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"I contacted
contstruction on 5/29. He stopped over the same day and spent about an hour with me sizing up the job. He said he'd give" me a quote by Monday (The next business day). He thought the job would cost around $27K-$30K. I called him on 6/5 because I didn't receive a quote. He said he didn't have time to finish it yet but would drop it off soon (no email). I called him back on 6/25 and said that he thought I didn't want him to do the job anymore. I said, no, I'm still waiting for a quote and interested in proceeding. He never provided the quote and I never called him back. I'm disappointed that he wasted an hour of my time on 5/29 and never even quoted the job or followed up with anything.

-Mike K.

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"Overall experience was average to below average. I joined Angie's list to find a reputable contractor who can repair the mistakes they made.
" relocated the AC/Heat vent and the cold air return and did not bother to connect the duct work in the basement,. It is covered by a ceiling so we did not notice it until I had the AC company check to see why my kitchen was not getting sufficient air. I also need to have all the electrical repaired....they overloaded the circuits and we are always blowing fuses. They ordered the wrong cabinets and refused to take the blame for it....even though I had the cabinets I wanted in writing so eventually they will also have to be replaced. We had so many issues with them that I had to pick my
so the cabinets didnt make the list. I agree with the others
is very difficult to work with.

-Mary M.

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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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For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.

Remodeling reviews in Bristol

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The company was very prompt in replying once I'd bought the deal, and we made an appointment when I was available, which was a couple of weeks later. When the technician arrived, he asked me about my concerns & I explained my concern with water stains & peeling paint on the kitchen ceiling, with possible rodents in the attic & with need for insulation in my attic. He set up his ladder, climbed up a few steps & peeked into the attic. He took a couple of cell phone pictures & showed me the results, claiming he could not tell about the water stains without tearing open the ceiling. Well, since the area in question was 10 feet away from where he put his head up, of course he couldn't tell. I told him he could not "open up" my ceiling, and suggested he actually go into the attic to look at that area. He then climbed up again & stood on the ceiling beams, but did not walk around at all in the attic. My attic is over 1500 sq. ft., and he could not possibly have seen any more than a very tiny bit from his
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. He showed me a photo of debris on the floor of the attic, claiming he did not know what it was, but I would have to have the whole area cleaned up, then he could seal the holes &
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down insulation for the price of $6000. At no time did he suggest looking at the crawl space under the house, or use any type of infrared device, as The Deal claimed he would do.
I consider this whole experience a SCAM! When I informed him that I could in no way afford $6000 he asked if I could finance that & I said no. He then suggested I call Angie's List & tell them he did not come at all, so I could get back my $79 from them, and he would confirm that, since he did not get any money from that anyway! How kind. Then he said, on second thought, what he needed were ratings so he could be higher on Angie's list, and if I hadn't used him, I couldn't rate him & he really only wanted the rating. So forget the $79 back.
I suggest you stay far away from
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, at least from this scam of a "Complete Attic and Crawlspace Inspection, Plus Whole House Infrared Scan" since it was a complete waste of my time & money. I think it might have been worth $20 for the amount of inspection he did!
- Colleen H.
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AGA was an excellent company to work with. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work as they spent a lot of time working overtime on my project to make sure it was on time.
- Elliot B.
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We called numerous providers regarding stuck windows, needing to know if we required new windows or just repairs. Out of about 8-10 contractors
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's was the only company to offer to come out and at least check them. They arrived on time, checked the windows, showed us a spray to get, fixed one window and that was it. No charge for the visit. I would use them for future needs.
- MARIAN W.
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I contacted
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after seeing work that he had done for a couple of neighbors.They were very pleased with the work that he had performed for them and highly recommended him. I have used
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several times for different projects since having him clean my roof. He is very professional and punctual, performed a thorough job and clean up when he was done, I could barely tell he was there....other than the clean, moss free roof! As a single female, I feel completely comfortable with
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working at my house, providing me a fair price for the work and not taking advantage of me by suggesting more work or repairs than what is actually needed.
- Tracy H.
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did an excellent job and we are very happy with the new look of our stairs! He was very professional throughout the process including timeliness of bid proposal, performing the work on the proposed start date, communication throughout the process, arriving when he said he would, and leaving the work area clean. We will consider using
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for other projects in the future and would recommend him to anyone needing similar work.
- Karla S.
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Used this company about 15/20 years ago for same problem. Appears that old cracks are still holding, but new cracks had appeared. Professional. Good people. Would recommend to others and would call them again.
- Vicki E.
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Though the Anza Valley in Riverside County is only 25 miles from the city limits of Temecula California, it suffers from name recognition problems. Many people think that the Anza Valley in Riverside County is somewhere in the Anza
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Desert of San
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County, a difference of about 40 miles as the crow flies....More /> The Anza Valley is about 4000 feet mountainous area and on the road to Idlewild and or Palm Desert California. The Anza
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Desert on the other hand is at sea level. Given this problem is sometimes difficult to get service people to come to the Anza Valley area. This is unfortunate since the Anza Valley appears to be the next major area for vineyards in Southern California. Failure to services area by individuals on Angie's list is going to be a mistake on their part in the long run.
Given that I have to commend the
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Corporation or their foresight in providing his service to the Anza Valley without question. He sent his technician to my residence in Anza Valley where he remove my old electrical
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and replaced it with a new one in a very expeditious manner. Consequently, I would highly recommend the
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Corporation to anyone who needs electrical equipment installed at their property.

