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Basement contractor recommendation

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by Dwarflord, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. Dwarflord

    Dwarflord New Member

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    Has anyone here or know of anyone who has had dealings or work done by Absolute Tech Engineering? I'm curious to know about the quality of work, pricing and trustworthiness that others have experienced. The reason I ask is that we are considering them to do some work for us in the near future, but we are not entirely comfortable with them until we do more research.
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  2. Dwarflord

    Dwarflord New Member

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    I see nobody has had any experience with them.
    Well, we did our research into the company, licensing, BBB, State license board and so forth. They came clean. Their references were glowing. We ended up going with them and we are so happy we have. They began work this monday and finished the framing in 3 days and are about 80% done with the electrical. Plumbing and mechanical begins next week along with some inspections. They have worked everyday, make changes on the fly to make us happy and they actually do excellent work. I am a DIY'er and have always preferred to do the work myself so that I know it is done right. These guys have actually done better than what I have done. They allow us to pick and choose what we want to install as it pertains to bathroom fixtures and so forth. The owner, Rodney, visits every site every day to get status and give the customer status. I just wanted to post that in case anyone else ever considered them for some work. Highly recommended, very friendly, very flexible, great pricing, and superior work. We're happy.
     
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    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    Do you mind sharing a little more about the size of the project? How many rooms, design, features etc. and what generally is this going to cost you?

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  4. Dwarflord

    Dwarflord New Member

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    They are finishing our basement. It is about 1650 sq. ft in size. They will be doing framing, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, drywall, adding a gas line for a gas dryer and so forth. The only flooring that they are doing is in the bathroom and that is tile work. We will have a large storage room, multimedia/family room that is open to a childrens playroom, a second office, a full bath, and an exercise room. We are doing all the flooring and purchasing all the items for the bath....tub, vanity, tile, lights, faucets, fan.... to appease our tastes. We are getting standard flush mounted ceiling lights in all rooms. As far as costs, I think that is going to be market dependent. I think we got lucky as they were about 70% of the next closest bidder. What I think helped us is that I stated if any contractor came in over x amount of dollars, I would do the work myself. He quoted me a price on the spot 20% less than what I told him. At first I was skeptical. I did my research and found no problems. They have been spot on with me, honest, more than fair and have given me "freebies" like lights in the small laundry room, which I did not ask for, plumbing for a laundry tub, which I did not ask for....and so forth. Overall, he has probably given me another $1000 in freebies as we have made small changes here and there while they are doing the work. Not only do they not mind us bothering them to make changes, they add these things for free. The only things I've had to pay extra for were the replacement of my basement door....$700 and 10 additional ceiling lights. I've expected to pay more for every addition ive asked for, but he has said no problem, ill take care of it, much to my surprise. In writing, I just can express my pleasure with these folks, and how they are the opposite of those "nightmares" you read about. Especially the ones that take the money and run. Anyways, Im sure you want a reall $$ amount, but to be fair to our contractor I'll just tell you that for all of this, it is costing us less than $40k. We had some quotes for this project in the low 60's and high 50's, of which I never would have gone for. Id rather do it myself at that price.
    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions.
     

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