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"I couldn't have asked for a better contractor.
was on time, very informative, and extremely helpful and considerate of time and money."
presents a proposal that is detailed and clearly states what is expected to be done. He provides a calendar with a schedule of when steps were to be completed. I think the job was maybe one week over deadline due to a slight delay in flooring. There were no surprise add-ons. The budget was adhered to perfectly; I spent less on the bathroom mirror and the difference was accounted for in the final invoice. The work was done on time and they operated very cleanly. We continued to live in the house during the remodel and they were very considerate. Things like, leaving the washer/dryer set up for as long as possible, including setting up for the weekends. Blocking off rest of house with plastic to avoid dust and debris. At the end of each day, tools and materials were stored out of the way and swept up. During the final walk through, I had to look very hard to find anything to point out. Everything was done very well.
was very accomodating to my work schedule and a few times meet in the evenings and on weekend to pick materials or to sign contracts. The very best part is how they treated us and our pets, they went above and beyond when dealing with my beloved 11 year old lab mix. On the day the nail guns came out my dog had had enough and went into the yard through the pet door and jumped the fence. They realized what happened and got her back into the yard and leashed her to a tree. Proof that good guys still exist. This is what they did: 1) new floors, including laying a leveling compound 2) new cabinets, counter, hardware, sink, plumbing 3) new window, door, and baseboard trim throughout 4) all new bathroom - vanity, tub surround, floor 5) paint throughout 6) many more things I am looking forwarding to working with
again when I get the rest of my house fixed up.

-James W.

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"The new linen closet is wonderful. The finishing work was well done and the thresholds are much sturdier now. We were not home when the work was done. The crews" were very neat and tidy and everything looks great.

-Marjorie E.

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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 San Juan

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was great - there are so many moving parts in a project this large and not only did it all go smoothly, but he really manages the subcontractors well. Whenever i had a problem with the way something was being done,
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was easy to reach and helped figure out a solution. All in all, I was very pleased with
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and would highly recommend them.
- Susan Q.
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He was prompt even though called at the last minute and he came after a full day's work elsewhere. Hung the doors. In one case the rough opening was smaller than professionally usual, but
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was able to hang the door plumb.
- Rossean H.
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Suffice it to say, the house was a mess and
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brought it back. I will hire them again as soon as I have another project, so if you want them you better get them before I do.
Best contractor I have ever hired.
- Stephen B.
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and his team at Precision Remodeling did a complete remodel of our kids/hall bath and they did a fantastic job! This was our first time using Angie's List. We subscribed specifically to find a builder for this project. I read all the reviews and contacted multiple builders to get quotes on the job. The prices were all about the same, but Precision
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above the others in professionalism and experience... so they were hired. These guys truly know what they're doing and guided us through every step. They were helpful with design and selection of materials. The guys showed up on time, were friendly and professional, and always left things clean and neat. We made a few changes/additions as the project moved forward and they never seemed frustrated by this. Their goal was to make sure that we were happy... and we were! I would highly recommend
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's Precision Remodeling and would gladly use them again.
- Linda W.
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My daughter contacted several contractors about finishing the basement on her condominium townhome prior to moving into it with two other family members. She found
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, of
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, personable and articulate, and he outbid the other contractors contacted.
The team completely finished the basement, with a bedroom, full bathroom, living area, and wetbar. Enough was left unfinished for storage. They also repainted the walls, doors, and trim throughout the home, and performed several other updates (adding track lighting in one area, hanging ceiling fans in most rooms, adding bathroom grab bars). They remodeled a laundry area that was slightly too small for a toploading washer/dryer, allowing those to fit in the space provided.
My (adult) granddaughter was the "project manager" and was onsite 2-3 times a week to see how the project was going. She found the members of the team easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and very professional.
The final results were stunning. We intend to work with
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to do some updates to our own home.
- Wilma P.
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Excellent service--professional, on-time, thorough job. Steady hard work with superior quality. Very pleased and would recommend.
- Gordon W.
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All the work was very professional. It was completed on time. All work areas were well cleaned. Floors were covered to prevent damage and reduce dust and dirt.
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took the time to meet us at a local home improvement store to make sure we got the correct products.
- Billy L.
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came and looked at our job and talked a great game. He is a very nice and likable guy. Unfortunately, that is where it ends.
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told us that he was the best and that he could do everything that we wanted. After doing the demolition on our bathroom, everything started to go wrong. We had a special shower
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that he said he knew how to install, but after receiving a $1000 down payment, he had to call in a plumber to install the base, install the shower valve and basic plumbing work, although he told us that he would use NO sub contractors. All through out this job, he kept asking me the same questions 5 and 6 times a day. Questions such as " we are installing a shower here,right?" And I am saying to him that you just had a plumber in here to install a shower base. I should have ended it there, but I truly liked him and wanted to give him a shot even though he was extremely absent minded. He then started to install; cement board and drywall, and clearly didn't know what he was doing. He informed us that he was going to have a guy come in and do the taping of the drywall, again against his promise of no sub contractors. After shopping for some supplies, he came back to my house and informed me that he wanted more money since he had to pay his plumber and was going to have to pay a taper to finish the drywall. I reminded him that he had told us that he could do all the work that we had asked him to do, and if he had mis-represented himself and had to use sub contractors, that was his mistake and I would not be giving him any more money until the job was finished, just as we had agreed upon before starting. He said that he had no money to pay his drywall guy or for gas to get to our house. At that time I asked him to pick up his tools and we would not need his service any more. He was very upset about that and refused to acknowledge that he did not know how to do the plumbing or drywall as he had said. I gave him another $200 because I really did like him as a person and insisted that he leave. After that, we had another contractor come in who began to show us everything that was wrong with the little work that
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did. Drywall and cement board that was not even supported correctly and a host of other problems that are too lengthy to write about in this short box. I had to pay another contractor for two days work just to get back to where we started with. Beware of the nice talk and stay well clear of this guy!!!
- Ed W.

