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Santa Monica Home Contractors

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Electrical Needs
4.9
from 186 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ladonna U.
Verified review

Very impressed! Our job was very challenging and he did not give up as most contractors would have. Hung our TV over fireplace with very minimal damage. Great communication and he is beyond professional. Will hire again!!!

James R Loera Construction
4.8
from 85 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle A.
Verified review

James was fast, efficient, and solved every issue I had -- including coming up with ways to solve problems as they arose. He was very responsive -- i'm just now getting responses from people asking me to send them what i need and yet he finished the work 7 hours ago. He was careful, took the time to do the project right and didn't let obstacles slow him down. I would definitely use him again, and his contractor experience is a great help to whatever he was doing...he gets the job done!

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MAHA GROUP/FPV
4.6
from 76 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
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Dennis H.
Verified review

If Thumbtack allows users to more stars, I would grade Maha for 10/10! Before our project started, we interviewed almost 20 contractors and Maha is the only one provided the professional in-depth site analysis with very detailed bidding with all items broken down into material and labor as well as the amazing schedule analysis (and we did have the project finished prior to the original projection date). Thru out he entire project process, Houman (owner of Maha) was showing all his professionalism into all the detail and he was on-site everyday working with his crew, providing prompt update and honest suggestion in all area. He also provided very helpful weekly progress summary that help me to show to my management for the update. The entire crew was all professional, friendly, and showing their care to the premise owner every moment. Communication is 10/10 as well. At the end of the project, I noticed some additional item that I omitted earlier, and Houman was able to help me on those as well altho he didn't have to, all respect for that. I definitely will come back to Maha again if I have another project coming, also recommend them to anyone looking for professional and sincere designer/contractor.

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Integrated Construct LLC
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary C.
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I hired Eric to put in a tile backsplash in my kitchen. He did an exceptional job! He was quick, clean and great to work with. I'd definitely recommend him and will hire him for my next home improvement project!

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Ali Jonaidy
5.0
from 50 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Beth A.
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When I fixed the time with ali, he came even few minutes earlier and he professionally fixed my lights and finished the task sooner that I expected. He is a polite person with a great sense of humor and I really liked his way of working and being fully equipped. Previously I had some handymen doing some other stuff for me and they were wasting a lot of time finding or buying out some parts and tools. However ali was really equipped and well prepared. I highly recommend him.

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J. Beach Carpentry
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie S.
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Jamie was great, he responded immediately and was able to meet the next morning. He installed our front door and had to fix other problems from a previous contractor. He did an amazing job and we won’t hesitate to call him on my next phase of construction.

EXCEL CONSTRUCTION LA
4.1
from 49 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Michael F.
Verified review

Excel Construction demolished and remodeled several parts at our house. They did our kitchen, two bathrooms and 2 fireplaces (1 at the formal living room and the second one at our master bedroom). While the people were working at the house they always tried as much as they could to keep the house clean and well organized. This was one of the main things that we truly loved to see because we were living at the house during the remodeling. The kitchen and bathrooms were demolished completely while we were able to use other parts of the house and Eyal who managed this entire work, helped us in all the purchased, communicated with us on a daily basis and each Friday, he gave us a detailed progress report that kept us in the loop of the work. Our home is a lot more than the way we thought or imagined it will become and all of it is definitely because the people that were involved at our house. The office staff were really detailed and professional in regards to all the documents, paperwork, payments etc… She made sure to update us with any news or issues with her department in regards to our remodeling project. The guys who did the actual work (including several sub-contractors), always worked hard and they made sure that everything will fit perfectly and without any mistakes. They were polite, quite, respectful and professional. The finish project is stunning. We strongly recommend them to anyone!

  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
KIM L.
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Oscar was amazing and went above and beyond to get the fridge installed. He had to move an outlet that was not properly placed by my contractor. Made a trip to Home Depot and stayed longer to get it done. I highly recommend him!

Five Star Flooring
4.8
from 38 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew J.
Verified review

Joey was very understanding of the small job/low budget where other contractors were quoting 2-3x. He had one of his men, Milan, come and install cork underlay with click hardwood. Initially I was quoted $350, but it became $400 upon arrival - not a big deal, but something to consider if you’re shoestring and ran out of money on a build as I did. Milan did a pretty great job overall, very friendly and speedy. In this circumstance precision near the walls didn’t concern me as I built floor to ceiling acoustic panels, however I was a bit concerned about the lack of spacers and some not so “straight” cuts. Also, there was a misunderstanding regarding the threshold and the point the floor was to be brought up to. Luckily, after some schedule conflict, Joey was able to get him back out to correct the mistake. Overall the floor looks great, feel solid thus far, no bowing or splits, so I think it’ll hold up. The floor style itself looks spectacular. Overall I’d give them a B+

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  • 29 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Sravan V.
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He is very friendly, economical and punctual. I will definitely hire him for any future projects as I came to know he is not just a dry wall contractor but a general contract too. Very happy with his work.

