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  • A
    Ez Fullrehab LLC
    The crew who performed the job were very professional and curtious. They recommended me on where to install electrical switches and outlets. I was not worried leaving them to work alone in the house. They finished the job in a little over a week. I would highly recommend and will hire again for future jobs around the house.
    - Maxim s.
  • A
    James L Graves Construction
    The job "foreman" Joe was an excellent point of contact throughout the entire job. He responded to e-mails and texts and phone calls very timely. All of the work was performed by licensed and reputable local contractors specializing in their field. When the work was done, Joe immediately rectified any flaws, or items that needed to be tweaked. The job was pretty much completed in the estimated time frame (I was not in a rush). And then my final punch list items were all taken care of in the end. I would definitely use these guys again, especially if I could have Joe as my lead guy again!
    - Bonnie R.
  • C
    Value Dry Waterproofing
    I purchased a deal on an estimate from Value Dry because the partially finished 588 sq. ft. basement of my 1954-built house was evincing signs of water intrusion. In addition to being somewhat damp and musty, its one exposed cinderblock wall had mold growing behind flaking paint. I am asthmatic and allergic to mold, among other things, so I had hired another waterproofing company for an estimate almost a year earlier and wanted to compare diagnoses, recommendations, and prices. VD���s salesman inspected the property inside and out and gave me an extremely thorough explanation of the mechanics of water intrusion, replete with illustrations, his assessment of the problem with my basement, and a recommended course of action. He assessed that the subfloor drainage system was compromised, clogged with clay and mud, causing water to build up several feet inside the cinderblock walls. He judged the previous owners��� decision to install a second sump pump to be a partial and ultimately inadequate measure to deal with water intrusion, probably taken because it was the cheapest option, which I had to admit was consistent with other cheap half-measures they had taken elsewhere in the house. The solution was of course a new subfloor pressure relief system (SPRS), this being a waterproofing company. Once I was sold on that idea, it was natural that I would opt for a new sump well, pump, and battery backup system. Finally, since there was no way of knowing if any mold was growing on the three walls that were covered by drywall and/or groovy Seventies paneling, if I wanted to be certain of minimizing mold, all of the drywall and panelling would have to be torn out and the newly exposed cinderblocks treated with an antimicrobial product and covered with a ���vapor barrier��� to prevent further mold growth. I also agreed to the installation of an ���EZ Breathe��� system, which was supposed to dehumidify and purify the air in the basement and force it out of the house via a duct like the one exiting a clothes dryer. The cost for this alone was close to twenty thousand dollars, significantly more than the $9,000 the other company had proposed charging to install a similar SPRS and EZ Breathe system, although the latter project did not include removing most of the drywall and installing a vapor barrier. VP���s SPRS also came with a lifetime warranty, as opposed to the warranty of only a few years that the other company had offered. My reasoning - sound or poor as it may have been - was that VP was charging more than its competitor because it was doing a more thorough job of permanently solving my basement���s putative problems. The job was projected to take three days but ended up taking four since there were apparently more layers of panelling to be removed behind the drywall than had been initially anticipated. As was to be expected, it was extremely disruptive and messy, but the crew did a pretty good job of covering my belongings remaining in the basement with plastic sheeting. They did however turf my lawn with their truck on the first day, break a picket off the fence outside the back door leading into the basement, and also break the metal railing along the stairs leading from my driveway up to the house. More about that later. As the project progressed, I noted the condition of the basement each day and assessed my options for refinishing it. My washing machine, dryer, and utility sink had to be disconnected for the project to be performed, as did the toilet and vanity sink in the bathroom. Their reinstallation was not included in the project. The bottom 18 inches of the studs had been cut away to install the SPRS, and they were now just dangling from the walls. I came to the conclusion that foregoing refinishing the basement at all and just hiring another contractor to reinstall the appliances and utilities was not an option. If I hired VD to refinish the basement, including new studs, insulation, and drywall and reinstallation of the toilet, the new cost for the total job would be $30,500, but in order to lock in that price I needed to decide by the final day of the current job, which turned out to be day four, when the concrete was poured over the SPRS. I shopped around in the limited time I had but could find no contractor who was available any time in the near future, which was a necessity since I could not do without my laundry for an extended period of time. VD was available to do the job immediately, so I signed a new contract with them. The basement was refinished with ���primer-ready��� drywall, and a new toilet was installed (due to a happy misunderstanding). The drywaller also glued the broken picket back onto the fence. I was relieved when the project was completed and I could finally clean up. The drywalling contractor had left quite a mess, not even using a shop vac to do a cursory cleaning. A few days later the salesman I had initially consulted returned to reinstall the washing machine, dryer, and utility sink. Reinstallation of the bathroom vanity had not been included in the project, so I had to hire a plumber for that surprisingly expensive job, but before it could be