"I was in a pickle. I needed to finish in my walk out basement so my parents could stay with us and have their own space, while my Mother had continuous hospital visits. Let’s face it, you love your parents, but not all family can live together. I had a limited budget, a strict time line, and the determination not to cut any corners.
I set out to get five bids to finish 1300 square feet. I received three bids, one didn’t call back, and one contractor even laughed at me and said it couldn’t be done. I wonder if those two are still in business. Out of the three bids I did receive, two were within $3,000 of each other, and the other was $10,000.00 higher than the second highest. Obviously, that contractor did not listen to me when I told them my budget, because it wasn’t even close. Now it was between SRK Construction and one other bid.
Long story short, I used SRK’s bid as a measuring stick against his competitors bid. I ended up using SRK’s bid to find all of the hidden costs that the other contractor left out or expected me to think of. I’m an accountant trained to look for variances, I can only imagine trying to do that without a numbers back ground. I also helped build houses when I was younger, so I had that knowledge as well. SRK Construction was not the least expensive, but from the honesty and the fundamental transparency of the bid and the conversations I had, I went with SRK.
SRK listened to what I wanted to accomplish, and helped me achieve those results. From a handicapped accessible bathroom and entry ways, fire rated drywall, right down to the finishing touches; SRK was in touch the whole time. I have friends who are realtors and they all tell me that the basement looks awesome, and who ever finish it did one heck of a job. Scott Knese worked with us from start to finish, was never unavailable to talk, and never dodged a conversation even if it was a tough one. Scott knew the budget that I was working with, and if I had an idea that was going to push me outside of that he let me know. What impressed me most were the options and ideas that he came up with to get me the same results without pushing my budget or skimping on quality. Most would have just keep running up the cost of the project. It’s easy to do as a home owner. You get excited and the next thing you know you have the Sistine chapel erected. Every change adds up.
I received a written bid, blueprints, and a new amended contract with any changes. Proof of all permits and inspections, and all inspections passed the first time. I was given affordable options on quality products and all deadlines were met. The construction crews were considerate to the point of planning loud construction around my daughters nap times. I’m telling you, that amount of consideration doesn’t happen anymore. Did I mention I’m one of those people that check the walls for the slightest blemishes? Anything that I was the slightest concerned about was addressed and resolved immediately.
When all the construction was completed I had a bedroom, living room, full bath, full kitchen and eating area. I don’t think that finishing 1300 square feet is a small project, but I can’t imagine doing it without Scott’s help. The only bad part is it’s nicer than the rest of the house. I wonder if my parents would stay upstairs and we could take the basement. Maybe Scott could help me figure that one out too."