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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.
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".
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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The tile work was done very nice although during the demolition and installation they did not cover any furniture in the adjacent room (our master bedroom) and everything was covered with dust. My wife and I finally covered the furniture when we realized they weren't going to do it. The house was a mess. We are still working on it to clean the dust.
Ferdy only brought one type of shower head and valve as an example. I indicated I wanted volume control in the valve and I wanted a different type of shower head. He indicated to me that this would cause a delay in the project and seemed irritated that it might be delayed. I went with the shower head he brought. I hate the shower head and now have to go buy another one. This is an added expense.
The same is true with the tiles. We asked them to match the travertine we currently had in the shower. They brought three samples that were considerably darker then what was in the shower. We went with the lightest one. Again they indicated they were unable to find any lighter travertine. I find this hard to believe considering I found it on line with no problem. They just didn't look anywhere else except the store they normally do business with. I was extremely dissatisfied with that whole process. They gave us no time to pick out our own tile. They gave us no help in choosing the tile. Three tile samples is ridiculous. I was expecting they would have catalogs of tiles to pick from. No I got three. Again It would have delayed the project.
They did an absolutely horrible job on texturing the walls and fixing the molding they broke. The two guys who did the tile also did the drywall and wood work. These guys are not
I asked them if they sealed the tile. They said yes. In my experience the tile sealer has an extremely bad and strong odor. I did not smell anything. In addition. a good sealing job should be done twice withe a 2 hour drying period in between. Look at any bottle sealer and it will tell you that. I went and rubbed my hands on the tile and they were covered with dust. They never sealed the tile. They basically LIED or they did a grappy job. I went ahead and sealed it myself. Another expense.
I never received a receipt for the tile they purchased so mine and my wife's understanding was that they must have stayed within the $2 a square foot allowance that was in the contract. At the very end of the project
Beware of their practices. What you see in the contract is not what you will pay. All other companies I got estimates from included the glass doors.
I would never have these guys do anything in my house again. They are dishonest in pricing and they rush you to make decisions. They are more interested in getting the job done than making the customer happy.
When it comes to the work, the quality is the best I've seen. We took a small, old, humdrum utilitarian kitchen and turned it into a showpiece. The craftsmanship everywhere is superb, and on the crown molding is breathtaking.
We got our insurance money and they estimated that drying for our sq ft should be $668.00. It would appear that this company takes advantage of people in emergency situations and overcharges for dehumidifiers that are expensive and in excess of what is needed. We had to start all over with the process of determining how much remediation was needed after they walked off the job so to even dream of charging us for walking off the job is inexcusable.
In the end had we pulled out the sheetrock that they indicated we needed to based on the moisture readings they took we would have done three times as much as was really needed. They were trying to get us to rip far more out than we needed to so they could charge us to repair. Instead we methodically tested the areas that had gotten wet using a process recommended by our in insurance company and only had to remediate a third of our drywall.
At this point they are threatening filing a
STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY.
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