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Price 
Location 
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Description
$ 5000
Nov 2007
Folkston, Georgia
Don't hire contractors on an hourly basis  more... close row
$ 7000
Sep 2006
Cleveland, Ohio
Condo remodel  more... close row
$ 1775
Oct 2007
Cleveland, Ohio
small condo bathroom remodel  more... close row
$ 70000
Feb 2007
Acton, Maine
Addition of 40x50 garage with attached barn  more... close row
$ 2000
May 2008
Akron OH
Deck built on back of house  more... close row
$ 285
May 2008
Sterling, Illinois
Five windows replaced in small house  more... close row
$ 5000
Apr 2008
Detroit MI
New roof built very quickly  more... close row
$ 4000
Jan 2007
Omaha, Neb
Bathroom remodel very slow  more... close row
$ 540
Aug 2008
Makaha, HI
Leak coming from above the bathroom  more... close row
$ 1000
Jan 2008
Philadelphia, PA
Contractors fixed leaky bathroom  more... close row
$ 500
May 2008
Fredericksburg, VA
Storm damage on back of the house fixed  more... close row
$ 37500
Oct 2007
Holbrook, New York
255 square foot addition to home  more... close row

Description of service

This was the cost of a 255 square foot first floor addition to an existing house. This price included the addition of 255 square feet of living space with an equally-sized addition to the existing basement. The general contractor was responsible for all construction, including the foundation (concrete), framing and building of the actual space, addition of basement stairs, roofing, insulation, doors and windows, all electrical work, moldings, and heating for this extension. This fee did not include building permits and variances, architectural drawings, painting, and carpeting of the new room. There was no plumbing work required.


Review of Service

For starters, my contractor's estimate was within $100 of two competitors that quoted me for the job, so I was very comfortable with his price. This was a huge undertaking and my contractor pretty much took on the entire project, so I really had very little to worry about once I obtained all of the appropriate permits. It was difficult living with the noise and mess of a major renovation, but my contractor kept the chaos to a minimum and worked as quickly as he could to make my house liveable again. The entire project took about three months from start to finish. I anticipated a whole lot of additional costs as I had heard that contractors give you an estimate and then start adding on extras when you are in the middle of the project. I had another $500 in expenses for re-roofing the existing house, but this was by choice, not because the contractor threw in an additional hidden charge. I love my new room!


Tips

Make sure you get at least three estimates for the project before choosing a contractor. Beware of offers that seem too good to be true -- there may be additional costs later on, so review the project thoroughly and find out exactly what the price includes before signing a contract. Your contractor should be licensed and insured.


$ 1500
Mar 2008
maple grove, MN
Turning an unfinished room into a finished bedroom  more... close row
$ 10000
Oct 2006
Anniston, Alabama
General contractor hired to finish basement was terrible  more... close row
$ 1000
Mar 2006
Houston, TX
Contractor's services used after house fire  more... close row