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"He came out and gave me an estimate for the work to be done. He was noncommittal as to the exact date he would do the work, saying it depended on when some new store" would be open to get the wood. After a few days of not hearing form him I called and he said his co-worker had suffered in the heat wave that we had, and he'd have to do the work later. So, I waited several more days and never heard from him. I called again and he said he would call me on Sunday night. He never called, and at that point I gave up on him, having wasted almost two weeks of my time.


"We are very happy with the work done by
's team at The Unfinished Basement!
came out for the initial meeting" to walk through our basement, share some ideas and give us an estimate of costs. We'd pursued a few other estimates, but were most impressed by
's explanation of the process, and the give-and-take in our discussion about what we wanted. His prices were in line with the other estimates as well. The entire project took about five weeks, though there were some days where there wasn't any work done, as the crews were waiting for drywall to dry, had to finish other jobs, etc. We were really impressed by the quality of the work, from the carpentry to the drywall, the plumbing and electrical, and the carpet installers, too. There was great attention to detail, and at every point in the process,
made sure we were happy. There were a few minor issues--dings to the drywall from things being carried downstairs, some roughing up of the new paint, etc., the normal wear-and-tear with a big project, but
made sure that everything was repaired. I had one particularly impressive exchange with the carpet crew. They arrived at our house late, due to a miscommunication. They stayed well into the evening to make sure the job was done. The head of the crew noticed that we didn't have a metal or plastic strip at the top of the steps, to transition from the carpeted steps into the stone floor of our kitchen. He told me where we could find one, but then a week later, we arrived home to find that Wick (the awesome installer) had picked up a bar for us and left it on our porch! Such a nice touch! We have three children and a big, bouncy dog and I'm always a little nervous about opening up our house to strangers, particularly for several weeks at a clip, but the people who came to our home were very respectful and kind.
, in particular, were fantastic to work with. We will certainly recommend
to other friends.

-Kathleen P.

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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!

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". 

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.

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.


Basement Remodeling reviews in Charlottesville


I met with 3 contractors before deciding to go with
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. I knew from the very beginning that they were organized and the best at what they do just based on their knowledge and confidence. This is a family business and they really make you feel comfortable about the whole process all the way through. Every question we had they were able to answer right away. The contract had a base price and then options were listed below. Once we made our decision, they gave us a draw schedule to pay as things were completed. We are very pleased with our finished basement.
- albert C.

I cant speak more highly about Guy and his professionalism. Have you ever said you just wish you could find a great contractor and you would pay extra to ensure the work is done correctly? Well, Guy delivers all that without the extra cost. Guy designs and finishes each basement as if they were his own. At the bid process, I was impressed that Guy pushed back on some of my thoughts and ideas, I liked that and he turned out to be right in every circumstance. During construction, I was amazed at all the little and big things that Guy did to ensure the basement was done right even though I had not specified that in the contract. Once you have a total price with Guy for the basement agreed upon, he does not skimp to save himself any money. He wants it done right! Every square inch of the basement is scrutinized by Guy to ensure it meets his quality review, which is a very high standard. Guy and his workers are very clean, considerate and professional. In short, he is the best contactor I have ever hired and you should do the same.
- KEN G.

We continue to use
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Designs over and over again as we are constantly making updates and changes to our home and they continue to impress each time.
Charlottesville Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
has proven to be both talented and knowledgable in all aspects of design and construction, both indoor and outdoor, and executes our projects flawlessly each time, guiding us through the process with honesty and genuine concern for our best interest. We look forward to working with him and his team again and again.
- Malorie G.

I had a small piece of siding that was missing from my house.
Charlottesville Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
came out and was able to find an exact match for my siding and provided a very reasonable estimate.
Charlottesville Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
went out of his way to combine my order with another so that I didn't have to purchase a full box of siding, which saved me a SIGNIFICANT amount of money.
I also used
Charlottesville Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
in April 2015 to replace some damaged fascia and soffit.
I received the same great service at a reasonable price for this repair as well.
Both of the jobs were small, but I felt like valued customer
I would definitely use
Charlottesville Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
again and highly recommend them.
- Andrea L.

Our contractor did a series of projects in an amazingly organized way. He Completely gutted and remodeled our powder room. While waiting for sheet rock to dry he replaced some broken tiles in our front hall. While waiting for grout to dry he began constructing a half wall on our balcony. He also got rid of the popcorn ceiling in our Master Bedroom and prepared it for installation of a ceiling fan. It was very impressive the way he organized his time while working on everything. He was never idle. In the past I have had contractors say "nobody will be there today because we have to wait for...". This was never the case with
Charlottesville Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
. He was there everyday doing whatever it took to get the jobs done. In fact, I have already hired him to start a new project!
- Courtenay F.

They did a great job. The reason I gave them a B for overall is because after the work was performed a hairline crack appeared on the wall of the kitchen and the wall going down the staircase to the basement. I had them back out and they repaired it, but it showed up again.
- Malika M.

It went outstanding! I'll be using them again! You should too! The guys were on time everyday, quoted prices that ended up being spot on, explained and detailed what needed to be done and the length of time it would take, were neat and clean and provided an outstanding outcome. My basement was dated and they upgraded with new windows, doors, p. aint, drywall and trim work. My bathroom needed updated cabinetry and replacement of fixtures and flooring and my family room needed some drywall replacement and ceiling work from a leak with refinishing of our hardwood floors. Place looked so good while they did it, I asked for an extra project to be completed ( new windows in the room) that was accomplished perfectly and for the cost quoted.They kept the mess to a minimum, cleaned up every day at the conclusion of it and made my home look brand new.
- Mitchell H.

don't bother calling for a bid,
Charlottesville Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
said they had been in business for 16 years, has never had a slow time, has plenty of referrals and didn't even want to come and look at our project.
- Jeremy M.

