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-Catherine S.

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"I live approximately 200 miles from the site of the repair. My mother lives in the property and needed a contractor to complete repair and remodel work. The bath" off of the master bedroom was damaged by water to the extent that the plumber suggested that it not be used until repaired. I contacted Angies List for suggested contractors in the Virginia Beach area. They sent me a list of 4 and I searched the list and added a few more.
listened to my needs and scheduled an appointment. I actually scheduled five appointments for estimates. Three showed up,however one could not start the job until a month later and the other came to the appointment unprepared and gave me an estimate which was $4000-$5000 with me purchasing and picking up all the supplies.
was prompt and even called to ask if he could come early. He took time with my mother and I and forwarded me a written estimate via e-mail. He even returned to the property to go under the house to take pictures that were shared with my mother and me via e-mail. There were no surprises all subs showed up as scheduled and the job was completed within one week. Every aspect of this job was completed in a professional manner. Although I was on site for the repairs I would not have hesitated to return home and leave this project in the hands of
. Great Job. I would definitely use them again.

-Madeline A.

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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 Brookneal

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arrived on time for a kitchen remodel estimate following a water damage and mold incident. He spent a great deal of time taking detailed measurements then interviewed us to determine what we needed and items on our wish list. He also made recommendations for convenience items that we had not thought of. His detailed written estimate was clear and concise arriving in a couple days. We did not use
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on this job because we had a personal recommendation from a work associate that did remodeling for many years, the work our alternate did was very good however they didn't live locally and we felt towards the end of the job they were rushing to finish and took shortcuts. In retrospect I should have chosen
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.for our kitchen remodel. I have a phone call into
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now to schedule another estimate for additional work with a bathroom and Master bedroom remodel and patio and cover design and installation. I'll report back here and let you know how it went.
- timothy K.
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We hired
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to sand, fill and paint our new doors, windows,
door and base trim in our home. When
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provided us his estimate, we asked him
if he had a professional and experienced crew; he said yes, he did. He
brought a 17-year-old kid who had no experience who damaged many of our
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windows
that now have to be re-covered, gauged the trim in numerous places, did an
inadequate fill job and left sanding
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over numerous, freshly painted and existing painted walls
and left a horrendous mess. The second fellow who performed the caulking, did
an okay job but left
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before the project was even completed.

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insisted on using oil paint for the trim, which would cause us to have to
vacate the house for several days, due to noxious VOCs. During the estimate,
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assured us we would only be out of our house for a week at most and the entire
project would only take two weeks. We understand projects often run over
schedule and are unavoidable but we had to be out of our house for over three
weeks at a substantial cost, plus pet boarding. In addition to the job taking
a month to complete, the finished work was flawed everywhere with running
paint drips, unpainted areas, nicks and gauges and painted over window debris.
And, worst of all, over-spray on half of our walls and fireplace mantel.
These walls and our new mantel surface will require washing and priming
before we can paint over it in latex paint, as latex won't stick to
over-spray oil paint (we have had several professional paint contractors in
to provide us feedback and what it takes to fix oil over-spray).
when we arrived home we expected to see a lovely job for the price
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charged us;
what we saw, including a house that was left in the worst possible mess to
clean, made my wife cry and me angered at the prospect of the effort and
money required to fix this contractor's work. When we confronted
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, he came
back to fix a several issues but complained we were too picky and said he
underbid the job and should have charged us more. At this point, We did not want
him back or trust him to fix the issues, as he didn't see any problems with
his work.

It was our bad we didn't check
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and
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out beforehand, as we
trusted someone who knew him. It was a huge mistake. Make sure you get a
minimum of five references before you hire contractors, or you might end up
spending a fortune for your work and a fortune to fix it!



- Patrice R.
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's team did an excellent job in remodeling our apartment's 1.5 baths and refinished wood floors in a timely & very professional manner. They were extremely timely with their workers and always cleaned up fully when each day was completed.
1st remodel was upgrading electric & plumbing in both bathrooms to current code. They helped pick up our new cast iron tub for installation as well! No issues with inspections and the process went very smoothly. Once work began the progress went very quickly. The end product when all was finished looks incredible. We decided to have a soap box installed in our shower and one of the workers recommended instead of using all tile within the soap box that a marble saddle for the bottom of each soap box would look better. We took his advice and went this route and couldn't have been more pleased with the way it turned out!
After the bathroom work was completed we hired
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's firm to rip up tile floor that was from our front entrance down the hall. They ended up having to cut out all of the subfloor and put new bracing underneath and installed new subfloor as well new hardwood floor in the area. After that was completed floors were sanded and stained a color of our preference. All saddles were able to be cleanly removed and really left the final product incredible.
We would definitely recommend
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! We plan on getting our apartment doors replaced with new steel doors in the near future.
- Christopher M.
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Toooooooo Slowwwwww. Too expensive charge by the hour. Did not have proper tools for the job . Conducted other business on the phone while working on my project . Was more concerned with getting contracts from other people in the neighborhood . I will not use him again and Warn anyone that uses him. Be Careful Can Not Recommend
- jean D.
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Extremely professional, prompt, responsive. This company was recommended by our insurance company and they directly billed, so we didn't receive information on the costs.
- Maureen W.
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Perfection for a contractor!
Quick response to request for estimate,
Provided samples of available materials, very helpful with product selection.
Scheduled job for 2 days one month in advance, kept to the schedule and completed the job on time.
Professional and courteous team of workers, cleaning up frequently as work progressed....More /> Very happy with quality of work and end result of the project.
Plan to request estimate on several other projects around the home.
Have provided recommendation to friends in the
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for home improvement projects.
- Cynthia and Thomas T.
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The work is nearly at an end, as I have said. He is very likeable, trustworthy, and sensible (will try to save you money wherever possible).
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will always consult with you first if he finds any problems (forseeable or not). He listens and suggests, but will follow your choices. The spaces are always neat and safe when he leaves for the day. And, when the work is done you are more than happy with it. His prices are perhaps a little higher than most but you will get top-notch work for your hard earned money. This is coming from my past experiences with other contractors: men who talked a convincing story, started out great but in the end, left you with most of the work undone--empty promises that cost me so much more in the end (both time wasted and money spent)..
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is a professional contractor, his workmanship is high quality and I believe, will last. I think you cannot go wrong with this company--
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, they will not let you down.
- Kathi K.
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I purchased your granite countertop deal from Angie's List on
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28th. You messaged me a day later saying you could come to my house yesterday (Friday
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31) at 530pm and never showed. We called you and you had forgotten about it and then said you could come today at 11am. You never showed up. I have called several times now and you haven't answered. This is horrible customer service. I have already paid for your services. I also texted you with a message mirroring this one and you have yet to respond. If you can't remedy this situation. I will have to ask for a refund.
- Christine D.

