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"Less than 3 months after providing this work, the flashing that had been replaced became dislodged from the roof. it has been hanging from the roof and every time" the wind blows it bangs against a bedroom window making it impossible to sleep. Despite several calls the contractor over more than a week, we haven't heard back. Unfortunately we can't recommend them based on the poor quality of the work and lack of responsiveness. Additionally, it's unclear whether or not they are properly licensed to do business. Although they print a DCRA number on their receipt, that number is not in DCRA's online database, suggesting it has lapsed or it is intended to mislead.

-Matthew H.

"I highly recommend
and his crew. We called him to refinish our basement after a pipe burst and flooded the basement. We wanted to replace" the carpet with ceramic tile as well.
was extremely responsive with clear estimates and a clear schedule for completion. His crew arrived promptly at 7:30 am each day and the tiling crew stayed till 7 pm to finish the tiling in time promised. The crew were professional and ensured that the place was left clean and the quality of the work was exceptional. We appreciated the little touches they did on their own accord (adding door stops to all the doors, moving the cable outlet to the different side of the room where the TV was going to be housed). We are very happy with the basement today.

-Deepak G.

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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!
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

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.


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.

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The final outcome looks great. We had some bumps along the way, including some problems with a hot water heater but it turned out okay. Most of the problems they were able to resolve when our architect met with the company.
- Katherine D.

Extremely professional and did very very good work. We have high ceilings in our home and also the fact that one of the holes was the nursery, complicated the job. They were prompt, professional and did really excellent work. We are in the process of finishing our basement and I would definitely haveJCabido Remodeling back to do some of that work in the near future.
- Grantham M.

Great, he was very professional, asked good questions, and wrote up a good quote that listed all the items. I didn't end up going with them because it was quite a bit more than another offer, but I would still consider them in the future.
- Abby L.

From start to finish, Mason and his crews were EXTREMELY professional. The finished renovation was beautifully executed with incredible attention to details.
When we met with Mason to discuss the scope of this renovation and to learn about how the demolition would proceed, we were immediately impressed with how knowledgeable he was, compared with others we had interviewed. Going forward, Mason was very accessible to come to meet with us, all throughout the duration of the project. Even on a daily basis he was available to us by text messaging, responding very promptly to any questions, requests, adjustments.
In addition to Mason's management qualities, we were delighted to find EACH & EVERY member of his crews of plumbers, electricians, masons, carpenters, etc. exceptionally professional, trustworthy, and very talented in their field of expertise.
Some of the major components of our project...
*maximizing of every inch of useable space
*taking the entire basement down to the studs
*installing a below the floor drain along the entire length of one basement wall
*waterproofing below ground walls
*untangling a very complicated
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of ancient electrical wiring, and upgrading the
electrical components throughout.
*removing pipes and rearranging water heater placement to optimize aesthetics.
*replacing duct work with space saving ducts and rerouting it to enable maximum height
*installation of complete full bath along with beautiful tile work, and laundry room with stack
washer and dryer
*stripping the white paint from, and restoring the brick fireplace
*installation of tile flooring through out

- Robert J.

Great job. Keep up your good work. Will definitely use
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for other future projects!
- Nathan S.

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did not begin the work upon the signing of the contract as promised. It is now approximately twom months since the signing of the contract, the problems caused by the sink hole are getting worse and
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refuses to respond to any communication from me or the bank officer.
- Dian J.

The contractor arrived a little late, but did call to tell me so. I got the sense that the company might have been a little overwhelmed by the demand created from the living social deal. But the contractor that arrived was courteous and professional and did a good job refinishing the tub. I was so impressed with the professionalism, that I asked for them to provide me with an estimate for additional work in my basement. The owner came by to provide me with an estimate. Unfortunately, there was another contractor that was able to provide the service with more competitive pricing, but I definitely would consider using them again in the future.
- Michelle B.

We own several rental houses and have used
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for years. That's why, when we decided we needed to redo a kitchen to get a property shipshape for resale, we immediately called Selwa. She came out promptly and gave us a detailed run-down of what needed to be done, how to keep quality up and costs down, and even gave us a time-table for the work. Then
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and his expert crew arrived and did their usual magic. Everything was done perfectly--and they actually finished ahead of schedule! Despite dreadful weather, none of the guys tracked up our carpets. When they went home at night, they never left a mess. But the real plus is the quality of RRR's work. Everything RRR touches could have come right out of a top-drawer catalog.
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keeps his crew working so that things get done on time--when the cabinets had to be ready for the counter top to be installed, for instance, they were ready. Add in Selwa's terrific taste (go to their website to see) and knowledge of products, and we were able to create an adorable kitchen in less than a month for minimal expense. We would never go to anyone else. These guys REALLY know there stuff.

