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If You Want Your Renovation Project Done Right, You Have Work To Do As Well

Fri, Nov 18, 2016

If you are planning a major renovation project around your home the last thing you need is to run into trouble with your construction contractor. Construction contractors in San Antonio are extremely important, without one that is knowledgeable and ethical your project can end up costing a great deal more than you had planned on.

  • Do your homework first:



    The FTC, Federal Trade Commission suggests that the search for the right construction contractor should start close to home. If you know anyone that has gone through a renovation project recently, always go to them and find out directly what their experiences were. Even if the individual raves about the quality of the work and the dependability of the tradesmen, always ask the contractor for a couple of more references.

    Check with these references, find out if your friend was just lucky or whether his experience is typical. Ask if the contractor finished the job on time and on budget, try to get invited over to see the workmanship yourself. Always remember; beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, what someone else likes; you may not.
  • Multiple bids:



    During the development of your short list you may have identified a contractor that you were particularly taken with. Even so, shop around; you will get a better sense of what the job should cost. The same thing holds true if a problem should arise during construction. If your contractor should unearth a problem of major consequence don’t hesitate to get multiple bids to rectify the problem.
  • Be detail oriented:



    The only way that you will genuinely understand what is involved is if you ask the construction contractors in San Antonio that are bidding on the job to provide a detailed proposal. It is no good to simply see the total material content and a labor cost, insist on a detailed list of materials. When it comes time to write a contract both the successful bidder and you will stay on the right page from the outset.

Once you have made your choice then negotiate the terms. The industry standard is fifty percent of the price with order with stage payments for the balance as the project progresses. Hold back five or ten percent until all the little details are wound up to your satisfaction.

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I write because I had an experience with The Shaw Remodeling Company that I have never had before. The Shaw Company did a major remodeling job on my home about six years ago. A few months ago I discovered an issue associated with the work that was done by The Shaw Company. I called the Shaw company, asked for customer relations and explained my issue to a person named Evan. Evans response to me was, "I am going to own your concern. I don't know what we can do since it has been six years but I will make sure that management is made aware of your concern". A few days later I received a call from Mr. Eric Shaw. He scheduled an appointment and came to my home with an independent plumber. They determined that it would be an expensive fix and, the issue was due to a problem with the original work. Mr. Shaw looked at me and said, :I own this problem and, I will take care of it". It was a very expensive repair. It involved taking out tile, concrete and, excavating. Shaw Remodeling sent a crew it my home to correct the issue and complete the repair. I have done business with several contractors. I have never had anyone take unconditional ownership of mistake (be reminded that this was six years after the work was done). I recommend The Shaw Remodeling Company because they do great work and they will be there for you after the job is completed. Andrew Cameron

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by Andrew C on ReviewBuzz

Due to broken leg/fall I am in a wheel chair for the next 4 months and required our bathroom to be remodeled in a hurry. Eric committed to complete the job at a reasonable price and a short time frame. The work was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. All employees were great and very professional. I will use Shaw again for future work on my home and have no problem recommenting the company to others.

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by Roger M. on ReviewBuzz

We used Shaw Company to remodel our master bathroom. Everyone we met with was very professional and helpful. Patrick helped us with the initial design phase, Brittany with the material selections, Anthony oversaw the actual construction, and Nancee checked in with us regularly to keep us informed and make sure we were pleased with everything! I really appreciated that they had a design center so I didn't feel overwhelmed with that part of the process. Additionally, Anthony did a great job of communicating with us daily through the process and making sure things were done right. It was a great experience and I enthusiastically recommend Shaw Company Remodeling!

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by Cyndi Kasik Bush on Facebook

Brittany, helped me make my selections, Nancy held my hand, Patrick planned and priced the job, and Chris and Anthony brought my ideas to fruition! It took all of the above to bring me my perfect kitchen and bath remodel. This was my second kitchen remodel and it went very well. I was contacted daily, site was cleaned daily, and workers present daily. I had 8 project changes and each was addressed respectfully and most of all happily! They are a 5 star company with 5star people!

