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"After the storm in
we had several companies come knocking on our door offering to give free inspections for roof damage.
" was the fourth company we had take a look at the house. We were impressed with
Walk right away when he inspected not only the roof, siding, windows and deck for damage, but he also walked to the back of our property where we have a large wooden play set that he also inspected for damage! None of the other companies were that thorough. The other companies told us after looking at our roof that we "definately have heavy hail damage" and that we would definately get a new roof. When
did his first inspection he told us there was minor damage and that it would probably not be enough to justify a new roof. He was very straightforward about everything and did not hype things up to get our business. We were sold! We had the insurance company adjuster come out and
followed the inspector and answered questions and showed him where the damage was. At first the inspector didn't see enough damage on the gutters until
showed him where he had seen it and the inspector agreed that the house needed to have the gutters replaced. The inspector also decided that the roof had minimal damage and was still in very good shape, just as
had told us.
showed him where the damage to the siding had occur and they took a sample to try and find a match. Turns out it was discontinued and we got to pick out a new color and style for the house. Installation of everything went very smoothly and everyone that came to the house to work on it was extremely professional friendly l and very efficient! It took a little over a week to complete the job and when they left you couldn't even tell that they had been there. The dumpster was gone and all the old siding, gutters and trash had been removed without a single thing left behind - or one piece of trash on the ground! During the entire project from the first point of contact after the storm until the last electrical plate was reattached after the project was done,
was ALWAYS there to answer questions and make sure the work was being done properly. Whenever we had a question (which was often!) or needed something
was incredibly quick to respond back to us, although he usually answered his phone every time we called him. Every detail and every concern of ours was addressed almost immediately! We are so incredibly excited how the house turned out and how thorough and professional everything was handled. Needless to say we are beyond happy with our experience with
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-William W.

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first gutted our entire kitchen. We have a 100 yr old house, so it was a big job just for the first stage. We have a new ceiling, new" floor, and a new wall where the new cupboards were installed. Everything that was contracted and more was completed in a perfect and timely manner. The workers were pleasant, and did beautiful work. I love my new kitchen and would not hesitate to employee
and his crew again!

-Gloria S.

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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 Ferndale

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gave estimate on minor renovation of master bath replace shower counter and new fixtures. was one of top two contractors. decided on other contractor. was impressed with professionalism and knowledge.
- Robert B.
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Positive experience from beginning to end. The owner,
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, was extremely responsive and knowledgeable, and
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and the crew were very skilled and friendly. Here are some other notes:
The plans for the proposed work was a three dimensional picture that made it much easier to see what the end product would look like. The software was very high-end.
The invoice for the work was extremely thorough and easy to read. Everything was accounted for so we knew exactly where we stood if we wanted to change or eliminate something. Any changes were reflected in a new invoice and sent to us immediately. We have not had this experience before, but it certainly
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to trust and a sense that everything was transparent. Cost was very fair for the work we wanted to have done.
Quality of the work was OUTSTANDING! We had a heated floor installed, a new ceiling, an expansion of the closet, a larger and tiled shower put in, new cabinetry, and a gorgeous granite counter top.
Ferndale Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
came with me to select shower tile, floor tile, and granite that would complement each other and the places we went to did quality work. The crew placed the tile and really had a sense of what would look great and it sure did! When I had thoughts or suggestions, they quickly accommodated and were so easy to work with, even when it meant replacing a piece of tile.
The crew was courteous and hard-working. They did a nice job putting up a tarp to keep the dust at a minimum (although there was still dust that needed to be cleaned up). They cleaned up after themselves each day and communicated well about what they were doing and what would be coming up in the next day or two.
The work took a bit longer to complete than we were hoping for, but it was usually due to outside circumstances.
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was on top of the situation and made it right. He takes great pride in the work
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does and it was greatly appreciated.
This is a company that I highly recommend with no reservations. We're already thinking about what might be our next project with them :-)

