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Gomes Handyman
4.9
from 299 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 376 hires on Thumbtack
Ting P.
Verified review

Dave is more than outstanding. Not only is he professional, he can also think on this feet to resolve a very difficult door issues that we had for a long time. We live in a high end home and had 2 contractors work on the problem Each improved the situation slightly but the cause of the problem was never truly understood until Dave came along. One reputable door company even tried to sell me a new door. Initially, I was extremely wary of using someone from Thumbtack as there was no way to check credentials and bona fide references. Dave has certainly surprised us on the upside. He is cost conscious for his clients and does not recommend a more expensive solution if a cheaper one can be had. I watched Dave work the entire 2 hours he was here. He spent a great deal of time troubleshooting and then came up with a game plan that we both agreed would be ideal. He's a hard worker and an intelligent one at that. In the future, I will call on Dave to do maintenance work on our home without the slightest reservation. Ting P.

AA Cardenas Construction
4.8
from 197 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 249 hires on Thumbtack
Philippe J.
Verified review

Arisel handled a small hardwood repair job in our kitchen. First I'm grateful that he offered his services. Many contractors only bid big jobs. Second he followed on his commitments to me, being on time and following up the next day with a touch up. I did not have to follow up. He was good to work with. Third I think he did an excellent job with the conditions he had to deal with. I recommend him.

Easley Done
4.6
from 125 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
Richa G.
Verified review

We had some bathroom and general work done around the house a couple of months ago. He was very responsive, on time, and very helpful

Top Pro
  • 13 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christina E.
Verified review

I've literally communicated with or contacted at least five contractors over the past two months to complete this flooring job. Salinas was an answer to prayer! Whereas other sites or contractors told me to wait and/or never got back to me or took others jobs, Vyron responded promptly within an hour when I posted the job on Thumbtack. Vyron and Pablo did excellent work putting down a new subfloor and plywood, then installing an LVP (see photos) and a new toilet (not pictured). Vyron communicated about every step of repair and installation and about every purchase for the job. He takes pride in his work and left the work area clean. I'm so glad that the job is finished and that it was done well.

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Gleo's Handyman Services
5.0
from 64 reviews
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Faith S.
Verified review

Gleo assisted with multiple projects to prep my home for sale. With little over 2 weeks to get repairs and enhancements completed, Gleo responded in a timely manner and dropped by to assess the job. I own an older condo with pretty outdated systems - doorbell mechanism, ceiling fan/light remote fixtures and AC. Thus, it was challenging trying to find out how things were connected and installed and where they were located. Gleo had to do a lot of extra research and testing to find the source of the issues. He accomplished this all through diligence, skill and the desire to do a good job. I was very pleased with the results stemming from the repairs he made. From start to finish, Gleo gave me the full confidence that he would go above and beyond to get the job done. His pricing for services are beyond fair despite the fact that spent multiple evenings and hours to perfect and fulfill the required services. Not only will you find a skilled, professional contractor but a fair, good-natured individual with a heart of gold. Thank you, Gleo!!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Brian T.
Verified review

I hired Gusanito to install porcelain tiles in my bathroom. He was very prompt--being the first contractor to contact me on thumbtack--and quickly responded to my text messages whenever I had a question. He takes his time and is very detailed in his work. He is also willing to help you with other problems. For example, in addition to installing the tiles, I also wanted to change my sink faucet and shower handles. He agreed to do the extra work at a reasonable price. The tile installation went smoothly, however, we ran into plumbing issues which he couldn't solve. I'm giving him four stars because I hired him on thumbtack for tile installation services, not plumbing. Nonetheless, he agreed to bring his cousin (who is an experienced plumber) over the next day to change my sink faucet at no extra cost. The total work took about two full days to complete, but I'm sure it would have been less if we didn't run into the plumbing issues. So I recommend him but make sure you talk with him thoroughly about what you want to accomplish.

Bill's Quality Tile & Marble
4.7
from 60 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Bhaskar M.
Verified review

Bill is a stand-up guy - he gave me an initial quote for my leaking bath tub, which I felt was high, so I asked him to come by and give an accurate estimate. He came the next day, and quickly explained that he was seeing other problems like the marble floors being uneven in color so an acid wash was included in the quote. After I explained I wasn't interested in that part, just the leaking tub, he gave me a very reasonable estimate. The problem we had in essence was a missing piece- he and I problem solved how we could fix the problem without the missing piece. Lots of ideas were flying around and he was open to trying out many things. We finally flipped the tub and took out the hose to implement one of the ideas and luckily the missing piece was still stuck there. That meant that we could have a full fix - and Bill did an awesome job in fixing it. I finally paid him more than he had asked for, which I felt was fair. It felt like I was doing a project with a buddy rather than a contractor. Bill was very easy going - would recommend him highly for future jobs.

