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Should I use a General Contractor or Specialist?

Question by mrkurt426: Should I use a General Contractor or Specialist?
I have an older home that needs several things done: new roof, porch repair, plumbing and electrical upgrades, and remodeling of the kitchen and bathroom. What are the advantages of using a general contractor to do the work, as opposed to hiring companies that specialize in one kind of home improvement?

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Answer by Sparky
depends on the building sode laws in the country you live. A GOOD general contractor should have a selection of specialists (electrician, plumbers, carpenters etc) that are used regular and trusted by the contractor. Whereas if you select your own you may chose a bad one!

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Should Contractor or Construction Company collects sales tax on home renovations & home improvement in NJ ?

Question by maxdavid: Should Contractor or Construction Company collects sales tax on home renovations & home improvement in NJ ?
Please advise if construction company should collect sales tax. What the consequences if did not collect sales tax from clients?

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Answer by tro
you need to check your sales tax laws of NJ
very likely a contractor does not individually show sales tax but his overall bid will include sales tax if any that would be required
generally when a new product is produced, sales tax is charge when it is sold
if the contractor bought specific items he added to the construction, if he was exempt for sales tax when he bought it he needs to charge when he bills the customer. ie light sconces he installed on the posts of the gateway to the household(he didn’t make them, he might have been able to buy them tax exempt, but sales tax has to be collected on those items for the state)
for the most part contractors are not registered with the state sales tax agency since they really don’t deal in retail sales

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What questions should I ask a contractor who might re-do our kitchen?

Question by denmark108: What questions should I ask a contractor who might re-do our kitchen?
We’ve picked out cabinets, tile, appliances, etc. (haven’t paid for them – just made selections). Today we’re meeting the contractor to get a labor estimate. I have a few ideas of what I want to ask, but I’d like to hear from someone “in the know.” What specifically should I find out before signing on the dotted line?

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Answer by donna d
ask him how long will the job take.make sure they do not go over budget .tell them if they go over budget to make sure they get the ok from you first.

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Should I sue my home improvement contractor or report him to the police?

Question by Inquisitive Lady: Should I sue my home improvement contractor or report him to the police?
I paid a contractor $ 29,000 for home improvement renovations and repairs, including painting my house, dry walling, putting new steps on the property and many more improvements and repairs. He left without completing the project. I estimate that he owes me about $ 9,000 in unfinished work. He dug out the patio, left a big hole, and walked away. He did not replace glass in doors and windows, and failed to do many other things. I have a written contract. I don’t think he has an official contracting business, but the partial work that he did was excellent. He felt he underestimated the cost of the work. I noticed that he was delinquent in paying his property taxes and the timing was such that it appears that he used my money to pay his taxes because records indicate that they were paid. Retaining a lawyer will cost me $ 5000 with no promises that I will retrieve my money. I know that this was not his main job. Should I spend this kind of money on an attorney or do you have other ideas. This happened three years ago, so I know the contractor does not intend to complete the job. Should this be a police matter or an attorney matter. This may also be considered contractor fraud. I might be spending additional money on an attorney and getting nothing for it.

What should I do? What steps should I take?

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Answer by Kelly
Time to call judge judy, judge joe brown, or SOMEBODY. lol. Trust me this is a legal case. If your contract states each thing he needed to do and he DID NOT complete it, but you paid for it and he promised to do it [its regardless if he changed his mind during the project because he though he was under paid] then you can sue him. The police can’t do anything. I would sue him.

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How long should it take to get back an estimate from a home improvement contractor?

Question by bfoy624: How long should it take to get back an estimate from a home improvement contractor?
I’ve been waiting 3 weeks for two estimates from different contractors on a couple of small home improvement projects. I’ve already called once for a follow up. Move on or wait longer?
OK….I’ve decided to move on and get other contractors to come and make estimates. What would be the best way to choose reliable and quality contractors without having any referrals?
So the phrase “no job too small” on their advertisments and phone book ads really don’t apply?

I have a clean house, never said I didn’t want to spend too much money, and collectively all three projects in my opinion are worth the time to send me an estimate. I called one of the contractors again last night and left a message. Still, no return call. Bummed.

Thanks for all of your responses they are all good and I appreciate your input!

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Answer by realchineseprincess
i guess it doesn’t hurt to have few more contractors. One of them has to pay the attention you deserve.

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what percentage of bids should a contractor land?

Question by : what percentage of bids should a contractor land?
Home Improvement contractors..
I live in KC…We are priced very comparable to other companies. We do excellent work and provide great customer service. My guys are clean cut and we are normally reffered to most of our bids. I know its a tough question and there might not be a good answer. On an even playing field whats a good percentage?

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Answer by Jim L
That is impossible to answer without knowing how your company prices jobs, what the company reputation is in the area, the number of competitors and who they are, and the nature of the home improvements.

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Should we wipe out savings or go with home equity line of credit to finance home improvements?

Question by boots: Should we wipe out savings or go with home equity line of credit to finance home improvements?
My husband and I are debating how to finance some home improvement projects. He says use savings, I say use a line of credit(repay within two years hopefully) I am afraid if we use savings we will never replace it. He doesn’t want debt. Any opinions?

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Answer by Joe C
Neither. Never use all of your savings or borrow money for a luxury expense.

Save up the extra money and pay cash.

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What should come first home improvement or vacation?

Question by Laura G: What should come first home improvement or vacation?
We have had our house on the market for 1yr and half and no offers. So we decided to get a home loan and do some home improvements and stay. We also have 3 girls 9,4 and 2 and I would love to take them to Disney. We can only do one financially and I am having a hard time deciding. Please help what would be the best thing? Thanks

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Answer by avery lacondro
Disney

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