Richard S. wrote:There all about 20 feet away and they aren't really huge You could grind them out but that's huge amount of work and you'll never get all of it. We do have one that is pretty close but that's the future base of a table.... I don't have a picture of the stump but here it is before we cut it down.
Sucks cutting down trees like that but a)they were really close to the house and where the new garage is going and b) there was some moss on the roof. House didn't get much sunlight at all on that side.
Remove all organic tree material from under new construction. Any organic material left in the ground will eventually rot and cause the ground to settle. If under a slab, this will result in a void under the slab that could cause future settling and cracking.
It sound like you are off to a good start on you plans. My points are to say that "x" price is a good price you need to know the scope. Make sure the scope is in writing and that the grade of materials are specified. There are a lot of contractors out there that will be glad to beat someone's price but will cheat on scope and materials.
Get 3 indepent prices. Don't reveal what someone else bid but Ok to state an expected budget. Get references and check them out. A good contractor will tell you if he can't meet budget with the stated scope and material expectations. He will be able to suggest cost savings and state the pros and cons of the savings. Not much can be saved on a shell if it is to be done right.
Check with the buiding inspector first and see what he will be looking for. Make sure these items are defined in your scope.