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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 Contractors in Longview, WA

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A Guy I Know Inc

2850 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. #345

A+Design

10216 256th SE
Kent

A.C.S. Northwest

6028 se 51st ave

Adobe Construction LLC

5539 N VANCOUVER

Affordable Restoration and Remodel

PO Box 821974
Vancouver

AFJ Handyman Service

14807 NE 50th St.
Vancouver

All Around Maintenance Inc

3439 NE Sandy Blvd

All Aspects, LLC

3150 S. 10th Way
Ridgefield

All Seasons Remodeling llC

4380 SE Whiteson Rd.

Allain construction co

17306 nw Elaine ct

Alta Vista Construction LLC

5512 Ne 75th St
Vancouver

AMA Construction Group

2272 SE Brookwood Ave

American Trades

31208 NE 59th Ave.
La Center

Antonov Construction LLC

8231 SE Pineridge Ct

Architractor

7400 SE Milwaukie Ave

Artisan Painting And Remodeling

8010 SE Otty St Building B

ASAP Construction Services

18414 SE 15th ST
Vancouver

Blake Enterprises

15997 SE Tong Rd

BLAND CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 1010 Canby

Bluebird Construction Inc

2245 SE Brooklyn St

Boulder Creek Construction

20220 NE Karlsen Dr
Brush Prairie

Boyce Home Maintenance, LLC

14105 NE 47th St.
Vancouver

Brandon Cote construction

222 vision dr
Kelso

Breunig Construction Inc.

14360 SE Haze Ct.

Builder's Choice Contracting

3401 Ne 145th Ave
Vancouver

Butler Built Custom

5115 NE Mason Ct

C's Home Remodel & Repair

1221 SE Ellsworth Road
Vancouver

Cardinal LLC

205 NW 46th Street
Vancouver

CLEARWATER CONSTRUCTION, INC.

PO BOX 1732
Battle Ground

CNW CONSTRUCTION INC.

15140 SE 82nd Dr.

Colt Guillory Construction

151 NE Chancellor Ct.

Columbia NW, Inc.

5414 NE 101ST CIR
Vancouver

Columbia Valley Construction

3311 NE 136th Way
Vancouver

Construction

1315 SE Grace Ave Suite 102
Battle Ground

Construction Creations

12420 SW Alberta St.

Construction Junction

2035 SW Leewood Dr

Constructive Remodeling

5231 SE 111th Ave

Contract Furnishings Mart

4865 NW 235th Ave

CORBAN Home Repair and Construction

10013 NE Hazel Dell Ave, #199
Vancouver

Cornerstone Construction

PO Box 2629
Longview

CORNERSTONE DISASTER REPAIR INC

5331 SW MACADAM AVENUE

Countertops R US

21875 S Foothills Ave

Creation Development Inc.

12700 NE 81st St
Vancouver

Creative Home Remodeling

7350 SW Landmark Ln

Cumulus Design

P.O Box 57

Custom Image Design

Portland, OR Metro & New York City

Custom Touch Contracting

28525 SE Lusted Rd

Cutting Edge Contracting

4601 NE 78th st
Vancouver

D&J Remodeling

20672 NW Quail Hollow dr

D&L Services

130 se 16th ct.

Dan Hunt Construction

656 Chapman Rd
Castle Rock

Daniels Construction LLC

2121 Lewis River Rd
Woodland

DARREN SANDBERG GENERAL CONT INC.

2764 NW NICHOLAS BLVD
Longview

Dave's Finishing Touch Drywall Co

Po Box 1433
Brush Prairie

David E. Logue Construction

3564 SW. Hillside dr

Dean Shelley Construction

6950 SE 134th Ave

Decks Built In Oregon

18728 SW Kristi Way

DeHart Builders, LLC

3307 Evergreen Way
Washougal

Dioxua llc

1616 SE 11th Ave

DIY Cabinet Warehouse

4305 NW Saint Helens Rd

DODSON CONSTRUCTION LLC

2026 SE BEAVER CREEK LN

dynamo interiors llc

911 s palmetto st

Eagle Electric LLC

4134 N Vancouver Ave

Fritz Campbell Remodeling

1505 NE 52nd Avenue

Garza Construction, Inc.

2110 Nw Aloclek Drive

Gerardo Loeza Floors, LLC

1668 SE Madrona Drive

GFM Construction And Remodeling

6021 NW El Rey Dr
Camas

GM Construction Inc Of Washington

12518 SE 24th St
Vancouver

GNC Construction

3877 NE Bryany st

Gravitate design + build

333 S State St STE V-423

HAVEN'S WOODWORKS

407 SE EVERETT RD
Camas

Heavy Hitter Construction LLC.

3110 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy

Home Improvement Pro

2073 N Maple St

Home Transformations

3274 SE 24th Terrace

Homola Construction

P.O. Box 782
Ridgefield

HONEY DO HOME REPAIR LLC

4015 NE 138TH AVE
Vancouver

I 5 Restoration, Inc.

PO Box 873022
Vancouver

In Your Home

16869 SW 65th Ave

Indy Construction LLC

3307 Evergreen Way
Washougal

KR NELSON CONST. LLC

6282 Holmes St.

Kroon's Construction, LLC

537 Bryant Hill Rd.
Woodland

Lanphere Construction & Development

13625 SW Farmington Road

LARA'S CONSTRUCTION

2824 SE 151st Ave.

M & D Construction & Handyman

711 NW 25th Ave.
Battle Ground

Maximum Construction

18410 S Green View Dr

Maxittude Inc.