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by Laura P. on Houzz

We wish to express our sincere appreciation for the great service provided by Shaw Company. The crews definitely were customer-oriented and understood the project.

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by Robert

Carlos and his crew did a wonderful job. I absolutely love my shower.

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by Diane H. on Happy Call

Excellent design suggestions, to Patrick’s in house pricing, to Anthony and Christopher’s hard work, respect, and understanding, to Nancy and Meridith holding my hand through 8 change orders, my dream kitchen has come to fruition through Shaw Remodeling. 5 Star company with 5 Star people from start to finish!

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by Laura P. on ReviewBuzz

There is NO other remodeling company that I would have you call!! Twelve years ago Shaw Remodeling showed up and did an amazing job at my home!!!

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by Melisa A W. on Facebook

I have been using Shaw Company since 2002 (14 years now) when I had a partial flood in my house. Not only an excellent job at a fairly reasonable price, the workgroup foreman added a couple of preventative extras at no cost to me. Since that time, altho I have contacted other contractors for an estimate, I primarily use only Shaw Co. Eric is friendly yet polite and is meticulous about making sure I know what they will be doing and how long the job will take. He answers any questions I have whether before, during, or even after the job. His workmen are always on time, do the job as contracted, and careful to clean up their mess. I know I can trust Eric and his workmen to live up to the contract and, if necessary, beyond.

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by Faye M. on Yelp

We live with the work done by your team. Everyday we can enjoy the results. Through hail and high water, tile delays, it is an accomplishment all around. I appreciate the generosity of explaining why this and that is done. Our letters are intended to show our thanks. Any bonus was well deserved/earned by the team. Be proud of the work done, as we are in showing it off.

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by Kathryn and Pedro G. on ReviewBuzz

We just love our new shower. Your team was able to create a beautiful new shower that complimented our existing tile. We would love to be put on your reference list.

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by Robert & Pat

Shaw was an amazing company to work with on our remodeling. From start to finish, they were prompt and professional. Quality work and high standards! We had a full bathroom remodel from top to bottom. Our bathroom looks so incredibly different and amazingly beautiful - our vision for what we wanted came to fruition. They had effective communication from both the business end as well as the contracting end. Any last touch ups we requested, they were happy to complete. For any of our future projects, Shaw will be the first place we turn to!

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by Mariah Fink on Facebook

We have used several remodeling companies through the years ending up with substandard work. So glad to have found Shaw! We will never use anyone else! With the way most companies just want to take your money and run, it's nice to find someone with a great work ethic! They really care about their clients and the quality of their work. Thanks Shaw!

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by Donna W. on Facebook

Had great interactions from beginning to end of our master bathroom remodel project. Jordan and Audrey did a tremendous job helping get us started and walking us through all the details. Anthony Martinez and his crew came in and took care of the demo and remodel quickly, we’re attentive when discussing the project, and helped quickly correct any minor issues that arose. Anthony was always quick to reply to calls and texts, and he did a great job helping to make sure the project continued to move along in a timely manner. We are super happy with our remodeled master bathroom and the services provided by the folks at Shaw!

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by Nick on ReviewBuzz

We hired Shaw Co to redo our shower. We had previously received quotes from two other shower companies but we felt they were being less than honest with us and were pricier than they needed to be. Shout out to Patrick and Fernando, Jr!

These guys at Shaw are great: they'll do what they say they're going to do, and they do it on time. For the next project, they're at the top of the list.

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by Jason DeSouza on Google

One word my wife uses to describe our new shower "Fantastic". Rusty our project manager/technician was meticulous with an attention to detail. We are very well pleased with the results. Thank you.

