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  • 4 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
Joyce L.
Verified review

We had an excellent experience with Cruz - we'll definitely be reaching out to him again if we ever have any rodent problems in the future. Our problem started on a Wednesday morning - we found a baby mouse in our sink. This we took care of ourselves. On Thursday night, while we were getting ready to sleep, we caught sight of a mouse running into our fireplace, which we quickly barricaded. 5 minutes after that we heard scratching in on the piece of wood that we used to block off the barricade, so we knew it was still in there. 30 minutes later, we saw another mouse run into our kitchen, that's when we blocked off the bottom of the doors around the house. At this point, it means we had at least 3 mice in the house (the baby one in the sink, the one that's trapped in the fireplace, and the one that ran into the kitchen). Friday morning, I went to the hardware store and set up 8 sticky traps baited with peanut butter around the house before work. But, we knew this wasn't enough so we decided to look for a professional. We initially found Cruz on Thumbtack - we contacted him Friday afternoon, and he came to do a free inspection on Saturday - the next day he came over again to patch up a couple problem spots we had inside our unit. After he took care of the problems inside of our unit (fireplace, behind the kitchen sink, behind the toilet), we went around the outside of the house and realized the problem was much larger than we initially thought - one side of the house was pretty much completely exposed at the ground level. Not only were there a myriad of entry/exit points for rodents, we had alot of pipes and also power meters that were in front of these problem spots. Cruz ended up coming up with a pretty elegant solution - he covered everything up. Where we had power meters and valves that would need to be accessible in the future, Cruz and his colleague installed the wire mesh as panels that could be easily removed by unscrewing a few bolts. Ever since Cruz stopped by, we haven't had any more activity, no more droppings and nothing on the traps. Cruz was very easy to work with and gave us a very reasonable rate. He responded quickly, showed up when he said he would, communicated clearly, and effectively rodent-proofed our house. He stopped by yesterday on a follow up visit to check on the traps (nothing yet). I HIGHLY recommend Cruz if you're having any type of rodent issue.

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Matthew Kelly Construction
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kate H.
Verified review

We were really pleased with the work Matt did. We had a handful of projects that he completed for us: -Painting and installing trim and a dowel in our laundry -Adding reinforcements, a bike hook and shelving to a storage unit -Hanging floating kitchen shelves He has a great attention to detail when it comes to things like tight seams, clean edges and making things level. He was also on time, friendly, polite and cleaned up after himself. I will note that while we did pay the amount he initially quoted us, it worked out to more than his listed rate of $50/hr, but still seemed reasonable for the job. We'd be happy to use Matt again for future projects!

Kepper
4.3
from 81 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Victor A.
Verified review

We were referred to Kepper by our designer. He came out to do an estimate for installing a kitchen floor and backsplash. He spent an hour with us answering lots of questions and helping us through layout ideas. His bid came in a bit higher but we felt very comfortable that Kepper would keep an eye on every detail. Our tile and backsplash were installed last week and we decided to stay out of the house until done. The workmanship was spot on. They were able to do a great job in spite of the sub-floor which wasn't very level and not very square. We have lived with the tile for 2 days and cannot find any imperfections. The back splash is very large glass tiles and also are flawless.After he finished first project we ask him build additional room for us.It was involve foundation,framing electrical and plumbing.He and his crew was very professional and hard workers. My wife and i very happy!!! That all.

  • 10 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy N.
Verified review

Guansito and his team were really great to work with. They were possibly the most responsive, punctual, and responsible team I have ever worked with. He responded immediately, quoted quickly, and completed our job in record time. (We were in a real time crunch and he exceeded our expectations in terms of his completion of the job.) He came back without complaint when there was a slight misstep (we share the blame because I was not there when a particular decision was made about how much rock to put in) and handled the matter professionally and was beyond fair. Came back out to assist us with sprinklers and again was kind, responsive, and thorough. Would highly recommend his team to execute any outdoor project. (We have a drought tolerant/succulent garden and I don't think design of this type of garden is their specialty, but they rose to the occasion and came through with flying colors.