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  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa H.
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Thank you Cabrera's Electrical. We have had so much work done on our home, yet when our private contractor retired, we did not know what to do. Cabrera's had the most professional response online. We had (2) large ceiling fans to be installed, and needed electrical re-wiring of the (2) wall switches that would be used. His quote was what our retired contractor told us it should be. Our fans and new electrical are perfect. I plan on using him again for other projects that we have. We have already referred him to friends of ours. It's such a relief to find somebody who cares about your home, as much as you do.

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  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Maria V.
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Fast worker and does a great job. Did Multiple jobs in my home.

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Home Upgrade Specialist
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Stephen K.
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Fantastic company. Simon is polite, communicative, and friendly. They did a great job installing a new central air system for me in my condo and gave me the most competitive price I've found. I'm very happy with this company - it's extremely difficult to find honest and reputable contractors nowadays, but HUS is definitely one you should add to your contacts.

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Down the Drain Plumbing
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kareem M.
Verified review

Jose came out with short notice and completed the job of unclogging the kitchen sink, which ended up not being easy. I highly recommend his services for any plumbing related job. Also his pricing is very fair and competitive.

Lynx Construction
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas B.
Verified review

The Egal Construction team was one of the most down-to-earth, honest contractors I've ever hired for a job in our office building. When we ran into an issue, they jumped on fixing it in an impossibly timely manner. Five stars, 10/10, all of the accolades I can give. Hire these guys!

AHI
4.3
from 16 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Eddie T.
Verified review

George was my General Contractor. He understood my vision and did a Great kitchen remodel in our home. His pricing was reasonable and we are very happy now. Thank you George

Inside Out Contractors
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Mark J.
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I hired Inside Out Contractors to remodel my master bath. First of all, the quote I received was so reasonable that I was able to remodel both my master bath, and a half bath for less than what several other contractors had quoted me to do just one bathroom. And when I got the final invoice, there were no surprises or extra charges that I had not previously agreed to. The only additional charges were for extras that I had requested. Brad with Inside Out was great to work with. He was very helpful in suggesting different options and ideas, and never tried to “upsell” me or tell me I needed to fix or replace things that weren’t necessary. He even met me at Home Depot so I could show him exactly what I wanted. When we started the project, Brad showed up on time, worked quickly and efficiently, and cleaned up every day before he left. He finished the project when he said he would, and I couldn’t be happier. Both bathrooms look great! I would highly recommend InsideOut contractors if you are considering doing a remodel. I was very impressed with the service, the price, and most importantly, the quality of the work. I will definitely use them again in the future. Mark J. Agoura Hills, CA

Digs and Dwellings
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Patt S.
Verified review

Oscar Morales our draftsman has been very helpful on our home remodel. He is extremely knowledgeable and created architectural plans for us to submit our project to the City as owner/builder. His fees are very fair. He is a team player who works well with others, seeks out good resources, and has helped us to move forward on our project in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Oscar for your project.

  • 10 years in business
Lynn G.
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Excellent service!I highly recommend Ranbay Construction for home or commercial renovations. The minute I met Brad I knew he was the best! My house and office needed a complete renovation and Brad walked me through the process, helped me pick out materials and finished the job on time! He laid out several options in a clear, no-pressure manner, and was extremely communicative throughout the process. His team showed up on time on every appointment, and they completed the work in the agreed upon time period. The clean up was excellent. They are very hard-working, helpful with questions and concerns, and trustworthy. I did a lot of research and interviews with multiple contractors before picking them. Brad was always available to answer my questions and I can't say enough about his company! I'm very satisfied with the overall experience I had with this company and would use them again without hesitation.

Hillstar Construction inc.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
ABRAHAM M.
Verified review

We had 3 bathrooms remodeled by hillstar construction, which included 2 complete remodels (master bath and Jack/Jill) and 1 minor updating of guest bath. This is our first remodeling experience and lior and his crew made every effort to accommodate our needs and requests. We relied on lior advise for details and very happy of the outcome. lior responded promptly and communicated well, and his attention to details was really good. We also noticed that hillstar construction used higher end product than other contractors when we compared the estimates and asked specific questions. They installed frameless glass showers and completely replaced floors on two bathroom, changed countertops to quartz replaced we actually had to change painter (from different paint company) to lior crew as we did not like the original work. lior crew completely removed wall paper before painting, which original paint person could not do. Major part of renovation was completed less than 2 weeks, just couple of hours for installing glass showers later and some paint work due to change of painter along the way. Overall, we are extremely satisfied with the quality of the work done and the outcome. Also, LIOR went beyond as a contractor as to helping us manage the house while we were away during renovation, and it is very much appreciated. Bottom line, he can really be trusted for the quality of work he provides.

  • 11 years in business
Frania Y.
Verified review

I recently hired Shay and his crew to renovate the kitchen and hardwood floors throughout my house. This was undoubtedly the best experience with a contractor I have had to date. From the beginning and throughout the process he was quickly responsive to any questions or concerns I had. We did high end renovation with custom cabinets. They handled every aspect of the renovation with meticulous care, and the results prove it. The crew is professional. The head worker Iseia is extraordinarily talented and very pleasant to deal with. Expo Home is not the cheapest, but it's worth the price and wait to have excellence.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.  

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 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.

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.

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