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3-R Contracting, LLC

237 East Davis Street

360 Design Studio

5550 Columbia Pike

4 Service Pros

2010 Corporate Ridge

5 Strong Construction, LLC.

2331 Mill Road, Suite 100

A & L Construction

10621 Oliver St

A & P Builders

480 Stoney Bottom Rd

A J Surman Construction

2135 Cabots Point Lane

A to Z Remodeling

7118 Cold Spring Ct

A Work Of Art

3380 Ladino Ct

A&A Refinishing Services

956 Cedar Grove Ave

A&I Design Homes

42918 Tippman Place

A&I Home Improvements

10610 Lockridge Dr

A&K Remodeling

Po Box 2266

A+ Handyman

224 Doe Trl

A-1 Handyman

4704 Eddystone St

A-1 Installations, LLC

8612 Linton Hall Road

A-Pro Renovation

1629 K St. NW

A-Z Home Service

5754 Lichenbark Cir


203 old macdonald rd #538

A.G. Building and Remodeling LLC

7847 Old Georgetown Road

A.R.Design Group,Inc

929 west Broad St., #929

A1A Home Improvement

229 Menefee Ln

A2Z Design2build

20014 appledowre circle

AAA Home Improvement

6400 Bells Mill Rd


1540 Maurice Dr


6809 Wisconsin Avenue

Aaron Design & Build, Inc.

5556 Wicomico Circle



Abbey Design Center

21465 Price Cascades Plz

Abbey Energy and Exteriors

21465 Price Cascades Plaza

Abby Construction Co Inc

1319 Lafayette Blvd Ste 100

ABC Design and Build Inc

6715 Blacklick Rd

ABE-Remodeling Co

5006 Garrett Ave

Abilities Unlimited

8915 Blvd of the Generals

Abingdon Development Corp.

8871 James Madison Hwy.

Able Handyman Service llc

637 Burnside Terrace

Ables Construction Corp

9676 Tarvie Circle



Absolute Home Solutions Inc

16 Hidden Valley Ct


4620 Columbia Rd

Acosta Contracting Services, LLC

3936 Persimmon Dr. # 204

Active Home Renewal

1409 Broadwood Dr

Acute building construction, llc

2017 Vermont Ave NW

ACV Home Improvement LLC

6748 Jenny Leigh Ct



Adela Construction

10319 Westlake Dr

ADG Contractor

3120 Collie Lane

ADI Construction


ADM Contracting

3003 Flat Meadow Ct



Advanced Painting

319 William St

AJ General Contractor LLC

13978 Gunners Place

AJ Ross Service

5406 Riverdale Rd

AK Painting

13985 Gunners Pl.

Al's Painting

13002 Lutes Dr


PO BOX 6354

All Eco Center

2662 University Blvd W

All Renovations Inc

6920B Braddock Rd

All Star Builders

520 Reynolds Ave # 2E

All trades Remodeling, LLC

12 north summit ave



Alpha Construction Services

6603 Ladyslipper Ln

Alpha Omega Home Inspections

5933 Amber Ridge Rd


5708 31st Ave

AM Construction of VA, Inc.

2268 Long Meadow Rd

Amarc Solutions

40820 Woodside Place

Amazing Reno

6066 Leesburg Pike Ste 210

AMS Contractors

4811 Rim Rock Rd


2517 Oakenshield Dr

AMS Home Remodeling LLC

6755 Greatnews Ln

Ancora Contracting

3351 Highwood Dr. SE

Anderson Construction

12004 Mastbrook Lane

Androconst LLC

5268 G Nicholson Ln.



Andyman, LLC

3642 Denison Street

Anytime Handyman Services

14356 Northbrook Ln.

Apex Waterproofing Inc

2972 PS Business Center Drive

Apollo Builders

P.O.Box 322


33747 Snickersville Turnpike

Appleby Systems Inc

1585 Sulphur Spring Rd

Aqueduct LLC

175 Hope Rd

Archangel Remodeling

642 Wayward Dr

Archiquest Inc

5412 Woodway Dr

Arco Painting & Remodeling LLC

14405 Innsbruck Court

ARDO Contracting Inc

9693 Gerwig Lane

Area Construction

12339 Folkstone Drive

ARH Electric

PO Box 3638

Aria Flooring LLC

12860 New Hampshire Ave

ARJ Group, Inc.

412 H St NE

Army Vet's Remodeling

10560 Main St., Suite 321

Artwood, Inc.

8218 Bondage Drive

Arundel Construction

8995 Bridgett Ln

Aryandes Kitchen & Bath

13450 Fiery Dawn Dr

Aslan Construction

4915 Lackawanna St



At Your Door Floor Store

17617 Redland Rd

Atlas Home Inspection

1614 N Wakefield St

Atlas Moran Construction

4418 North Old Glebe Road

ATR Painting & Remodeling

5912 Cove Landing Rd

Audio Video Services

501 Kisconko Turn



B & B Quality Home Improvement

13251 overcup oak court


5019 Rodman Rd

B L Baker Enterprises

2439 McHenry Dr

Baldwin Remodeling LLC

2234 Hidden Retreat Trl



Barbera Contractors llc

26310 Johnson Dr


P.O Box 1154

Beal Contractors

1138 Cedar Dale Ln

Beauchain Builders Inc

15 Barnswallow Ct

Beautiful Home Services

18909 Fisher Ave

Belart Contracting LLC

12920 Grays Pointe Rd

Bell Decor Renovation llc

13226 Braddock Rd.

Bella Casa LLC

14216 Long Green Dr

Bellacasa Handyman services.

