box 236
Chagrin Falls

Venture Renovations

7500 Wall Streety Ste100
Cleveland

VJ Concrete & Excavating

2925 Edgehill Rd.

WALL ANCHORS OF NORTHERN OHIO, INC.

668 NORTHFIELD RD
Bedford

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