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A.C.E Plumbing
4.8
from 196 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 295 hires on Thumbtack
Paul T.
Verified review

In the middle of the night, I found the water lines in my garage spewing. I shut off my water and posted a request on Thumbtack. Abraham at A.C.E. plumbing responded within 20 mins and was there the first thing in the morning. Abraham showed up, got the job done, and I made it to the office in time for work. He is hands down one of the best contractors that has worked on my home. He is highly professional, prompt, and is an expert in his trade. Very clean plumbing work - piping, cutting, welding. Highly Recommended!

  • 24 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
Michael B.
Verified review

Jose and J Custom Construction were quick, professional, fair, and did quality work. I am a general contractor myself, and was in need of some technical demo work before my remodel. I recommend Jose and his team for any project you might have.

JEM Plumbing
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
Gurudeep B.
Verified review

Juan and his tile contractor http://snosraptile.com/ did an excellent job with my bathroom remodel.

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  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meliza L.
Verified review

Reliable contractor, courteous and customer service oriented.

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David McArthur
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anita B.
Verified review

If I could select 5 areas instead of just 3 that I liked about Dave, I would! If you have the opportunity to hire Dave, consider yourself lucky. You’ll feel completely at ease that your project will happen on time and on budget with good communication. And having been a builder hiring and managing contractors for some 10 years on and off...this kind of contractor is rare. I first hired Dave to install the 22 windows in my new construction project. That went extremely well. Then I hired him to paint the house. I wasn’t ready as scheduled and he handled it professionally with understanding. We started 2 days later and he hit it hard. Then I hired him to complete the drywall, mud and tape for 1000sf. Those walls are perfectly smooth...no texture...straight corners. Then he tiled a bathroom with 2’ x 6” tiles and adjoining pebble stone mesh tile. IT IS PERFECT. When the last task was taking longer than expected, Dave’s wife and son jumped in and worked until 11pm to finish when promised. As I say, if you’re reading this then count yourself lucky to have happened across Dave.

Fence/ Handyman Services
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria W.
Verified review

Antonio was one of the best contractors I've ever hired. He replaced a section of chain link fencing with wood fencing on a property I just purchased. He was very pleasant, knowledgable, efficient, and courteous. He came exactly on time, updated me every day regarding progress, and cleaned up after he was finished. All this at a very reasonable rate. I wouldn't hesitate to hire Antonio again!

Ryan's Drywall & Painting
4.5
from 40 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Cassi L.
Verified review

Darrin came and literally saved the day. I was getting quotes for THOUSANDS of dollars for the project I had and was becoming so discouraged. Long story short, we were completely HOSED by our contractor, found ourselves out of money and only 60% through a total house remodel (that we were living in) GREAT. Darrin came and looked at the very daunting job (a solid 1500 sqft of drywall to patch and texture, at least). He admitted it was a big job but took it on head strong. I was very impressed with his work ethic and work quality. He finished the job by himself within 5 days. I was ecstatic. I definitely recommend him!

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Capito Contracting
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy V.
Verified review

Michael installed vinyl flooring in my new exercise studio. The work was outstanding but what really stood out was that he was responsive, was here when he said he would be, quickly came out to see the place and gave me a fair quote. You don't get that with most contractors these days. THANKs Michael!

Kent Merrill Finishing
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
Verified review

I have worked with various contractors and kent merrill, kent is very honest and fair with his customers and bids. Kent has never left a customer unhappy.

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San Diego's Finest Plumbing
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erik P.
Verified review

Chris was very helpful. Ran into an issue with removing old faucet... due to improper installation by previous contractor. He assessed the situation and tackled it in no time.

Fabulous Homes of San Diego
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Monalyn C.
Verified review

