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"They did terrible mud work, they quoted things that they did not do, the plaster drywall work was horrible, and then they did not complete the job. I paid them a" little more than half the amount of the job, they told me they were going to come back but i have never heard from them again. I've attempted to contact them several times and they have not returned any of my calls. They also left a large construction mess. I do not recommend this company to anyone.

-Jerry I.

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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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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.
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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.

 

Basement Remodeling reviews in Lawrence

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It went well. They were very professional, excellent work quality, they gave me a good estimate and stood by the quote, they were polite with a very conscientious crew.
- TERRY L.
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He called to set the appt when he was supposed to and showed up on time. He was friendly and worked quickly. He did a great job on everything he worked on. He cleaned up his work areas and left them as clean as he found them. He gave me his cards and asked that I call him if I find any issues with any of his repairs.
When I spoke with him on the phone I gave him my basic list of issues and he arrived with all the tools he needed to do all the repairs I asked.
I will definitely use him again and refer him to anyone looking for a dependable, capable handyman.
- Ginger A.
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We had an unfinished basement.
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came by and we talked about what we wanted to do,
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provided ideas/suggestions based on his experience which fit into our vision so we incorporated into the project.
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provided a detail drawing which we liked very much. After getting started and seeing the space framed out we made a change in scope which
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was able to incorporate into the construction which we are very happy about.
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and the subs are great to work with, all are very professional and care about their work which shows.
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kept us updated during the construction process.
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maintains a clean working environment. I highly recommend
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’s services and we will work with him again.


- Tony C.
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I was so happy and delighted with the price and service, I decided to have them continue remodeling my upstairs as well, including the kitchen, bathroom, and dining room, as well as adding a room. We will also eventually be using them to do the siding of the home as well.
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, specifically, has been exceptional. His craftsmanship is unbelievable and he is so helpful. He is such a gentleman and a hard worker and just goes above and beyond.
- brendan B.
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was great---prompt, easy to talk to, straightforward, and knowledgable--work done quickly and we'll with a minimum of fuss, recommend!
- Sarah H.
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Everything went well. All work was explained and bid before starting work. He worked with me on the selection of materials and price range. He went the extra effort to fix all large as well as small repairs. It was sad to have to redo so much when it had just been done but
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completed all the repairs to make it as nice as before. He did any repair I asked with good quality and a fair price.
- Shirley R.
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They have been so cruel and belittling to this poor senior citizen.
My mother in law has had to retain an attorney to get the matter resolved by getting someone else to correct their code violations and POOR WORKMANSHIP. They were given over a month to make the required corrections, but never showed up or called.
She is so sorry to have EVER contacted and trusted them.
- William S.
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This project went very smoothly and I'm very happy.
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is a great guy and has done lots of painting for us in the past- which he is excellent at- great prices and I can't say enough about the quality of his work. I think he's painted every room in our home at this point, after 8 years. :) He cleans up well when he is finished with projects. He did some other smaller carpentry/repair projects for me, so when I got a very overpriced estimate from remodeling company, I decided to call him to see if he could do our kitchen remodel.
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has been professional, fast, and reasonable. He took down the walls to our kitchen in one day. He found a referral for a trustworthy electrician through his connections and worked well with the electrician, who he hadn't worked with in the past. The total estimate for the project (which was not a complete kitchen remodel, just partial) was about 3 weeks and he was right on target. He went with me to the floor and tile store to pick out everything so we all knew we were getting the correct type of flooring and underlayment.
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is reliable- shows up when he says he will, and I've known him long enough and have trusted him to be in my home alone and lock up when he leaves. I can't recommend him enough and think he would do a great job in any area- carpentry, flooring, tiling, or painting, whether a big or small job.
- Rebecca C.

Basement Remodeling Contractors in Lawrence, KS

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A & J Home Repair

PO Box 24
Tecumseh

A and A Remodeling

5610 A SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka

A Stroke of Color

8003 W 153rd St,
Overland Park

BK's Backhoe

1120 n 150th rd

BLAIR CONSTRUCTION INC

149 S ANDOVER RD
Andover

Breckenridge Builders Inc

2315 W 104th Terrace
Leawood

BRI, Inc.

1691 N 1000 Rd

Builder Bees

3111 SW Van Buren Street
Topeka

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Castlewood Construction Inc

631 NW Tyler Ct
Topeka

Chris's Cleaning Services, LLC

PO BOX 977
Leavenworth

CROSSTONE CONSTRUCTION

4439 SW 53rd
Topeka

Cyber Bridge Marine, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie St

DavidSon Remodeling

8124 SE 89th St
Berryton

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Douglas A Hatfield

10001 Grunewald Rd

Fine Home Restoration

233 Perry St.
Lawrence

Foam It

17522 37th St
Mc Louth

G & G Restoration LLC

308 Johnston Dr

Golden Rule Remodeling, Inc

P.O Box 4068
Topeka

Gordon Energy & Drainage

15735 S Mahaffie St
Olathe

Goss Plumbing

8420 S Spruce St
Haysville

Hickory Ridge Construction, Inc

527 East 1550 Road
Baldwin City

iWire Electric Service, LLC

1442 Redwood Dr
Eudora

Jameson Remodeling & Home Repair

PO Box 8662
Prairie Village

Jayhawk Guttering

692 N 1610 Rd
Lawrence

JERRY KATZFEY CONSTRUCTION

2292 N 1100TH RD
Eudora

Keating Mud Jacking Inc

5041 SW 23rd St
Topeka

Lawrence Floor Covering

2513 W 24th Terrace
Lawrence

Luke's Handyman Service

PO BOX 535
Baldwin City

MARK ENGLEMAN BUILDERS

4200 Trail Rd
Lawrence

Matt Wichert Construction

2621 SW Sunset
Topeka

McCarty Handyman Services

813 Madeline Ln
Lawrence

Natural Breeze Remodeling

1440 Wakarusa Dr
Lawrence

Oread Fine Finishes LLC

4000 W 6th St
Lawrence

Pace Builders, Inc.

1420 Cornell Ave.

Passow Remodeling

1900 SW Urish Rd
Topeka

Pat The Plumber LLC

1647 SW 41st St.
Topeka

PCRS, LLC

PO Box 8036
Topeka

Pinnacle Roofing, Inc.

4705 Northern Avenue

Prairie Wind Homes

3904 Monterey Pl
Lawrence

Quality Electric, Inc.

1011 E. 31st Street
Lawrence

Reed's Remodeling

3208 SE Wisconsin Ave
Topeka

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Renovation MD

2040 W 31st
Lawrence

Rob Hoover

11499 County Line Rd
Eudora

Taylor Remodeling

421 SW Oakley Ave
Topeka

Terravest Custom Homes

888 N 1928 Rd
Lecompton

TLM Construction

17461 242nd St
Tonganoxie

Tom McMahon Construction

39740 W 95TH ST
Eudora

Trinity Roofing & Siding

407 Broadway St.
Valley Falls

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Winston Brown Construction

5600 SW 29th Street
Topeka

Young Remodeling

2517 Jefferson St.

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