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"My concrete patio was sagging about an inch toward the house and I was concerned with water leaking in. My concrete front porch steps were sagging about an inch" on one end and did not look good.
arrived on the scheduled time. A concrete slurry was mixed on the truck and would be transmitted where needed by hoses. The two employees were friendly and willing to talk about what they would do. Through their experience they drilled several holes in strategic locations. A hose nozzle was inserted in the holes and the concrete mix was injected to level the patio and front steps. It is to be noted that leveling the front steps affected three adjoining concrete sidewalk sections. The sidewalk sections were also leveled so that they lined-up with the leveled steps. The drilled holes were filled and the cleanup was well done. The job took about an hour and was professionally done and at the estimated price. I would recommend them to anyone needing this service.

-ROBERT M.

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"When they started the job, we discovered that the cause of of the settling was the drain in the bathroom. It was leaking into the soil under the slab which eroded" the soil and caused the slab to sink. At that point they had to stop work until we got the drain fixed. We had major difficulties with the folks that were supposed to do the renovation on the bathroom so it took several weeks for us to get the drain fixed. During that time,
called me frequently to see how things were going. I called him on a Friday when the drain was fixed and he said that he would fit us in next Tuesday so "we could get our house back". I didn't expect them to show up until the afternoon but I got a call from them at 9:30 Tuesday morning wanting to know if they could come then. They showed up at 10:00 and were done, cleaned up and out of the house by 1:00.
is a h*** of nice guy and really cares about his customers.

-Michael K.

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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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The cost to install the veneer stone has a wide range do to many factors. It can range from around $9 to $17 per square foot. It depends on the location, the stone being used, job access, skaffolding needs, wall prep and such. I would think you would be on the lower end of the scale. Your job is on a concrete surface so it eliminates one of the biggest problems they are having with this product, wall preperation. This one of the things that separates the high bidders from the low ones. There are million dollars homes being torn down because of improper wall prep. One a wood frame house a backing system that allows drainage is a must or the moisture absorbed by the veneer can rot the walls behind with alarming speed. Some have had makor damage within the first four years. On a concrete wall the veneer needs no such prep at most wire mesh applied if it is an older concrete wall.

 

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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

Mudjacking reviews in Washington DC

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showed up to perform $700 of concrete pumping for
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who sub-contracted
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to do the work he was unable to do.
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completed the pumping work, but needed a lot of help due to his staffing limitations. During the entire pump job he had a bad attitude and provide horrible customer service. At the end of job
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requested/presented a $1,400 bill which was immediately rejected. It felt like I was being robbed and told him that the work was agreed to be $700. He was extremely rude, violent, and rejected the payment.
Later he filed a
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on the property and filed a claim against the General Contractor bond.
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should have gone to
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who hired him to do the work to work out any issues.
Stay away from this guy. He is and crook and big time trouble.

- Hector M.
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I am very pleased with the company professionalism and quality of work. They were prompt, did the job, cleaned after completing the work and were very responsive and polite. Highly recommended.
- Abe N.
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The two-man crew spent about 3+ hours laying the bricks on a prepared surface. They completed the work in a satisfactory manner. I replaced four bricks that were chipped, and leveled out one spot that I thought was low. But they filled in around the lanai with dirt and left the site looking good. They used my tools and materials, which I expected. They at one point agreed to return the next day to put up and anchor a 10x12 foot canopy but did not. However, the company later offered to do this for an extra $300, but we decided to do this ourselves.
Apex's estimate was much lower than the other two, and in fact the boss called the next day after looking at the project and said that they had reconsidered the price and offered to REDUCE the bid from 1200, even though I had already told them they had come in lowest. Needless to say, were more than happy to have them do a professional job for $800- less than a dollar a brick. And their bid was less than one third of the highest bid we received. Incidentally, the highest bid was from a company that did not even come out to look at the job.