- Thomas G.
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and his subcontractors did an amazing job, they took a house that had been neglected for some time and was in need of significant repair and transformed it into a house that is now a home.
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surprisingly was our lowest quote which sometimes can be risky but I knew he was the right contractor for our job and the person that I wanted to work with. He is extremely professional and pleasant to deal with; he organized the job so that it was finished on time and on budget. He also was accommodating of our logistics (owner commutes out of town for work, had an elderly dog, etc.)--he worked with our schedule and delivered wonderfully.
- kelly T.

Remodeling Contractors in Bristol, TN

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5H Brand Construction

635 Toll Branch RD
Johnson City

A Place for Everything Closets

512 Rock Springs Rd.
Kingsport

Ace's Exterior Home Services / Yard Professionals

601 Rolling Hills Dr.
Johnson City

ALL RITE Construction Inc.

501 Brookside Dr
Kingsport

Alliance Home Improvements

PO Box 191
Chuckey

Almond Blue Painting & Concrete

1360 Holyoke St.
Kingsport

Bath Planet of the TriCities

2501 W Market St
Johnson City

Benchmark Contracting Inc

432 Kitzmiller Rd
Johnson City

Brents Siding

23350 Young Dr

C & R Painting & Remodeling

516 Bowmantown Rd
Telford

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Capstone Services

216 NEW BEASON WELLS RD
Kingsport

Chad Henry Construction

1806 Fairway Dr
Johnson City

Champion Window of Johnson City

105 Klm Dr
Johnson City

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Conner Unlimited

308 S. Barton Street
Johnson City

Cornerstone Designs Build Group, Inc.

4 Red Bush Ct.
Johnson City

Curts Handyman Service

581 Hwy 91
Elizabethton

CUSTOM CREATIONS FOR YOUR HOME

2909 Newton St.
Johnson City

cwshandyhands

2601 JOHN B DENNIS HWY
Kingsport

DAVID C STANLEY LLC

4604 HWY 421
Bristol

David Rinner Remodeling

126 Guy Erwin Rd
Erwin

Debord Construction

1407 Woodmont Dr
Johnson City

Designed Construction Variations

173 Matson Road
Jonesborough

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

don's home repair

15159 turkey ln

Double E Construction

106 Oak Rd
Bristol

Eagle Ridge Designs

504 Richey Place

Eric Thompson Home Improvements

179 Bart Greene Dr.
Johnson City

Excel Building & Development

931 SW Grand Reserve Blvd

Excellence In Tile Inc.

644 S Elm Avenue
Erwin

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Firm Foundation Construction

