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"my initial consultation with Den (company owner) went excellent. He was very professional, on time and communicated well. We talked about the job to be done in" great detail with his partner Tohi. I even had provided the company renderings of the job. Den explained to me that Tohi (his partner) will now be the supervisor for the job. This is where things turn poor. 1. despite a record breaking and beautiful Feb weather, I was constantly told that "there was too much rain" to start the job. I had to strongly insist to start the job during a full week of dry weather and temperatures near 60 degrees.
was frustrated at my insistence, but reluctantly started the job. He also attempted to provided excuses and plans and delays to finish the job 7 days later, which was not acceptable. 2. once the forms were removed and the job cleaned, I realized that one of the retaining walls was slanted, not close to level, nor was the top of the wall brush finished. it was left with clumps of dried concrete on top. The neighborhood kid could have done a better job 3. the job required a drain placement in the center of a concrete slab. i purchased the proper catch basis and placed it where it needed to go. this was discarded, thrown to the side and instead the company used a drain that is inadequate for outdoor use and will cause me great hassles in the seasons and years to come due to clogging. for each of these concerns I consulted with Den, The owner, on the phone as they came up during the job. i was told by Den he would be on site. this ever happened. I never saw Den again after the initial bid and consultation of the job and the job was well below my expectations. I would not hire this company again.

-David I.

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. for your foundation repairs. They not only gave me a better quote than another A+ BBB rated competitor, they also did" a great job leveling my house and customer service was "Above and beyond an A+ rating!" They replanted flowers and were VERY accommodating as far as allowing my dogs breaks to relive themselves, which meant having to reinstall fencing every time the dogs needed to go. Even helped me get my car started one morning when the battery died. My 1928 year old house is a lot more level now and the rain drainage foundation issues have been addressed!

-pat C.

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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.

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Mudjacking reviews in Fort Lauderdale

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They said they could do it. They blew my driveway up and didn't move anything, not even half an inch. When the guy came out to look at it after I complained he said he didn't know why the guy thought they could mudjack it, Then they wouldn't give me a refund. I had plenty of evidence I just didn't want to take it to small claims court. They offered me half and I settled for it. It was still a ripoff. The kid that came out to do the mudjacking was good, but the expert and owner were not.
- John N.
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I called three companies for an estimate to pour a driveway on top of a patch gravel driveway. The first was thoroughly professional and gave a written estimate for $8000. The second simply wrote on the back of his card "$4200". Den of JacTak prepared a written bid of $4000, with a 5% discount. I gave him the go-ahead. His crew worked very quickly and poured exactly the way I wanted. Den said he could pour a sidewalk along the side of the house, which would bring the total up to the original $4000. I approved. Pour was finished in one day. It now looks great and I'm very happy with it. No complaints whatsoever.
- JEREMY M.
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When I contacted
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he was very friendly and professional. We scheduled for him to come out sometime during the week. It was not an emergency and time was not an issue. He came out to look at the needed repair in a timely manner even without the scheduled time frame. After he looked at our needs he met with and reported that what we needed was something that really didn't need his services. He told me that the concrete hadn't sunk but had moved away from the home due to the drought of 2013. He explained many homes had the same type of problems after the drought. He then said the concrete most likely stopped moving. He suggested that we simply
Fort Lauderdale Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
point where the bricks were coming away from the exterior of the house. He even mentioned a few companies that if needed could assist us further. He was honest, professional and friendly. If we need his services (raising concrete slabs such as sidewalks, driveways, steps and such) we will use him.. You can appreciate a person that gives it to you straight even if it means they don't get the business. Top Notch.


- Kyle B.
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My house was struck by lightening, and caught on fire. He has been in charge of all the restoration process. He is wonderful, very confident and personable. He's very concerned about what I want done and how I want it done. He doesn't try to pressure me to do other things. He's very sensitive to the fact that I'm an older woman. He also is very knowledgable about historic renovation.
- MARLENE T.
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The guys arrived on time and did a great job. Courteous, professional and explained each step along the way. A great experience and worth the money. Learned a lot watching! And after more than 6 months, still satisfied.
- Ellen P.
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I wasn't completely satisfied with the finished project. They raised it too high. I thought it was reasonable price.
- Eula W.
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I called this provider twice asking to be contacted to arrange an estimate - once just after Thanksgiving and again in early February. The message on their phone indicates that they are done providing this service until the spring but to leave a voicemail. I have done so twice with no reply.
- Sara A.
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They did this work in freezing temperatures with high winds. They worked all day for 2 days straight and they left the place immaculately clean. I’ve never seen anybody work so hard in such terrible conditions and they were so pleasant the whole time! I will definitely have them back again to do more work because they were superb.
- Kristin S.

