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Berkeley Building Renovation Contractors

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AA Cardenas Construction
4.8
from 204 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 257 hires on Thumbtack
Denis C.
Verified review

Orisel (Cardenas Construction) l diagnosed and fixed a long-time nagging electrical intermittent. He has an upbeat personality and excellent communication skills which removed the uncertainty and pain usually associated with getting these difficult homeowner problems remedied.

Do It Right Rodent Proofing
4.9
from 187 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 239 hires on Thumbtack
Dana S.
Verified review

Ralph built a deck and fence for me about a month ago and the work was absolutely great. His prices were very reaonsonable and he did the job in a very short time. By far, one of the easiest and nicest contractors to work with. I would recommend him to anyone as he finished the job on-time and the deck and fence looked great!

Casiano's Handyman
4.5
from 169 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
Cody G.
Verified review

Ricardo is fast, honest, and super reasonably priced. I would not hesitate to hire him again in an instant. I had a couple of plumbing issues that popped up after a renovation, and not only did Ricardo fix them, he even gave me advice on what to do if the issues happen again. Seriously, Ricardo is the best.

Ipowersfelectric.
4.8
from 109 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 175 hires on Thumbtack
Atilla T.
Verified review

German delivered as promised. I was in a jam and needed desperately to finish the project by a certain date. He also had to work around a construction crew which meant coming over early in the evenings a few times. He and his crew were polite, reliable and competent. Highly recommended!

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Matthew Kelly Construction
4.9
from 79 reviews
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sheree P.
Verified review

I had a small damaged dresser that I needed taken from my house. Matt answered the call and was curteous, prompt and very professiional. He informed me that cabinet builfding and construction arenhis profession and I would definitly seek him out again for additional work.

  • 10 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine B.
Verified review

We hired Gustavo to put in a front walkway. We had a very tight budget but wanted it to look good. Gustavo and his team were incredibly responsive and worked really quickly. It was basically finished in one day. We are really happy with the quality of the work and Gustavo's fast response to our questions and requests. It's a beautiful walkway and we are hiring him to do other projects around our yard.

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Hilux Maintenance, Inc.
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joanne G.
Verified review

Our deck looks fantastic. We are ever so happy with Renato with Hilux and will be using him on several other maintenance projects for our condo. He was great to work with and his prices were reasonable. ThThanks again!Thank you Renato!

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  • 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.

AMX Plumbing
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Marie G.
Verified review

Max is an amazing plumber. He is very knowledgeable, creative in his approach, very dependable, so nice. I can't recommend him enough! He did a huge amount of work for my kitchen remodel and everything worked out great (entirely New plumbing, moved sink, New range hood, added a dishwasher... and more!). I will work with him exclusively moving forward!!

GMBC Construction Inc.
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Helen C.
Verified review

We hired Eli for a total interior renovation of our newly purchased home, including changing the layout of our first floor, adding a half bath, 2 full bath and 1 kitchen reno, hardwood floor, HVAC, roofing, repiping & electrical work. Total value of the project exceeded 140K, and lasted ~ 4 months. Eli & team delivered good quality work and kept us at our budget. He is a professional with high integrity. He was always responsive, provided helpful, thoughtful and truthful advice, and committed to his promises. Our journey together wasn't without hiccups, but Eli is someone you can trust as a partner battling any challenges together along the way.

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Juan Barrios
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Donna A.
Verified review

Juan remodeled our unfinished attic space (about 700+ sq ft) from top to bottom and turned it into a new office studio. He laid out the framework, ran electrical wires, put up insulation and drywall, painted and stained, added window trim, installed hardwood flooring and baseboards, and added storage cabinets. He was able to finish our attic in three weeks, and for a very reasonable price. He is a very hard worker, and really creative with his solutions. He always had helpful advice for me when I wasn't sure what decisions to make. He is now our go to contractor when we need work done around the house. I highly recommend him for his work quality, professional etiquette, and ease of communication. I am very happy with the work he is done, and can't wait to work with him again.

Valenz Construction
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Sally V.
Verified review

We didn’t know very much about Valenz Construction, but we were so happy with the quality of their work, great team of workers and professionalism. They painted our 2-story house and did fantastic!!

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
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

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.

