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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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and his crew showed up on time and prepared. He is intelligent and easy to talk to and his men were intelligent and hard working. They" finished the work quickly and efficiently and
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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.

Home Remodeling reviews in Smithfield

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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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team was very helpful along the way. The project itself got a bit of a late start because of snow, but after that everything was on-time and on-budget. When a few issues arose (as will happen with any project),
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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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to go over every step of the process and numbers with us. During the project he was on hand almost everyday, even just to check in.
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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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appeared to be the most honest and gave me realistic time lines. It was an easy choice to go with them. After 6 weeks into the project it has been clear that I made the right choice. We are on budget and under the timeline. Whenever I have a question
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- Dave K.

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Apex Construction LLC

280 Eastland Ave

APEX SURFACES INC

132 PERRY HWY 1
Harmony

Austin Construction

1232 Montrose Avenue

Banko & Son Remodeling LLC

600 E Francis Ave
Connellsville

Best Contracting

3850 Ridge Rd
Gordonville

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Calvin Brooks Construction Co

206 Dry Hill Rd
Connellsville

Chimney Safety RxPerts

3147 SR 890
Sunbury

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

2405 Orchard Crest Blvd

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

CW Handyman Service

244 Wells Creek Rd
Friedens

D & J Custom Remodeling

412 Pride Ridge Rd

D&R Construction

228 Cemetery Hill
Dilliner

D&R Quality Builders Inc

PO Box 935
Connellsville

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fabulous Floors

1260 hillcrest rd

FINISHING TOUCH SERVICES

274 PITTSBURGH ST.
Uniontown

GRACE CONSTRUCTION

1520 Briar Cliff St

Haldeman's Construction

6250 Rock Hill Rd.
Chambersburg

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

Husband 4 Hire

PO Box 2026

J-Brown Services

283 Doney Town Rd
Meyersdale

kieffer construction

246 Hudsondale St
Weatherly

Kinsley Construction Inc

100 Pierpont Heights Dr

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Marilyn's Home Improvements

607 N 8th Ave
Altoona

MJV Enterprises

110 Zebley Rd
Uniontown

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

Northwest Log Homes

226 Kirkhoff rd

Nu Look Home Design Inc

797 Cromwell Park Dr

P&W Remodeling

217 E Ave
Mount Carmel

Perry Electric, LLC

34 Marvin Gardens

Perry's Painting Plus

97 Turner Hollow Rd.

Pete Davis, Inc.

104 Ruble Run Road
Lake Lynn

Pro Restoration Co

PO Box 4252
Bethlehem

Roofjacks N' More

77 W Park Ave

S&J Industries Construction

14 North Main St
Chambersburg

SGS Contracting

205 Summerwind Lane

SGS Contracting

205 Summerwind Lane

SI Restoration

2312 Eskow Ave Ste 2

Solarshield Remodelers Inc.

1701 3rd Ave
Altoona

T & A CONTRACTORS

4512 SANDY SPRING RD

Taylor's Construction

764 Snyder Loop

The Son's Power

PO Box 368
Halifax

Tom's Handyman Services

359 W Sawmill Rd
Port Matilda

Triangle Timber Construction

330 Tin Can Hollow Road
Rices Landing

W & S Contracting

109 Vine St
Danville

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Windows R Us

1116 Castle Shannon Blvd
Pittsburgh
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