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"Went fairly well. I first used their services to identify and then fix water leaks in my town house. The roofer I used couold not find the
" nor could 2 other "experts" they called in. Then they quit returning my calls. Reliable Rmodeling came in looked at the job. We went into a contract just to determine the problem with all monies paid to go against the cost of fixing the leak. Turns oout it wasa construction problem. The wrong size board had been used and that left open a water channel which I saw pictures of. i have worked with several of their crews.I have had several contracts with them including carpet and inside painting. Work is done on time and within the contract. The crews are well supervised. I am quite satisfied with the work and how it gets done. High quality work. Highly recommend them

-Mary H.

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and his team have really performed well! I'm the homeowner, but I encouraged
to put his sign in the yard, right" when I knew I would 100% recommend
to others. That was within a couple of weeks! If you're reading this, and you're looking for someone to build a house, remodel a house, or simply change out some old windows, give
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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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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". 

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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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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.

Basement Remodeling reviews in Birmingham

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Nations was very professional and arrived for his initial review of work to be done at the time of his scheduled appointment with me. He is a very nice young man. He just never provided an estimate; even after a reminder email that he had failed to provide an estimate and substantial start date. I never received any further response from him. It just seemed strange to me that he would be so punctual and take the time to review the work only to ignore any further communication concerning the job.
- C. Bruce K.
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is the BEST contractor ever. Mike does high quality work.
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is a very ethical contractor . He is trustworthy, responsible, dependable and knowledge.
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still does work for us and I will always refer him to other people. I thank God for
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, because of him, we are back in our home.


- Bridgette T.
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They researched how the shower should be built, door width, and threshhold requirements to be
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compliant. They were very responsive to questions/issues and did a great job. The people were all pleasant to work with. I would use them again.
- Becki G.
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I called this company to come out and give me a quote for some work to my roof. They came out promptly and one time the next day. They brought a roofer and an estimator. I received an "off the hip" quote and was told they would come back later that week. I called later in the week and they said they were coming back out that afternoon. They never showed up and I called my original contact and he assured me someone would be out very soon and give a written quote. No one ever showed up and I never got a quote. I could never figure out why they came out the first time with a roofer and an estimator if they were not able to give a quote. It was confusing. They came high recommended so I am not sure what went wrong. Left a bad taste in my mouth.
- Brian S.
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was a great contractor to work with. Very professional, honest and ethical. His subs were very well trained and timely. The materials used in our house were top quality. The house was completed on schedule and exactly to our plans and specifications without many change orders. All change orders were by our choice for additional services or scope. We had several bids on this project and
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was the most competitive bid. We have since used him again on a second home.
- TINA L.
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renovated a crumbling 80+ year old historical house. Floors were falling through, plaster cracked, windows leaking, roof leaking, 80-year-old wire and knob electrical system; just to name a few challenges. Their attention to detail for our 80+ year old house was amazing. All the moldings for the addition were hand crafted and matched the existing house down to every detail. It is very difficult to tell where the old house stops and the addition begins. The job superintendent has much experience with historical houses and was wonderful to work with. Nothing was ever a problem for
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. If something came up on the job, it was solved immediately with no major discussion, issues, or price overages.
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Banks, the owner, is a very honest and ethical business man. We even lived in the existing house while the addition was being constructed. The work was completed in the timeline estimated by the contractor.
- TINA L.
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My husband contacted Punchlist to
drywall our basement and they ultimately ended up doing much more than
that. The drywall and installation of doors was approx. $10,000. Then we
added a drop ceiling and painting. The drywall work was very
professionally done and the finish excellent. We have had many painters
in our house over the last 13 years but CJ by far is the best ever. They
are very responsive if something isn't done to your liking but most of
the time they point out things to you that you hadn't even noticed.
The drop ceiling looks wonderful. We requested that they change it around
some so we would not have quite as many small pieces and they did that
without extra charge.
The cost exceeded the original estimate
because we added additional work.
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works within the estimate he gives
you. The only thing I would suggest is that you get one estimate for
all the work you need. You will get a better price from
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if you get
the estimate for all the work you want done. If you piecemeal the work,
they may have to finish one small job and come back at a later date for
the next. This ends up taking additional time and additional cost. The
price, though, is always fair because they work extremely hard.
- Marsha S.

Basement Remodeling Contractors in Birmingham

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Roebuck Springs
Birmingham

5 Star TN

2818 b foster ave

A.J. Homes, Inc.

Birmingham

Above All Roofing & Restoration

9080 Old Hwy 31 N
Kimberly

Absolute Home Renovations

210 County Rd. 561
Hanceville

ACE Plumbing Services

7227 Deer Haven Road
Pinson

Alabama Stone Works, Inc.

3000 5th Ave S
Birmingham

Alapaint

1976 Patton Chapel Road
Hoover

alexander building company

217 Country Club Park
Birmingham

All Trades Inc.