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MJH Construction Management
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ben N.
Verified review

Michael is the most passionate and punctual contractor I have ever worked with! A true, honest partner in your project with broad and deep knowledge of all facets of construction and design. Helped me with a complex condo bathroom renovation project and did an incredible job and really understood out needs and had a roll up your sleeves attitude to meet our really tight timeline that we found ourselves under. Highly recommended!!!

vgh general repairs
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy S.
Verified review

I had a small fence section that was started by another contractor and it was a disaster. Nothing was level, there were concrete pillars jutting out of the ground so I fired the contractor and started looking for another one. Victor answered my post on thumbtack and I had him come over the next day to give me a quote. He's quiet, confident and quickly understood what I was trying to do and went about explaining the corrective work that would need to done and in a few minutes listed of the material needed and why the previous contractors design was flawed and ugly. Not only did he finish the project but he corrected all the mistakes the previous contractor had made and I'm very happy with the end result. I hired him immediately to fix some rotten wooden planter boxes on the side of my house. It was a much bigger job than either of us expected but he finished it under 2 days and it looks great.

Pacific Remodeling & Design
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Stella A.
Verified review

After months of searching for the right contractor to do our remodel of our master bath,we found pacific and the process and the way they handle and do remodels is genius, we just finshed with them about a week ago , and I am beyond happy with the finshed product. Moran and his team kept me informed and involed in the process the whole time , not everything little thing he came to me with , only decision they he knew i would want to make , I selected who i wanted to do the work, i knew everything up front , i wasnt hit with a bill after. Or change orders. and after a bad kitchen refacing( with another company ) that took months and tons of problems , I was kinda scared to countitue , but Pacific gave me my joy back , I will forever be thankful for the time and energy moran put into the project.

  • 16 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Lydell W.
Verified review

Devin, came in very professional and did an awesome job on our deck remodel. His team was courteous and worked fast. Communication was excellent and Devin did what he said he was going to do and in the amount of time he said...Would definitely hire again.

Bay Home Remodeling Inc
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Gal N.
Verified review

Bay Home Remodeling! This company did the impossible for me! They totally transformed my house and now it looks brand new! It's amazing how many ideas could be given by skillful man. The team was very creative, which made my home so beautiful! That was the home renovation contractor I was looking for."

Green Star Construction
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Hila E.
Verified review

I really loved working with Jay and his team they were highly professional... They did a great job remodeling my kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. It's not the first time that I'm hiring a contractor and we had a bad experience, we will definitely use from now on Jay and his team

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracey B.
Verified review

My husband and I have known Stuart for a number of years and he and his team have done quite a few projects for us that includes electrical, painting, carpentry and remodeling. Stuart is the best carpenter we have ever come across. He designed and built a pergola on our patio which is beautiful and exactly what we were looking for and he also designed and built a fireplace mantel for our living room. Stuart somehow knew what I was looking for just by looking at a few random pictures that I showed him. We have a number of other remodeling projects that we are planning and will use no-one else but Stuart and his team.

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.  

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.

When should you hire a contractor?

A few home remodeling projects can be done by an ambitious DIY-minded homeowner or local handyman, but many are best completed by a professional home renovation contractor. You should hire a contractor when you’re planning a large project that takes time, machinery or large tools, and several workers; a kitchen remodel, new bathroom or home addition will be most successful with a licensed, expert contractor at the helm. It’s particularly important to have a professional contractor on board for construction, electrical, plumbing and HVAC projects that require inspections to meet local building codes. Of course, you can hire a contractor for smaller projects, too, if you prefer to let an expert handle things like addition or removal of a wall, small framing projects, or anything that requires a permit.  

You should hire a contractor when you’re ready to start a remodeling project and you have plans, a budget and a timeline for the work in hand, but before any remodeling work begins.

How much will it cost to remodel my house?

The cost to remodel a home is highly variable — size and scope of the project, quality of materials, and the number of subcontractors required to complete the job all affect the total cost. The average national cost of a home renovation project is $13,500. The national average per-square-foot cost of a remodel ranges from $25 to $100. Nationally, kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most popular types of projects, in part because they typically have the highest return on investment when the home is sold. The national average cost of a major kitchen remodel ranges from $25,000 to $62,000, while the average bathroom remodel tends to cost $6,000 to $18,000. In addition to materials and labor costs, many remodeling project costs include permit fees, which, average $900 or more, depending on your location.

Do I need a contractor for a kitchen remodel?

A kitchen remodel is one of the most important investments you can make in your home, and it’s critical to get the details right; that’s where a home renovation contractor comes in. A minor remodel usually includes new cabinet faces and hardware, replacement appliances, and paint, while an extensive job may enlarge the kitchen’s square footage, install new cabinets or an island, change the layout, and lay new tile or hardwood floors. Any renovation that includes filing permits, construction, or electrical or plumbing work is best completed by an experienced contractor who knows local codes.

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