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Experience in the area

Twenty seven years as a general contractor (15 as a construction manager and design-builder).


Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) - Detroit Chapter (President in 1999), American Society of Professional Estimators - Detroit Chapter (President in 1994-95), Construction Association of Michigan, National Home Builders Association.


Estimator - the magazine for American Society of Profession Estimators, also, the Detroit Chapter of AGC magazine.


Associate of Science in Construction Technology, Instructor for STP classes (Superintendents Training) for AGC, lecturer at University of Detroit School of Architecture on Cost Estimating.

Awards and Honors

1998 Franklin award for one of Michigan's best run family businesses, Yearly Safety awards from AGC, Remodeling Magazine 2001 Big 50 Remodelers of the year.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

"Cost estimating is part art and part science"

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Recent Answers from Dominic J. Maltese, Jr.

2016-01-05 Kitchens:

We do kitchens and we sell custom cabinets and semi-custom cabinets.  Custom cabinets are built by local mill shops.  semi-custom are purchased from local distributors.  We buy Wellborn and Kraftmaid.

2012-04-23 GC Profit:

The mark-up is two fold, you have overhead and profit.  The range for the combined O&P should be in the range of 10% to 40% depending on the job size.  A $10,000 job should be in the 20% range a $100,000

2011-10-11 notice to owner:

Do you or the owner have a notraized sworn statement from the sub. listing his suppliers and that he paid them?  If you do he has committed a crime.  If you don't, you only paid him and the supplier can

2009-11-05 Construction Lien:

A lien is a lien until removed.  It does not have to enforced until the property is sold.  It can only be released by the person that placed the lien.  This is usally done by someone paying the lien amount

2009-08-08 Compensation:

develop a spread sheet of actual cost for each person involved for a typical installation and all material costs.  then develop a selling price, a net cost line, a gross and net profit line, etc.  then


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