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"They came out and measured, and gave a price the same day. They also were able to get us a good rate and lower payments than expected. The roof after tax was about" 15000 and the payment is 320. They did the work fast and did a pretty decent job cleaning up. Having the dumpster at my house for a week was challenging

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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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There are two sides to this and everyone will have an opinion.  I can tell you that from a contractor's point of view a customer that is up front with me is much easier to work with and the entire experience is much more pleasurable to all parties involved.  If you treat your contractor like there's always something to hide from him expect the same in return.  A good contractor is going to take your budget into consideration and make recommendations based on that budget.  When possible, he's going to estimate the work 10-20% under your target to leave room for the unexpected.  With any remodeling work, there's always the possibility and likelihood that there will be surprises that will have to be added such as mold damage, improper existing framing, etc.  The cushion allows room for the project cost to grow without going over your budget.  If no problems are found and you decide to spend that money some of the final finishes can be upgraded or other projects added.

Another good arguement for disclosing your budget to your contractor is to save you both some time and aggrevation.  You may have a $10,000 budget and want $30,000 worth of work.  Wouldn't you like to know your desires aren't possible before you get your hopes up or spend money on design fees for plans you can't afford?  Likewise, the contractor doesn't want to put in the hours of calculating the estimate only to find out it was all for nothing or that he has to refigure for a much lower cost after pricing what you specified.

Be fair and honest with your contractor if you expect the same respect in return.  You'll get a lot more out of it with the right contractor.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
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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.

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He showed up on time and did the repairs in the time and price that was quoted to me. Made sure that the work was done to my satisfaction before leaving. All materials that were used match and quality is better then the original. thge area was cleaned a everything was left as if one one was there.
- Kay E.
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did a great job with my bathroom remodel! It was a big job (to me), as it required reconfiguring plumbing and - since it is the only bathroom in my house - I had to move out for most of the work. I talked to 7-8 contractors before hiring
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and his team were very responsive and helpful in figuring out a solution. The workers were careful, polite, and always cleaned up each day. All in all, I was very pleased with the experience. Perhaps most importantly, the bathroom looks stunning, and I am thrilled with the outcome. I would definitely use
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- Megan G.
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The final results of the renovation were better than expected.
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has a great eye for detail and really understood the overall vision of the project. He provided a thorough estimate, explaning his renovation plans in detail. He was very reliable in communicating while the project had to be postponed due to weather and always prompt in responding to calls/e-mails. He worked hard to coordinate the subcontractor work to complete the renovation efficiently.
- Janelle W.
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was great! He met with us multiple times during our GC
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was always reachable by text, email or phone. He acted in a very professional and friendly manner and answered everyone of our questions right away. His team of contractors were reliable, on schedule, hard working, and also professional and friendly. There was never a language
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and the site was cleaned up as needed each evening. As the project went on, changed were able to be made to the original quote as needed.
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was honest and open to ideas and changes. We highly recommend him for all projects big and small.
- Margaret & Ron H.
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The plumber hired to remove my old hot water heater that was leaking suggested we contact
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was very professional. He determined that the leaking water had minimally damaged the surrounding drywall and set about drying the area. I would recommend
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- Lee E.
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Showed up on time. Very professional gave me written estimate and was very fair in price I have gotten other bids and I'm glad I used
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- Paul D.
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At first he was great. He was very responsive and communicated very well. He said demo would start Feb 2 and the job would be finished Feb 9. After a few days into the process
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(the owner) started talking about how busy he is and he's taken on too many jobs and he's also beginning to backtrack on the initial bid. I told him from the beginning I assumed the bid would change a little, especially since we added on to the project. But his new bid was $1000 above the original quote (see cubbies pricing below). I should've stopped the work right there, but I decided it was better to stay with him than finding someone else to finish the job. He did not have a good explanation for the upped price other than he was going to be doing the work instead of one of his employees. He said "looks like yours truly will be building these." I wasn't sure if he wanted a
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Original bid for four cubbies with drawers at the bottom and electrical outlets in each cubby = $1880
I asked for 3 cubbies with open shelves. No drawers and no outlets. I wanted bead board on the back. His new prices was $2885
I was floored.
Anyway - it was no fun from then on. It was very obvious (because he told me) he had other jobs he was working on and my home was taking a backseat. No workers were in my home from Feb 10 until Feb 19 when they did the install of the cabinets and cubbies. His workers were great (once they quit leaving cigarette butts in the garage). Very professional. Until
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showed up racing around and hurrying them up. He needed them to go to another job. I was beyond frustrated. He then asked for me to pay him the final amount even though the work wasn't finished!!!!! (they lacked installing shelves and touching up paint) I told him I didn't feel comfortable paying him since the work was not completely done. He pleaded with me to pay him since it was Friday and he needed to pay his guys. I stupidly wrote him the check and again told him this made me uncomfortable. He came back that Sunday and finished up the list of things that needed to be done.
He is horrible with time management.
OH and halfway through he started talking to me about his design services. Even though I designed the whole thing from Pinterest. Yes, he
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a picture for me with the dimensions... but nothing more than that. I guess he wanted to charge me for his opinion.
Basically, I think this is the first time he ever built cubbies. He got in over his head and was overwhelmed. He felt he should charge more because it was taking longer than he thought. And his carpentry skills did not warrant a price tag of $2880 for cubbies. They look good - but not amazing.