performed, the bathroom needed to be repainted, since the moisture that would build up behind the vanity would damage the drywall. The painter arrived and informed me that the walls had not been sanded, i.e. they were not ���primer-ready,��� as they were supposed to be according to the contract I had signed and paid for with VD. Since the painter was already there, I had no choice but to pay him extra to sand the walls of the bathroom before he could begin painting. I called Value Dry to inform them that the job had not been completed as stipulated, and they dispatched the drywalling contractor again. He sanded the walls, repaired the drywalling that had been botched around some of the electrical outlets, and did a more thorough cleaning than previously (although I had already done several hours of cleaning myself, even having rented a shop vac to do so). Since I did not want to deal with the further hassle of re-removing all of my belongings from the shelves of a closet or re-moving the contents of the laundry room, I told the drywalled not to bother with sanding those areas. Meanwhile, as soon as the EZ-Breathe system had been installed, I noticed that the output was barely an inch or two above the soil outside my house. Concerned that this would make it easy for the system to be damaged by incoming dirt as a result of rain or even wind, I informed Value Dry of the problem. They sent someone out who dug a small pit below the opening and surrounded it with some sheathing. I certainly HOPE it works. I also notified the company that the metal railing leading up from the driveway had been broken on the first day of the job, but I failed to do so until several months after the damage had been done. The representative I spoke with informed me that he would look into the matter but could make no promises since I had reported the damage so long after the job had been completed. The company never got back to me, but I silently dropped the matter since I could understand their position. I should have pointed it out the day it happened. I can report that my basement has remained dry through the summer and fall and no longer has the dampness and musty smell it once had, so the system seems to be working. However, I still have some allergic reactions when the hot or cold air cycles through the ductwork, which I had cleaned after all of the work had been done. I cannot be sure that the mold problem was completely remediated. My advice to anyone considering waterproofing a basement is to shop around and ask as many questions as possible of any potential contractor. Take both the price and the extent of the work quoted into consideration. If you hire this contractor (or any other for that matter), watch them like a hawk and immediately inform them of anything that does not seem to have been done correctly. As detailed above, my experience was that ValueDry made quite a few mistakes, but they WERE responsive when I brought problems to their attention. But for the price I paid, that seems to be the least any company should be expected to do. As always, caveat emptor!
    - Philip R.
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    Dimitri's Home Improvement Inc
    Although it took longer than anticipated by everyone, I deeply appreciate the methodical way Dimitri and his team took every single measure necessary to ensure that my home was structurally safe and sound for me and my family. Every team member and every subcontractor in his employ was kind, polite, and thorough in their jobs. I really cannot imagine what situation I would be in without Dimitri and his team. Every step of the way, they kept me informed and helped me problem solve issue after issue. They were angels on earth.
    - Gretta G.
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    Parco Renovation & Remodeling
    Our basement is beautiful! Craig's attention to detail is outstanding. He helped us plan the layout of the basement rooms, offering excellent suggestions that made the finished product better than we had initially envisioned. He built and tiled a stand for my new front loading washer and dryer and installed an ironing board cabinet so I have a laundry room that would be the envy of any domestic goddess! He even installed a new wall mounted TV in the new Man Cave!
    - Beverly S.
  • A
    ALC Contractors , LLC
    Andrew (ALC Contractors) came in to repair damage to our basement from the hurricane, They did drywall, wainscoating and paint. We also hired them to finish a job that another contractor deserted. He finished our screened porch, re hung siding, patched foundation and restructured the porch to be safer and much more attractive. We were thrilled with the results. He and Brady were on time worked all day and left our home as neat as a pin. The quality of their work is top notch and anyone who uses them will not be disappointed. I would refer them confidently to anyone.
    - craig k.
  • A
    Basement Remodeling Company
    Our finished basement, which is a highly used space in our house, was flooded by sump pump failure. Mitigation crew  hauled out wet carpet and 2 feet of dry wall, and we needed restoration fast. We took 4 bids all from Angie's list, and would have hired them all. We choose ACH Group LLC because of Pavel's high energy 'can do' attitude, and their basement expertise. Pavel was willing to come give us an estimate even after his long day, when others put us off to the next day.  Pavel was also willing to start the project on a weekend! Pavel and Peter worked round-the-clock to get us back into our much-needed living space, adding in some wonderful upgrades like laminate flooring for the same price as carpet. They were professional and competent, conferring with us on our preferences all along the way.  They did a thorough and beautiful job, and threw in a lot of little 'extras' that made our basement better than ever. We LOVE our new basement, and would hire them again.
    - Bryan H.
  • A
    Maryland's Best Remodeling
    Job went well
    - Calvin B.
  • B
    Kargmans Inc
    Over all ok except the painter didn't paint the trim for the living room.
    - Nanette M.
  • C
    Noonan Construction
    unknown
    - rosemary d.
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