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El Cajon Subcontractors

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  • 24 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Farnaz J.
Verified review

We had a major kitchen remodeling and Jose was great with organizing all the required tools, time, subcontractors and his positive and helpful attitude. We're very happy with the work and our new kitchen and happy to have Jose as our new friend.

Fabulous Homes of San Diego
4.5
from 20 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Robin F.
Verified review

Cheryl helped me remodel our hall bath. It was completed in only a week which is impressive! Cherly has great design taste, pushes her subcontractors to complete the project on time, and remedies issues very quickly (such as replacing a tub that was ordered when it was clear that it would be too big for the space, or modifying a drawer in the vanity to account for the old plumbing).

Stoneridge Design | Build
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Olivia R.
Verified review

We hired your company to construct an addition on our home, as well as reconfigure interior walls to create a 10’ x 10’ home office (which included redirecting a skylight and re-doing plumbing on our washer and dryer). We had a separate architect draw up the plans and get the permits. You were responsible for our entire building project, including all of the finishing's (cabinets, hardwood flooring, lighting, outside tiles, etc.). The project lasted 4 months. We were very pleased with the process and results, and are happy to recommend you as a contractor. 1. Responsive & Responsible - Joe was easy to work with - he responded to phone calls in a timely manner and worked to keep the client happy. Our on-site project manager was punctual and always there and the crew was courteous and conscientious. 2. Respectful - The team was respectful of the fact that we still had to live in the house while they were working. They kept the site clean and organized, and did whatever they could to minimize disruption to the rest of the house. 3. High quality workmanship - The work done by you, as well as your subcontractors, was of the highest quality and we are very satisfied. 4. On Budget - The project stayed reasonably on budget and we were adequately notified of any increases to the original bid. There was a slight delay in timeline due to a longer than expected lead time on the windows, but for the most part, the project was completed on time. 5. Stand by their work - 2 months after the project was completed, we discovered with the first rains that we had a leak in the roof (which may have been due to a poor roof design by the architect). You were quick to respond and happily fixed the problem by refinishing the roof. The quality and results of your workmanship have completely met our expectations. We would highly recommend you as a contractor.

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Rios Custom Carpentry
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Richard C.
Verified review

Rick Rios installed about 100 sq ft of hardwood flooring so as to match up with existing hardwood. Very happy with results. Rios' subcontractor who did tile work at the same time also did excellent work.

Temecula Construction, LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeff D.
Verified review

Ivan has always been available for our construction projects as well as home repairs. His prices are reasonable and his subcontractors he uses have done a great job. I would recommend him for anyone looking for a honest and reliable contractor.

  • 13 years in business
George K.
Verified review

Over the past few years we have used Rocky on various home and rental renovations. He is always very thorough and honest in providing cost-effective recommendations. His workmanship is of very high quality and he is very professional in his dealings with owners and tenants.

MLC
4.4
from 5 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gary L.
Verified review

Mike served as Construction Supervisor to rebuild my detached garage, adding a guest room, second story room and roof deck. I served as GC, but Mike identified and supervised all subcontractors. Mike's best qualities are: honesty; communication; broad skill set; reasonable value/price. I would work with him again in the future without hesitation.

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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