- Monica W.
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- Dave K.

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Po box 176
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Able Hands Inc

144 Main St
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ADVANCED BUILDERS

137 PARNELL ST
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111 ELMWOOD DRIVE
Albrightsville

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611 MAIN RD
Dallas

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2553 Tacoma Dr
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B squared construction

19 green street
Edwardsville

Backus Construction

550 Main St
Archbald

Blakeslee Home Improvement Inc

373 Route 940
Blakeslee

BOB & MARGY PARKER

627 ALBERDEEN RD
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Brian Young Renovations LLC

145 S Lincoln Ave
Scranton

Budget Bathrooms

PO BOX 95
Greentown

Burke Construction LLC

1410 Spruce St
Stroudsburg

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Callahan Construction

71 main st
Pittston

Capitol Innovation

1660 Wyoming Ave
Scranton

Carefree Renovations & Maintenance LLC

HC 1 Box 96
Albrightsville

CFK Home Building and Renovations

128 Abbott St
Wilkes Barre

Charter Crown

Mountain Top

Choice Home Repair

749 Harrison Ave
Scranton

CML Renovations

536 Boulevard ave.
Dickson City

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Craig Stiles

122 Beech Grove Rd
Honesdale

delplatos remodeling

819 n pennsylvania ave
Wilkes Barre

Derman Associates LLC

PO Box 4256
Wyoming

DESIGN & DRAFTING

BOX 83
Blakeslee

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

E Stern Construction

Hunlock Creek

ED DUNN PLUMBING HEATING & A/C

135 MORTIMER ST
Scranton

EmmettbyDesign LLC

153 Upper Green Hill Road
Kunkletown

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Father & Son Construction

136 Crawford Rd
Sweet Valley

First General Services of NE

31 Ruddle St
Wilkes Barre

FRANK VITUCCI GENERAL CONTRACTOR

702 GEORGE ST.
Scranton

Fuller Contracting

RR 2 Box 2377
Factoryville

Garfield Beynon Home Inspection

1746 Wyoming Ave
Scranton

Gary Snipes Construction

80 stonewood drive
Jermyn

Gennaro`s Property Management LLC

6263 Park Place
Tobyhnanna

Gerard Lombardi

100 Erie St
Moosic

GPG CONSTRUCTION

107 OLDRIDGE RD
Archbald

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd
Wellsville

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

House Doctors

239 Main St
Dickson City

HUDAK WATERPROOFING

601 N MAIN ST
Taylor

Humphreys Contracting & Home Improvement

33 Mt. Crest Dr.
Lake Ariel

J & M Construction

6391 State Route 654 # 2
Williamsport

J.E. MULTI-TRADE SERVICES

PO Box 431
Hamlin

Jamms Constructions

1108 Birkbeck St
Freeland

JCR Home Repair

122 Charles Street

JEFF DAROJA HOME IMPROVEMENT

205 CHRISTOPHER WAY
Hawley

joe dougher masonry

1214 n main ave
Scranton

joe dougher masonry

1214 n main ave