5885 snowville brent rd
Dora

Alltrade Remodel and Maintenance

1325 Falcon Drive
Birmingham

American HomeCrafter Inc.

4249 4th Ave S Apt D1
Birmingham

Andrew Muncey's Home Repairs

1720 Moncrief Rd
Gardendale

ANDY OnCall

3 Belcher Dr.
Pelham

ARC Home Improvements

1011 Merion Drive
Calera

B & B REBUILDERS INC

7705 67TH ST S
Birmingham

B&M Home Improvement

1014 Eagle View Dr.
Birmingham

Bama Home Improvement

337 Park Road
Pleasant Grove

Banks Home Building Inc

4206 Brasher Dr
Birmingham

Best Home Maintenance & Construction

362 Island Creek Dr
Calera

Birmingham Income Properties

5330 Stadium Trace Parkway Suite 100
Hoover

BIRMINGHAM SCREEN CO

1032 17TH ST SW
Birmingham

Blair Remodeling

2674 Valleydale Rd
Birmingham

Blake Construction Inc

516 20th Ave. N.E.
Birmingham

BMG Remodeling

3008 Belmont dr

Bob Whitley Decorating Inc

2719 19th Pl S
Birmingham

Boswell Maintanence and Remodeling

203 Quinncrest Lane
Bessemer

Boundless Building Services, LLC

2061 Lakewood Drive
Birmingham

Bropar Construction

6243 Letson Farm Trail
Bessemer

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north
Birmingham

Cardinal Roofing & Restoration

608 University Blvd
Birmingham

CG Contracting

2332 Burns Ln
Birmingham

Charlie's Construction

4301 Huntsville rd.
Florence

Complete Home Repair

PO Box 83
Cropwell

Completion Specialist

1552 29th court
Birmingham

Construction & Management Solutions, LLC

115 Walter Davis Dr Ste B
Birmingham

Cooper Building & Roofing Co.

3000 6th Ave
Huntsville

Cyber Bridge Marine, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie St

Dabney Homes Inc

231 hWY 13
Helena

Darden Construction Co, Inc

P.O. Box 1307
Trussville

DAVID & KAREN'S JOINT VENTURE

27 SHADES CREST RD
Birmingham

Deca Construction

7213 Groundhog Rd
Morris

DETAIL SERVICES, INC

PO BOX 94612
Centerpoint

DG Homes, LLC

1753 Shades Crest Road
Birmingham

DNH Painting & Remodeling

5456 Glen Forest Dr.
Gardendale

Dodge City Construction Co llc

334 county road 111
Bremen

Eds Construction

Trussville

Faith Construction

224 Vancouver
Birmingham

Fathers & Sons LLC

1061 Cardinal Circle
Bessemer

Fix It Handyman Service

2320 Teton Road
Birmingham

G & G INTERIOR DESIGN

6415 N CLUBVIEW CR
Bessemer

Golden Home Repair

15 Dorothy Ln
Wetumpka

Grayson Construction

1401 Montgomery Hwy
Birmingham

Griffin Building Group, LLC.

P.O. Box 660165
Birmingham

Harmony Remodeling

217 Country Club Park
Birmingham

HD Innovations

8651 Highlands Drive
Trussville

Helping Handyman of Birmingham

6055 Lakeside Drive
Mount Olive

HISTORICAL HOMECRAFTERS INC

932 Copena Dr
Pelham

holland home repair

1807 oakmont dr. s.e
Cullman

Holland Homes Llc

421 Opelika Rd
Auburn

Home Handyman

1813 Indian Hills Rd
Pelham

home star properties llc

2508 Chuchura Road
Birmingham

HOMES BY INDIANWOOD, INC

2116 OLD MONTGOMERY HWY
Pelham

Howard Rigsby Construction

8439 1st Avenue
Leeds

IROC Plumbing, INC.

721 Cahaba Manor Court
Pelham

J & L Contracting

264 Sequoyah Rd
Pell City

J.C Remodeling

950 Rainwood lodge rd.
Quinton

J.E.B. Company LLC

1113 22nd Ave N
Al

JDW Construction Inc.

PO Box 357
Westover

Joel Rhodes

338 E View Dr
Birmingham

Jones-Warren Construction

PO Box 530662
Birmingham

Keen Construction

5498 villa trace
Birmingham

Ken Underwood Development

577 Shoal Ridge Dr
Leeds

Kirklands all out construction

310 Andalusia Estates dr.
Andalusia

KITCHEN ADVANTAGE

3200 3RD AVE S
Birmingham

KRB Construction, LLC

5640 Clifford Circle
Birmingham

KT's Home Improvements

7122 2nd ave south
Birmingham

Laster & Associates

937 47th Way North
Birmingham

Lawn Care and More, LLC.

4800 War Eagle Drive
Bessemer

Lawson Contracting

7124 County Rd 37
Clanton

LEISURE CRAFTERS

Trussville

Lovette Construction

2030 Columbiana Rd
Birmingham

LRG Homes

Maylene

M & C Renovations, Inc.

