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"They came out and measured, and gave a price the same day. They also were able to get us a good rate and lower payments than expected. The roof after tax was about" 15000 and the payment is 320. They did the work fast and did a pretty decent job cleaning up. Having the dumpster at my house for a week was challenging

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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 Ranson

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He showed up on time and did the repairs in the time and price that was quoted to me. Made sure that the work was done to my satisfaction before leaving. All materials that were used match and quality is better then the original. thge area was cleaned a everything was left as if one one was there.
- Kay E.
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did a great job with my bathroom remodel! It was a big job (to me), as it required reconfiguring plumbing and - since it is the only bathroom in my house - I had to move out for most of the work. I talked to 7-8 contractors before hiring
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team was very helpful along the way. The project itself got a bit of a late start because of snow, but after that everything was on-time and on-budget. When a few issues arose (as will happen with any project),
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and his team were very responsive and helpful in figuring out a solution. The workers were careful, polite, and always cleaned up each day. All in all, I was very pleased with the experience. Perhaps most importantly, the bathroom looks stunning, and I am thrilled with the outcome. I would definitely use
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- Megan G.
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The final results of the renovation were better than expected.
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has a great eye for detail and really understood the overall vision of the project. He provided a thorough estimate, explaning his renovation plans in detail. He was very reliable in communicating while the project had to be postponed due to weather and always prompt in responding to calls/e-mails. He worked hard to coordinate the subcontractor work to complete the renovation efficiently.
- Janelle W.
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was great! He met with us multiple times during our GC
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to go over every step of the process and numbers with us. During the project he was on hand almost everyday, even just to check in.
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was always reachable by text, email or phone. He acted in a very professional and friendly manner and answered everyone of our questions right away. His team of contractors were reliable, on schedule, hard working, and also professional and friendly. There was never a language
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and the site was cleaned up as needed each evening. As the project went on, changed were able to be made to the original quote as needed.
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was honest and open to ideas and changes. We highly recommend him for all projects big and small.
- Margaret & Ron H.
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The plumber hired to remove my old hot water heater that was leaking suggested we contact
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, Inc. arrived promptly - which was particularly good since the plumber was waiting for their arrival before proceeding with the installation of the new hot water heater.
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was very professional. He determined that the leaking water had minimally damaged the surrounding drywall and set about drying the area. I would recommend
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- Lee E.
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Showed up on time. Very professional gave me written estimate and was very fair in price I have gotten other bids and I'm glad I used
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- Paul D.
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At first he was great. He was very responsive and communicated very well. He said demo would start Feb 2 and the job would be finished Feb 9. After a few days into the process
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(the owner) started talking about how busy he is and he's taken on too many jobs and he's also beginning to backtrack on the initial bid. I told him from the beginning I assumed the bid would change a little, especially since we added on to the project. But his new bid was $1000 above the original quote (see cubbies pricing below). I should've stopped the work right there, but I decided it was better to stay with him than finding someone else to finish the job. He did not have a good explanation for the upped price other than he was going to be doing the work instead of one of his employees. He said "looks like yours truly will be building these." I wasn't sure if he wanted a
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Original bid for four cubbies with drawers at the bottom and electrical outlets in each cubby = $1880
I asked for 3 cubbies with open shelves. No drawers and no outlets. I wanted bead board on the back. His new prices was $2885
I was floored.
Anyway - it was no fun from then on. It was very obvious (because he told me) he had other jobs he was working on and my home was taking a backseat. No workers were in my home from Feb 10 until Feb 19 when they did the install of the cabinets and cubbies. His workers were great (once they quit leaving cigarette butts in the garage). Very professional. Until
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showed up racing around and hurrying them up. He needed them to go to another job. I was beyond frustrated. He then asked for me to pay him the final amount even though the work wasn't finished!!!!! (they lacked installing shelves and touching up paint) I told him I didn't feel comfortable paying him since the work was not completely done. He pleaded with me to pay him since it was Friday and he needed to pay his guys. I stupidly wrote him the check and again told him this made me uncomfortable. He came back that Sunday and finished up the list of things that needed to be done.
He is horrible with time management.
OH and halfway through he started talking to me about his design services. Even though I designed the whole thing from Pinterest. Yes, he
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a picture for me with the dimensions... but nothing more than that. I guess he wanted to charge me for his opinion.
Basically, I think this is the first time he ever built cubbies. He got in over his head and was overwhelmed. He felt he should charge more because it was taking longer than he thought. And his carpentry skills did not warrant a price tag of $2880 for cubbies. They look good - but not amazing.

- Monica W.
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appeared to be the most honest and gave me realistic time lines. It was an easy choice to go with them. After 6 weeks into the project it has been clear that I made the right choice. We are on budget and under the timeline. Whenever I have a question
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picks up the phone and or meets me at the job site. I have been through a renovation before and I truly respect the process
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- Dave K.

