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Back to Basics Builders, LLC

Founded 2014 • With Angi since September 2016


(7) Verified Reviews

Business Details

Phone Number


6323 W Wisconsin Ave

Wauwatosa, WI 53213


We’ve been the remodeling company of choice in the Wauwatosa and greater Milwaukee area for years. Our remodeling contractors have the skills and industry knowledge to transform every room in your home. Trade your stained carpets for hardwood floors. Enjoy a single vanity in your bathroom. Whip up

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Steve C.

Justin & Dustin were polite and very easy to talk to. They did a excellent job installing a half door by the basement stairs. They clean up after there self with out being asked to. I would definitely recommend them to anymore I know. everyone

Description of Work
Put in a half door by basement stairs.

Category contractors, doors



Kristine R.

Run don't walk from this company. We were initially lured by Back to Basics google reviews and Joe's interview. However our project quickly turned into a nightmare. What was supposed to be an 8 week remodel lasted almost 10 months (granted there were 6 weeks of Covid and a month of restoration secondary to Joe's negligence). Every aspect of the project from the electrical, paint, drywall had to be done and redone. We had to contact the NARI grievance board to even get the project finished. In the end we payed, not because we were satisfied with the "finished" work (which includes a bathroom that was left unpainted - Joe was going to send his wife and secretary to paint it -and crooked walls & soffits). We payed because hiring lawyers is expensive and we tried to work with Joe because finding another contractor to touch a project in progress is incredibly difficult. The disregard for our home, our family, and our things was appalling. Joe and his crew used our garage as a wood working space (without permission) covering our personal belongings in sawdust. Joe and his crew sawed through our concrete floor without securing the work space, resulting in cement dust covering every thing we owned, filling our hvac. Restoration companies were called multiple times to "cure," even so our things are not the same. In addition, Joe's team refused to wear masks during the covid pandemic (when I brought it to his attention, he said we should be wearing masks in our home while they worked). Joe did not protect our floors from comings and going of workers. Joe did not provide or stick to any kind of regular schedule until NARI got involved with our complaint. Joe used non remodeling space to dump demolition material. Joe's workers did things like unplug our family chest freezer (resulting in us losing our food) and unplugging our water heater and never plugging it back in. Joe would send emails saying, "drywalls finished," when there'd be gaping holes in the drywall areas on the walls. He'd email us, "paintings finished" when the walls would have large and evident spots of missing paint. The more we asked him to correct his workers' basic mistakes, the more contentious the relationship became. In the end his communication included, hanging up on me on the phone and blaming me for not letting him know what work still needed to be done on the project. We trusted Joe Burbey. We wanted the job done in a timely manner to a professional level. After almost a year, of trying to work with him..we had to pay him to get him out of our lives. The work wasn't even finished and he sent us our last invoice, with a statement that it was 3 days overdue and he was going to put a lien on our house. Maybe Back to Basics is good for handyman work, but when it comes to a larger job like ours...we did not get a professional experience.

Description of Work
Basement/ Rec room Remodel

Category contractors, drywall, picture framing, plastering, home remodeling, interior painters, doors, basement remodeling



Shirley S.

BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY! Spoke in June about the job but put on hold due to personal things that needed to be taken care of. Called Joe in Aug. about contracting for the job. Joe said he could squeeze me in on Friday Aug 17th. He called Tue Aug 14th saying he needed 50% down & was bring over the contract for me to sign. When he showed up he DID NOT bring the business contract. He brought over what he called an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT. Which basicly states that 'he has sole discretion to determine how, WHEN & where to perform services" It also states "either party is able to terminate immediately without further obligation'. There were other things that made me very uncomfortable but I figured he said he was coming Friday & it was a one day job. After signing 2 of these forms, he shoved his phone at me & told me to sign on the line. I was in a hurry, it was hot outside & I signed it. After I gave him 50% down I said what time time are you coming on Friday. HE DIDN'T ANSWER. That's when I knew this was going very wrong. After he left I was wondering "WHERE IS MY CONTRACT" & "WHAT DID HE HAVE ME SIGN ON HIS PHONE", the only thing on the phone was a line for my signature. no explanation of what is was. I called him right away & told him to email me the contract. I said again.."See you Friday" Again he did not answer! Never got the contract on TUE. Wed morning I put a stop payment on the check & cancelled the contract???(The one that never was). BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY! I am posting pictures of the only contract this company gave me. Hope they are readable.

Description of Work
Hand rails on my back stoop.

Category remodeling



Barbara Y.

Excellent, loved that Joe let us buy our kitchen floor, he then put the flooring in. He matched the floorboards, moulding with our kitchen cupboards. They were always on time, told us what they were going to do before they did anything. Our kitchen looks beautiful , Will hire them again plus recommend them whoever needs work done on their home.

Description of Work
We needed new basement stairs, plus drywall to be put up in the basement, they finished our kitchen, floor boards, New flooring, moulding around our cupboards, moulding around 3 doors plus more lightening in our kitchen.

Category remodeling, woodworking, home remodeling



Teresa J.

Very professional and reasonable priced. Also being a first time home buyer you want a knowledgeable service person and Joe and his crew are AWESOME !!!!

Description of Work
Closet doors fixed and aligned!!

Category doors



judy K.

very well, very polite and courteous, work was done very timely and professional.

Description of Work
closet shelving, garage shelving, outside outlet replaced

Category handyman service, remodeling, woodworking



Kathleen P.

I am so happy I found this company. It is very important to me to have honest, reliable people to call for work I need done. It has been difficult to find a company that does good work , on time, with reasonable prices and most of all, most importantly to me, someone I can have safely in my home. I have been thru three other services of this type and all were disappointing on every level of expectations.

Description of Work
I needed a garage door repaired . I needed a outside faucet fixed because of a faulty hose coupling. ( Immediate response from Back to Basic's for this -within the hour.) I needed an outside dryer vent completely redone. Back to Basics's built a wooden railing for my wheelchair ramp.

Category handyman service, remodeling, woodworking

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    Visa, MasterCard, Check

    Services Offered

    Home Remodeling & Home Repairs.

    Services Not Offered

    Cleaning, Yard Work or Roofing.

    Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about Back to Basics Builders, LLC

    How is Back to Basics Builders, LLC overall rated?

    Back to Basics Builders, LLC is currently rated 4.3 overall out of 5.

    What days are Back to Basics Builders, LLC open?

    Back to Basics Builders, LLC is open:

    Sunday: Closed

    Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Saturday: Closed

    What payment options does Back to Basics Builders, LLC provide

    Back to Basics Builders, LLC accepts the following forms of payment: Visa, MasterCard, Check

    Does Back to Basics Builders, LLC offer free estimates?

    Yes, Back to Basics Builders, LLC offers free project estimates.

    Does Back to Basics Builders, LLC offer eco-friendly accreditations?

    Yes, Back to Basics Builders, LLC offers eco-friendly accreditations.

    Are warranties offered by Back to Basics Builders, LLC?

    Yes, Back to Basics Builders, LLC offers warranties.

    What services does Back to Basics Builders, LLC offer?

    Back to Basics Builders, LLC offers the following services: Home Remodeling & Home Repairs.

    Are there any services Back to Basics Builders, LLC does not offer?

    Cleaning, Yard Work or Roofing.