JOHN STEMPHOSKI Home Improvement Contractor

14019 SPRING DR
Clarks Summit

Just Cabinets Furniture & More

1790 N. Keyser Ave.
Scranton

Kenneth Burger Contracting

316 Main Street
Peckville

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Liberty Homes Custom Builders

P.O. Box 260
Pocono Lake

M & B Contractors Inc.

P.O. Box 1840
Albrightsville

M to Z

410 WEST8TH ST
Westwyoming

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

MALISHCHAK BROTHERS INC

104 PARK ST
Nanticoke

Mellon Certified Restoration

436 S Lansdowne Ave
Lansdowne

MHW Construction, LLC

1006 Sunset Ave
Clarks Summit

Michael Therriault Contracting

PO Box 357
Blakeslee

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

NORELLA WOODWORKING

Applewood
Carbondale

Northeast Home Improvement

2724 Ledge Drive
Clarks Summit

On Call Constructiom

155 Stapleton Est
Factoryville

Paramount Painting Company

257 Filbert Avenue

PEI Enterprises Inc.

201 S. Blakely St. 309 / PO Box 374
Dunmore

Perez Design Build Remodel LLC

611 S State St
Clarks Summit

Pete Martinez Contracting

163 Brier Crest Rd

Picture Perfect Home Improvements

222 jackson street
Thompson

Pittsman Consruction

324 North Main Street
Archbald

Pocono Home Exteriors

111 Laurel Ln
Blakeslee

Pocono Home Inspections

PO. Box 2179
Pocono Pines

Pro Restoration Co

PO Box 4252
Bethlehem

R & S Home Improvements

7250 State Route 374
Union Dale

Rasieleski Construction Co

133 S Washington
Taylor

Rebath Northeast Inc

934 Wyoming Ave
Forty Fort

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Robert T Benson Painting & Restoration

143 Carol Drive
Clarks Summit

Robert W Heh Jr Construction

218 Alpha Dr
Stroudsburg

ROLYN Companies

5706 FREDERICK AVE

Rudis Enterprises, L.L.C.

1924 Lafayette St
Scranton

SB Home Improvements

532 Boulevard Ave
Dickson City

SCRANTON CRAFTSMAN INC

930 DUNMORE ST
Scranton

SLENZAK CONSTRUCTION

1307 BEECH RD
White Haven

SNS Remodeling

1300 Flat Rock Road
Forest City

Sollenne Homes

845 Goose Pond Rd
Lake Ariel

Spess Construction

935 Park Ave
Shavertown

stan romansky contracting

105 pine grove rd
Newfoundland

Stoss & Company Drywall Finishing LLC

1205 Mount Zion Road
Pittston

Struggle Builders & Home Remodeling

Mount Poconos
Albrightsville

Sudo Construction

5 Waterford Road
Clarks Summit

Swatt Construction

301 Washington Ave.
Jermyn

T and T Home Repair

10 SIniawa Drive
Archbald

The Handy Man Can

400 1st St
Weatherly

The Home Improver

110 Penn Estate
East Stroudsburg

Trees to Keys, LLC

Rte 106 Box 25
Carbondale

Triple E Builders

410 Gravity Rd
Lake Ariel

UNLIMITED ENTERPRISES

569 EASTON TPKE
Lake Ariel

Vitucci Lawncare & Landscaping

538 Washington Ave
Jermyn

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

William Hicks Construction

69 SPRING BROOK TWP
Spring Brook Twp

Ye Olde Village Workshop, LLC

113 Golf Drive
Mountainhome

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