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1. Smart Homes Inc.
Great 4.7

(35)

Great 4.7

(35)

General Contracting, Home Remodeling, Construction Services, Room Remodel

In high demand
Responds quickly
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Orange, CA
When I first reached out to Smart Homes, I received a phone call from Josh in a span of a couple of hours. He was friendly, upbeat and easy to talk to; all signs you want to see when establishing contact with a general contractor company. The following day, I met one of his colleagues, Gal, who happened to stop by my property to go over some of the projects I was interested in pursuing. Gal was exceptionally professional but also very personable. He talked at length about his process and shared advice on how to approach the renovations. The conversation felt smooth, easy and most importantly, collaborative. Obviously, as a layperson, I have no clue on how renovations/construction works. I just have an idea on what I want the final product to look like. That said, Gal does a great job of bridging his expertise and experience with what you want without condescending to you; a story that I have heard all too often from other friends with their contractors. I was quite impressed at the length of time he spent with me. He showed me photos from several projects from several stages to help me conceptualize how my project would unfold. Not once did our meeting ever feel rushed nor did I get the feeling that he was too busy to answer my questions. What really struck me the most was the fact that he was very upfront about how communication and respect was very important to him; that it’s incumbent for both parties (homeowner and contractor) to be able to work with one another in a professional manner. Gal made it clear that it doesn’t matter how much money is being offered to him to do a project. If you’re the type of person who is going to micromanage and create an environment that makes it difficult for him and his crew to do their job effectively, it’s not worth it to him. The point being, Gal made it clear that Smart Homes is based off of building relationships and selectively choosing projects that are a good fit for his team and of course, the homeowner. He’s not going to take a project for the sake of taking a project because of the money. I respect that as it is a core trait I look for in a contractor. My wife and I ended up moving in a different direction with our interior renovation. However, we’ve got an ADU project lined up in the near future. Given this company’s experience and expertise with ADU construction, we absolutely intend on reaching out to Smart Homes to potentially help us build this unit! Thanks Josh and Gal for a positive experience. I am sorry that we were unable to work together on this particular project but I am hopeful that perhaps we can collaborate on the bigger ADU project.See more
When I first reached out to Smart Homes, I received a phone call from Josh in a span of a couple of hours. He was friendly, upbeat and easy to talk to; all signs you want to see when establishing contact with a general contractor company. The following day, I met one of his colleagues, Gal, who happened to stop by my property to go over some of the projects I was interested in pursuing. Gal was exceptionally professional but also very personable. He talked at length about his process and shared advice on how to approach the renovations. The conversation felt smooth, easy and most importantly, collaborative. Obviously, as a layperson, I have no clue on how renovations/construction works. I just have an idea on what I want the final product to look like. That said, Gal does a great job of bridging his expertise and experience with what you want without condescending to you; a story that I have heard all too often from other friends with their contractors. I was quite impressed at the length of time he spent with me. He showed me photos from several projects from several stages to help me conceptualize how my project would unfold. Not once did our meeting ever feel rushed nor did I get the feeling that he was too busy to answer my questions. What really struck me the most was the fact that he was very upfront about how communication and respect was very important to him; that it’s incumbent for both parties (homeowner and contractor) to be able to work with one another in a professional manner. Gal made it clear that it doesn’t matter how much money is being offered to him to do a project. If you’re the type of person who is going to micromanage and create an environment that makes it difficult for him and his crew to do their job effectively, it’s not worth it to him. The point being, Gal made it clear that Smart Homes is based off of building relationships and selectively choosing projects that are a good fit for his team and of course, the homeowner. He’s not going to take a project for the sake of taking a project because of the money. I respect that as it is a core trait I look for in a contractor. My wife and I ended up moving in a different direction with our interior renovation. However, we’ve got an ADU project lined up in the near future. Given this company’s experience and expertise with ADU construction, we absolutely intend on reaching out to Smart Homes to potentially help us build this unit! Thanks Josh and Gal for a positive experience. I am sorry that we were unable to work together on this particular project but I am hopeful that perhaps we can collaborate on the bigger ADU project.
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7. Exert Construction Service
Top Pro
Great 4.7

(113)

Great 4.7

(113)

