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Berkeley Building Cost Estimators

Browse these building cost estimators with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Berkeley.

Gomes Handyman
4.9
from 289 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 366 hires on Thumbtack
David G.
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David arrived promptly as scheduled and was well equipped to handle a variety of renovation and installation tasks that were presented to him. His price was right and he was very helpful with ideas to cut costs and using construction methods and/or materials to save time. I would definitely recommend hiring David for any of your home repair, renovation, or installation needs.

AA Cardenas Construction
4.8
from 195 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 247 hires on Thumbtack
Wilson C.
Verified review

Aricel and Luz were great to work with. Very punctual, thorough, and cost efficient. I would recommend them without hesitation.

  • 4 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
Edward W.
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Mr. Solis came and saw what my problems were. He found openings on my house where the rodents were coming in. He promptly seal the openings. Now, it's a wait and see time. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, easy to talk with. He will discuss what is the best option for your problem. Also, since he will be coming back in a couple of weeks to check the traps, I will have a list of household repairs that need a cost estimate. One person to take care of rodent, electrical, and handyman repair problems, makes life easier for me.

Casiano's Handyman
4.5
from 162 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 256 hires on Thumbtack
Aritra B.
Verified review

Ricardo did an amazing job and I'd highly recommend him for future opportunities. He was available to drop by for an free estimate and that really helped me evaluate the cost. Not only does he do an amazing job, he also cleans up after, leaving everything spic and span.

Ipowersfelectric.
4.8
from 108 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 171 hires on Thumbtack
Gabriela C.
Verified review

German responded almost immediately to my post and we arranged for him to come to my home to give me an estimate of my project. He arrived as promised, gave me a fair price, and was sensitive to my schedule and timing. Couldn't be more satisfied.

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Matthew Kelly Construction
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
George O.
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Matt was hired to replace an old broken hinge on a closet door. When the hinge was replaced and it was time to hang the door matt asked me for the pin for the top hinge. Turns out i lost it weeks earlier. Since the new hinge had a slightly different diameter pin matt had to replace the top hinge with a new one. He did this at no cost to me. I got two hinges replaced for the price of one!! Matt performed the entire job in about 15 minutes. He arrived on time and did an excellent job. I give Matt top marks for workmanship and people skills.

Kepper
4.3
from 81 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Justin L.
Verified review

I've been wanting to convert my living room into a bedroom, but I didn't know who to hire. I asked around and a lot of contractors asked for too much money, around $1,000-$2,000 just for a door installation. I hired Slavik because he gave me the best quote. He arrived the very next day to inspect my apartment and gave me a few options. Slavik and his team installed the door in record time and they did an outstanding job making sure it fits and functions properly. I couldn't have asked for a better job, plus the cost was reasonably affordable. These guys are the best! I'll be hiring Slavik as my trusted contractor for all my future renovations.

Definitive Installations
4.7
from 66 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Shari S.
Verified review

Derrick was diligent, timely, careful, neat and clean in his work and totally fulfilled our expectations. He provided high quality work at a reasonable cost. We heartily recommend him.

  • 10 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Brian T.
Verified review

I hired Gusanito to install porcelain tiles in my bathroom. He was very prompt--being the first contractor to contact me on thumbtack--and quickly responded to my text messages whenever I had a question. He takes his time and is very detailed in his work. He is also willing to help you with other problems. For example, in addition to installing the tiles, I also wanted to change my sink faucet and shower handles. He agreed to do the extra work at a reasonable price. The tile installation went smoothly, however, we ran into plumbing issues which he couldn't solve. I'm giving him four stars because I hired him on thumbtack for tile installation services, not plumbing. Nonetheless, he agreed to bring his cousin (who is an experienced plumber) over the next day to change my sink faucet at no extra cost. The total work took about two full days to complete, but I'm sure it would have been less if we didn't run into the plumbing issues. So I recommend him but make sure you talk with him thoroughly about what you want to accomplish.

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MyApartmentIsBetterThanYours
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara A.
Verified review

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.

A Great Honest Plumber 🙄
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Vladimir C.
Verified review

Installation of a new kitchen sink faucet, dishwasher, and fridge. Gerardo and his helper were professional, clean, and took great care not to dirty my pristine new cabinets or mar my floor. They thoroughly tested the installation to ensure that I wouldn't experience leaks after they left, and Gerardo communicated quite clearly. Materials were roughly equivalent to the labor cost, so I got a little bit of sticker shock on the materials side, but that's just because I'm ignorant of how pricey plumbing materials can be. Not Gerardo's fault that plumbing materials are expensive!

Build By Bogdan
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Abraham A.
Verified review

Bogdan was very prompt in addressing our kitchen crisis. He thoroughly assessed the plumbing in our kitchen, provided us with a reasonable estimate, and completed the job in one day! I highly recommend him!

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Richard Hynes Construction
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patricia O.
Verified review

Felt like I hit the jackpot with Richard. Although my needs were pretty basic it was great to find out that he is a Mill Valley Building Inspector so had complete knowledge of my smoke detector issues and questions. Super.

