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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.

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Mudjacking reviews in Mentor

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When I called and asked if they could come and take a look at the cracks on our ceiling,
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was told me upfront the cost of survey for my size house and I accepted an appointment. he was on time a few minutes early. he explained the process and got right to work. he was very careful and polite and open and honest about everything. thanks angie list!.
- Vijaykumar G.
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I signed a contract with
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, VP of Operations for Bath Planet of Tampa Bay, and a licensed contractor for
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& Management. (FL Dept of State indicates that Bath Planet of Tampa Bay is a front company for
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& Management.) At the time of the signing I was required to pay a deposit of half the contract amount, $3,290.00.
An appointment for remodeling was set for 11-10-14. The contractor did not show up on the scheduled date. No call, no nothing. I tried to contact them but they would not return my calls/messages. I contacted Bath Planet corporate office and the contractor finally returned my call. Another appointment was set for 12-1-14. Again, the contractor did not show up on the scheduled date. Again, I tried to contact them and they would not return my calls/messages. Again, I had to contact Bath Planet corporate office and they convinced me to set a third appointment with
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and Management for 12-22-14. Yet again, the contractor did not show up for the appointment.
After four months and three "no show" appointments we reached the limit of our frustration/patience and cancelled our contract with
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& Management. We have not received the return of our deposit money.
- Michael S.
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Arrived on time, started right to work. He explained the process and was finished in a short amount of time. So far, so good.
- Jeanne C.
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was very responsive, completed the work more quickly than expected, and the patio/walkway they did look great. We were pleased with the quality of work they did and will plan to use them in the future.
- David B.
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Very professional and nice. They had good workers. There were a few hiccups along the way but nothing major. We also liked that there was no money asked for up front, we paid once the job was completed.
- Sharon H.
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I called then 5 times and never spoke to a person, I got voice-mail and left messages with short description of my projects asking someone to contact me, come over and see the work and then provide a quote.
- Peter F.
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Job went very well. They not only raised the porch with also made some minor repairs between the porch and service walk at no additional cost. Would use them again in a heart beat!
- KIRK C.
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The service went great. A crew of 15 came out and completed the job in 1 day. They were very fast and efficient workers. They did leave a little bit of a mess but it was not horrible. Their pricing was reasonable. It was very easy to schedule their service and they even showed up a little early.
- Richard B.

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3 Brothers Concrete

PO Box 381
Chardon

A-1 Concrete Leveling

35135 Lorain Rd
North Ridgeville

A1 Concrete Leveling Inc

PO Box 477
Chesterland

Accessible Home Care Solutions

2401 Superior Ave Viaduct
Cleveland

Alba Contractors

8670 Twinbrook Rd
Mentor

Beautiful home contracting ltd

7718 lucerne drive
Middleburg Heights

Buckeye Exteriors LLC

3071 Timberbrook Dr
Cuyahoga Falls

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CC Contracting

5372 Bedford St
Bedford Heights

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

DeVites Concrete Leveling

2220 Tate Ave
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

KNIGHT'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

3031 13TH ST
Cuyahoga Falls

Lay It Flat Concrete

7233 Enfield Dr
Mentor

MAC PAINTING & REMODELING

23270 MAYBELL DR
Westlake

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

Regency Developers Inc

2066 S Taylor Rd
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.

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