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Cloern on Angieslist and we could not be happier. From the first time my husband met with
" to discuss the scope of our project, we felt completely at ease. During the remodel, we were in and out of town throughout the process and
was great at communicating with us via email, text and phone as needed. When we had an issue with our heating system during the cold snap in March,
personally went to our property after 11PM to turn on the faucets and check the temperature inside to make sure we did not have any pipes burst until we could get the HVAC company out to repair the issue the next day. The workmen were all pleasant and professional and we are really enjoying our newly remodeled basement.
did a great job on planning the layout - It is so much more functional and attractive than the outdated basement we started with. Also,
stuck to his bid. The only additional costs were for additional items which we requested, or for those which were needed to meet code that he could not have known about until he got into the job. And for those additional items, the charges were more than fair. (We added a counter to the laundry room, went with a higher cost flooring throughout the basement than originally planned, and also upgraded the vanity in the bathroom). They also built a custom shelving/cabinet unit in the wall flanking the shower in the new bathroom, added cabinet doors under the laundry counter to conceal plumbing, and completely finished a storage area under the stairway in the bedroom (flooring, paint and lighting!). We are so pleased that we found
and highly recommend them!!!

-Keri H.

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"They did a great job. We were on a tight deadline as we were getting ready to move in, and they had the basement ready for our move in day, with the exception of" a few small details that were completed later.
was also good about taking on extra small projects that came up along the way that were not part of the original estimate and getting them done in a timely manner. Our basement looks amazing and we get many complements on it!

-Kristina 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!
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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 Midway

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Awesome workers. Highly recommend. Cleaned up very well after the work was completed.
Very efficient.
- robert L.
F

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Synopsis:
DId not once give promised call backs
Attempted to increase the price by $3,000 after providing a quote
Wasted over a week on a time sensitive project.
More details:
It started out promising. They were professional on the phone and were able to send someone out to inspect for a quote the next day. This was great as it was a time sensitive project. After the inspection I was promised a quote within 24 hours and that they could come out in a week or two to do the job (unless permitting was required)
I received a quote by email a few days later (after calling to ask for it) for $2,044. It stated it included an unsolicited, unexplained 10% discount.
I attempted to schedule the work. I was promised multiple call backs that never happened. I was told the delay was he couldn't get a hold of the boss to give expedited scheduling. We agreed to place the job on the schedule and that we could move it up later after speaking with the boss. I was promised a call back same day to confirm.
3 days later after still no call back I call up, mysteriously get disconnected after identifying myself, and call back once more. I am told I am not on the schedule, the earliest they can fit me in a month and a half. Also there was a mistake in the quote and it will cost an extra $3,000.
- Cortland B.
F

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I picked up a
Midway Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
flyer at a local counter store and called them about a kitchen remodel and some electrical service.
Ed was very polite when he came and spent a good amount of time discussing the projects I was interested in. I was told that
Midway Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
was a little backed up, but that he would be able to provide a quote within two weeks.
Things seemed to be on schedule as I got a call the next week to confirm a couple of the requests for the project. However after two weeks, I still had not heard back from the company. I called and left a couple of messages that were not returned. A month after the initial date for the estimate, I received a call that apologized for the delay and promised an estimate by the next week.
It is now four months later and I never got the quote.
It's a shame as Ed was polite and their gallery looks promising.
- Arthur A.
A

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Had a great experience w/
Midway Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
- he and his helper always arrived on time, kept the place neat, and did a great job with this bathroom. I am now going to hire him for hardwood floor installation on the entire house, plus door replacements, etc.,! So refreshing to deal with a contractor who is responsive, punctual, reliable and produces such beautiful work!
- Susan H C.
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The finished product is beautiful! My 1970's outdated
basement is now gorgeous!
Midway Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
, our main installer was wonderful to work with,
a great craftsman, and very conscientious. Minor imperfections were taken care
of promptly. Having that said, there were some aspects that were very
frustrating. First off, the sales pitch was over 4 hours and was high pressure.
If one did not sign up on the spot, the "discounted" price for the
project would not be available and one would end up paying more for the project.
To me, that's just wrong. Secondly, I was told the project would take 3 to 4
weeks, but it took about 8. Often, subcontracted work was delayed, or at the
least, did not take place on the days that I was told it would. There was
actually a two week period when we were told that the flooring would be
installed 5 different times and it never was. Even worse, we were never told
that the installers were not coming though we repeatedly asked to be notified.
I had family members sitting at home for nothing. Lastly, I would be a little
remiss if I did not say that I think the price could have been better. There is
no doubt that Matrix marked up the subcontracted work to make a bit on each
aspect. I am sure that if we chose to
act as our own project manager, we could have gotten things done for less. We
chose to let Matrix handle things, such as replacing the windows and
subcontracting out the flooring, and painting, because we were in a time crunch
and thought that it was worth a little more to get the timing right and the
project finished faster. That obviously didn't happen. So, I guess, happy
overall, but things could have gone better.
- Tina W.
A

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Cuppy are exceptional in all aspects of the work. We have used them in the past for a large remodel and did not even meet with anyone else when it came to this one. All jobs have hiccups but overall went very smoothly. The finished product is beautiful.
- MARY W.
F

Rating
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.
A

Rating
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.