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1 CALL FIX IT ALL - HANDYMAN SERVICE

2501 NW 98TH
Fort Lauderdale

2 Handymen and a Chick

1035 NW11th Court
Fort Lauderdale

A & G Retail Maintenance, Corp

11890 SW 8 Street
Miami

A Flipen Renovation Co.

2385 Ne 136th terrace

A Perfect Cut Concrete Cutting Inc

NE 28th Ct
Lighthouse Point

A rods home solutions Llc

5921 ravenswood rd

ACA BUILDERS CORP

8352 commerce way apt 424
Miami Lakes

ADIEZA Corporation

25370 SW 142nd Ave
Homestead

Affordable Roof & Asphalt Services

1551 NE 164th Street
North Miami Beach

AJP Construction

5476 Enclave Crossing Way
Delray Beach

All County Paving

1180 SW 10th St
Delray Beach

All Points Contractors LLC

2114 Johnson St
Hollywood

All Star Construction Services, Inc.

13831 SW 59th Street
Miami

Alpha South Construction

1101 NE 214 STREET

AMERICAN CUTTING & DRILLING

2920 NW 22ND TER
Pompano Beach

American Design Engineering Construction, Inc.

2853 Executive Park Drive
Weston

AQUARIUS BUILDING

7700 NW 163 ST
Hialeah

BC ENTERPRISES

93911 OVERSEAS HWY
Tavernier

Big Mac Management

P.O box 5318
Hollywood

BORDER KING INC

1660 SW 131 TERR
Fort Lauderdale

Broward County Concrete Inc

7958 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines

Business Connections - US Vets Helping Elderly

934 N. University Drive # 258
Pompano Beach

Casa Blanca Builders, LLC

10540 NW 26 Street
Miami

Century Building Restoration USA Inc

3613 N 29th Ave
Hollywood

Champion

11001 NW 83rd St
Miami

Champion Foundation Repair

8504 E Adamo Dr
Tampa

Chicago Brick & Stone Corp. 1871brick

13279 SW 135th Ave.
Miami

Click RCS, Inc.

7980 N French Dr. Suite 405
Pembroke Pines

CMC Florida Investment Construction

10041 SW 42nd Terrace
Miami

COBRA CONSTRUCTION INC

4010 Thor Dr
Boynton Beach

Construction Concierge Group CCG

1000 5th Street
Miami Beach

Construction Solutions Concepts

934 N. University Drive
Pompano Beach

costa sol construction

896 s.w 70 ave.

COSTA SOL CONSTRUCTION

896 SW 70 AVE
Miami

D.B.'S Stamped Concrete

2300 Greene Street
Hollywood

Danto Builders, LLC

1121 NW 51st Court
Fort Lauderdale

Davis Construction Services LLC

4748 NE11th Ave
Oakland Park

Deco Concrete Inc

9804 NW 80th Ave
Hialeah

Denmar Construction Group

3180 NW 97th Way
Sunrise

Diversified Craftsmen Corp.

1107 Se 14 Dr.
Deerfield Beach

Dust - Free Speedy Floor Removal

4045 NW 43rd St
Gainesville

DÁVILA CONSTRUCTION GROUP LLC.

17800 Atlántic blvd
Sunny Isles Beach

E-Blades Inc.

4221 S Pine Island Rd
Fort Lauderdale

Eagle Fine Carpentry

8060 SW 152nd Ave
Miami

Element Construction Group

PO Box 141131
Coral Gables

FORBES MASONRY CONSTRUCTION

3998 NW 45TH AVE
Fort Lauderdale

FTW Corp

13500 N Kendall Dr.
Miami

GD Luxury Contractor Inc

110 E Riverbend Dr
Fort Lauderdale

George V Behan Construction Inc

2642 E Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale

GREAT HORIZON CONTRACTORS CORP.

10763 NW 83rd TERR
Miami

GREGAN CONSTRUCTION CORP

4970 SW 72ND AVE
Miami

HandyDanDaMan

P.O. Box 772636
Pompano Beach

hartkopf construction company, inc

888 S. Douglas Road
Miami

HB Construction

2050 Coral Way Ste 303
Coral Gables

imxgreen, llc

4529 danson way
Delray Beach

IPQ Construction

1300 Stirling Road
Dania Beach

J&J Property Solutions

9200 S.W 57th Ave
Miami

JEGCON INC.

