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Remodel - advice #2974725
06/30/19 12:45 PM
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Planning on doing the bathrooms first.

Not sure where to start as far as finding someone to do the work, estimates, etc.

I do know I don't want unlicensed or uninsured people working on the property. Also don't want to end up in a situation like Mr. Doof and want to be able to have recourse for shoddy and or unfinished work.

Where do I start with all this? Word of mouth is tough - lots of people using unlicensed people or people who subcontract parts of projects work to random illegals (like the one who caused a plumbing leak in the condo storage area while working on my neighbor's unit a few months back).

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It's going to cost more but get a reputable contractor. If you can get a home equity line of credit, I would do it all.

It may be hard to find a contractor willing to do a $7,000 bathroom renovation

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If you include where you live, generally, like “Clairemont,” or “Santa Ana,” I’m sure that persons who are familiar those areas can let you know who to contact.


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Re: Remodel - advice [Re: 1whoknows] #2974731
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Originally Posted by 1whoknows
If you include where you live, generally, like “Clairemont,” or “Santa Ana,” I’m sure that persons who are familiar those areas can let you know who to contact.



The problem I find is people let you know who to contact.

Then you find out most people don't do their homework and you are rolling the dice with these people due to the above reasons.

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Seems like a crap shoot no matter how much due diligence you do, good luck!

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Save your money, shit at work.

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Are you trying to add value or just improve your living space? Either way, as mentioned above, finding a reputable contractor for small jobs is very tough. Someone good at what they do might take it on as a filler and then you are a hostage to the scheduling of everything else that he/she has going on.

If I was planning on doing the bathrooms first, I'd find someone to do the the easiest and least used first. If they do a good job I'd get them to have a look and give you ideas about the other(s) and then have them do that. I doubt that you'd want all of your bathrooms being worked on simultaneously.

Somewhere along the way you might find someone that you trust enough to take on the the lion's share of your plans either as the contractor or GC. Make it clear that you expect to see proof of insurance for every sub. There are also some pretty standard waivers and releases that you should know about. Someone on the erBB will know what I mean. It's basic boilerplate stuff but you might not get it if you don't ask.



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Originally Posted by frvcvs
Save your money, shit at work.

Shitting at work is great. You're getting paid for shitting


My entire existence is a failed gotcha
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Originally Posted by ifallalot
Originally Posted by frvcvs
Save your money, shit at work.

Shitting at work is great. You're getting paid for shitting


industrial toilets at work for busting big dukes toilet

Re: Remodel - advice [Re: casa_mugrienta] #2974816
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A good friend who worked as a journeyman carpenter for many years and has been a general contractor for the last 12 years did my bathroom and I was very happy. He was also more competitive price wise and always tells me he wishes people would hire a big company like Wardell, etc. to get a reality check on how much some contractors are charging before they complain to him about what he charges.

PM me for details if interested.


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Re: Remodel - advice [Re: casa_mugrienta] #2974819
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Remodels are always stressful.

Most chicks lose their shit in the process.


incompetence is preferable to malice.
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Originally Posted by ifallalot
Originally Posted by frvcvs
Save your money, shit at work.

Shitting at work is great. You're getting paid for shitting


Just gotta bring your own tp, or wipes. That single ply industrialized shit is the worst

Re: Remodel - advice [Re: casa_mugrienta] #2974832
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It helps to know exactly what you want.

1. Do a complete lay-out on some graph paper (they're contractors not decorators).
2. Have the floors, windows, shower, cabinets, lights and counter-tops picked out and scaled on your drawing.
3. Have the fixtures picked out and either provide to the contractor or have him do it, so it's warrantied.
4. Work out an access plan to the work area cuz it's going to spread a mess if not contained properly.
5. Be clear with the contractor and make sure he is able to explain everything in a way that even your wife can understand.
6. Get an itemized estimate in case you decide to delete or horse trade something.
7. If the contractor is vague in anyway DO NOT USE HIM, he's setting you up for the "I didn't include that in my bid". Also, never give any money up front! if he can't afford to start then he's a bad business man and can't be trusted.

Bottom line is nobody cares about your remodel more than you..so get updates and look ahead schedules to keep them honest. if they start to stumble, snap 'em back into line and get your bathroom back.

Re: Remodel - advice [Re: LogHauler] #2974836
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Originally Posted by LogHauler
Someone good at what they do might take it on as a filler and then you are a hostage to the scheduling of everything else that he/she has going on.


This is very common, especially general contractors relying on their preferred sub contractors. It’s easy to lose an entire week here and there due to scheduling conflicts with bigger jobs. My good friend was the general on my job and I still got pushed back.


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Re: Remodel - advice [Re: casa_mugrienta] #2974840
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did your wife's friend blow up the toilet again?
We redid our bathroom with some friends of mine. Right now most anyone who is good at their trade is staying busy so you might have to work around someone elses schedule and wait, for example we are gonna remodel our kitchen and so we met the guy a couple weeks ago and he is gonna start the last week of July. For our bathroom I did the demo work and had it all cleared out (the cast iron tub was a bitch getting out of there) and then my wife picked everything and had it all ready or ordered when the guy was ready to start. It usually takes longer than you think and costs more then you want, but ours turned out really nice and everyone was happy. Good luck

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