1140 Fallen Leaf Dr.
Johnson City

Fosters Painting & Tile

2370 Carolina Ave
Bristol

Fox Custom Homes LLC

655 Hollow Rd
Afton

franklin radcliff

Jonesborough

G&J Interiors

510 Godsey Rd
Bristol

GASTEIGER PLUMBING

1315 E OAKLAND AVE
Johnson City

General Home Repair & Remodeling

PO Box 5964
Johnson City

Greg Ferguson

124 Edwards Ln
Jonesborough

Ground Zero Storm Shelters

4600 Independence Rd

Guys Roofing Service

6123 E. Glenhomes Drive
Memphis

H & S MOBILE HOMES SUPPLY

305 RAYTHEON RD
Bristol

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

HandiMax Handyman

150 Liberty Way
Greeneville

Handy Home Services

1097 Bristol Caverns Hwy
Bristol

Handyman Xpress

289 Bethel Dr
Bristol

HART HOME IMPROVEMENTS

117 HILLS AVE
Johnson City

Heads Up Home Repair

114 green ln
Limestone

Hicks Construction Co

233 Hidden Valley Rd
Kingsport

Higgins Home Improvements

191 Woodlyn Rd
Johnson City

House Doctors Tri Cities

3730 Kimrod Dr
Johnson City

HP Metal Fabrication

4280 Henninger Court

J & J Construction

PO Box 792
Church Hill

JACKSON INTERIOR DESIGN

1605 BLOUNTVILLE BLVD
Blountville

JDH Specialty Contractors

PO Box 1022
Johnson City

Jeremy A. Hobbs Contracting, LLC

4312 Orebank Rd
Kingsport

Joe Buchanan Construction

142 richard childress rd

Jon Harvey Builder

Johnson City

Josh Monroe Construction

117 Millstone Dr
Johnson City

Josh Monroe Construction

117 Millstone Dr
Johnson City

Kitchen Tune-Up

560 Fieldcrest Rd
Blountville

Lake View Construction

1055 PIERCETOWN RD
Butler

Lake View Construction

1055 Piercetown Rd
Butler

Landmark Corporation

935 N State of Franklin Rd
Johnson City

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

LawMar Construction

122 Jk Gray Ln
Johnson City

LEONARD'S SIDING

2234 3RD ST
Bristol

Litespeed Construction Inc

110 South Central St.
Knoxville

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

MARTY'S ELECTRIC

112 E Myrtle Ave
Johnson City

McKinney Home Improvement

771 rangewood road
Piney Flats

Mendez Home Improvement

421 Minga Rd
Kingsport

Mickey Blevins Construction Co

190 Spurgeon Ln
Blountville

New World Remodeling

1651 Georgia Ave
Bristol

NOEL HANDY IMPROVEMENTS

PO Box 2192
Bristol

One Call Bristol

540 Meadow Dr

Paul Graham Construction

406 e unaka ave
Johnson City

Paul's Handyman Express

5301 Canova Court
Kingsport

PHG Custom

125 Stonehenge
Bristol

Positive Environments LLC

1513 Chickees St
Johnson City

Precision Home & Office Improvement

115 lynnview cir
Elizabethton

Pugh Remodeling

5571 Highway 118
Piney Flats

QE Restoration LLC

4816 Harpeph Peytonsville Rd
Thompson Station

Ray Christian Metal Roof Installer

110 Stockton Rd
Chuckey

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RJR Construction

330 Old Cooks Valley Rd
Kingsport

Rock Solid StoneWorks

665 Bancroft Chapel Road
Kingsport

Roller's Paint'ng and General Repair's

2306 East Lakeview Drive
Johnson City

Rolyn Companies

561 Thornton Road

RON HICKMAN

Bristol

Snowden's Siding Roofing & Window Co Inc

191 Woodlyn Rd.
Johnson City

SOUTHERN WOODSHOP

2052 FORT ROBINSON DR
Kingsport

Stacy's Carpet Cleaning/Smokebusters

145 Wilson Ave
Elizabethton

STERLING WINDOW SYSTEMS INC

Tri-Cities
Bristol, Kingsport, & Johnson City

Suretech Construction

112 Horseshoe Cir
Johnson City

T Delayne Builders

3305 Bailey Ranch Rd
Kingsport

Teka Building & Development, LLC

2501 W Market Street
Johnson City

The Honey Do Service of Johnson City

3692 W Market St
Johnson City

Tommy Garrett

1714 Pittstown Rd.

Top Shelf Home Improvement

3719 Weaver Pike
Bristol

Tr-City Scan & Cancer Center

1009 N State Of Franklin Rd
Johnson City

Tracy Brummett Construction

PO Box 168
Blountville

V A JOHNSON PAINTING

505 Siler Pl
Elizabethton

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Whittington Construction Company Inc

102 Daniels Way
Johnson City

Winchester's Quality Flooring

110 W Elk Ave
Elizabethton

Winkler Contracting Inc

147 Pecanwood Dr
Jonesborough

Xtreme Painting

6248 Kingsport Hwy.
Gray

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