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1. Smart Homes Inc.
4.8 from 33 reviews
4.8 (33)
4.8 (33)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Garden Grove, CA
Our experience with Smart Homes was positive. From the initial meeting for an estimate through day 1 logistics and last minute details to get the job done on time. Some of the highlights of the project: Smart Homes offered a very competitive bid, honored it and at no point were there hidden costs or any surprises. We’ve done remodel projects in the past and this was the first time the quoted price is what we paid. The end date was guaranteed. Obviously things out of everyone’s control (like the toilet arriving broken) can affect the schedule, but even so Smart Homes was done with the work and inspections by the quoted end date. And, they even came back the following week when the back-ordered LED mirror arrived to make sure it was installed correctly. Smart Homes assisted with some of the decisions on materials when we had to make last second changes due to discontinued materials. They recommended locations to find what we wanted and made sure the entire project came together and looked like we expected. The team in our house was professional and respectful to the rest of the house, making sure the mess was confined to the bathroom. While onsite they communicated and asked questions when a decision point was reached. They never ‘guessed’ at what we would want, making sure we got what we expected. My only critical feedback would be on the overall communication from the project manager. It was minor and never affected the actual work, but I felt I needed to stay on top of the communication because the front office and the build team weren’t on the same page. Again, it didn’t affect getting the work done as we were available onsite in the morning and evening to answer any questions. We would definitely recommend Smart Homes to our friends. We are planning to remodel another bathroom with them in the coming months.
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2. OC DESIGN & BUILD INC
5.0 from 5 reviews
5.0 (5)
5.0 (5)
Responds Quickly
Responds Quickly
  • Serves Garden Grove, CA
Kimber and Ed are awesome. My parents were hoarders and we needed to clean up the house and get it sold. We're talking about almost 50 years of stuff and neglect. I found the junk hauler on Yelp, Tanner of You Call We Haul, who was awesome and he connected me to Kimber. I had gotten estimates from at least 6 different folks, and Kimber blew me away. She was the only one who seemed like she'd actually want to tackle this insane job. She understood that we wanted to repair to sell, not to move back into, so she's helping us find ways to do a solid job, but also make it look like we spent more than we did wherever possible. She's great at communicating what is going on and lemme tell you, this house and job has been full of surprises. Each time, she and Ed help me through any momentary freakout sessions and then we all buckle down and just do what needs to be done. I live 30 minutes away from the house and it is such a relief to know the house is in good hands and I don't have to be constantly driving down worrying about what they are or aren't doing. Like any remodeling job (we've done 2 bathrooms and a backyard of our own before, as well as repiping, etc. in our own house), unforeseen things arise and incur extra time or expense. If you understand this, you won't be disappointed. With a job this ginormous, I made sure to pad my expectations (and budget) so that I didn't stress about how it went. Fortunately, the house is vacant, so that's a huge help. Each time something comes up, Kimber is incredibly apologetic and tries to save us money, which is greatly appreciated. A family member wanted me to go with a cheaper estimate, but after seeing how things played out, I'm confident they wouldn't have been ANY cheaper in the end because they missed a lot of things in their estimate that Kimber and Ed put in theirs. And even with that, we've had to do a number of change orders b/c the house was just a WRECK. I also loved the fact that Kimber is female, because I felt like she cared about a lot of things that perhaps a guy wouldn't have. She not only has her contractor's license (and Ed as well), she graduated with her interior design degree from IDI, one of the top design schools in the country. So she was incredibly helpful about the aesthetic side of the job, not just the construction side. Ed is an amazing builder and I saw some of the photos of his woodworking projects on other sites and they are artistry. They are truly a power (tools--haha) couple!!

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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 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.

Be sure to check out our smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

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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