General Contracting, Home Remodeling

Offers remote services
Discounts available
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Orange, CA
We recent worked with a Oscar and his team on our bathroom remodel. We had a leak from our shower pan, and needed to replace and rebuild the shower, wall behind toilet, vanity, and living-room wall. Oscar gave us a very reasonable price on the entire projected. (We had 8 contractors bid on our project) He was very honest with us, and even looked for ways to help us; when we discovered other things needed to be fixed along the way. (toilet) As new home owners, this was our first time working with any type of contractor. Oscar was kind to answer all my messages and guide me on what I needed to buy, since it was very overwhelming! We worked with Kevin, Sebastian, Manny, Elder and Oscar as well. They were all polite and professional with us. The project had a couple of bumps here and there, but Oscar as able to resolve them without an issues with or problems. His team even came back to correct some things that I wasn’t satisfied with without a problem. We would hire this company again. We especially liked working with Kevin and Sebastian. Thank you so much for our beautiful bathroom!See more
We recent worked with a Oscar and his team on our bathroom remodel. We had a leak from our shower pan, and needed to replace and rebuild the shower, wall behind toilet, vanity, and living-room wall. Oscar gave us a very reasonable price on the entire projected. (We had 8 contractors bid on our project) He was very honest with us, and even looked for ways to help us; when we discovered other things needed to be fixed along the way. (toilet) As new home owners, this was our first time working with any type of contractor. Oscar was kind to answer all my messages and guide me on what I needed to buy, since it was very overwhelming! We worked with Kevin, Sebastian, Manny, Elder and Oscar as well. They were all polite and professional with us. The project had a couple of bumps here and there, but Oscar as able to resolve them without an issues with or problems. His team even came back to correct some things that I wasn’t satisfied with without a problem. We would hire this company again. We especially liked working with Kevin and Sebastian. Thank you so much for our beautiful bathroom!
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9. Smartbuild
5.0

(4)

5.0

(4)

General Contracting, Home Remodeling, New Home Construction

Offers remote services
  • Serves Orange, CA
We wanted to convert our garage to an ADU to start generating rental income and add a pool to our home in Tarzana. I contacted Smrt.build and a few other general contractors I found online. I emailed them the plans. Out of the 4 contractors I met, Matan wasn't the cheapest bid but still, I liked his energy, clarity, and the fact he always answered his phone (which continued after we hired him). He actually went through all of the costs and the positives and negatives about different materials he could use. No one else spent so much time with us or followed up as he did. We decided to sign with him, and he got to work right away. Once we got started the entire Smrt.build team was continuously communicating with us updating us on the progress and attentive to every request we had. Even after we had the plans done there were still many changes we wanted along the way and the team was always there to support our decisions with their design experience and knowledge with the different materials we used. The entire process went better then I had expected and, most importantly, on time and on budget! Thank you, Matan, Tom & Noam, and the rest of the team you are a blessing!See more
We wanted to convert our garage to an ADU to start generating rental income and add a pool to our home in Tarzana. I contacted Smrt.build and a few other general contractors I found online. I emailed them the plans. Out of the 4 contractors I met, Matan wasn't the cheapest bid but still, I liked his energy, clarity, and the fact he always answered his phone (which continued after we hired him). He actually went through all of the costs and the positives and negatives about different materials he could use. No one else spent so much time with us or followed up as he did. We decided to sign with him, and he got to work right away. Once we got started the entire Smrt.build team was continuously communicating with us updating us on the progress and attentive to every request we had. Even after we had the plans done there were still many changes we wanted along the way and the team was always there to support our decisions with their design experience and knowledge with the different materials we used. The entire process went better then I had expected and, most importantly, on time and on budget! Thank you, Matan, Tom & Noam, and the rest of the team you are a blessing!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

How can I find out if a general contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a general contractor is considered essential in your area during the current coronavirus pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website, which will have information on essential services.

Find information on national recommendations by visiting CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

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.  

How much does a project manager charge per hour?

You may choose to hire a construction project manager for your residential or commercial project. For the hands-on homeowner who wants to be involved in home construction but isn’t comfortable hiring subcontractors, a construction project manager can oversee these relationships and supervise labor. Typically, construction project managers charge a fee that is a flat percentage of the total construction project cost. This may range from 10 percent to 15 percent, depending on the company and the services they provide. This means a $30,000 home remodel project would have a construction project management fee of $3,000-$4,500. Hiring a construction project manager generally precludes the markup on subcontractor labor charged by a general contractor. The drawback to this choice is that, unlike a general contractor, the construction project manager won’t be financially responsible for the work of the subcontractors. For larger projects, you may hire a construction project manager who will also hire a general contractor. This provides the benefits of the general contractor along with the management services of the project manager, who will be on board from the beginning. The construction project manager will be involved in the design phase and work with the architects and the building crew, facilitating a smoother overall process.

For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

What is a contractor license number?

A contractor license number is proof that your contractor is operating their business legally, that they have the proper documentation required by your state or region, and that they are competent in their area of work (electrical, plumbing, construction, etc.). Licensed contractors should freely advertise their contractor license number. If not, you can request it before considering them for hire. You can also research your contractor using their license number. The database for your state will indicate the field they are licensed to work in; whether they are up to date on insurance, workers’ compensation and bonds; and whether they have any consumer complaints issued against them. If the licensed contractor you are hiring does not have employees, they are not required to carry workers’ compensation. Each state or region will have their own database for licenses, such as the State of Oregon Construction Contractors Board. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.  

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.

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