- BARRY C.
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Do NOT engage with this company. The job was originally promised to be done within 6-8 weeks. After 7 months of delay upon delay, and very poor workmanship, I was forced to hire a second company to finish the job. This was very difficult because the original work was so poorly done that other contractors didn't want to get involved. I made the mistake of paying too much of the fee up front, and I finally had to pay another contractor $3,300 to complete the job just to make it weather tight. It is still not cosmetically completed.
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(owner) admitted that he owes me a refund of at least $2k but asked for time to pay it back. After 2 months of waiting for the refund now he will not respond to texts/emails.
- DAVID Z.
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Although we experienced a few problems with communications with our sales person, the overall job was great. The work crew was very professional, conscience, personable, and hard working. They arrived when expected, responded to questions and concerns and always left things picked up at days end. When adjustments were necessary they clearly explained the situation and offered suggestions. When we experienced a problem and brought it to the attention of the company the owner responded quickly and offered a resolution. We would definitely use them again.
- Tricia S.
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Completely remodeled our shower, did a great job. They went above their call of duty, i.e.., they fixed our door locks which was installed incorrectly, and they fixed our door to the garage, which wasn't closing properly. They were timely, always arrived at the time they had indicated and they were very professional. I would highly recommend
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for your future home projects.
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was very professional and every thing quoted in the contract met our approval. He always kept us informed of every procedure needed to complete the project. He always arrive on time and we greatly appreciate timely people. Our new walk in shower is above our expectation. Their price may be a little higher than their competitors, but it is worth it.
- Donald W.
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and his crew did an outstanding job on all levels... very professional, thorough, communicative, and cleaned up every day.
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and
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were not only very talented but a delight to work with.
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was very good at looking both at the big picture and the littlest details, studying each piece of the process to make sure the right decision was being made. So many contractors I've had experience with in the past just want to get the job done quickly, without much thought or communication with the customer.
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always showed us options for us to approve before completing a new task.
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was very good at listening to our concerns and finding solutions to address them, no matter how big or small.
All details were met with the highest quality.
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stayed on budget (even a bit under budget) despite all the "extras" that weren't on the original bid.
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and his crew will be our "go to" contractor crew from now on and we'd highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!
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- JoAnn G.
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go over and above to make sure that the job is done correctly. Their work exceeded expectations. They always provided updates when the weather was interfering with scheduling. Will not hesitate to use this company in the future.
- Susan M.
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was great to work with. Very responsive, flexible, and willing to go the extra mile to satisfy the client. All problems were handled very professionaly, and the patio looks great. Would definitely recommend them and will use them for future projects.
- Alex K.

All Remodeling Contractors in Ferndale, WA

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2nd Story Construction, Inc

3904 Spur Ridge Ln
Bellingham

7 Bridges Construction LLC

22829 Franklin Rd.
Mount Vernon

A 1 Builders Inc

3310 Northwest Ave
Bellingham

A+Design

10216 256th SE
Kent

A-1 Handyman Plus LLC

948 E 54th Terrace
Bellingham

Able Young Bucks

Burlington

Adaptations Design Studio

3310 Northwest Ave
Bellingham

Adventures in Remodeling

2321 Dean Ave
Bellingham

All County Home Repair

1950 Central Road
Everson

Ark Custom Buildings Inc

PO Box 1827
Marysville

Artisan Construction

19371 Shantz Ln
Sedro Woolley

Barnett Flooring & Construction

33852 Northshore Dr
Mount Vernon

Beck & Co., Inc.

920 N 8th
Mount Vernon

Bedrock Construction Group

22707 153rd Ave SE
Snohomish

Bellingham Bay Builders

824 N State St
Bellingham

Bellingham Home Maintenance

3127 Mt Baker Hwy
Bellingham

Big Mountain Construction

5525 Maleng Rd
Acme

Broadmark Construction

522 Bayton St
Edmonds

Building Dimensions LLC

1520 Monroe St
Burlington

Butler Painting

12022 Country Ln
Burlington

C. Griffeth & Son, Inc.

19278 Silver Creek Drive
Sedro Woolley

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cascade Drywall Inc

2560 Crescent Street
Ferndale

CASCADE JOINERY

PO Box 5807
Bellingham

Charles S Pruitt

5574 E Shoreview
Blaine

Chuckanut Builders, LLC

1326 N. State St.
Bellingham

Clean Crawls

3707 124th St NE Ste A 1
Marysville

Cline Enterprises

13198 Buchanan Ln
Mount Vernon

Coast View Construction Inc.

2850 Mckenzie Ave.
Bellingham

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

complete roofing & contracting llc.

