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Question DetailsAsked on 10/6/2011

I'm wanting to fix my basement into living space for a family member...Looking for a good price? Hayden, AL

My basement is already partioned off with some sheetrock and the bathroom is stubbed. I have a seperate central air and heat already down there...I need a drop ceiling and flooring over the cement. Need some wiring and plumbing for bath and kitchen area...

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Answered 7 years ago by Cas

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You just threw the first red flag with your question: "Looking for a good price" as in cheap, I'm assuming. You're setting yourself up to get screwed if that is your main measure for the contractor you hire. You want a fair price but you don't want cheap with cheap work. It never turns out well and you often spend a lot more in the long run than just having it done right in the first place. Look at track records with Angie's List, the BBB, and their customer bases. Also, check with the local government to see what their pass/fail rate is on inspections.

As an example: I had a custoemr call me some years ago that managed to find a contractor to build a large addition on his home for $8000 including the slab, roof, and stone work. The guy cut all kinds of corners and eventually took off wheh he wasn't making any more money. Since he did several things in the wrong order I was going to have to remove half of the work just to put it all together correctly. A tip here: you can't put on roofing without all of the roof framing being completed. It was going to cost the guy thousands more than if I had just done it from scratch in the first place. I believe he just decided to tear it down and do without the extra space in the end. What a shame.

The lesson: If you want decent work done you'll have to pay a decent rate. Compare contractor's for what is fair pay and check references.

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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Chep price not all the time way to go.....you got what you are paing for.
knowledle cost money.

Answered 6 years ago by Serge Construction




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