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MyApartmentIsBetterThanYours
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela C.
Verified review

Jasper was on time, responsive, and did an incredibly high quality paint job on our cabinets and even helped us install new handles, knobs, and hinges in a short amount of time. Our kitchen and bathrooms now have a great new 21st century look (updated from its original 80's look and feel). The quote we were given was extremely fair. For the overall experience of this job - the only word that can be used here is indeed 'outstanding'.

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Richard Hynes Construction
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Satir N.
Verified review

Richard Hynes is a very detailed professional. Upon meeting Richard I felt comfortable about the project. We originally wanted to order materials for the project and he had suggested to me that he would order any materials and provide us with the receipts. Luckily we let him order the material as it turns out the ones we wanted to order were undersized for our project. Richard came and seismically retrofitted our home. He also helped us on our kitchen and bathroom remodels while managing the project the whole way, hiring subs, coordinating between myself and subcontractors and achieving the results desired. Richards pricing was 20% cheaper compared to licensed professionals in the area. We are so glad to have had his help, as the previous worker we hired from thumbtack turned out to be unlicensed at a cheaper price, but ended up costing us a lot more money in the long run.

GMBC Construction Inc.
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Susan M.
Verified review

We got our 3 bathrooms remodeled and we extended our kitchen and Eli was great. He came with the architect right away to do the layout of our new kitchen and they submitted them to the city and got permits within a week from when we signed. Less then 3 months later, we have 3 new bathrooms and a huge new kitchen and it is perfection. We are so happy and thankful!

Valenz Construction
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan S.
Verified review

Amazing company. Family owned business that did an amazing work on a painting and flooring installation. Worked with Ricky and he was just a pleasure to work with. Super responsive, very reasonable with price. He did a great job setting expectations and the job was finished ahead of schedule! I really appreciated his dedication to quality and was quick to spot and correct anything that wasn't up to his standards (which were higher than my own!). Great company and would definitely hire them again.

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Juan Barrios
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy E.
Verified review

Juan and his assistant installed a security grill which was complicated by the fact that my wood door needed to be cut and re-hung to open inwards. I was thrilled, first off, that Juan was willing to do the job, since a couple other people I spoke with wanted me to buy a new door. Juan responded very quickly, answered all my questions, and was very professional and clear with his quote. His price was extremely fair, a bargain really, and he was able to accommodate my schedule and stay in touch via email. They worked very cleanly, covering the deck and floors, and tenting off the kitchen with taped plastic. The work went very quickly and smoothly. Juan needed to tweak a few things in order to make everything fit, so the finished product has some tiny flaws. Aesthetically and functionally, though, the doors are exactly what I wanted and expected for my slightly funky older home. I would definitely hire him again.

NBL Design
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Natalia L.
Verified review

I want to share our very satisfying experience of working with Nicki. She designed our living room and kitchen – the layout, the color palette, all the materials. The result is elegant and functional transitional style kitchen. She picked the colors and materials so beautifully that it almost feels like all elements – the wall and floor tiles, wall mural, cabinets, etc.. talk to each other. Kitchen flows smoothly and harmoniously into “neighboring” spaces. Given how utterly and hopelessly uninteresting our space looked (1970th townhouse) it got transformed into something refined and special. We like it very much every day! Nicki has great knowledge of places, people and materials. She is practical, precise, organized and mindful of budget constraints. All her advice have proven to be gold! Nicki is a true pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her!

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MJH Construction Management
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katherine R.
Verified review

Michael did a great job on a full remodel of my home, including all bathrooms, kitchen, roof, floors, doors and windows, siding, etc. He is great to work with. Very thorough and good at getting best price and work out of subs. Very knowledgeable.

Wise Stage of Remodeling
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
James Z.
Verified review

Sergey of Wise Stage of Remodeling was an amazing choice. We had a complete remodel of a two bedroom condo in pac heights. Sergey put in new hardwood floors, completely redid two bathrooms, and a kitchen. The project came in on budget and on time, and Sergey was super communicative through out the entire process. He is an intelligent problem solver. We ended up firing our designer a few weeks into the project and Sergey picked out all the finishing materials (recessed cans, baseboards, door hardware, etc) and we're super happy with his choices. His team was also very amazing and helpful. They all work really well together and pays attention to detail. Our new home is beautiful,and built with care. We totally recommend and will hire again.