Cheryl really transformed our 4 bed 2 bath Mira Mesa 1979 track dark home into something quite honestly... fabulous! We wanted to add a family room and a small in law suite (-kitchen), and she took that idea and with the architect (Hi Wally!) they came with plans that was really transformative. We ended up doing a complete home remodel, and our family room turned into an open kitchen/family room. The space is so fluid, the rooms really flow quite gracefully. Our home is now a modern 5 bed 3 bath fabulous home with lots of transom windows/french doors that allow the natural light to illuminate the entire place. The sub contractors she brought on were primarily wonderful! Shout out to Nacho (Plumber), Jeff (Concrete), Jesus (Painter), Framer Guy (didn't get his name, but was just as amazing), and Keith (HVAC) are the ones to come to mind but honestly, everyone was really great. I think this really does go to show that Cheryl knows what she is doing, and brings the best to do the job! If there were any kinks she always answered the phone and was quick to get a solution going. They were working hard 6 and sometimes 7 days a week. We started thinking of doing the remodel back in October of 2017, and interviewed lots of General Contractors (10 to be exact), we decided to go with Cheryl January 2018-- Wally (architect) came out to our home and started to do the plans, we received the city's approval of our plans and started construction on March 27 2018, and we passed the city's final inspection July 17, 2018. There are things that need to be done here and there, and suggested for a month to pass by to see if anything else needs to added to the punch list for minor fixes. It was a big project, and a scary leap of faith to take, to trust someone to get the job done well. I am so happy we took that leap with Cheryl. She was always available to take phone calls and you can tell she was truly emotionally invested in the project. I will say that our project was so big that there were bumps in the road along the way, but I believe the open communication is key. Be mindful and aware of what budget you have in mind as well. There were two change orders to the original contract (not bad at all considering how big the project was), just make sure to add the contractors fee to them both so there are no surprises. Be clear with what you want, and she will give it to you.

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  • 17 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Zac M.
Verified review

Hired Tom for my TI job in Carlsbad. He was straight forward with the whole process and finished on time and under budget, two things that were very important for me. Had a great crew of sub contractors as well. Thanks Tom.

Gracetile
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Danny H.
Verified review

Jeff Botts did an AMAZING job remodeling my bathroom! Jeff was the only contractor that told me he would personally be working the job. All of the other contractors gave me the impression that they would not be on site. His quote was very fair, and he gave me a clear explanation of what he would be doing. He was extremely helpful when it came to picking tiles, and he even picked up the quarter rounds I needed for me. The years of experience Jeff has in tiling and shower renovations truly shows through in his work. He made the whole process so easy! Always, showing up on time and working long hours. I wont consider anyone but Jeff for any future renovations! Thanks again for all your hardwork! - Danny I will definitely only consider Jeff for my future renovations.

Freedom Renovation Inc
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Andy W.
Verified review

Freedom Renovation finished our kitchen remodel about 4 weeks ago and we LOVE it! We found them through door hanger. We live in La Jolla area, so we drove up north and stopped by their showroom, met Anna and set up an appointment. Alex and Anna arrived on time 2 days later and really listened to what we wanted, while other contractors did not. A day or two later we got an email with our initial estimate and a 3-D picture of expected result. A few adjustments needed to be made, so we called in with Alex to discuss about it in further detail. Alex and Allen were also super nice and willing to work with us to reduce the cost. We talked for a few days, and finally made our decision to go with them because they appeared down to earth and reliable. The first 2 days guys showed up to demo the kitchen, tile floor and the soffit. By the end of day 2 demo was done, half the drywall was in and 1/4 of the tile floor was laid. By day 6, all the tile was in, drywall and mud was done! These guys work hard and fast and their work is top quality. We chose their cheapest cabinets which is real wood front and compressed engineering wood side, very sturdy and built to last. We were quoted a 5-week time line and they finished in 4 weeks - Alex the project manager was terrific and always available. The tile looks so good. Their work ethic and quality are solid and I would be happy to work with them again.

Bluewater Tile
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Allison R.
Verified review

I am a general contractor and have worked with many tile contractors. I hired Brian for a new house project after getting an estimate for my project. He did an outstanding job at a great price. Really went above and beyond to keep my client happy. He will be my go to tile guy from now on. Owner, Rockbilt Construction

GW Construction
4.3
from 12 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Eric H.
Verified review

GW Construction helped me with a remodel. The job consisted of uprighting a 12 ft. support beam and approximately 25 drywall panels. The price was a lot less than other contractors that bid on the job and they completed the job in one week. Matt and Jody communicated with me on a daily basis asking how the job was going. They were absolutely dedicated to my satisfaction. The contractors that worked on the project were professional and made me laugh all day long. They even let me know when they saw a better idea for my remodel or saw something that we needed to tweak to make it look better. No fuss, no hassle, no problems. Matt gives you his price and sticks to it, even if something comes up and a little more work needs to be done. Overall a great experience and a job well done!