12464 Oliver Cromwell Drive

Belmont Services LLC

10614 Belmont Blvd

Benchmark Builders LLC

108 Meadowview Lane

Benchmark Consulting

5927 Maplewood Park Pl

Best+ Construction

14502-C Lee Road

Bethesda Home Improvements

10 Old Bonifant Road

BFC Contractors Inc.

1720 Clay Hammond Rd.

Bianco Design and Build Corp

7501 Presidential Ln

BK Contracts

120 Halifax Ave

Black Crow Builders

203 Alpine Meadow Road

Blanca's Remodleing

303 Sunbury Ln

Blue Ribbon Contracting

7317 James Madison Highway

BMC Group Inc

9824 Sudley Manor Dr

BNS Contracting

8308 Selsted

Bob 4 Hire

13001 Buccaneer Rd

BOS Repairs

4495 Silver Hill Court

Boston Brothers Technologies

10230 Sasafrass Woods Ct.

Boston Construction LLC

26831 Hidden Acres Ct


7900 Westpark Dr

Bowen Remodeling and Design

2146 Priest Bridge Ct Ste 2

Bowlings Home Improvements Inc

9645 Trinity Church Rd


8665 Sudley Rd

Brad4Cad LLC

5657 Utrecht Rd

Braddock Builders LLC

7100 Ridge Crest Drive

Braemar Kitchen & Bath

205 S Union Street

Bruco Renovations

47641 Mid Surrey Sq

Bryan's Home Remodeling Inc.

12037 Stuart Ridge Dr

Bryans Enterprises Inc

4301 Olley Lane

BryZac LLC

4423 Lehigh Rd

Building Services Group LLC

1250 Connecticut Ave NW

Buracker Construction

2594 Stonewall Jackson Hwy

Burley Construction

814 Rustic Lane

C M Wright Construction Inc

20406 Shore Harbour Dr

C&C Complete Services

7339 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd

C&Painting LLC

3906 bel pre rd


7646 Fullerton Rd

C-N-S Remodeling

4105 Duke St

C.B.S. Enterprises LLC

904 Princess Anne St

C.C.I llc

3804 Perry St.

C.R. Contracting LLC

9107 Paloma Ln

C2 Construction Services

5501 Merchants View Sqr

CA Services

19515 Fredrick Rd.

Cabinet & More

521 E Market St

Capewide Enterprises LLC

4507 Falmouth Rd

Capital Area Construction

104 Carpenter Drive

Capital Area Handyman

104 Carpenter Dr


43720 Trade Center Place

Capital Housecraft

PO Box 92315

Capital Renovations

10090 Main Street

Capital View General Construction Inc

1618 7th street

Capitol Kitchen & Bath

2840 Hartland Rd

Capitol Remodelers

7051 Brookfield Plaza Springfield

Cardinal Contractors

18078 Purvis DR unit A


4101 Waterbuck Way

Carlise's Home Improvement

11507 Woodland View

Carlos Camayo

9290 Towerside Dr

Carnegie Kitchens & Bath, LLC

12204 Rustic Hill Dr





Casas Remodeling

3901 Lyndhurst Dr.


125 E hirst rd suite 8-C

CCD Home Improvement

7803 Old Litchfield Ln

Cecil Construction

4924 Valley Pine Dr

CGI Home Solution LLC

21800 Towne Center Pl

Chad G. Etter

22674 Flowing Spring Sq

Charm City Home Improvement

1432 Madison St NW

Chesapeake Builders, LLC

2508 Cherokee Street

Chestnut & Sash, LLC

1725 Artillery Ridge Rd


7722 Whiterim Ter

Choice Handyman Services

360 Maple Avenue West, Suite D

Christian Siding

13893 Willard Rd

ChrisWorks Custom Carpentry

14001C Saint Germain Drive

Chryst Brothers Construction

6450 Old Dominion Dr



Circuit LLC

8213 11th Ave

Clariaxel Construction, Inc.

2254 Lewisdale Drive

Clark Home Remodeling

4807 Royal Crossing Lane

Classic Carpentry, Inc.

355 M F Bowen Road

Classic Construction Group

26008 Brigader Place

Clean Qwest Corp

10605 Concord St

Clear View Remodeling

13455 Stream Valley Dr

Click Cabinets

1615 Ludtington St

Clymer Enterprises

Rt 1, Box 110-B

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