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by David L. on ReviewBuzz

Shaw remodeling did an excellent job on our master bathroom. Clay was always concerned that we were satisfied with their work. When they tell you they are not finished until you are 100% happy THEY MEAN IT! I want to thank Clay for all his hard work on the new door it was a bit difficult to install. Everyone mentions the beautiful door. Special thanks to Jordan for suggesting the accent wall behind the vanity also a favorite of all. Brittany made is so easy helping us with the design. Thank you to Nancy and the Shaw family who sent me flowers while I was very ill during the remodel.

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by Sharon Mercer on Facebook

A job well done. Clean up was great. All of your team was great and knew their jobs well. Thank you.

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by H.E.

We had a great experience with Shaw Remodeling from Brittany‘sExcellent design suggestions, to Patrick’s in house pricing, to Anthony and Christopher’s hard work, respect, and understanding, to Nancy and Meridith holding my hand through 8 change orders, my dream kitchen has come to fruition through Shaw Remodeling. 5 Star company with 5 Star people from start to finish!

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by Candy Bonugli Ponder on Facebook

Shaw recently did some work at my home. I am thrilled with the results. My house is finally looking like I had always hoped. I will definitely use this company again if needed. There was great communication amongst staff and myself and husband. We are very happy with the results.

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by Paula J B on ReviewBuzz

We wanted to write to you and let you know what a wonderful experience I had with your company. You did such a fabulous job!

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by Brian & Tina

What a great experience! I couldn’t be happier with my beautiful kitchen. The whole project went so smoothly that I almost enjoyed it.

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by Harriet

To the owners and management of Shaw, We wanted you all to know how pleased we are with the results of our recent bathroom tub to shower conversion. It turned out beautiful, exactly the way we had hoped. Your staff was top notch! From start to finish every person involved was professional, on time or early and friendly. In addition, we were impressed with how much care they took in keeping our home clean throughout the whole process. We realized after the job was finished that they had actually wiped down the bathroom to remove and left over dust... Nice job on hiring great help! Thank you again. Looking forward to seeing you again this week to measure and install cabinets in our laundry room and master bath!

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by Garon P. on ReviewBuzz

February 2018 To the Shaw Company: Let me start out by saying the GARZA project has turned out to be a smashing success!!!!! Our kitchen, floors, and wall removal was a huge project and we lived to tell about it (hard to do with two toddlers and two dogs in the house!). But it would be remise of us not to mention what a positive and professional experience we had from start to finish with your company. Mr. Paul Colavecchia helped answer the millions of questions we had and gave us HONEST estimates about the work ahead. He showed up to help us in closing on our loan and kept the lines of communication opened at all times. Ms. Brittany Shaw and Gerrilynn Mohler helped us design everything and made, what felt like an overwhelming experience, into a positive and fun process. But it is with grateful hearts that we commend the team of incredibly hard working guys that made everything possible for us: • Jorge – the amount of effort he put into cutting and laying the floors in such a large space so they came out “just perfect” was a wonder to watch! Thank you! • Marcus – from our lighting, plumbing and appliance installation -he really puts in a hard day’s work – and all with a sense of humor!!! We appreciate the long hours! Thank you! • Roy – He took ideas for my “dream cabinets” and made them a reality! They are beautiful and efficient. Whether it is conversations or quality of work – when dealing with Roy the professionalism is of the highest caliber. Thank you! Lastly, what can you say about Rusty that hasn’t been mentioned already! He treated our home like his own home and that is hard to find. It may sound cliché, but my husband and I have waited a long time to take this house and make it our home, so it truly is a dream finally realized and Rusty was the man who made it happen for us. We are truly indebted to him. In closing, we feel very blessed that we found your company, but of course, you made it easy for us to choose Shaw. Since you gave us your respect and quality workmanship, we will be sure to give you the only thing we have to offer (and the most important) our future recommendations (and possibly more work!!). Take care.

Very Respectfully, The Garza Family – James, Melissa, Dominic, & Amelia

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by Jaime G. on ReviewBuzz