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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 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 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.

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.  

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for Denver subcontractors
Tara S.
Kristian worked on my house for three weeks. This included remodeling my entryway including replacing the front door, stair case, painting the garage and shutters, remodeling my dining room, and tearing down a half wall. He was extremely professional throughout the entire time he worked on my home. All of the subcontractors he used were high quality. He only used subcontractors if necessary. In addition, he continued to update me at every step on costs. His costs are extremely reasonable, might I add. For all the work we had done the job was approx 10k. His work turned out stunning. My real estate agent came over to see the renovations and she was also thoroughly impressed. I will 100% use Kristian again when it’s time for my next project and I suggest you do too.
Prolink Contractors, LLCProlink Contractors, LLC
Noah B.
I would not work with this company again. I hired SBS to remodel a bathroom on July 15 2020, with an original time estimate of 2–6 weeks beginning in September. During the initial phases of the project, their team was unable to identify a structural wall as being load-bearing, and removed it. The severity of their lapse in care and attention was not only dangerous, but led to several areas of damage to the interior and exterior walls on the level above. For this “design change,” I was asked to pay an extra fee. In multiple instances, the work was subpar and needed to be redone (tile, paint, drywall, not to mention the necessary repairs). In the only redeeming element of my review, I credit SBS for mostly owning up to their mistakes and agreeing to fix the issues they caused (hence the 2-star review instead just 1). However, that does not make up for the severity of the issues stemming from this project, which finally concluded in February of 2021 (over 6 months after agreeing to the work). While hastily repairing the damage they caused, they sloppily splashed paint on my brand new cloth window shades, and on my wood floors; permanently damaging them in a few areas—another instance of a lack of care and attention. In addition, their behavior overall was unprofessional to the point where they even requested that I hold onto the materials of a fired subcontractor as collateral for their internal dispute—a request I flatly refused. They cycled through 3 project managers during this project, and were entirely inconsistent and unreliable with their scheduling. Despite several assurances they would finish parts of the project “the next day” or “this week,“ and never hearing back from reaching out directly with the project manager, I had to contact the central office several times just to get someone to show up to finish the work they started—sometimes with several weeks in-between. I value honesty in online reviews, and this is as concise, true, and transparent as I can be—and I have videos to back up everything I’ve said. Working with this company was disastrous. I respect them for owning up to their mistakes and mostly trying to rectify them, but in light of everything else in my experience, I simply cannot recommend them.
Sustainable Building Systems LLCSustainable Building Systems LLC
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