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Downey Building Contractors

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James R Loera Construction
4.8
from 88 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle A.
Verified review

James was fast, efficient, and solved every issue I had -- including coming up with ways to solve problems as they arose. He was very responsive -- i'm just now getting responses from people asking me to send them what i need and yet he finished the work 7 hours ago. He was careful, took the time to do the project right and didn't let obstacles slow him down. I would definitely use him again, and his contractor experience is a great help to whatever he was doing...he gets the job done!

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Handyman Services
5.0
from 75 reviews
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
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Karina K.
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Roger put together a queen size Murphy bed from Costco for us at an extremely reasonable price. He was very professional, thorough, punctual, and talented! He is a perfectionist so made sure that everything was done correctly and looked great! He was more than willing to come back the very next day to help us with some other projects- building and hanging cabinets, assembling a toddler bed and hanging drapes and pictures. All A-plus work! I am looking forward to hiring him again to build a closet and mount TVs for us next!! I don't think there is anything Roger can't do, he's super skillfull! Would highly recommend him. :)

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MAHA GROUP/FPV
4.6
from 79 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Dennis H.
Verified review

If Thumbtack allows users to more stars, I would grade Maha for 10/10! Before our project started, we interviewed almost 20 contractors and Maha is the only one provided the professional in-depth site analysis with very detailed bidding with all items broken down into material and labor as well as the amazing schedule analysis (and we did have the project finished prior to the original projection date). Thru out he entire project process, Houman (owner of Maha) was showing all his professionalism into all the detail and he was on-site everyday working with his crew, providing prompt update and honest suggestion in all area. He also provided very helpful weekly progress summary that help me to show to my management for the update. The entire crew was all professional, friendly, and showing their care to the premise owner every moment. Communication is 10/10 as well. At the end of the project, I noticed some additional item that I omitted earlier, and Houman was able to help me on those as well altho he didn't have to, all respect for that. I definitely will come back to Maha again if I have another project coming, also recommend them to anyone looking for professional and sincere designer/contractor.

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Jerome Carr
4.7
from 58 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicholas M.
Verified review

Jeremy did an amazing job with building and installing 6x PAX wardrobes including all the shelves and drawers. He built them quickly, even though there was a power outage and the lights went out. He worked with flashlights to get the job done, and that is true dedication to client satisfaction. Before even installing the wardrobe he worked to remove the old shelving units and after the installation cleaned up after himself leaving our new closet clean and all the box and trash removed. I would easily recommend for anyone with an IKEA build to reach out to Jerome for construction and completion of there new furniture. We're looking to purchase units for our home office and will definitely be reaching out to Jerome for that work.

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Integrated Construct LLC
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Calvin S.
Verified review

He did a fine job building our L shape desk.

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Ali Jonaidy
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Luanda G.
Verified review

Ali helped to do some work on my condo as I was preparing for sale. He is very pleasant to work with and does very good work. He was also full of helpful ideas and suggestions when asked. I will definitely hire him again if possible for future jobs.

EXCEL CONSTRUCTION LA
4.0
from 52 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Sue S.
Verified review

We remodeled our kitchen with the help of Excel Construction. Before hiring them, we met with several other contractors which after our meeting with them, we decided to go ahead with Excel Construction because when we met Eyal, he had few previous projects that did match our vision and ideas and his estimate was in the range of our thoughts too. The remodeling included the demolition of the between the kitchen and living room remodeling the laundry room, bedroom and bathroom. He spent long time with us mainly on the design and the vision and offered several suggestions to make this project better while keeping it within budget. The working crew was excellent as well! Few sub-contractors were involved too they all were professional, hardworking people and trustworthy. We definitely love the results of the remodeling project! Excel Construction cares a lot for their client’s satisfaction! Thank you, Eyal!

  • 4 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
KIM L.
Verified review

Oscar was amazing and went above and beyond to get the fridge installed. He had to move an outlet that was not properly placed by my contractor. Made a trip to Home Depot and stayed longer to get it done. I highly recommend him!

