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3. Greenberg Development and Construction, Inc.
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  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Palo Alto, CA

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"Greenberg Construction (LC #: 996834) is a full-service design and build general construction company, based in Palo Alto. We are an innovative leader with over 25 years specialized experience in construction operating in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles California. Our full-service and technology forward approach allows us to be an effective ‘one-stop-shop’ offering our clients top of the line residential and commercial architecture, design and construction services with the goal of providing transparency and peace of mind to our clients. We understand how important your home or business is to you, and are committed to turning your vision into reality. Whether building a new home, remodeling an existing bathroom, kitchen, or office space we emphasize delivering top-of-the-line through step-by-step guidance to customers throughout all phases of the project. We are inspired to use innovative materials and services in order to provide the highest possible results for our customers. We provide construction services of all kinds: Small construction projects - Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling and Landscaping; Medium construction projects - Full House/Home Remodeling, Room Additions and Home/Office Extensions; New construction projects - complete Custom Homes, Residential Buildings and Commercial Buildings; and Green Construction including Green Energy, Solar Installation and Green Home Improvements. As a member of Build It Green, we offer the latest energy efficient products and services for environmentally-friendly living and work spaces. The long-term benefits to our clients include decreasing their electric bills, increasing their property value, and promoting healthier living. Awards and Articles Voted by the Houzz community as a winner of our Best of Houzz 2018 award in Customer Service for the last 4 years in a row Our Belmont new construction project was awarded the Beautiful Belmont Award by the City of Belmont in 2018 Best of the Best California Contractors issue of US Building News Affiliations and Certifications National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and Silicon Valley, GreenPoint Rated - Build It Green, Better Business Bureau (BBB), Building Industry Association of the Bay Area (BIA), California Building Industry Association (CBIA), EPA, Green Building Professional, Hero, CaliforniaFirst, GreenSky, BuiltItGreen, AllianceNRG, YGRENE, Energy Upgrade California We understand how important your home is to you, and we're committed to making your dreams reality."

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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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