DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > General Home Improvement Discussion > Trying to get estimates for remodeling my basement




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-11-2009, 02:07 PM  
SjS1987
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2
Default Trying to get estimates for remodeling my basement

How annoying is it to get Estimates for your house to get remodeled?? It's so time consuming. Is there anyone you can hire to do it for you? Is there an easy way?



__________________
SjS1987 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-12-2009, 07:33 AM  
Speedbump
Water well etc.
 
Speedbump's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Riverview, Fl.
Posts: 413
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I guess someone should start an "Ask Gary" (like the Lawyer referral services) kind of service for remodels. It might catch on quick.



__________________
FAQ's
Speedbump is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 08:24 PM  
cibula11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 331
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SjS1987 View Post
How annoying is it to get Estimates for your house to get remodeled?? It's so time consuming. Is there anyone you can hire to do it for you? Is there an easy way?


Hire a general contractor to make the calls necessary. Be sure you find a reputable one, as they will be hiring the contractors to come in and do the work. Most likely they'll go with who they normally do business with. That could either be good or bad.
__________________
cibula11 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-14-2009, 11:53 AM  
handyguys
Senior Member
 
handyguys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 815
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Send a message via Skype™ to handyguys
Default

There are some contractor review services such as homestars, angies list, service magic and others. They may be able to help you select a contractor.

If you are going high end, an architect can often manage this for you as well.

Bottom line is make sure you get apples to apples quotes. In other words, make sure they all are quoting on the exact same things.

We did a series of podcasts on basement finishing. Mostly oriented to DIY but you may find some information useful.
Basement Finishing Series

Good luck

__________________

The Handyguys Podcast [url]http://www.handyguyspodcast.com[/url]

handyguys is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2009, 06:23 AM  
majakdragon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Lafe Arkansas, Arkansas
Posts: 165
Default

I agree with hiring a General Contractor. You need to be really specific on what you want and expect. I always wondered about the companies I see online that refer contractors to home owners. Got my answer when I saw one of them refer one of my local roofers. This roofer does really shoddy work and all of his employees are "Independent contractors". They are required to carry their own insurance and pay their own taxes. Once he hires them, he has no idea if they continue to make their insurance payments.

__________________

if you have never made a mistake, you probably haven't done much.

majakdragon is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2009, 07:06 AM  
Speedbump
Water well etc.
 
Speedbump's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Riverview, Fl.
Posts: 413
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
I agree with hiring a General Contractor. You need to be really specific on what you want and expect. I always wondered about the companies I see online that refer contractors to home owners.
I agree, Angies list and others are there for the money, not the homeowner. Unless you pay, you don't get on the list. It's that simple.





Better business bureau is another one. They used to drive me nuts trying to get me to become a member. It's not free!
angie.jpg  
__________________
FAQ's

Last edited by Speedbump; 12-15-2009 at 07:13 AM.
Speedbump is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2009, 07:59 AM  
majakdragon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Lafe Arkansas, Arkansas
Posts: 165
Default

Speedbump hit on another organization that gets way too much credit, and does little for the consumer. BBB, primarily, only monitors their "members". Not that this will actually help the homeowner.

__________________

if you have never made a mistake, you probably haven't done much.

majakdragon is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-18-2009, 07:41 AM  
Brit_9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1
Default

My friends husband told me to find a contractor on econtractorbids.com. Have you guys ever used it? I'm thinking of trying it... what can it hurt?

__________________
Brit_9 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-18-2009, 08:01 AM  
SjS1987
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2
Default

Thanks for the comments. I have been so busy with the holidays I haven't had time to really research these different sites. I'll let you all know which way I go!

__________________
SjS1987 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-18-2009, 08:20 AM  
Speedbump
Water well etc.
 
Speedbump's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Riverview, Fl.
Posts: 413
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I always say that word of mouth is the best advertising. Ask your friends and neighbors who have done similar remodels. They can tell you whether a given contractor is good or bad. Both are out there, it's up to you to find the best one of the bunch.



__________________
FAQ's
Speedbump is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Tags
contractors, easy, estimates, home, remodel

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
One-Size-Fits-All Estimates? What's Your Opinion? jef1 Windows and Doors 7 12-04-2009 09:27 AM
Basement Floor & Wall Remodeling... hitek85 Framing and Foundation 8 07-03-2009 06:24 AM
pier & beam leveling estimates Frennzzee Framing and Foundation 1 11-11-2008 08:58 AM
OLD House in Need of Remodeling swgjim26 General Home Improvement Discussion 3 06-02-2007 12:24 PM
HVAC guys - Estimates TxBuilder HVAC 7 06-20-2006 01:44 PM