Five Star Flooring
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew J.
Verified review

Joey was very understanding of the small job/low budget where other contractors were quoting 2-3x. He had one of his men, Milan, come and install cork underlay with click hardwood. Initially I was quoted $350, but it became $400 upon arrival - not a big deal, but something to consider if you’re shoestring and ran out of money on a build as I did. Milan did a pretty great job overall, very friendly and speedy. In this circumstance precision near the walls didn’t concern me as I built floor to ceiling acoustic panels, however I was a bit concerned about the lack of spacers and some not so “straight” cuts. Also, there was a misunderstanding regarding the threshold and the point the floor was to be brought up to. Luckily, after some schedule conflict, Joey was able to get him back out to correct the mistake. Overall the floor looks great, feel solid thus far, no bowing or splits, so I think it’ll hold up. The floor style itself looks spectacular. Overall I’d give them a B+

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  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa H.
Verified review

Thank you Cabrera's Electrical. We have had so much work done on our home, yet when our private contractor retired, we did not know what to do. Cabrera's had the most professional response online. We had (2) large ceiling fans to be installed, and needed electrical re-wiring of the (2) wall switches that would be used. His quote was what our retired contractor told us it should be. Our fans and new electrical are perfect. I plan on using him again for other projects that we have. We have already referred him to friends of ours. It's such a relief to find somebody who cares about your home, as much as you do.

Handyman George
4.6
from 30 reviews
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Martha C.
Verified review

After looking into our project (drywalling garage and some demolition), we realized we wanted to wait on this project and save up for a better budget that would serve our needs better. However, our experience with George was very professional from the get go. He called and stopped by the very same day I posted the project. He provided an estimate on the spot, and even stopped by a day later to drop off a written estimate. Since we want our garage to serve as a gym/work area, we realized we needed a bigger budget to serve our needs and have the final project be as nice we'd like. George's professionalism left me feeling very impressed and comfortable with him. This is the type of man you could trust both inside/outside of your home, and for this reason, I'll definitely be considering George for any work my home needs in the future!

  • 9 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Ed L.
Verified review

Mario Was on time and took care of several stucco patches on my house in Glendale Ca. His attention to detail was great and would recommend him to others. His pricing is very reasonable. Thanks Mario and I will call you again when we have another project. ED Luboff DSA Building Inspector for the State of California #3874.

Ryan Handyman
4.6
from 27 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Don T.
Verified review

Great work ,very professional, polite and great price . Thank you ryan for building my trysil wardrobe

FH Construction
4.6
from 19 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
John N.
Verified review

After contacting Frank on a Saturday for my Kitchen remodel, we scheduled an appointment for 8:00 AM Sunday. He shows up at my door 7:55 AM-5 minutes early. FANTASTIC! We went over the job, scheduled a start date, and he estimated two days. It was done on time. What I appreciate most are the small details. I am so used to contractors cutting corners in an effort to finish the job in a hurry and collect their paycheck; and yes I have dealt with my share. We liked the work he did so I gave him more. New kitchen cabinets, counter tops, oh, and relocating major appliances which requires replumbing, rewiring, drywall. Try as I might to plan ahead, I did have to change my mind on some items after he started, which I expected to upset him. He could not have been more gracious. I am well aware the longer I prolong the job the longer I am keeping him from other work. Frank thank you for taking the time to listen to my needs so this job can be done right. It may not be the biggest job you have ever done, but to my wife and me this kitchen is part of our castle and we could not be happier. The small details make the biggest difference and that is what was missing from my past contractors. I interviewed A LOT of contractors before settling on Frank. His attention to detail is what I really appreciate the most.

Lynx Construction
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas B.
Verified review

The Egal Construction team was one of the most down-to-earth, honest contractors I've ever hired for a job in our office building. When we ran into an issue, they jumped on fixing it in an impossibly timely manner. Five stars, 10/10, all of the accolades I can give. Hire these guys!