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Juan Barrios
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Abena K.
Verified review

When Juan and I began to negotiate the cost of the work that I needed done, he quoted me an hourly rate. I balked at this; stating that I preferred to pay by the job - and that way, he would be free to work as quickly or as slowly as he pleased. He stated to me, in a very cool and yet confident way: "Let me explain to you who I am..." He went on to talk to me about the integrity that he tries to honor; and the business that he is trying to build. He assured me that he is honorable and hard working; and that he would never charge me what he was not due. My soul felt that he should be trusted...and what an gift it has been to experience the quality of his work, his kindness, his business acumen, and the wisdom of his words. He is a licensed contractor, an honorable man, and a master of his craft.

Scorpion Services
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Suzie B.
Verified review

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.

E.R. Builds & Repairs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Eloisa M.
Verified review

I contacted Thumbtack looking for a contractor to install some siding along the back of my house where a deck had been removed and I got a quick response from Eddie from ER Builds & Repairs. He came out, gave me a quote and a few days later returned and did a wonderful job! He was on time, quick and very reasonable. The side of the house looks as if no deck had ever been there. I highly recommend Eddie. Eloisa M.

IB roofing
4.6
from 14 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Israel was very responsive and did an excellent job building and installing my closet shelf. He also installed two bifold closet doors. End result is amazing! He left my place very clean after completing the project.

Shaz Construction & Design
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Frank T.
Verified review

We can confidently recommend Shaz for any construction projects that you may have. Based on the excellent work he did for us, we got multiple offers the same day. Shaz is capable of all types of construction projects and possesses skills in all phases of construction. Shaz is punctual, keep his promises, is realistic in time and cost estimates, and most importantly, has an Old-world pride in quality and look of any construction project he undertakes. Shaz is a jack-of-all-trades and a master-of-all-trades.

VCONSTRUCTION
4.3
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Lesli R.
Verified review

Greatest work I have ever had done at my home. Cleaned up crap that I had in my yard already. Professional, friendly, I will have Vincent back for more construction work I need. I didn't know that there are folks who truly just do a great service for consumers. VConstruction does.

Bay Home Remodeling Inc
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mali E.
Verified review

We moved to California a few years ago, and were a little in the dark on who to go to when we purchased our home. Our freind recommended Bay Home Remodeling for our project, and we could not be more pleased with the work. They really took the reigns and completed an amazing project for us. Tom was prompt, organized, and a pleasure to work with. Our home built in the almost 100 years ago and had minimal renovations over the years. The team helped us create a beautiful design that opened up the floor plan, and completely remodeled the house based on our life style. Tom and Gal were the lead contractors on our job, and we loved having them at the house every day. We were actually very sad when they were finished because it meant they wouldn't be a part of our day to day life. The finished product is BEAUTIFUL. Everything was completed to perfection. They made the home new, while keeping the charm of the house. The team gave us great insights along the way. When we were stuck on a decision they guided us the right direction. I loved that Tom would always include his input when we were making a design decision. His expertise and experience was invaluable in making the right calls. We found that the selection of finishes from the Bay Home Remodeling partners excellent. We love the cabinetry, flooring, and counter top. Overall we could not be more pleased with our renovated home, and our time working with Bay Home Remodeling. We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for an excellent team to remodel their home and definitely would use them on future projects.

Equilibrium Construction.
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ramiro S.
Verified review

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.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Why should you hire a contractor?

Hiring a general contractor is a good idea for many remodeling projects. Home renovation contractors have a broad range of skills to manage, coordinate and complete a project. They should help make sure your project comes in on time and within your budget as they hire and supervise all the necessary subcontractors, including electricians and plumbers. They also handle procuring all the materials required for your job. Some homeowners look to save money by acting as their own contractor, but an experienced home renovation contractor is worth the cost. They should know local building codes, be able to pull all necessary permits, and work with inspectors to make sure the construction meets local codes. Also, because they get professional discounts, they can typically buy materials at a better price than you can; better prices on materials and labor save you money, and make up for at least a percentage of the cost of the contractor.

What do construction project managers do?

Construction project managers help in all stages of your construction project, starting from the very first step. Typically paid a percentage of a total project cost, they are part of the design and planning process and help ensure seamless communication between the design parties and the construction team. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, their scope of work includes preparing cost estimates, budgets and work timetables; interpreting and explaining contracts and technical information to other professionals; reporting work progress and budget to clients; collaborating with architects, engineers and other construction pros; selecting subcontractors and scheduling and coordinating their tasks; responding to work delays, emergencies and other problems; and ensuring compliance with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations.

The work of construction project managers may seem very similar to that of general contractors, but there are some critical differences. One difference is that, unlike most general contractors, project managers are not engaged in the actual construction — they are onsite overseeing the work of subcontractors. Another key difference is that project managers are hired during the design phase, while general contractors are hired after plans have been made. The project manager is generally paid a percentage of the total project cost, while the general contractor is more typically paid according to the bid they gave to build your project.  

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 I find out if a contractor is licensed?

It’s important to know if your project requires work by a licensed professional, as licensing laws can vary by state, locality, and job details. You can find general licensing information online at the government websites that handle occupational licensing for a given profession in your state or location. Some states designate a project cost over which you have to hire a licensed contractor. To find qualified licensed contractors, search your state’s licensing board. For example, in California, the Department of Consumer Affairs operates a searchable database through the Contractors State License Board. In some states, contracting licenses are provided at a regional level. You can find links to specific databases on BRB Publications’ Occupational Licensing page. Red flags that a contractor may not be licensed or may be providing an expired or false license number are unreasonably low bids or a request for complete payment upfront. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

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.

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