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Old 04-25-2012, 10:35 AM   #1
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Do you know a reputable company to put a dormer on my house? I live in Bay Shore, NY.

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Old 04-25-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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No. I live in WV. Check the yellow pages. Check with "real" lumber yards (not Home Depot and Lowes) for recommendations on good contractors in your area. Ask any friends/acquaintances who have had remodeling done.

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Old 04-25-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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Do you know a reputable company to put a dormer on my house? I live in Bay Shore, NY.
I'll recommend what I recommend to everyone: go on the Better Business Bureau web site and search for a company that has been accredited with the bureau for many years (at least five, IMO) and which has an excellent rating and very few or no complaints (usually these go hand in hand, but it's worth checking both).

Businesses with these criteria are likely to be doing things right and treating customers properly. Furthermore, they're also likely to be very protective of this status--they are likely to go the extra mile to make sure they don't piss off customers and risk tarnishing their BBB standing.

Is it a perfect system? Absolutely not; there are no guarantees. However, I assure you taking this approach will significantly improve your chances you find a good contractor. Angies List, Yelp, etc...those are complementary, IMO. Reviews are helpful if you can trust them. The higher threshold of the BBB is more reliable in my eyes.

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Old 04-25-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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trying to find a contractor here is like trying to find a bride in a brothel.. you have to check locally for reputable remodeling contractors that specialize in additions

regarding the bbb.. its not neccessary at all. i know and have worked for several contractors that are at the top of the hill when it comes to reno companies and arent a member. all it means is more overhead for hte contractor which gets passed on to the homeowner.. they bully the member for money, pay up you get a good rating...
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Do you know a reputable company to put a dormer on my house? I live in Bay Shore, NY.
Where exactly is that?
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Where exactly is that?
It's at the intersection of Google St. and Maps Ave.
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It's at the intersection of Google St. and Maps Ave.
It would have been easier just to say Long Island.
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trying to find a contractor here is like trying to find a bride in a brothel.. you have to check locally for reputable remodeling contractors that specialize in additions

regarding the bbb.. its not neccessary at all. i know and have worked for several contractors that are at the top of the hill when it comes to reno companies and arent a member. all it means is more overhead for hte contractor which gets passed on to the homeowner.. they bully the member for money, pay up you get a good rating...
Yep. The Better Business Bureau is an absolutely worthless organization. In fact, they're worse than worthless, because they give the false impression that their ratings are objective, when in reality they're based on nothing more than whether or not a companies pays their BBB dues.
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Yep. The Better Business Bureau is an absolutely worthless organization. In fact, they're worse than worthless, because they give the false impression that their ratings are objective, when in reality they're based on nothing more than whether or not a companies pays their BBB dues.
As I said, don't rely strictly on the rating. If a company has an A+ but has two complaints in the last year, I'd keep looking

Ratings are subjective, and thus prone to abuse. Complaint count is not

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As I said, don't rely strictly on the rating. If a company has an A+ but has two complaints in the last year, I'd keep looking

Ratings are subjective, and thus prone to abuse. Complaint count is not
Are there any Amish on LI? I'd have them do the work.
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I'd start by calling a couple real lumberyards or building supply stores. NOT HD or Lowes. Ask them if they'd like to recommend a good remodeler. Then interview several. Drive and look at their work. Keep in mind that the references the contrator supplies may be worthless. Even the worst craftsman or most dishonest GC can find someone who'll say nice things over the phone.

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