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Gomes Handyman
4.9
from 290 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 367 hires on Thumbtack
JOLLY S.
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We hired Gomes to replace 2 toilets and glad we did. He knew exactly what an issue a homeowner can face when toilets have length & height restrictions. He was punctual on time, was very professional and did his job perfectly. We highly recommend Gomes to anyone who is looking to get such jobs to be done.

AA Cardenas Construction
4.8
from 195 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 247 hires on Thumbtack
Dan S.
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Arisel is great, offered my thorough information about what need to be done. Thank you!

Casiano's Handyman
4.5
from 162 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 256 hires on Thumbtack
Mary G.
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Ricardo came out to troubleshoot our electrical issue. He helped us with a temporary solution so we'd have heat to the building. We're not done with the issue but Ricardo came out the same day, stayed for a couple of hours and ended up charging us a very low fee.

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Matthew Kelly Construction
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary K.
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Matthew is a professional contractor that will show up on time, patiently listen to your ideas and thoughtfully share his building plans.

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MyApartmentIsBetterThanYours
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara A.
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Jasper did an excellent job of designing and building my computer desk and storage unit. On our first meeting he was able to translate the description of what I wanted into a drawing with measurements. On his next visit he confirmed the measurements and proposed workarounds for dealing with challenges such as the room's molding as well as taking a paint sample to match the color of the unit with the room. The results were better than I expected. The unit truly looks built-in with molding around the top that matches the molding in the room. Though it's a floor to ceiling unit, it does not feel overbearing due to the design, color and seamless attachment to walls and ceiling. He was easy to work with when making adjustments in order to accommodate placement of my computer equipment. When I specified what I wanted, I got exactly that. Jason is an extremely competent woodworker and very fast executor. I would highly recommend him.

Build By Bogdan
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Nithin R.
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We were remodeling our kitchen and needed someone to install under cabinet lighting with short notice. Bogdan was available the same day we setup the project on Thumbtack. Bogdan was creative in coming up with a solution that concealed both the driver and the wiring. He was also diligent about finishing the project within the time constraint.

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Richard Hynes Construction
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christopher M.
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Richard did a fantastic job, was very responsive and showed up right on time. Would definitely recommend

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Juan Barrios
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy E.
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Juan and his assistant installed a security grill which was complicated by the fact that my wood door needed to be cut and re-hung to open inwards. I was thrilled, first off, that Juan was willing to do the job, since a couple other people I spoke with wanted me to buy a new door. Juan responded very quickly, answered all my questions, and was very professional and clear with his quote. His price was extremely fair, a bargain really, and he was able to accommodate my schedule and stay in touch via email. They worked very cleanly, covering the deck and floors, and tenting off the kitchen with taped plastic. The work went very quickly and smoothly. Juan needed to tweak a few things in order to make everything fit, so the finished product has some tiny flaws. Aesthetically and functionally, though, the doors are exactly what I wanted and expected for my slightly funky older home. I would definitely hire him again.

Scorpion Services
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Suzie B.
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Scorpion Services provided me and my family with an amazing Trex deck. The upper deck covers a large portion of our lower deck which has made this winter season enjoyable outside. I definitely recommend Scorpion Services to anyone who is remodeling/building a deck or add on to their home.

Anderson Construction
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Kathi R.
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Anderson Construction as done several jobs for me. He has put in can lighting in my kitchen, painted, installed flooring, plumbing and many other projects at my house. The jobs are always completed with great results, cleaned up and in a timely manner.

E.R. Builds & Repairs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Polo M.
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I had a great experience working with Eddie building a 250 SF deck in my backyard. I can't say enough positive things about him. His bid was very competitive yet workmanship was of the highest quality, he managed to be very responsive despite handling other jobs and he demonstrated deep expertise in his craft. I would hire him again in a heart beat and would recommend him to my friends. He finished the project on budget, on time and lets and left the job area clean after he finished.

  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Delara P.
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I would highly recommend Steven for any home remodeling projects. He was extremely professional and transparent from start to finish. High quality work done in a timely manner...you really can't go wrong using his services!

IB roofing
4.6
from 14 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kat B.
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Great job re-roofing my house. Was tar & gravel, aged & leaking. New modified bitumen roof and gutters look great! These guys really take pride in the quality of their work, which was appreciated. (Communication with the head roofer was a little tricky, no trouble communicating with Israel though!)

VCONSTRUCTION
4.3
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jiten S.
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These guys were very professional. They showed up on time, worked for 2 days and made sure everything was perfect! I would recommend these guys to anyone who would want to do any kind of fence work. They really know what they are doing!!!