Basement Remodeling Contractors in Midway, KY

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A-1 Roofing & Home Improvement

570 Wilderness Rd
Lexington

ACTION HOME IMPROVEMENTS LLC

109 MCFARLAND DR
Georgetown

All-Pro of Kentucky

6079 Lexington Rd
Winchester

American Renovation Group

169 E Reynolds Road
Lexington

Best Home Solutions

704 Dicksonia Ct.
Lexington

Bill's Remodeling

3842 Northampton Dr
Lexington

Bluegrass Fine Homes

236 Lynwood Dr
Nicholasville

Bluegrass Home Repair Services LLC

1555 E New Circle Rd
Lexington

Bob Vance contractor

2268 Tate's creek road
Richmond

C Ross Builder LLC

1422 Beaumont Rd
Nicholasville

Capital City Painting

126 Tuscany Ln
Frankfort

CDE Restoration, Inc.

602 West Broadway
Lawrenceburg

CDS Midwest Labor Solutions

117 W Jefferson St
Georgetown

Counter Culture Plus

944 National Ave
Lexington

CRC Roofing and Renovations, Inc.

1104 Button Wood Court
Lexington

Custom Home Services

803 Larry Ct
Winchester

D & M Contracting Inc

PO Box 1864
Richmond

Dad & Sons Renovations

429 Duell Drive
Versailles

Dalton Built Homes

59 Avenue of Champions

DBA Warnick Construction

480 Onans Bend Rd
Frankfort

DE BOLD BUILT HOMES & REMODELING

517 SOUTHLAND DRIVE
Versailles

DeArmond Construction and Remodeling, Inc

108 Stirling Lane
Versailles

Deborah Drury Interior Design

198 N Hanover Ave
Lexington

Deckadent Designs

3944 Delong Rd
Lexington

Decorating Den Interiors

1381 Tanforan Dr
Lexington

Distinctive Design Remodeling

1050 Enterprise Dr
Lexington

Do - All Company,LLC

2848 Ashbrooke Drive
Lexington

Done By Derek

Lexington

Falls City Roofing

4332 Country View Dr.

FPI Construction and Painting

11 Ashmore Drive
Frankfort

Funspace Direct KY

163 Old Todds Rd
Lexington

G & S Painting and Remodeling

159 Barrett Lane
Berea

GARDCO IMPROVEMENTS LLC

P.O. Box 23776
Lexington

Gary Burchfield Plumbing

194 mountain view dr.
Berea

Green Space Contracting LLC

256 Mockingbird Lane
Lexington

GT Drywall LLC

3401 Hardwood Forest Dr
Louisville

Gulley Remodeling & Home Improvement Inc.

1170 Industry Road
Lexington

Heavenly Homes Inc

313 Pelican Lane
Lexington

Henderlight Construction

228 Colchester Dr.
Versailles

Homestory Doors and More

111 Means Drive
Nicholasville

HomeWorks of Kentucky LLC

4528 Langley Cir
Lexington

House Services Llc

4544 Larkhill Ln
Lexington

J & R Construction Services Inc

633 West Main Street
Lexington

J&R Construction Co.

14 Savannas Way
Liberty

JDB CONTRACTING

866 Danville rd loop 1
Nicholasville

Jerry's Home Restoration LLC

209 Natchez Trace
Nicholasville

KB Construction

1027 Leestown RD
Frankfort

Kentuckiana Re-Bath

3089 Breckenridge Lane
Louisville

Keystone Renovations

325 Virginia Ave
Lexington

Kovalic Home Inspections

158 Little Stoner Rd.
Winchester

KYremodeling.com

Red Mile Rd.
Lexington

LARKIN GROUP

1795 ALYSHEBA WAY
Lexington

ledco

650 n broadway # 4

LEX-CON CORP

PO BOX 1483
Lexington

Lillard's Home Improvement

848 Celia Lane
Lexington

LUBBE REMODELING

505 Bayberry Bend
Lexington

Masters In Renovation Inc.

3204 Roxburg Dr.
Lexington

MB & Sons

3408 Oakbrook Dr
Lexington

Potter House Group Inc

2012 Longbrach Rd
Union

Quality Renovations, LLC

1037 Old Joe Road
Lawrenceburg

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

Reynolds Professional Service

PO Box 931
Frankfort

Rodgers Home & Deck Care

2025 Falling Leaves Ln
Lexington

S & D Services

Maple Grove Road
Richmond

S & T Remodeling and Repairs, LLC

3678 Walden Dr
Lexington

S21 Design LLC

3123 Main St.
Stampang Ground

Sawin General Contractor

2925 Mt McKinley Way
Lexington

Schrader Custom Builders LLC

271 Bates Rd
Frankfort

Sell Construction & Electrical Co. LLC.

2639 Frankfort Rd
Georgetown

Service Drywall

460 South Main
Versailles

Slate Creek Contracting Services

1787 Peeled Oak Road
Owingsville

Soundrite-Acoustics, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie Street

Sparks Contracting Services, LLC

328 Overland Dr
Richmond

Stephens Handyman Service

124 Fox Run Trail
Mount Sterling

Stone Gallery of Lexington Corp

2156 Lexington Rd
Nicholasville

Storck Construction LLC

3509 Ellemoor Ct
Lexington

Superior Home Improvements

271C Winn Ave
Winchester

The Basement Doctor Kentucky

2013 Fortune Dr
Frankfort

TOP FLOORS

333 PATCHEN DR
Lexington

UBuildIt Lexington

1031 Wellington Way
Lexington

W.I. Sparks General Contractors, LLC.

1555 E. New Circle Rd suite 142-196
Lexington

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Williams Construction

5239 Fike Road
Waco

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