All Remodeling Contractors in San Juan, TX

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A LJ Construction

1317 W Johnson
Harlingen

A Plus Maintenance Services

3203 Omega St
Edinburg

A-Bexar Foundation Repair

6222 Robin Frst
San Antonio

A. Rivas Construction

1010 E. hooks
Donna

A. Rivas Construction

1010 Hooks Ave
Donna

AAA POOL LEAK DETECTION

7510 U.S. Hwy 281
Brownsville

Above the Rest Contractors

17010 Canton Hills Ct.
Humble

Adept Facilities & Design

100 W Tamarack Ave.
Mcallen

Affiliated Roofing Residential

7017 N 10th St
Mcallen

Affordable Home Contractors

1603 E. Gastel
Mission

Aluri Construction

817 Chicago Ave
Mcallen

Alvear Construction Inc

15 Little Grove St
Brownsville

AquaMax

525 W Nolana suite F
Mcallen

BARON CONSTRUCTION

3308 KENT LN
Mcallen

BellaCasa, LLC

PO Box 804
San Juan

CACTUS FLOWER INTERIORS

3009 PADRE BLVD
South Padre Island

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Casa Casa Remodeling & Home Repair, LLC

1500 W Gardenia Ave
Mcallen

Castlecrest Builders LLC

942 Oakwood Drive

Celestino Construction L.P.

1616 E. Griffin Pkwy #153

Charisma Construction

2115 E 2 Mile Line
Mission

Chimely Construction

P.O. Box 3157
Mcallen

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Conrad Flores Screen Repair

8223 Leslie Rd
San Antonio

CQR KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING SPECIALIST

1701 E McIntyre St
Edinburg

Custom Homes By Michelangelo Llc

1033 Champlain Dr
Brownsville

CW Construction

300 N. 6th St.
Mcallen

Del Valle Construction

5910 Valencia Dr
Edinburg

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Douglas Remodeling, Inc.

515 W Nolana Ave
Mcallen

Douglas Remodeling, Inc.

709 Xanthisma
Mcallen

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Freeman's Construction

716 Pine Falls Dr
Brownsville

Gamboa's Construction

2663 Easy Street
Edinburg

GM Roofing and Construction Co.

P.O. Box 6850
Mcallen

Ground Zero Storm Shelters

4600 Independence Rd

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Handy Joe

24660 E. Browntract Rd.
San Benito

HMC Construction Corp.

3622 Mina De Oro
Edinburg

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

HUNNY-DOO'S INC

2020 HARVEY ST
Mcallen

J C'S POOL SVC

PO BOX 1880
San Juan

J Martin Enterprises

PO Box 734
Alamo

J. J. MOBILE HOME SERVICES

PO BOX 1019
Edcouch

Jaacs roofing & construction

1401 w dove ave
Mcallen

JOHN SILAR ARCHITECT ASSOC

3114 PINEHURST DR
Harlingen

KAUTSCH TRUE VALUE HOME CTR

705 W BUSINESS HIGHWAY 83
Alamo

Lightning Construction

110 N. Utah
Weslaco

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Manuel Design

810 N. Alton Ave.
Mission

McAllen Valley Roofing Co.

813 N Main St #614
Mcallen

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

MVS Divine Investments LP

2318 N Mon Mack Rd
Edinburg

NORA Design Studio & Showroom

1901 W Hackberry
Mcallen

O J Morales Construction

N Stewart RD
Mission

Ortega Construction and Remodeling

2904 Cypress Drive
Donna

Pena's Drafting and Design

3305 Providence Ave.
Mcallen

PEREZ NOTARY

185 Marion St
San Benito

PETE'S MOBILE HOME SUPPLY SVC

N CESAR CHAVEZ RD
San Juan

Pinon Construction

307 Mockingbird Ave
Mission

QUALITY PAINTING & DRYWALL

667 W ROBERTSON ST
San Benito

R & R Remodeling

324 West Ocean Blvd Suite 106 B
Los Fresnos

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

REMODELERS,INC

35100 MEYERS
Olmito

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RESIDENTIAL INTERIORS INC

103 N EXPRESSWAY
Brownsville

REYES GUERRA CONSTRUCTION INC

608 KENDLEWOOD AVE
Mcallen

RGV Rodriguez Roofing

1108 Ruiseñor
Pharr

Riddco Homes

300 E Camellia
Mcallen

Rilemar Custom Homes

1001 North Colonel Rowe Blvd
Mcallen

Rockin' D Services

164 Wood Farm Rd
Huntsville

SAENZ REMODELING

2113 Aztec Ave
Mcallen

Sea Scape Construction

PO Box 2118
South Padre Island

Sis-Con Construction

3307 N McColl Rd
Mcallen

SMB Demolition & Remodeling LLC

1021 S F St
Harlingen

Steve's Helpful Handyman Service

13605 Ryan Rd
Santa Rosa

T-Square Remodeling

2212Lauren Ln.
Mission

TAYLOR CONSTRUCTION

326 W MILE 11 N
Weslaco

timo's tile installation

922-a lee circle

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION USA LLC

11912 N Rooth Rd
Edinburg

United Roofing and Remodeling

2010 North Breed Love
Harlingen

VALLEY ENERGY SPECIALIST LLC

1006 E FERGUSON ST
Pharr

VISTA HOMES & CONSTRUCTION

4205 JERRY ANN DR
Edinburg

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Willis Development

5813 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island

Xyz Construction and Roofing

315 E.Jackson Suite #3

You've Got Maids

1315 West Polk Ave.
Pharr

Z.H. Contracting

618 S 6th St
Mcallen

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