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Do it Now
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Megha T.
Verified review

John was very Professional when he came for the estimate. He even helped us fixing the door on the spot. Unfortunately we weren’t able to work with him as we had other commitments that we needed to be addressed first than home remodeling or plumbing that John does. I would hire him at given time! Very nice guy!

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Morena Home Design Inc.
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Tina T.
Verified review

After having a water leak, we decided to have the kitchen and family room renovated. This involved the replacement of floors, counters, sink and cooktop as well as refinishing extensive cabinetry. We were not remotely impressed by the first 4 or 5 contractors we called. We then had Morena Tile and Home Design come to provide an estimate. The difference was amazing. Sami and his team immediately demonstrated working knowledge of what needed to be done and how it could be accomplished in each area. After their analysis we did not look further because we felt we had finally found the contractor for the project. The quote was in the ballpark of what we thought it would cost so we did not even consider looking for a lower bid. The whole project started and ended in a timely fashion. The various workers were obviously experienced in their respective fields and performed beautifully. Even so, there was daily review and supervision of the project by a manager. I had heard nightmare stories about contractors from many sources but with Morena, we never had an unpleasant moment. There were no surprises or additional costs except for changes we requested. The attitude of all involved was so positive and friendly that we actually missed them when it was over. The finished product was impressive and as close as it can come to perfect. We are looking forward to having this company remodel other areas of our home very soon and highly recommend them. Tina T San Clemente, CA

VillaFox Innovation Builders
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Michael B.
Verified review

Edgar and his crew were pretty amazing and thorough. High quality work with great communication along the way. Our new deck is beautiful. Would definitely hire this contractor again and highly recommend this company. Quality company with an innovative approach. Was sold on the day he came out to do the estimate. By the end of the day I received not only a competitive bid, but a rendering of the proposed construction.

La Rocca Builders
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Eddie S.
Verified review

This letter will serve as a highly recommendation for the service that La Roca Builder did for us, on our new home construction. They have a great team that took care of all the guess work of home construction. They made sure we we’re always informed on how the city works with submitting plans and time frame of completion. We interviewed many contractors, but most of them couldn’t take care of the entire project and that’s why we hired them. Our home looks beautiful and we owe it all to Christian and his team from LA Rocca Builders not to mentioned J Balian Construction and Grandeur Construction, 3 teams, each team took care of different aspects of the projects all under one Roof; they all work together amazing! we love that they took care of it all, that made our new home build possible. 5 stars all the way Eddie Steeples Pacific Palisades P.S they wanted me to include that I was the actor that was on the show “My Name is Earl” aka “Crabman” And I gladly said yes,lol. Thanks Christian!

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Melani E.
Verified review

Could not be happier with this company. They went above and beyond. We had some water damage to our home and needed a contractor ASAP. GIM came out to my property and assessed the situation right away. They provided me with an estimate and got started right away. My roof needed to be repaired and and I decided to also to some interior renovations. I had my kitchen re done with a modern finish and opened up a wall to give it a bigger feel. There architect supplied me with drawings ahead of time to show how it would look. At the end they put solar on the roof and now I am saving money on my energy bill. Thank you for all the hard work!

J&J Remodeling LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Keiko M.
Verified review

I highly recommend Jerry and his crew. First, their craftsmanship is definitely superior - it’s as good as you’re going to find. I hired Jerry to add an attic floor (for storage); completely renovate our garage (adding a toilet/shower); and to then transform our kitchen into my wifes vision. His work is exquisite, his team is friendly and professional, and it’s clear they all have a passion for what they are doing, and have been doing it through generations. We’re lucky enough to own a quaint 1920s craftsman that’s in great shape, so we wanted someone with plenty of experience working on these Pasadena/Altadena homes and that could match the craftsmanship. Jerry intimately knows this area, so he can work on anything. We wanted out open-format kitchen to match the look of the house, and it does so remarkably. Jerry’s great at working with your budget, being clear about costs and what they are going toward, and I always felt like his finished product exceeded my expectations. From caring for our house’s original work when we install our attic-floor, to finishing the deck and awning that’s now attached to our kitchen. You’ll be glad you get this crew!

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.  

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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