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2. Green Bay Remodeling Inc.
4.2
from 13 reviews
4.2
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4.2 (13)
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  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Hayward, CA

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"The remodel design was a collaborative effort, involving me (an architecture buff), my daughter (a landscape architect), and Green Bay's energetic Project Manager, Zack Ilinetsky. We agreed on a walk-in shower with no shower pan and a white tile surround. Zack suggested three wall boxes in the shower to break up the plain white, and, when I decided to avoid a bulky sink vanity, an elegant pedestal sink. He also suggested tiling the entire bathroom up to the window level, not just the shower.Zack, being knowledgeable about locally affordable bathroom fixtures, helped me keep the cost down why I indulged in ordering the finish materials online, thanks to Green Bay's policy of encouraging to choose them.I was impressed with the hard-working and technically skilled crew as they carried cement board and over a ton of tile up the four winding flights, creating a waterproof floor for the shower. Then a crisis occurred: the local planning department, which was in the midst of a reorganization, sent a plumbing inspector unfamiliar with the local code, who threatened us with having to tear up the beautiful water-tested floor! Zack really showed his energy and determination, going to the planning department and explaining the technical details. They understood and sent us another inspector who green-lighted completion of this ambitious remodel. Another unexpected treat Zack provided was the advanced ceiling fan with Bluetooth stereo speakers and a blue night-light. I can play music from my smartphone while enjoying my shower. An automatic on-off switch for the new recessed LED ceiling lights was also installed.Having taken a luxurious shower in my new high-style bathroom (that's a pre-existing sauna behind the wooden door, by the way), I am now ready to show off my gorgeous new bathroom to the world."
4. GMBC Construction Inc.
4.6
from 46 reviews
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  • 19 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Hayward, CA

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"We hired GMBC to remodel our kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a master closet. We interviewed 6 other contractors before we chose GMBC. What sold us was how easy it was to talk to Eli. He was always open to our ideas and also offered his input without being too pushy. After we chose GMBC, Eli drafted a statement of work that broke down the job according to room. After a couple of adjustments, we were ready to begin. Although the end result was fantastic, getting there was a bit tough at times. Like most renovations, we experienced a number of delays and setbacks. We were told the job would take 6-8 weeks but it actually took 4 months. A lot of the directions or requests we were giving to Eli weren't being communicated to the crews, so things wouldn't be done correctly and had to be redone. Sometimes they would need items that weren't communicated to us until we checked in asking why something wasn't done as scheduled. Inspections took a few rounds that dragged on for over a month. Some of the delays may have been our fault - we probably could've made things easier by hiring an architect to draw up detailed plans of everything; locations of outlets, lights, switches, fixtures, etc. But for the most part, the biggest issue seems to be a lack of communication/project management. GMBC uses different teams of people to do specific jobs and sometimes we felt they weren't on the same page. Fortunately, we happened to be living downstairs during the remodeling, which allowed us to survey the work at the end of each day and catch certain things before they went too far in the wrong direction. Not sure how much more difficult it would've been if we hadn't been there. Also, we had mentioned to Eli this was our first remodel so advice and communication was pretty key for us since we had no idea what was expected. That said, Eli and his crew were always courteous, positive, and obliged to make corrections whenever requested; a huge plus. The foreman, Armando, was great. When he was onsite, things always went smoothly. Their tiler was exceptional as well. He went above and beyond with some complicated tiles, and did an incredible job. We get so many compliments on our tile work. All in all, we couldn't be happier with the results. The quality of work is great and our home looks amazing. Everybody came together to make our vision a reality."

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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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