Questions To Ask A Tampa General Contractor

Questions To Ask A Tampa General Contractor

Many contractors find a sense of freedom in giving you a single overall price for the total project, but this leaves you in the dark about what they are charging about each phase of the remodeling project. Think of it in terms of a project initially calling for a granite counter for a large preparation counter in the area just off the kitchen, but you swap the idea for a poured concrete counter. How much do you need to be given as a credit for eliminating that work? Without an itemized bid, you have no way to know what you should be credited.

Getting an itemized bid will show the costs for the various elements of the remodeling project from the demolition to the fixtures and everything in between. Having an itemized bid allows you to compare the different prices from all general contractors, and see where any discrepancies exist. An itemized bid will also serve as valuable documentation about the overall reach of the project, and potentially halt any disputes in the future.

If a general contractor refuses to give you an itemized bid, please consider this a giant red flag for sure.

Most home owners assume that the bid they are receiving is a fixed price, but some general contractors view their proposal as an estimate that can increase in price as the project moves forward. If the proposal is called an “estimate,” you need to work on eliminating whatever unknowns are causing the general contractor to feel an estimate is the only format for the proposal.

A general contractor who has been working locally in Tampa for at least five years has an established network of subcontractors and supply resources in the area and a reputation that must be upheld. This makes the general contractor a safer bet than a brand new Tampa general contractor.

You have found a few potential general contractors and you have checked out their references, now it is time for one additional piece of homework. You are going to talk to some of their primary suppliers, as there is no better reference for a general contractor than the lumber yard where they know him by both his first name and his reputation for a job well-done.

It is not only the answers to these questions that will help you find a Tampa general contractor; it is the way that they answer them. Was the easy to talk to and free with the details, or did you have to pull the answers out with a little pushing? Ease of communication now means ease of communication as the remodeling job continues.

Rossi Construction has been working in the Greater Tampa Bay area since 1979.

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They were very professional. Quoted us a time frame and they were exact on the time frame. The were very clean as they cleaned up every night. Any questions I had they were very helpful. Overall a great experience. We plan on using them again if we decide to redo our bathrooms. The kitchen came out very nice and we are very happy with it.
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This company is great. They did an awesome job on our remodel. The quality of work surpasses everything. All project hiccups were professionally handled and solutions came out better than planned. Jason Rossi and his lead foreman on our job Brian Smith are very professional. Brian provided a wealth of knowledge in regards to our entire first floor remodel project. Brian Smith is trustworthy and the quality of his work is impeccable. Job well done JRossi Construction!!
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The work quality was outstanding, the crew friendly and a delight to work with, and they cleaned up after themselves and left the place in great shape! When I remodel my other unit, there is no doubt that Rossi Construction will be doing the work there also. I had an issue with the door quality of the cabinets and Rossi and his crew met with myself, and the Cabinet Representative immediately, and the issue was resolved to My Satisfaction. You can easily tell that Customer Satisfaction is what everyone in the organization is focused on. Great Job and thanks again, Ed.
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Rossi just remodeled our hall bathroom and kitchen. They are incredibly skilled craftsmen who use the best products. We had two different men lead each project and they were both wonderfully skilled (cabinetry, tile, hardware installation, electric, plumbing, painting, etc.). They are honest, hardworking, on schedule, clean up after themselves, and fix problems. We highly recommend them.
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Rossi Construction just finished renovating our veterinary hospital. The entire process from start to finish was flawless. Jason was the only contractor who looked at our space and was able to get a rough quote to us within 24 hours. Everything ran on schedule and within budget, and the final product was beautiful. Our project supervisor was incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with. I highly recommend this company to anyone looking for construction work in the Tampa area.
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The guys from Rossi do great work. We did a complete remodel of two levels of our house (we have a split level). The work included a full redesign of the master suite (took space from the bedroom to make a bigger bathroom and add a walk-in closet, also changed configuration of some windows), full redesign of main level (kitchen, living, and dining space) that included floating a sunken floor and removing walls to open the space, and cosmetic updates to the rest of the bedrooms (new doors, trim, paint, etc.). Only small issues were due to subcontractors, and Rossi made sure everything was brought up to expectation. We're super happy with the result and would not hesitate to use them on future projects.
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I would highly recommend Rossi construction. Jason and his employees were very professional, very conscientious, and definitely went the extra mile to make sure I was happy with the project. If I emailed questions, they were promptly answered. I believe the pricing on the project was very fair. I am recommending them to all my friends. It was a great experience working with this contractor. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
Jen H.
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Rossi Construction just finished renovating our veterinary hospital. The entire process from start to finish was flawless. Jason was the only contractor who looked at our space and was able to get a rough quote to us within 24 hours. Everything ran on schedule and within budget, and the final product was beautiful. Our project supervisor was incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with. I highly recommend this company to anyone looking for construction work in the Tampa area.
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Overall, the remodel went quite well. The workmanship is very good.The crew was very punctual and professional. I found some minor issues that I pointed out to them, and they resolved them to our satisfaction. They could have done a better job with drop cloths in the hallways. There was a fair amount of joint compound that got tracked around on the carpet, and some of the dirt & debris got ground into the carpet. However, I consider this to be a minor issue, and would definitely consider using them again.
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