211 Shenandoah Dr
Birmingham

MA Frazier Construction

PO Box 383023
Birmingham

MAC Group

5117 Trace Crossings Dr
Hoover

Magic City Home Improvement

5541 13th Ave South
Birmingham

McKay Building Company, Inc.

7059 Meadowlark Drive
Birmingham

MES Construction

40 Commerce Drive
Pelham

Mickey Hankins Homebuilders

705 Pleasant Grove Rd
Pleasant Grove

Myriad Project Solutions

420 20th St. N
Birmingham

N J T Construction Inc.

1027 Briarcliff Trce
Birmingham

NAIL CONSTRUCTION INC

8852 MOSLEY MANOR CIR
Morris

NeedCo Inc

2901 18th Street South
Birmingham

Noel Builders

1009 Wesley Trace
Birmingham

North Alabama Builders

311 CR 1387
Vinemont

Oldcastle Surfaces-Atlanta

1400 W Marietta St

On Site Restoration

4898 Valleydale Rd
Birmingham

Over the Mountain Design & Remodeling

2269 Ridgemont Dr
Birmingham

Oxford Construction LLC

3708 Northcote Dr
Birmingham

PENTOIR INC

404 BUSINESS CENTER DRIVE
Birmingham

Plastx USA

21 Dixon Avenue

PRECISION HOMECRAFTERS LLC

1215 LAKE FORREST CIR
Birmingham

Precision Services LLC

6632 Warrior River Road
Bessemer

Premier Restoration

1500 Urban Center Drive
Birmingham

PRIME PAINTING & CONTRACTING

2469 Tyler Road
Hoover

PRO CONSTRUCTION LLC

1104 DUNNAVANT VALLEY RD
Birmingham

Pro Services

6632 Warrior River Road
Bessemer

Property Investors LLC

2214 3rd Ave N
Birmingham

Punch-List Repairs LLC

101 Shirley Ln
Chelsea

Quality Pro wash LLC

1025 Stableway Rd.
Pike Road

Quality Remodeling

PO Box 231
Fosters

R. S. Battles Inc.

2875 Guinns Cove Road
Hayden

R.R. of Al. Inc.

PO Box 819
Pelham

Ralph Bidwell ( Handyman )

1301 Meadow Ln
Mulga

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

Remodeling Associates Inc

3125 Autumn Ct
Birmingham

Rent-A-Man

60 Palmer Ct.
Odenville

Rick Neary Interior Tirm and Decks

25 Jason Street
Trussville

RKR Construction Inc.

po box 119
Trussville

Robson Contractors Inc

3423 Ashford Ln
Trussville

Room Builders Inc

659 Poplar Ln
Birmingham

RSC Properties

405 redwood st

RSU Contractors

1461 Battleground Dr

Saunders Bradford

4100 Autumn Lane
Birmingham

Schell Construction

853 Brad Drive
Birmingham

Sharp Remodeling Birmingham

4691 Trussville Clay Road

Shield Properties

301 Cambo Ln
Hoover

Sizemore Specialty Construction

702 Linden St
Trussville

Southern Renovations & Construction, LLC

5235 Pinson Valley Parkway
Pinson

Southland Home Builders

PO Box 249
Locust Fork

Specialized Renovations L.L.C

129 Shady Cir
Alabaster

Specialty Construction Services LLC

138 5th Avenue NE
Alabaster

StoneCrest Home Builders

1747 Russet Woods Lane
Birmingham

StoneMark Construction

4581 Deer Creek Trail
Bessemer

Superior Roofing And Remodeling LLC

8196 Russell Drive
Mccalla

supreme plumbing

6249 stewart road
Leeds

SYNScapes of Georgia

4550 Sloan Ridge

Terra Vista Landscaping, LLC

4875 Tidwell Circle
Birmingham

Tice Construction Inc

PO Box 453
Moody

Trent Thrasher Construction

3053 Steele Station Road
Rainbow City

Trettel Home Repair

PO Box 158
Fultondale

Triple B Construction

755 County Road 15
Heflin

Triple P Corporation

3143 Belwood Dr
Birmingham

TWIN CONSTRUCTION

2907 Central Ave Ste 105
Birmingham

URBAN SCAPES

5504 1st Avenue N
Birmingham

Veterans Restoration Inc

301 Cornwall Dr
Maylene

VILLAGE PARK BUILDERS

PO BOX 531161
Birmingham

VILLAGE PARK BUILDERS

PO BOX 531161
Mountain Brook

Vulcan Disposal

3740 Davinci Ct Ste 460

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Whitfield Plumbing Co.

P O Box 209
Vandiver

Woodworks and Fireplace

8365 Old Tenn. Pike Rd.
Pinson

Wright Touch Remodeling

901 3rd Street W. Unit 10
Birmingham

Wyatt Building Corp

1077 Commerce Cir
Pelham

Y & Y QUALITY PAINTING

112 WINDSOR LN
Pelham

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