A.R.S. Home Repairs
4.7
from 59 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Kyra R.
Verified review

Andres was FANTASTIC! He responded to a small job we posted during a kitchen renovation for a complicated appliance install. I couldn't find anyone who could do it. He showed up ready to do whatever it took. He offered great input in helping us make decisions, always said it was no problem to make it happen, and got right to work. He had all the tools necessary to get the job done. He was clean and courteous. His wife worked with him and she was quiet and clean as well. We ended up giving him almost 3 days of work and he far exceeded the work we had previously done (he stained our wood counter tops). We will be hiring him for all our handyman/construction needs in the future. We highly recommend him.

IxI Design
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Jerry S.
Verified review

Brian did a office remodeling for me including demolition of a whole room, removing many built-in cabinets, rewiring, and finishing new walls. He mostly worked alone, but his work was meticulous. Brian is one of very very few contractors whom I can actually trust. (I have built a 8,000 s.f. house among other building projects, so I have experience with many contractors.) Brian will do what he promised, at the price he promised, within the time frame he promised. Highly recommended for all remodeling work. Thank you, Brian, for a job well done.

Calmex Electric & Builders
4.6
from 35 reviews
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Smarak B.
Verified review

Both Rudy and Angel were very professional. They contacted me within an hour and came to my house to give me a free quote the next day. I was very satisfied with the electrical work they did. They completed it within the time frame provided and even helped me clean the house. Very impressed with their work. I will call them again for any of my general contractor needs.

BayProPropertySolutions
4.3
from 30 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Corene A.
Verified review

It was our first experience hiring a general contractor to do a kitchen remodel and room extension. Rick made us feel very comfortable during the whole process and answered all of our questions. Responded promptly by email and by text messages. Rick gave a lot of personal attention to our needs, and even hired a maid service after the kitchen remodel was done. We love our kitchen and are very happy with the room extension!

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Lifetime Remodeling
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lynda P.
Verified review

I love Eli, Shmuel and the entire team at Lifetime Remodeling. We had an unexpected leak in the master bath that slowly destroyed our kitchen ceiling. They made an assessment, remodeled the bathroom, fixed the kitchen (and put in money saving/beautiful recessed lights), and left us very happy. When we encountered a problem with the plumbing, most other contractors would have taken advantage and hiked the price. But, they were so professional and everything was still finished on time and in-budget. (My friends tell me that never happens. So now I refer all of them to Lifetime.)

Fast Repipe and Plumbing
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Greg W.
Verified review

Hugo was responsive and followed up...rare these days for contractors...he and his team were at my house 15 minutes early and repiped my 1600 sq ft house with copper in 7 hours...did a great job

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Green Line Development inc.
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christina F.
Verified review

I was able to schedule estimates with 5 contractors for my bathroom remodel. Each definitely had their own approach with a few being extremely pushy trying to talk me into doing work I didn't want to do! I believe Green line was the 3rd appointment I had and Manuel Sr & his son Manuel Jr definitely stood out to my family and I. They listened to what we wanted, gave me a few options and honest recommendations (which actually involved less total work = less money). I really appreciated the honest no pressure approach. It was also very clear to me that they had a lot of experience because they were able to point out a few things that no other contractor brought to my attention. Service: I'd say the entire process was pretty seamless, Jr or Sr were always available through call or text, no issues with cleanliness or picking up materials. They use a progress payment system so we paid them as they completed certain phases of work which I really liked. They were able to recommend retailers for the finish materials which was very helpful. Work Quality: Craftsmanship excellent, tiles were set beautifully and look stunning. About half way through we decided to go with their recommendation of doing level 5 texture through the vanity area into the bathroom (which they gave a VERY good price for), this was a great suggestion as it really helps in bringing a cleaner modern look. Paint, vanity and fixture installation were all done very nicely. Over all very satisfied, we will be calling Green Line back to do the guest bath in a few months. Price: They were not the cheapest estimate I received. I decided to hire them because they felt trustworthy. Which is a hard thing to achieve after one meeting. However I am EXTREMELY pleased with the price I paid for the finished product. They explained to me in out initial meeting that this type of finish work requires a certain amount of money to do properly which I completely understand now. They were also not the most expensive which is surprising for the transformation they accomplished. Thanks guys! -Christina