500 briza lane
Sedro Woolley

Cordova Construction

1466 east sunset Dr
Bellingham

Custom Closets and Bedrooms

4073 Hannegan Rd Ste A
Bellingham

Custom Craft Flooring

536 Heather Ln
Lynden

Daniel J Construction

3515 Bennett Dr
Bellingham

Design Builders, LLC

5514 Salish Road
Blaine

Devine Designs llc

22735 Rhodes Rd
Sedro Woolley

Devine Interiors

4833 Guide Meridian
Bellingham

Dexperts

1400 King street
Bellingham

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DJZ Construction

3642 Bay Rd
Ferndale

Dreamcatcher Construction Inc

2710 Shorewwood Ln
Bellingham

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

3311 Northwest Ave
Bellingham

Driven Construction

1225 Roland St
Bellingham

DTM Construction LLC

24506 Walker Valley Road
Mount Vernon

Ecogreen Hardscape & Landscape Design

2225 Iron street
Bellingham

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FABER CONSTRUCTION

131 E GROVER ST
Lynden

Flexible Builders LLC

1301 Heather Ln
Sedro Woolley

FLORES & SONS CONSTRUCTION

2937 E SMITH RD
Bellingham

Gary's Plumbing & Heating

1325 Meador Ave Ste 101
Bellingham

Goodfella Construction

5271 Blake Ln.
Bellingham

Granite Street Construction Services LLC

4633 Nooksack Loop
Mount Vernon

Hampton Hill Living Spaces

5628 Airport Way South
Seattle

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

HENSHAW CONSTRUCTION

1502 40TH ST
Bellingham

Herboth Remodeling L.L.C.

2515 Moore St.
Bellingham

Highline Construction

1725 Skagit St.
Bellingham

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

HouseWorks Home Improvement & Design

2884 Leeward Way
Bellingham

J.R. Brink Carpentry Ltd

1216 E Glikey Rd
Burlington

James Talbot General Contractor

8774 Oertel Dr
Blaine

Jenkins Handyman and Woodworking

2916 Peabody St
Bellingham

Jones Construction

1605 11th St
Anacortes

Kreider Construction Inc.

13142 Persons Rd.
Bow

LANDMARK ENTERPRISES INC

PO BOX 5685
Bellingham

Lease Construction

843 E Victoria Ave
Burlington

Little Lou's Construction LLC

2076 Main street
Ferndale

Lopez Drywall

1117 Pavey Blvd
Lopez Island

Lynden Floor & Design Interior

4071 Hannegan Rd
Bellingham

M & M CONSTRUCTION & PAINTING

2989 AMBER LN
Ferndale

M C SMITH CONSTRUCTION

1265 W AXTON RD
Ferndale

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Marr's Heating and Air Conditioning

1677 Mt Baker Hwy
Bellingham

MEUCCIWORKS INC

445 16TH ST
Bellingham

Minergy, Inc.

PO Box 904
Ferndale

Moorlag WoodWorks

1037 Edson Street
Lynden

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

MULLINS GENERAL CONTRACTING

9599 Fruitdale Rd
Sedro Woolley

Northwest Construction Consulting Inc

903 Washington Ave
Mukilteo

NW Contractors List LLC

337 Barry Loop
Mount Vernon

PACIFIC CONSTRUCTION Inc

5611 BOYER RD
Bellingham

Paul L Johnson General Contracting

3421 Crestline Pl
Bellingham

Penn Cove Cottage Company LLC

608 S Main St
Coupeville

Peter Rozen Construction

2931 McLeod Rd
Bellingham

Phillips Custom Homes

17971 Peterson Rd.
Burlington

PM Construction

4209 Springland Ln
Bellingham

R Roofing And Renovation Llc

5724 Hamlin Ave
Ferndale

Rainier View Construction & Roofing

3702 West Valley Hwy N #112
Auburn

Rainshield Handyman Services

P.O. Box 3270
Ferndale

RD Enterprises

2375 Yew Street Rd
Bellingham

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Reverse Mortgage Information

157 W Hayden Ave Ste 104

Rowcliffe's Handyman Svc

1516 Fruitland Dr.
Bellingham

Schober Woodworks

2569 Mackenzie Rd.
Bellingham

Service Master Clean

3900 Spur Ridge Ln
Bellingham

SERVPRO

1420 PACIFIC PL
Ferndale

Smitley Construction

702 Kentucky St.
Bellingham

Soto McNett Construction, Inc.

12462 Gwen Dr Apt 5
Burlington

Stoney Mountain Construction

2628 James St
Bellingham

Sunrise Windows Installation And Sales LLC

1421 Florence Street
Mount Vernon

TILES OF AMERICA, INC.

12305 120th Ave NE
Kirkland

Todd Noice, LLC

po box 28061

Trickett Woodworks LLC

60 Ewe Drive
Yakima

Turpin Construction

4717 Cypress Dr
Anacortes

Upland Construction Inc

PO Box 2706
Ferndale

Valley Plumbing & Electric

910 West Front St
Sumas

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Whidbey Island Builders LLC

PO Box 2528
Oak Harbor

Wilson Whole Home LLC

16777 Donnelly Rd.

Woodstock Construction

1109 Dakota Avenue
Anacortes

Yankee Craftsman LLC

20 Lost Fork Ln.
Bellingham

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