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The following is a non-factual opinion of NFB: If I were me, I would RUN AWAY. TURN AROUND. At a minimum, I would get an assortment of bids and read up on whatever your project is prior to contacting these people. I highly recommend NOT using NFB. I highly recommend everyone read the google review by CH Buchnel, or yelp by Heidi H. The "high pressure sales pitch" is no joke and is particularly disturbing, having experienced it first hand. IN MY OPINION I FELT intimidated vs sold to. I have never been more shocked, or quite frankly, offended, than when Need For Build came out to my home. I posted the project on Thumbtack, made it quite clear about my expectations (I wanted a bid to see if it would be cheaper to have someone else do it than to hire subs or enslave my family members for a week), and they were under no obligation to respond to me. I want to add a standard 5x8 bathroom...in an area of my small house (not in a nice area of San Diego) where plumbing already exists...without affecting any structural walls...and I have all the materials. I was told by the NFB representative (male, dark hair, extremely tall) that doing so would require plans drawn by an architect, and approved by the city. I indicated that my structural engineer would do the plans, and in fact, had already completed a preliminary set. The representative from NFB insisted that no, the plans needed to be done by an architect, and that an engineer can't draft plans. He proceeded to tell me "an architect isn't the same as an engineer" (yes, I know, thank you) and continued on with this "requires an architect" nonsense, trying to convince me that I don't know what's required to pull a permit at the City of San Diego. I told him that I want to demo a 2 ft wall, frame a 5x8 bathroom, run plumbing and electrical, drywall, tile, and paint. I got told "oh that's not how it works, you don't know what you're talking about". Please. I OWN AN ARCHITECTURAL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING DESIGN FIRM. Literally. Just because I'm female doesn't mean I don't know what's going on. Plans can be drawn by an engineer. These plans don't even require a licensed professional (although I have one, because my boyfriend happens to be one). Plans can be produced by an unlicensed designer...for a whole heck of a lot of projects. Plans to construct a 2 story wood framed multi family residence can be done by any old person, so long as they conform to code. No architect or engineer necessary! Holy smokes. So I sit through a whole litany of "that's not how it works" and "you need an architect, it's required" and finally get around to asking the question that I had asked on Thumbtack...how much would they charge for the labor to put in a standard 5x8 bathroom? Approximately? Yes, I understand "it depends". YES. FANCY THAT. I'M NOT AN IDIOT. It depends a whole heck of a lot less when I'm providing the materials. Finally, I just said "Well if you're going to tell me 50k, I'll definitely be doing it myself whereas if you told me 5-10k, it might be worth it to pay to have it done". The response I got? "Oh, it'll be much higher than 50k". To which I replied (truthfully) that 2 days prior I had received a quote for 13k, which I thought was high for what I was requesting. The response? "It would be closer to 75k. We couldn't even demo this for 13k". For reference, all that required demo was about 2 ft worth of closet wall. So NFB, if you're paying 13k to some subcontractor to demo 2 ft of wall, I'll do it for only 11k! You can hire me. I'll quit my job, immediately. I'm clearly in the wrong business. I have a quotes from subs to do everything for less than $5,000. I'd just have to manage the project myself and it would take longer. I don't know if they are misrepresenting the rules under the business and professions code, or just don't know what the rules are, (I haven't yet contacted the state licensing board to ask if/why this type of misrepresentation is allowable under their rules, but I will) but give it some thought, folks. At 75k for a 5x8 basic bathroom, that's $1,875/ square foot. I work regularly with some of the most expensive contractors in La Jolla and Coronado who manage to charge $400-$450/sq ft and produce some pretty stellar, downright posh results. If I wanted stellar or posh I would have contacted one of them, but as it happens I only need "okay" (hence my wandering around on Thumbtack). I could put in a new GOLD PLATED deluxe bathroom for less. I am still rather in a state of disbelief, but hope to save some innocent consumers who don't know any better. I would never send any of my clients to this contractor. I would never work with this contractor. I would never hire this contractor. IN MY OPINION.Nov 6, 2019Verified
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We recently used Needforbuild’s help to redo our backyard. I contacted needforbuild after looking at some their reviews and can tell you that I was not disappointed. Aviram came out to our home, listened very carefully as to what we wanted out of our yard and help us design landscape which we can enjoy. From start to finish the process was very smooth. Once the work started I did not get any surprise price bumps as I have experienced with some other contractors. They stand behind their work and will come out and fix if something breaks. They are punctual, clean and do a thorough job. Give them a call for your remodel and you won’t be disappointed with the quality of their work.May 18, 2019Verified
This company has the best employees! Very honest people. I highly recommend this company and its employees if you need a contractor for home construction!Jan 10, 2019Review from Google
The contractor and the foreman were easy to work with. I appreciated them working with and around my schedule. We enjoy our new kitchen, 2 bathrooms and turf every day.Dec 26, 2018
We shopped around a while, meeting with various contractors to assess our project. Our problem was a growing soft spot in the sub-flooring beneath our pre-fab shower tub unit. Danny came to our condominium and talked us through the entire process. His numbers and timeline were right for us, and his recommendations were sound. There was no halfassing this project, as doing so would end up costing us more money and time in the future. The Need For Build team shuffled its schedule around to complete our project, helped us select tile, fixtures, and tub, then stayed engaged throughout demo, multiple inspections, tiling, etc. We even had a hiccup with a neighbor's leaky tub, which required some extra ceiling repair (and a short delay in the project). The team was patient as we worked through this unforeseen circumstance. The outcome is a simple, clean, high-quality upgrade to our small (and only) bathroom. New plumbing, added moisture/mold protection, tiling up to the ceiling, and new fixtures, tub, and shower door. We are quite happy with the work and recommend the Need for Build team to anyone.Jan 9, 2019
License Type: C27 - Landscaping (CA)
License Type: B - General Building Contractor (CA)
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?At Need for build, our ultimate goal is to provide you with the highest quality material at manufacture prices. We believe in doing things right the first time.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?In the initial consultation, we will go over the most important and crucial information such as licenses, insurances and bond. We will provide you with design options, customer feedback and let you get to know our company!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?We are hold a B-General License EPA Certified