Remodeling Contractors in Brookneal, VA

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Alex Ertel Construction Inc

207 Longhill Rd
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All-Phase Roofing & Construction

PO Box 11604
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Ascension Builders Inc

8057 Charlemonte Road
Goode

B&D Construction

602 Clay St
Franklin

B&S Reglazing

3300 Powhatan St
Lynchburg

Baptista Construction LLC

3329 campbell ave
Lynchburg

BathPlanet of Lynchburg

20436 Lynchburg Hwy.
Lynchburg

BITTMANN WOODWORKS

6208 NARRAGANSETT DR
Lynchburg

Byrne Construction

120 Tosh Ln
Goodview

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CATRON'S HOME REPAIR & RMDLNG

210 PEERMAN SCHOOL RD
Altavista

Clearview Windows & Doors

84 Pearson Dr
Rustburg

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Commonwealth Construction & Restorations

3408 Ivylink Place
Lynchburg

Custom Crafters Construction Co. Inc

5121 Boonsboro Rd
Lynchburg

Dawson Aluminum Inc

PO box 447
Madison Heights

Deaton's Home Improvement

100 Independence Dr
Forest

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dr. Lee's Home Repair

140 Lorillard Cir
Danville

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FPLS Construction Inc.

3304 Goode Station Rd
Goode

GemMazing Works

320 Hillside Court
Lynchburg

Glenway Builders / Wilson T Lavender

851 Kenmore Road
Amherst

Ground Zero Storm Shelters

4600 Independence Rd

HP Metal Fabrication

4280 Henninger Court
Chantilly

James Jones & Associates

1401 Park St
Bedford

John Albert Furniture

249 Albert Farm Rd.
Monroe

JOHN S VINCENT CUSTOM BUILDING

199 Irvington Springs Rd
Lynchburg

JTF Renewable Design & Build

104 Walnut Springs Road
Madison Heights

Keller's Construction

1764 Red Bottom Rd
Brookneal

KLM Builders

1118 Tolleys Lane
Lynchburg

L G Flint Inc

3008 Forest Hills Cir
Lynchburg

Lane's Handyman

5628 Forge Rd

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Lynchburg Construction Co

104 Chadwick Dr
Lynchburg

Lynchburg Tile & Marble

14 Haven Ct
Lynchburg

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

MB Tile & General Contracting Inc.

2904 Rivermont Ave
Lynchburg

Mike Bolling and Sons

204 NW Blvd
Danville

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive

Morris Construction

612 12th St
Lynchburg

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

Plumb Care Plumbing Inc

31 Beechwood Dr
Lynchburg

POOL DOCTOR

227 HIGH PEAK ORCHARD DR
Monroe

R & W CARPENTRY

2232 KING ST
Lynchburg

Re-Bath of Central VA

3920 Wards Rd. #E
Lynchburg

Remodel USA

605 Hampton Park Blvd

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Rickie D. Lyons Construction Co.

139 Sweet Herb Farm Rd.

Right Angle Carpentry LLC

2839 Crab Orchard Rd
Huddleston

RK Restorations, LLC.

1208 S Thomas Street
Arlington

Rockfab Kitchen & Bath

3406 Orange Ave. NE
Roanoke

Rolyn Companies

2850 Ansol Lane
Virginia Beach

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

Romano Builders

1262 Redfields Rd
Appomattox

Samuel Austin Construction Services

470 Patrick Henry Hwy
Amherst

Sentry Exteriors

21835 Timberlake Rd
Lynchburg

SERVPRO

2664 E Lynchburg Salem Tpke
Bedford

Southwest Sunroom & Window Co.

625 S COLLEGE AVE
Salem

Spence Contracting & Remodeling, Inc.

166 Campbell Hwy
Rustburg

THE PERFECT FIX, INC.

607 RAMBLEWOOD RD
Forest

THOMAS A JOHNSON FURNITURE CO

3060 Trents Ferry Rd
Lynchburg

TLA Home Improvement

15000 George Washington Memorial Hwy
Glenns

Tony Bagby Construction LLC

191 Dianne Drive
Lynchburg

Turpin Constuction Company

2945 Cottontown Rd
Forest

TWM Property Maintenance

1110 Early St.
Lynchburg

Venetian Marble Inc

2150 Carter Gallier Blvd
Powhatan

VINYL DISCOUNT CO INC

1707 SUNBURST RD
Evington

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