15739 sw 102st

JIREH Construction Services

7458 NW 178 Ter
Hialeah

JMD Global Developers LLC

35 West Pine Street
Orlando

JMD Superior Services

2959 N. Powerline Road
Pompano Beach

Joe Hillman Plumbers Inc

2280 sw 70 Ave
Davie

Kbms construction

15002 SW 143rd Ct
Miami

Krumbein Construction LLC.

7178 SW 20th Place
Davie

LA CASA CONSTRUCTION, INC.

11629 SW 51st Ct
Fort Lauderdale

LAO Construction Inc

2810 NW 10 Ave
Miami

Latitude Construction LLC

19900 E Country Club Dr.
Miami

LeLack Construction

5888 NW 66th Way
Parkland

LEZR Construction Company, LLC

2200 N39th Ave
Hollywood

Litzs Fixes

333 N Ocean Dr

Lord General Contractors Corporation

Post Office Box 99
Indian Rocks Beach

LRE Ground Services Inc

1115 S Main St
Brooksville

Maphy Construction

7520 Venetian Street

Marcucella Development

1431 SE 5th Pl
Deerfield Beach

Masimo Construction Inc

16105 83 Rd Pl N
Loxahatchee

Matt Construction

2702 Alton Road
Miami Beach

Mayoandson

2 Ave A South
Hollwood

MBI Construction

9469 Deer Creek Cir
Lake Worth

Merrick Construction Group Inc.

9630 SW 103 Avenue
Miami

Mr. Stamp Concrete

17657 SW 142 Ct
Miami

Nadeau General Contractors, Inc.

1245 S Powerline Rd
Pompano Beach

Ncb Construction Inc.

815 NW 57th Street
Fort Lauderdale

Noah Construction Plus Inc.

763 SW 69 Ave
Miami

Nobel Prize

4651 SW 66th Avenue

Northern Construction Corporation

2307 SW 37th Ave. Suite 300

Nu-Crete Surgeons

2150 SW 10th Street
Deerfield Beach

Old Crafters

2646 SW 28th LN.
Miami

ORONI INC

14040 NW 6TH CT
Miami

Palma Specialties Corp.

5425 SW 77 Ct
Miami

Patios Pools and Driveways Inc

PO Box 1864
Boca Raton

Phoenix Construction Services And Pavers Inc

1051 NW 31st Ave
Pompano Beach

Phoenix Construction USA

2899 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach

PINES PLUMBING AND REMODELING

5722 s flamingo rd
Fort Lauderdale

PREMIER CONSTRUCTION & PAVERS

4200 Southwest 141 Ave
Fort Lauderdale

PREMIER SURFACES INC.

14400 W PALOMINO DR.
Fort Lauderdale

Pro1inc

5307 NW 58th Terrace
Coral Springs

Procrete Systems USA

PO Box 672
Vero Beach

raydellandscaping

560 east 36 street

Reiss Construction Group, Inc.

13615 South Dixie Hwy
Miami

Reliable construction services

107 North federal hwy ste 3b

Rosco Holdings Inc

343 N Country Club Blvd
Boca Raton

Sbs Of South Florida Inc

21385 Marina Cove Cir
Miami

Senior Wellness Specialists

930 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton

SEPICORP GENERAL CONTRACTORS

3325 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale

Signature Construction

2612 N. FEDERAL HWY
Fort Lauderdale

SNAPP INDUSTRIES

2902 NW 22 ST
Miami

solid state construction and maintenance

1929 cleveland st
Hollywood

South Florida Construction Group, Inc

2300 E Atlantic Blvd
Pompano Beach

Superior Remodeling & Home Improvement

3130 NW 112 Ave
Pompano Beach

Teycosa LLC

PO BOX 266405
Fort Lauderdale

Thaler Construction Inc.

11632 sw 57th st
Cooper City

The Combined Group

7344 SW 48 ST
Miami

Tobin Properties Real Estate Services

1101 Ben Tobin Drive
Hollywood

TST Development Corporation

4219 Cherrywood Ct
Weston

US Surfaces

6200 Shirley St Ste 205
Naples

Verotex Construction Inc

6895 SW 18 Street
Miami

Vogel Construction

2001 NW 15th Ave Bay 103

Wellworks Design Build Incorporated

333 Las Olas Way Suite 2503
Fort Lauderdale

Xtreme Polishing Systems

2150 SW 10th St
Deerfield Beach

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