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Vargas & Associates
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kendra P.
Verified review

Pedro is not only a great guy but an awesome worker. He shows up when he says he will and stays until he finishes the job. He works well around other contractors and is able to complete a variety of tasks.

  • 25 years in business
Rory Gaetzman
Verified review

Purchased 2 Doors. Everyone from the initial contact for the purchase with Bill to the communication with the project manager Darryl to the installation was great. I now feel a lot safer with doors I feel actually protect my home. Thank You.

Guttas Homes
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jean R.
Verified review

I was glad they were willing to take on two small projects and completed them beautifully.

Amigable Building Group
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tami M.
Verified review

This started as a small one bedroom renovation that turned into a whole house Reno. He was very flexible with our wants and desires and provided great value and feedback. The worksite was kept clean as we still stayed in the home while under construction. We enjoyed our experience so much that we are using them for our backyard renovation starting soon.

  • 43 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mike H.
Verified review

Excellent contractor with an amazing eye for quality! He and his team built us a deck which exceeded our expectations and desires. We will definitely use his services again!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.  

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.

Where should I start when remodeling a bathroom?

Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Before starting a bathroom remodel it’s crucial to know what you want and have a clear understanding of your maximum budget. If you’d love all marble fixtures but have $3,000 total, you will have to compromise. Being realistic about materials and money before you even contact a contractor will have you on the road to success. Here are some simple steps to follow in the planning stages of bathroom remodeling:

  • List your remodeling priorities in order of importance (e.g., 1. New shower head, 2. Replace flooring, 3. Install recessed lighting, etc.).
  • Calculate what you can realistically afford to spend on your bathroom remodel. Identify an “all in” price — meaning the absolute maximum you’re willing to pay, as well as what you’d prefer to spend.
  • Gather ideas from Pinterest about colors and finishes.
  • Research the costs of the materials and finishes you want and begin making choices about what is and isn’t possible to fit into your budget (once labor is included). If you’d like to stay under $10,000 total, but really love a $2,000 tub, plan to downgrade in other areas.
  • Request quotes from at least three reputable general contractors, share your vision and ideal materials, and work together from there.

How do I plan a bathroom remodeling project?

If you’re stumped on how to plan a bathroom remodeling project, it pays to hire a designer. This is especially important if you’re changing your bathroom layout in any way. Designers create contractor-friendly drawings indicating exactly where each tile and fixture will be installed, down to the light switches. This investment might cost you $300-$500 but save you significant frustration and miscommunication, while ensuring you get precisely what you want.

If you’re going to do your own design, planning a bathroom remodeling project means being organized and planning ahead. Create a general outline of what you want and the budget you have. Identify the specific fixtures, tiles, paint and vanity you prefer. Get all this organized before requesting quotes from two to three reputable general contractors. Once you find the right pro, get a written contract outlining scope of work, materials that will be used, timeframe and payment schedule. Communicate clearly about when to order your materials so they are ready and waiting by the time the contractor gets the permits. Your job from here is to communicate clearly, pay the contractor as the work progresses, and enjoy your remodel when it’s done.

For more on where to start when remodeling a bathroom check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

How long should a bathroom remodel take?

With proper planning and a good general contractor, your bathroom remodeling project doesn’t have to take forever. The construction phase of the project will always vary based on your scope of work, the square footage and the condition of your bathroom under the surface layer. Inevitably an 80-square-foot master bathroom with major changes will take longer than a 25-square-foot guest bath undergoing a minor renovation. For a smaller bathroom, a facelift — the industry term for sprucing up the surface layer (such as paint, vanity, tiles or light fixtures) but keeping the existing footprint of the space — may take five to eight working days, as long as there are no surprises like mold waiting when the old vanity comes out. A more complex bathroom remodel that revamps the shower area (customizing the plumbing, installing tile and changing the shower door), updates the flooring and cabinetry, and adds new paint and new lighting could take anywhere from one week to three weeks. A full bathroom remodel that guts the room, changing the footprint and moving the electrical wiring and plumbing lines, could take four to eight weeks or more. To keep your bathroom remodel on schedule, have your materials ordered and waiting, and don’t make any change orders once construction begins. Planning is key to keeping a bathroom remodel on schedule.   

For more on how long a bathroom remodel should take check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

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