14916 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.

McGrath Bros., Inc.

8925 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.

Meoak Contracting LLC

16491 Hiram AVe

Merritt Custom Homes

13215 Se Mill Plain Blvd #338
Vancouver

MJK Construction

647 SE 151st Street

MNE Carpentry LLC

11008 NE 47th Street
Vancouver

Mosaik Design & Remodeling

0112 SW Hamilton St.

Muhly Construction LLC.

9106 NE 45th. Ave.
Vancouver

NORTHWEST KITCHEN & BATH

10260 SW Nimbus Ave

Northwest Remodel & Design

11500 NE 76th st A3 #422

NW Kitchen Design

6103 NE Saint James Rd
Vancouver

Ovation Restoration

PO BOX 183
Washougal

Owl Construction

24242 SW Gage Rd

Pacific Contractors LLC

PO Box 87126
Vancouver

Pacific Northwest Builders

90 Rankin Road
Selah

Pacific NW remodeling

4406 ne 114th st
Vancouver

PACNORTH Homes

2407 NE 46th Street
Vancouver

Pavel's Tile Llc

2900 General Anderson rd
Vancouver

Permit-It, LLC

PO Box 998
Washougal

PNW Land Services LLC

161 Lomor Spur DR
Longview

Point Blank Construction & Remodeling

706 NW 24th Ave
Battle Ground

Portland Finishing Co LLC

11710 SW Butte Ln

Preece Construction

336 Mount Pleasant Rd

Premier Pool and Spa

9150 S W Pioneer Ct

PRESTIGE STONE FLOORS LLC

3129 N Summit Ave

R REWTON CRAWFORD INC

5555 SW SCHOLLS FERRY RD

R& E Construction LLC

16215 SW Cameron Ct

R. H. Elder Remodel

7537 Delaware Lane
Vancouver

Raul Cervantes

13620 SW Beefend Rd, #54

RAVEN BUILDERS

4120 NE 54TH AVE

Red Head Rehabs

1541 N Laurel Avenue

Remodelex

PO BOX 822795
Vancouver

Renovate Inc

8425 SW Charlotte Dr

Revive Works

512 SW Maplecrest Dr

Rex Yetter Remodeling LLC

9301 SW Sagert St

Rick Earl Construction.

13920 SW Singletree

Ridgecrest Homes

13565 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Suite 600

RL Dole LLC

262 Bella Vista Rd
Kelso

Roseland Renovations

4661 SE LaCour Ct

RR Construction

861G Hurlingame Ave

RSD Construction

4275 SE Russell St

Russ Construction & Remodeling LLC

14302 NE 9th st
Vancouver

Saints Construction LLc

14406 se arista dr.

Schulz Construction llc.

21395 SW Murphy Ln

Service Group Construction

10411 NE Fourth Plain,
Vancouver

Shelter Building & Design

109 w 44th st
Vancouver

SHORE CONSTRUCTION INC

2206 SE Washington

Sight Construction LLC

2407 sw 11th st
Battle Ground

Simard Construction LLC

4402 ME 128th Ave.
Vancouver

Soundrite-Acoustics, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie Street

SQUIRES ELECTRIC INC

657 SE Yamhill St

SR Quality Builders

12008 NW 19th Court
Vancouver

Stahlmann Home Services, LLC

1500 S Sandoz Rd Unit 24

Stajj Contracting Inc.

14555 South West Villiage Ln

Stark Ventures Inc. Home Building and Remodeling

33805 NW Norstar Ranch Rd.
Ridgefield

Stone NW

7002 NE 88th St
Vancouver

Stoneridge Homes LLC

4707 NE Minnehaha St C305
Vancouver

Strength construction

12510 ne 19th st.

Structurz,Inc.

pmb 606/8002 Ne hwy 99 ste b
Vancouver

Superior Building Concepts LLC

10112 NE 61st Circle
Vancouver

Superior Renovation

1873 SW High St

Tamlee Construction

9670 SW Hillview Ct.

TC CONTRACTING

933 SE MALDEN ST

TCJ Enterprises

5116 NW 179th St
Ridgefield

The Plumbers Inc

8900 SW Burnham St

The SHIR Corporation

9411 NE HWY 99 Ste. 1
Vancouver

Todd Jaskowski

12120 sw foothill drive

Tom Griffith Construction Inc.

5511 NE 116th Ave
Vancouver

Tom Miller Remodeling, Inc.

3636 SE Glenwood Street

TOM'S HANDYMAN SVC LLC

4225 PENNSYLVANIA ST
Longview

Top Northwest Roofing LLC

6103 NE St James Rd
Vancouver

Treadline Construction

4030 SW Borland Rd

TRUSS T BUILT

PO Box 500

Tyjor LLC

1320 SE 84th Ave

United Builders Inc.

17610 NE 27th way
Vancouver

Vincent F Dolen Construction

4230 SW 165th Avenue

VPE Electrical Services

8317 NE 126th Ave.
Vancouver

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Webb Brothers Contracting

1425 Alabama St.
Longview

Wendy O'Brien Interior Planning & Design

2800 Northwest Thurman Street

Western States Construction

19216 NE 139th ST.
Brush Prairie

Wolf Tile LLC

4207 SE Woodstock

WoodTek NW LLC

10747 SE 70th Ave

WOZNIAK CONSTRUCTION

1829 NE Waterfront St

Wright Choice Flooring LLC

5940 SE Monroe St.

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