- Michael M.
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He did a fantastic job. He honored the price of the estimate. He was on time. He stayed here the whole time and got the job done.
- ALENE K.
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Took a little while to get a response, though the results were well worth the wait. Another company quoted me $400 to raise one small section of the service walk, while
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raised the entire walk for only $375. Very professional, prompt and courteous.
- Justin O.
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As an operating room nurse, I believe in doing thorough research before any home project. I contacted three vendors and obtained quotes. I decided to utilize
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for several reasons. First
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, the representative that came out was very knowledgable and you could tell he was a contractor that was familiar with the process not just a salesperson. He answered all my questions and took the time to explain the procedure in detail. He tailored the quote to my job and did not just have a standard formula like the other vendors. I also liked they used limestone instead of a type of slurry mix and professional grade caulking. He kept me informed regarding the scheduling and would be prompt in returning all my calls. On the day of the job,
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and
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came to perform the work. You could tell they were a team that worked well together. They did a great job and made sure to check in with me several times to make sure I was happy with the progression. At the end of the job, they cleaned up the job site and made sure I had no concerns prior to leaving. I would not hesitate to recommend them to my neighbors.

- Susan L.
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I wasn't home. Done perfectly, no mess, no hassle. Gentleman was great on the phone, set everything up, did the work.
- Blasine P.
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,We were eager to begin the work last fall but the weather did not cooperate and the project was delayed.
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was most accommodating in informing us that the estimated price would remain the same in the new fiscal year. When Spring came they contacted us to schedule the two steps of the job.
The mud jacking was a large help with the basement water problem--the sloping was clearly away from the foundation., and the replaced caulking was amazingly effective in addition.
Each person whom I communicated with over the phone knew all about our contract and had records of down payment and other agreed-upon costs. [I did not have to be "smart" about a project which was new to me.]
My neighbors could obviously see/hear what was going on and one has already had
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do a major project for them. And another neighbor is planning to work with them on a project in the near future..
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is a very good company to resolve your water problems or driveway problems They look at each job in assessing what it best for your problem.
Obviously we are well pleased with Croncrete Raising Corporation.


- PAT G.

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1 ENTERPRISE LLC

1402 North Capitol Street NW
Washington

A & A CONCRETE FINISHING

12345 ROUSBY HALL RD

A + Services LLC

11329 Old Prospect Hill Rd

A-1 CONCRETE LEVELING

2070 Rock Hill Road

abikat costruction llc

3011 st johns ln

Active Home Renewal

1409 Broadwood Dr

Affordable Renovations

10218 Rodgers Rd

AJ Ross Service

5406 Riverdale Rd

ASC Excavating, Inc

19296 Silcott Springs Rd

AV Carpenters LLC.

6 Tarfside Court

B.K. Services

504 kibler circle

Bankster International

911 6th ST NE Unit#1
Washington

Barratt Construction

PO Box 60463
Washington

Bartley Corp

16613 New Hampshire Ave

Bianco Design and Build Corp

7501 Presidential Ln

BJ Global Enterprises LLC

11160-C1 S Lakes Dr

BLD Lanscapes

17700 millcrest Dr

Bonillas Contractors Inc.

13408 Tamarack Rd

Bonn Group America Inc

1629 K St NW
Washington Dc

Bowlings Home Improvements Inc

9645 Trinity Church Rd

Brad4Cad LLC

5657 Utrecht Rd

Braddock Construction

3728 Anne Place

Centreville Labor Resource Center

5956 Centreville Crest Ln

Chaney Enterprises

2410 Evergreen Rd

Chesapeake Builders, LLC

2508 Cherokee Street

Chryst Brothers Construction

6450 Old Dominion Dr

City Masonry, LLC

816 N Washington st

Concrete Jack

3402 Acorn St

Concrete Now

5015 Cook Rd

CONCRETE RAISING INC

5659 WHITE DOVE LN
Washington

Concretevision

5503 Munsey Pl

CSG DESIGNBUILD

5840 CAMERON RUN TER

Cx Energy

1518 K St NW, Suite 503
Washington

D & F CONSTRUCTION

11913 SEVEN LOCKS RD

Eco Construction

Washington

Eco construction

138 Forrester St SW
Washington

Edge Energy

6854 Distribution Dr

Elite Development

4401 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington

Foundation Medix

2331 Mill Road

Fraley Construction LLC

1802 Chestnut Grove Rd

Franklin Construction LLC

10377 Green Holly Ter

Freddy's Lawn Service

1709 Dennis Ave

G C Construction LLC

9201 Gilmore Dr

Gauto J Corp

3500 Courtland Dr

General Home Care LLC

4029 Postgate Terrace

General Remodeling Group

11722 Newbridge Crt, Reston, Virginia 20191

GeoContractorsInc.