Jose L. Vasquez
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ash M.
Verified review

Jose is an extremely capable, honest and integral contractor. I was very apprehensive in the beginning as he had only a few reviews on Thumbtack but went ahead with him as he was very responsive and seemed knowledgeable. After we saw his work in our home in kitchen/ bathroom upgrades, we couldn't have been happier. He is very diligent, sincere and never cuts the corner. He did not hesitate in going an extra mile to make sure our job was done to the best quality. Besides, Jose is very nice and personable and we really had a great time working with him. We are very impressed and delighted to find him and will always go back to him for any future work. We already signed up for a couple of additional pieces of work with him. Thank you Jose for the wonderful work!

ER CONSTRUCTION
4.4
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Joe W.
Verified review

This is by far the best framing crew I have worked with on any of my projects. Not only did they follow the plans exactly, they treated my site with respect. They left it clean everyday and made accommodations for my clients living in the home. They will be my go-to crew for future projects. Joe Wetzel General Contractor

Buzzy Bee Construction Co
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Swati P.
Verified review

We decided to get the services of Dario at a point when we were in a time crunch. We had to tear down a half bath which sat on concrete foundation and convert to a full one. We also had to build 2 non-standard storage units. He gave us a fair estimate and an approximate timeline - the timeline he provided was not ideal for our situation - but we still decided to proceed with him. Here is a person who will answer/return your calls, reach your place before time and is honest. He is the first contractor whom we did not have to call 5 times before we got a response. This aspect of his work is crucial but often overlooked when people are looking to hire a contractor. There were several hiccups during the project, something which is expected. But Dario was on top of things and made sure that the overall timeline of the project was not compromised. In fact he also paid for a few things out of pocket. And this was all accomplished along with going through the city’s permit process. He was present for all inspections and made sure that that process also ran smoothly. He was receptive to feedback and changed/retrofitted anything that we found unacceptable. His team of people is also great and we never had any issues working with them. Dario would visit the project site every day and made sure communication was clear between him, his team and us. We highly recommend his work and wish him luck!

Hauser Construction
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Paul W.
Verified review

Roy K. at Hauser Construction has done a number of renovation projects for me, covering all aspects of construction requirements, from plumbing, carpentry, electrical, heating and roofing. He is the consummate contractor and a great guy. Thank you Roy!

Argon Construction Inc.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kristin F.
Verified review

Mike is a fantastic contractor. He is responsive, reliable, honest trustworthy and the list goes on... His work is exceptional. Mike has a keen eye for detail and design which helped me greatly in my decision process. The first home project Mike did for us was back in 2014. From that point on - he continues to be my go-to contractor. I highly recommend Argon Construction!

  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Beverly G.
Verified review

Audie Bugg of AB Construction did a very nice job with our facilities repairs. Very good company to hire for repairs at your business facility!

Phillip Price Construction
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John L.
Verified review

Phillip Price Construction did an amazing job on my home addition and remodel. My wife and I had never remodeled a house before and were apprehensive about selecting the right contractor. Once we met Phil and his son Nick we were very impressed with their quick and clear communication. They were very knowledgeable and went over their itemized quote with us. Once they started they flew through each phase of construction constantly updating us and keeping our decisions on track. All the worries and horror stories we heard about contractors were laid to rest very quickly once we started the project. We really got to know them over the 5 months we worked with them and really enjoyed the whole process. They truly made the process a lot easier than we had imagined. When it was all said and done they came it right on budget and a little before we expected. We could not be happier with our new home and the fantastic job Phil, Nick, and their sub contractors did. We highly recommend them and would never use any other contractor.

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.

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.

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 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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San Jose, CA

  • Project type
    Major repair
  • Project progress
    Sketches and/or basic idea of project
  • Areas repaired/remodeled
    Bathroom(s), Kitchen, Living room, Bedroom(s), Dining room
  • Details
    we bought property at auction. previous owner started remodel but did not finish. Needs interior walls taped, textured, baseboards, crown moldings, paint, fireplace fascia work, new pergo flooring in main areas and new carpet/pad in bedrooms.
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Petaluma, CA

  • Project type
    Major repair
  • Project progress
    Sketches and/or basic idea of project
  • Areas repaired/remodeled
    Bathroom(s), Bedroom(s), Basement, Outdoor space
  • Details
    New heating system and water heater Remodel unpermitted basement unit Repair dry rot Possibly rebuild shower/ bath tub Install low flush toilets
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