Bay Home Remodeling Inc
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nat D.
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My experience with Bay Home Remodeling was very positive for renovation for my small bathroom. Their price was competitive and provided a high level of service, from getting building approval to project management. And the result was beautiful! I ordered most of the finish materials myself with the help of Tom my project manager, the management and execution of the project from start to finish was great and they were very responsive in dealing with any issues. My building management, Super, and neighbors all commented that they were professional and easy to work with. I would definitely hire them again for another pro

Equilibrium Construction.
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ramiro S.
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Had my kitchen remodeled last summer and we contracted with Equilibrium Construction. They did a great job. Aldo is professional and punctual. The project was completed on time. Very satisfied with the quality of work. All costs were clearly outline before the work started and there were no surprises.

Bello construcción
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Max G.
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Miguel replaced rotted siding, eaves and 20ft beams on my pergola- great work, everything was done on time and within budget. Will hire again.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Louis E.
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Sebastian was very easy to work with. Our project was complicated and required the involvement of a couple sub-contractors, but in the end, it turned out exactly the way we'd hoped.

Angelina L.
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Jeff is hied by our company at the last minute notice, for a 4 story, 20,000 square foot condominium new construction design project in San Francisco. He is extremely patient and talented, energetic and efficient. I am very impressed with his skill of using the modern technology with all the most updated software, computer aided design tools. That will greatly increase the accuracy and choices, especially in such a complex scale. Jeff is also familiar with all the application process of obtaining planing permit, building permit and conditional use permit. He read PPA and Ruben design committee comments very carefully, implemented line by line, yet in the mean time, watching out for the owner's interest like a lawyer. We have dealed with many big name professionals in San Francisco before we reach this point, Jeff has the skill all in one, and has the unbeatable speed since he is light and mobile, comparing to the cumbersome organization that answers your phone call with a secretary. After we gain the planning permit, we will most likely to continue to heir him for the building permit process, since he is an excellent communicator, to integrate the design with Machanical engineers, civil engineers, structural engineers. We believe he is the one for us.

CFI Construction
3.8
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
George B.
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I hired CFI Construction to frame a new 501 sq ft building on our property to be used as a sewing studio. Today, they started and finished framing the walls, and enclosing the entire building with shear panels. Next week, when the trusses arrive, they are going to install them and install roof shearing. I learned of CFI two days ago on Thumbtack. Having observed their work today, I feel like the A team just fell out of the sky into my project. They are phenomenal in every respect. Their work, honesty, and work ethic are models for the construction industry. They have years of experience framing large projects, both residential and commercial. I was humbled that they chose to work on my project. They are not solely a framing company. They can build a building from start to finish, I just happened to hire them for framing. Having enjoyed today's experience, I'm going to use them for more phases of our project. Both the owner of the company (Steve) and one of his sons (Drew) were on site the entire day, as well as their crew of 5 framers. I wanted to write this review now, even though they still have trusses to install and the front porch to frame, because I want other users of Thumbtack to have the same benefit of a 1st class, licensed, professional construction company, as I did today. I strongly recommend that you seek out CFI Construction for your projects. They are the real deal. Thank you Steve and Drew.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
R. B.
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I hired Esther's firm for a tenant improvement project consisting of a new restaurant and a cafe next door. They designed a hip and functional interior, an attractive exterior with outdoor seating, and was involved in all the details including the design of millwork, furniture, signage, lighting, and finishes. They coordinated and led multiple engineers and the equipment supplier on the project. They had no issues with getting approval from the Health, Planning, and Building Depts. They are efficient, creative, and responsive. I would hire them again for my next project. - Chef/Restaurant Co-owner, East Bay

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a general contractor?

When starting a home remodel or new construction project, you will probably hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to take a set of building plans and construct them as outlined. The general contractor may help perform the day-to-day building, or they may just hire workers and oversee all the work activities. In either case, the job of the general contractor is to see that your project gets built.

When you have a building project, ask for bids from various contractors. The bids tell you how much each will charge and what their scope of work will be. Once you have selected a bid, you sign a contract with that general contractor outlining the specifics of the project and the milestones during the project when they will receive payment installments. Once the contract is official, the general contractor will bring in their crew to begin construction. The contractor will manage the workers and subcontractors (anyone who doesn’t work directly for their company but that they need to outsource, like a marble installation pro), order all the materials, obtain work permits, and confirm that all the workers and subcontractors are completing their projects as planned. They typically handle all the payments to the workers and subcontractors, and send you invoice. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.  If you are organized and competent to oversee construction projects, and are able to make sure everything is being built properly and meeting code, it’s possible you can be your own general contractor.  

How do architects work?

Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

How do architects charge for their services?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

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