15064 Sawgrass Place

Home Contractors Plus

8402 Quill Point Dr

Home Duty

1733 Northridge Lane

HP Drywall

5824 Ridings Manor Pl

HUSKY CONTRACTORS INC

4509 Kentmore Dr

I S ENTERPRISES

1324 H STREET NE
Washington

In The Mix

7730 Arborview Dr

J&M Concrete

PO Box 962

J.E.S. Services

6204 Julian St

J.R Remodeling Inc

1485 Eden Drive

Jabs Construction Inc

17869 Fraley Blvd

Jdrestoration Llc

6112 Scotch Dr

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway

JJC Construction

12880 Edwin Drive

JP Companies Inc

43543 Braddock Rd

jr construction

3218 9th Pl SE
Washington

JRM DRYWALL & FINISHING INC

1220 S. FREDERICK STREET

Kass Remodeling

15209 Frederick Rd

KIARAS LANDSCAPING

24901 Stringtown Rd.

King Koncrete LLC

610 Grafton St

Levelift Foundations LLC

10370 Baltimore National Pike

Limitless Design & Build, LLC.

12587 Fair Lakes Cir #263

M & F Concrete

9515 Contractors Ct

M Taylor Enterprise

9914 Tenbrook Dr

M.I.B. LLC

5840 Cameron Run Terrace

m2 BUILDING AND DESIGN

7407 ALBERMARLE DR

MAC CORPORATION OF VIRGINIA

6799 Kennedy Rd. Ste-D

Magee Design

21438 Steptoe Hill Rd

Magna Construction

2405 Benning Rd NE
Washington

Mid S Builders LLC

15521 Kruhm Rd

MINOR CONCRETE WORK LLC

9224 CLIFF MILLS RD.

Mobile Heat hvac

6137 leesburg pike #201

Molina's Contruction INC

7532 Quail Run Ln

Morales Masonry Inc.

7451 Rosita Ct

Mr Basement

832 Oregon Ave

MYERS HANDYMAN CO LLC

2375 Duvall Rd

M² BUILDING AND DESIGN

7407 ALBERMARLE DR

New Era Construction LLC

22582 Forest Run Drive

NEXTGEN CONSTRUCTION

1241 NEW JERSEY AVE NW
Washington

Noel Design Build

3224 Northampton
Washington

O'Leary Asphalt

9629 Doctor Perry Road

Omar's General Contracting

3705 Plyers Mill Rd

orduzconstruction

18109 royal bonnet circle

Patriot Mobil Mix

7920D Woodruff Ct

Post & Beam Design Build

14346 Jarrettsville Pike #400

Prestige Garage Floor Coating

2109 Emmorton Park Rd

ProCraft Construction

2201 Spencerville Rd

Professional Touch

8341 Rebecca St

Prudencio Services

5239 Navaho Dr

Regal Home Improvement

4002 Hermitage Rd

Renaissance Restoration

2124 Briggs Chaney Rd

Renew Home Improvements

4995 Threshfield Ct.

Reyes Concrete

2632 N Pershing Dr.

Stone Garden Inc

2709 Hardy Ave.

Stone Patios VA

2933 West Ox

Stone Worx

15707 Smith Rd

STRAIGHT UP CUSTOM HOMES

2425 FLAG MARSH RD

T&B Renovation Company, LLC

3615-H Chain Bridge Road

TDI Construction Group Inc

13800 Coppermine Rd

Tek Solusion

2703 MEMORIAL STREET

TF Construction LLC

4119 Postgate Ter Apt 302

The Gorham Development Group

902 K Street NE
Washington

The McGill Group, LLC

1776 I St NW
Washington

Tidewater Construction, LLC

221 Laysan Teal Court

Tonken Remodeling

1421 Fallswood Dr.

Toro Concrete Inc

16101 Braggs Corner Rd

Triple A Paving

23900 Hawkins Creamery Ct

Tru Builders Construction

14011 Fernie Field Ct

Twin DC, LLC

1 Research Ct., Suite 450

U 1st Home Improvements

7757 Belle Point Dr

Universal Maintenance

65173 Seventh Road
Washington

WW Brothers, LLC

5416 Woodway Drive

Xpert Foundations Inc

19309 Winmeade Drive #103

Youth Concrete Service, LLC

9606 Coral Street
Upper Marlboro

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