I have remodeled over 50 homes in the last 10 years. I usually use my own subs and manage the projects with my partner, so I have a pretty good idea of what things cost. We were doing a garage conversion and front facade change to our house. Last year, we remodeled the entire home and it took so much time away from me that my wife thought it might be a good idea to hire a GC to do the work this time. Since I did spend a lot of time on my house last year and this was a pretty small project, I figured, why not, let me get a quote. Manny has been communicating with us via facebook for probably over a year now. He has been seeing some of the work we do and has asked us to consider using him on future projects. So I thought, let me give the guy a chance. After sending him the plans and waiting a couple of weeks for an estimate, this guy sends it to me. First of all, I had already priced everything out. It was going to cost me about $70,000 with all the finishes. We're talking about a simple garage conversion where we are adding drywall, a bathroom, a closet and 2 windows. We just did the exact same thing in another house and it cost us about $22,000. The front is a little more complicated because there would have to be a new retaining wall and some structural work. It's a pretty high end remodel to modernize an old cottage style house and give it a nice high wall, sleek line look with wood and metal accents. Fine. Priced out at around $50,000. Are you sitting down while you're reading this? This guy sent me an estimate of $256,000. And it was not a typo. He marked every single item up like 400%. Then he had the audacity to charge a $10,000 project management fee, a $25,000 overhead fee and a $25,000 "profit." This was the single most offensive quote I have ever gotten from anyone and I have more experience in this business than most. I'm not sure what he was trying to accomplish here. I can fathom, maybe, giving a quote like this to someone who doesn't understand the business, but he has been following us and our projects for a year on FB. I mean, the guy charged me ridiculous prices on things, like $25,000 on decorative wood slats that will cost me maybe $2-3,000. Like that. Not even in the same planet. When I called him out on it, he didn't even respond. I guess he figured he would either rip me off and make a ton of money or he would upset me and never have to deal with me again. Terrible. Tread carefully. Below is my response to the provider response to my review. First of all, yes, I have been remodeling homes for 10 years. But they are my homes. Every property I've ever remodeled has been for a property that I own. Last I checked, I don't need a license to do work on my own properties and regardless, my partner is a GC and we work with licensed contractors for all our work. I am not a GC nor am I doing work as a GC. I have never charged anyone for GC work . Just so you get an idea of who you're dealing with here, this man has come back here to rebuttal by wrongly accusing me of committing a Felony offense. He has come on here and knowingly misquoted me. I had never "spoken" to this man, before this review. He flat out lied about that. He said when I've called, he's always responded. The first call I made to this person was last night after I read the response he posted. All of our communications before have been via email. He lied about that. He lied about not getting access to my house. He never requested a field visit. He lied about the $6,000 quote for the wood. I have his estimate that clearly shows $25,000 for decorative wood. And that is not even the worst item on the estimate. It's not about if I didn't like the estimate I don't have to do the work. It's that he knowingly price gauged us. His estimates didn't come in a few dollars higher than anyone else's. He came in 400% higher. He asked why I wasted his time if I had already priced this out. Is it that hard to understand that while I had priced it out I wanted to get an estimate from other GC's to see if it was worth using them? He's not the only estimate I received. I'm not sure what's so difficult to understand here. Then he comes on here and insults me with libelous and false comments, he sends me a private email demanding that I remove my review. He claims that I went "behind his back" with this review when I clearly sent him an email the same day he sent me his estimate and instead of responding, he simply went and blocked us from his facebook, which I find to be completely ridiculous. He is claiming here, on the web, for all to see, that I am a Real Estate Broker working as a GC. He finishes his tirade by telling me that I don't know what I'm doing. This is the kind of person that you are dealing with, so my review remains the same. Tread carefully.