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By: Chris O.
Home Run Builder
I had this company build a large basement at my home in Arlington. This included adding a new bathroom and creating a very nice space from a crawlspace of about 800 square feet. The project was complex on many levels and they always knew exactly what to do. The experience was simply perfect on all levels. They were professional, clean and went well above my expectations on many items that were not clear in the plans. This owner really cares about his work and I would highly recommend this group for any building projects.
By: Only A.
Dittmar Co
Be foreworn that Dittmar is a greedy company. If you plan on staying more than a few years be aware they do not increase your rent the first 3 to 4 years, then they will increase your rent after every 12 months. Hook and increase seems to be their business strategy
Tips & Advices
If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered.
Absolutely ask. Paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. Include this payment plan in the contract, as well.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work and all costs are listed in the contract, including details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Yes. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.

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