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Old 02-08-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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We just bought a house and will be doing some renovation, like tearing down a load bearing wall and add on to the back of the house.
We have no idea where to begin to look for contractors, as it is such an important and expensive job that we are afraid to go with a company we don't know.
Any recommendation on reliable general contractors would be gratly appreciated.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: NC
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I would trust nobody other than Joseph Grantham. He's done more work at my house than you could buy a small house for including an incredibly engineered shop which contains a car lift (10,000lb capacity) and a full basement UNDER the floor of this shop/garage.

Search this forum for previous posts I've made and you'll see lots of details and photos.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Fuquay-Varina
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I have seen those pictures and he does beautiful work! J. Trent Hicks here on the forum is also a great contractor. Raleigh Roofing

I recommend multiple estimates, making them sign a lien waiver stating the contractors and materials are paid so they cannot put a lien on your house, and limit the amount of money paid upfront as much as practical. Have all relevant permits pulled, verify their insurances are active, and go look at projects they have done in similar scope to yours if possible.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:09 AM
 
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Go to the Homebuilders Association website. You will find a list of contractors that have been in the community for many years.
Good luck.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:11 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I would trust nobody other than Joseph Grantham. He's done more work at my house than you could buy a small house for.
I wonder, is he reasonable or are his estimates higher than average? Did you get multiple bids for your work? Where did he land in the mix? I believe you get what you pay for, but at the same time, you're sometimes paying a premium for a name when you can get equivalent work for less from a lesser known company.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:48 PM
 
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I wonder, is he reasonable or are his estimates higher than average? Did you get multiple bids for your work? Where did he land in the mix? I believe you get what you pay for, but at the same time, you're sometimes paying a premium for a name when you can get equivalent work for less from a lesser known company.
He did a big renovation/addition project for me. His estimates were very fair, especially considering the high quality of work that was done. The carpenters he uses are very, very good.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:27 PM
 
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I have seen those pictures and he does beautiful work! J. Trent Hicks here on the forum is also a great contractor. Raleigh Roofing

I recommend multiple estimates, making them sign a lien waiver stating the contractors and materials are paid so they cannot put a lien on your house, and limit the amount of money paid upfront as much as practical. Have all relevant permits pulled, verify their insurances are active, and go look at projects they have done in similar scope to yours if possible.
I would not pay any money up front. A successful contractor will not require it.

I would consider purchasing the materials myself, but would not give the contractor money to buy the materials. You purchasing the materials will lesson the burden on the contractor having a large outlay of money before the job starts.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Apex NC, the Peak of Good Loving.
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I would consider purchasing the materials myself ....
Good idea.

1) If the quantity of materials is large, negotiate with the supplier for a discount. A few years ago I built a large detached garage and negotiated with Lowe's and Home Depot. Both vendors offered a significant "break." I placed the order with Lowe's because they offered this additional sweetener: free delivery, no matter how many deliveries may be needed. They might not cut you the same deal unless you live quite near the store, as I did.

2) Pay with a "rewards" credit card. I prefer one which pays a cash rebate (mine pays 1.5%). I shy away from cards which pay "miles" or "points." You may think otherwise, it's a matter of personal preference.

3) If a contractor goes broke with your job half-completed, the supplier(s) may place a lien against your property... even though you already paid the contractor for materials. Buying (and paying for) materials directly protects you from this risk.

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Old 02-13-2014, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Fuquay-Varina
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I would not pay any money up front. A successful contractor will not require it.

I would consider purchasing the materials myself, but would not give the contractor money to buy the materials. You purchasing the materials will lesson the burden on the contractor having a large outlay of money before the job starts.
My statement was more regarding a custom cut counter, or something of that nature. I agree contractors and money up front do not mix, generally speaking.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:12 AM
 
Location: NC
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I wonder, is he reasonable or are his estimates higher than average? Did you get multiple bids for your work? Where did he land in the mix? I believe you get what you pay for, but at the same time, you're sometimes paying a premium for a name when you can get equivalent work for less from a lesser known company.
Pricing was competitive. We got other quotes. The thing is, this guy is communicative and honest and straightforward. The others seemed hard to get in touch with, would only give us a single item quote for the whole job (JG gives you a line by line quote for every item in the entire job so you can see where the dollars go) and just hard to work with in general.
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