When you’re researching basement contractors in Omaha, the first step most people do is gathering quotes.

But unlike other basement companies, we don’t quote it the traditional way. Even stopping by your home and surveying your basement wouldn’t be able to give you an accurate estimate.

(Note: Some basement finishers do it this way and they’re often ball parking on the high end which is disadvantageous for you)

So how does Hawthorne do it?

Step 1- Create the Design

We asked that all serious clients work with our drafting company to create an actual design of their basement remodel. This includes an on-site visit from our partners to take accurate measurements of your space. Within a week, we can have the preliminary design ready for viewing and modifications.

Step 2- Gather the Bid

Once the design is approved, we get the final copy in order to send it out to all of our subs for bidding. As we mentioned in a previous blog post, these are hard bids and actual numbers- not just us guesstimating.

This same plan is what we will use to file a permit with the city if you decide to go forth as well.

Step 3- Review the Bid

We arrange for a homeowners meeting where we go through the estimates and final numbers with the homeowners. No mystery where the numbers are coming from and we simply calculate our management fee on top of the overall costs. (One advantage to your during this time is the contractors pricing and savings we receive is passed on to you- no markup)

Step 4- Start the Project

If there are any modifications at this point, we can make the necessary additions/subtractions from the scope of work and reach a plan that works for you. Once approved, we sign on the dotted line and take the initial deposit. An advantage of working with Hawthorne Finished Basements is you can expect regular communication and you will always have a pulse on the progress of your basement.

During the next few months of working on your basement, there will be several small decisions, questions, and timeline things we would need to communicate and coordinate. Don’t worry, we’re advocating for you and the success of staying on budget (and on time). That’s just one of the many benefits of hiring a basement remodeler instead of doing it yourself.


Looking for a basement contractor in Omaha you can trust? Ready to get started on your project? Give us a call at (402) 321-5260 or email hello@hawthornebasements.com and be surprised how quickly we get back to you!