Basement Remodeling Contractors in Charlottesville, VA

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A Level Above Construction LLC.

306 Taylor Mountain RD

Abbott & Company General Contractors

1231 River Vista Ave.

Additional Space Inc

25 Stonefield RD

Albemarle Home Services Inc

PO Box 758

Albemarle Residential Services LLC

1571 Thornridge Way

Alphin and Associates LLC

22 Villa Ave

Archadeck Diversified Remodeling & Construction

1638 Seminole Trail

Arrowhead Construction Company

387 Wilhoits Lane

Artisan Construction, Inc.

1132 E Market St

Backyard Boys Enterprise

3570 Presidents Rd

Bassett Home Services LLC

1688 Buck Rd

Benchmark Builders LLC

108 Meadowview Lane
Locust Grove

Blue Mountain Painting & Restoration LLC

1125 Loving Rd

blue ridge homecrafters

1581 Beech Grove Rd

BuilderFish, LLC

311 Spring Haven Ln

C&O Home And Business Services LLC

10429 Old Lawyers Road

C'Ville Construction

963 Dry Bridge Rd

Castlewood Construction LLC

1346 N Blue Ridge Tnpk

Champion Window of Richmond VA

10300 Northlake Park Dr

Charlottesville Allergy & Respiratory Enterprises

1532 Insurance Ln

Charlottesville Roofing and Siding

43 Daniels Rd


P.O. Box 7583

Constable Construction inc

3443 Bloomer Spring Rd


817 Monacan Trail Rd

Contracting Services, Inc.

1698 Broken Island Road

Cowan construction

2137 Elly rd


P.O. Box 328

Curb Appeal

20745 Lahore road

Custom Contracting & Design

8100 Summer Rest Lane

Cville Remodel

507 E Daffodil Rd

Dalcinco Carpentry & Painting Services

1372 Stoney Ridge Rd

Dave's Rent A Husband Handyman Service

9772 Louisa Rd

David M. Kavanagh

P.O Box 271

Davis Electric and Services LLC

283 Simmons Gap Road



Dominion Floors Inc

2433 N Harrison St

Doug Seal & Sons, Gen Contractors

6301 Sealville Rd

Dr. Lee's Home Repair

140 Lorillard Cir


375 Summerfields Ln

Earth and Stone Construction

785 Oak Grove Dr

Earthworks Development Inc

101 Antoinette Ct # A

Emerald Isle Contracting LLC

546 W Daffodil Rd

Evergreen Basement Systems

456 Old Coutrhouse Rd

Gaffney Homes LLC

944 Glenwood Station Ln

Glen Hudson General Contracting, Inc.

14114 Little Zion Road

Goldsmith Construction, Inc.

2730 McElroy Drive

Goodman B Duke General Contractor Inc

7178 Poindexter Rd

Green Mountain Construction LLC

PO Box 6344

Handyman Home Services

1515 Broad Ave.

Hansen Renovations


Home and Property Renovations

1304 Suite M, East Market St.

Home Care

35 Crawford Knob Lane

Integrity Home Contracting

677 Berkmar Cir

Iron Pine Properties

620 Woodbrook Drive

J.L. Pace Construction

1481 Antioch Road

J6 Design

844 Jefferson Dr

James River Builders

3897 Rolling Rd S

Jeff's Handyman Services LLC

434 Elk Creek Road

KB Contractors

3928 Antioch Rd

Kurt Lehnert Home Improvements

56 Whispering Pines Ln

Leslie Burns Design

5821 St George Ave

Lightfoot Painting & Construction

2200 Anderson Lane

Matthews Contracting

146 jefferson drive

Meade Construction LLC

300 Preston Ave Ste 301


416 Height hill Rd

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing of VA

8382 Terminal Rd

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive

Miller Tyme Construction, LLC.

1206 King Street

Montague Miller Co of Realtors

105 East Main Street

morales services


New Horizon Builders

17 Bernardsburg Rd

Northeastern Carpentry

67 Kathy Court


1032 Stoney Creek E

Piedmont Facilities Management

2811 Hydraulic Rd

Powell's Painting & Home Repair

1618 James River Road

Quality Services


Randy's Handyman Expert Services

2601 Red Hill Heights
North Garden

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

Regal Home Improvement

4002 Hermitage Rd

Ricks Drywall

132 Maywood Ln.


900 Old Garth Rd

Rojas Stevens Painting and Drywall

1735 Hearthglow Lane

Salone Construction

5900 Lexington Ln

Seal-Tite Basement Waterproofing Company

355 Olde Rte 604

Serendipity Homes

24157 Timber Wolf Lane

Settle Construction Inc.

1088 Kidds Dairy Rd

SFM Services LLC

8045 Meadowland Drive

Smart Homes of Virginia

4504 Turkey Sag Rd

Soundrite-Acoustics, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie Street

South Border General Contractors LLC

2405 Peyton Drive, Apartment 101

Srigley Construction

985 Owensville Rd


P.O. Box 586

T-Bold Building

712 14th

t-bold building

2048 haislip lane

Thomas-Henry Construction, LLC.

12414 Constitution Highway

TimberStone Landscape Design + Build

PO Box 6388

Trademark Construction Services

PO Box 72721

Trimwood Carpentry, Inc.

100 Jenkins Dr.

Troy-Bilt Construction

9734 Spotswood Trail Rd

Tumolo Custom Millworks LLC

646 Dogwood Dr

Unlimited Creations

923 jefferson dr

Valley View Construction

3286 Welsh Run Road



Walsh's Home Repairs



12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Williams Custom Carpentry and Handyman

403 riverside dr.

Young & Rannigan

19 Wildwood Dr

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