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A Plus Plumbing

PO Box 2656
Martinsburg

A2Z Handyman Services

36 squire circle
Inwood

ACI FIRE SMOKE WATER

714 Venture Dr. Suite 177
Morgantown

ANDERSON HOME & DECORATING

101 MARL DR
Ranson

Apple Valley Home Services

464 Huckleberry Dr
Gerrardstown

ASI Pools and Spas

6704 Winchester Ave

Banks, Dr. Kenneth

4325 Gerrardstown Rd
Inwood

Basement Systems of West Virginia

1807 W Pike St
Clarksburg

Basic Housing and Development

PO Box 1088
Falling Waters

Behrmann's Contracting

56 Peter Rabbit Dr
Ranson

Berkeley Home Technologies

4137 Hedgesville Road
Hedgesville

BK Services

427 Ridge Rd
Shenandoah Junction

Blue Ridge Carpentry

PO Box 1072
Charles Town

Bob Davis Home Improvement Co LLC

PO Box 577
Falling Waters

Brackens Painting LLC

28 Payne St
Charles Town

Bruce Schauer

684 Carter Ave
Harpers Ferry

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Camelot Construction

207 Rhododendron Dr

Carroll Contracting

1310 Shepherdstown Pike
Harpers Ferry

CERTIFIED REPAIRS

BORDER RD
Kearneysville

Clymer Enterprises

Rt 1, Box 110-B
Paw Paw

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Construction 4:13, Inc.

98 Manassas Dr
Falling Waters

Custom House Designs, LLC

843 Specks Run Rd
Bunker Hill

D. Kitzmiller Construction

P.O. Box 309
Mount Storm

Danny Stout Construction LLC

Rte 1 Box 66
Enterprise

Dave's Repair and Handyman Services

3276 Winchester Ave
Martinsburg

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

GAB-L Construction LLC

108 Meadowbrook Dr
Martinsburg

Gregory's Inc

5368 Main St

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Handyman Harry & Sons, LLC

149 Big Red Oak Rd
Harpers Ferry

Hatfield Building & Excavating

400 Royal Birkdale Dr
Lavalette

HEDRICKS REMODELING SERVICE

267 Breakaway Dr.
Hedgesville

Henson's Quality Contracting

4198 Hedgesville Rd
Hedgesville

Heritage Roofing Inc

925 Mid Alantic Pkwy
Martinsburg

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

Hunter The Handyman

20 Brick Mill Falls Ln.
Harpers Ferry

Husband 4 Hire

PO Box 2026
Weirton

Innovative Homes, LLC

96 Camelot Blvd
Falling Waters

J. Walker Construction LLC

626 Uvilla Rd
Harpers Ferry

Jay of All Trades

221 S. Church St
Charles Town

JC Smith, LLC

210 W Burke Street
Martinsburg

JENKINS CONSTRUCTION SVC

653 OPEOQUON DR
Charles Town

JG CONSTRUCTION LLC

130 Grove Way
Summit Point

Jordans Home Improvements

60 Old Chestnut Dr
Harpers Ferry

keseckers Quality Construction

35 Jim West Road
Berkeley Springs

KUBIC CONSTRUCTION, INC

241 EDMOND RD
Kearneysville

Landon's Residential Services (L.R.S.)

P.O. BOX 1161
Shepherdstown

Larry and Sons, Inc.

301 W Franklin St

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Liberty Excavating LLC

28 Dash Dr
Falling Waters

Lightcap Construction, L.L.C.

229 Traveller Road
Falling Waters

Long Fence & Home

10236 Southard Dr

M & N Roofing

176 Shooting Star Ln
Martinsburg

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Mark Alexander Smith Homes

99 Cary Lu Cir
Harpers Ferry

Mike's Miscellaneous Construction

PO Box 171
Shenandoah Junction

Miller's Residential Creations LLC

135 Integrity Terrace
Martinsburg

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

Northwest Log Homes

226 Kirkhoff rd

On The Mark Painting

97 Barrel Horse Dr
Charles Town

Pifer Construction

1838 Roberts St

REED CUSTOMIZING & RESTORATION

527 N MILDRED ST
Ranson

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

S & H Builders LLP

P.O. Box 443
New Haven

ServiceMaster of Martinsburg & Hagerstown

10477 Williamsport Pike
Falling Waters

Smith Roofing LLC

1295 Harold Dr
Inwood

Statewide Construction LLC

1001 South Main St

T & A CONTRACTORS

4512 SANDY SPRING RD

The Levine Group, LLC

197 Meadowlark Lane
Shepherdstown

Tony W. Smith HVAC, Plumbing, Electric

95 Plaza Court
Martinsburg

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Wooden Accents

453 Jeanna Ln
Falling Waters
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