Pacific Remodeling & Design
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Indira B.
Verified review

We love our new kitchen! Moran's creative ideas and his talented team were great to work with and we can't thank them enough. We will definately be calling again for our next project.

Herboth Home Improvement
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jim N.
Verified review

Paul has completed many large and small projects in updating my Guest Cottage. He has replaced the roof, retiled my bath tub and replaced my hardwood floors in the kitchen. He also is helping me convert my garage into a studio apartment. I like the fact he is willing to work with recycled building materials I've purchased from Habitat for Humanity. Check out his work on my Guest Cottage at www.UniversityStreetGuestCottage.com Deborah Moore

Khalden James Heidt
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kat B.
Verified review

Khalden did an amazing job updating our 60s kitchen cabinets to increase the quality (new drawers and shelves) and functionality (pull out shelves, lazy susan) while keeping the period look/charm. Couldn't be happier with the results.

Bay Home Remodeling Inc
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Uri N.
Verified review

Amazing work! I’m so happy I signed with Bay Home Remodeling for my kitchen and Bathroom ! The work came out exactly like I imagined. It was so easy to work with Tom he always answered my calls and updated me every single step of the job.Attention to detail was always a priority and the job was finished right on time. Everything was well organized from the beginning to the end.He also accompanied me and my husband to the shop for materials. Overall we highly recommend Bay Home Remodeling.

Surge Marble & Granite
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lulu G.
Verified review

Great job on my kitchen countertops. I will definitely recommend them.

Equilibrium Construction.
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Valery K.
Verified review

Great contractor. These guys were working on our house for a few months and did a huge amount of work. Built an addition to the house, built a new bathroom, remodel kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, replaced all plumbing, sewers, gas lines, windows, hardwood flooring - everything. During all construction period Aldo was super responsive, helped a lot with his experience in materials and design, always managed his team to do work on time and with great quality. One thing that I'd like to point out specifically - his estimates were always detailed and accurate and he never asked for extra expenses. We're living in our house for almost a year now and we're happy that we worked on it with this guy, he is a perfect example of highly motivated professional who can do any complex construction project with pace, great quality and within budget. I would highly recommend to hire him if you want your home improvement to become a great experience for you and your family.

Pro Tile
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kirk M.
Verified review

We recently hired Tony Cacharelis (tile contractor from "Pro Tile") to finish a bathroom project in our Oakmont home. My wife and I are very pleased with the finished product. Working to accommodate my timeline, Tony advised me of the prep work I needed to complete before the tile work could start. Tony followed up 2-3 times before I was ready to start the tile work. When the tile work began, Tony provided a schedule of work and consulted with my wife and I throughout the process. A true professional. Tony arrived on time daily, finished each step of the process as he described, cleaned up daily, and he provided options to us along the way...which my wife particularly enjoyed. The finished product is absolutely beautiful! Accordingly, we intend to hire Pro Tile to do the tile work in our upcoming kitchen and mud room remodel this year as well. We are recommending Pro Tile to our friends and neighbors (many who stopped by to view the work process). Good job Tony!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
R. B.
Verified review

I hired Esther's firm for a tenant improvement project consisting of a new restaurant and a cafe next door. They designed a hip and functional interior, an attractive exterior with outdoor seating, and was involved in all the details including the design of millwork, furniture, signage, lighting, and finishes. They coordinated and led multiple engineers and the equipment supplier on the project. They had no issues with getting approval from the Health, Planning, and Building Depts. They are efficient, creative, and responsive. I would hire them again for my next project. - Chef/Restaurant Co-owner, East Bay

  • 43 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dan D.
Verified review

Cerletti & Kennedy worked with our vision on a major kitchen, dining and living room remodel and where very responsive to our needs and committed to the quality work we were looking for. They were very professional and knowledgeable in all phases of project from designing, permitting and construction, we highly recommend them.

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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.  

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.

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.

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