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How do I hire the best general contractor in D.C.?

No matter what kind of project you are tackling, your general contractor should have a good track record of completed work and satisfied customers. Search for the best general contractors in Washington, D.C., and look for positive customer reviews and project photos that are similar to your project. 

Make sure your general contractor has the proper license, insurance and registration. You can ask pros to send you this information, or you can search for it online

Hire a D.C. contractor after you receive cost estimates from at least three or five general contractors.

What is the best waterproof flooring for a basement?

There are several great options for waterproof basement flooring. For example, epoxy floors are waterproof but are thicker and sturdier than paint. Make sure the concrete substrate has been prepared for application. 

Tile is a designer’s dream, giving you a moisture-resistant surface that’s infinitely customizable. Rubber sheets or tiles are also good waterproof options, particularly for playrooms, workout areas or laundry rooms. 

Vinyl tiles and planks imitate wood or other materials very convincingly, provide moisture resistance and last a long time. And sheet vinyl is affordable and a great waterproofing solution for those in need of quick fixes.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a general contractor when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a general contractor, avoid any physical contact, don’t shake hands, keep 6 feet of distance between you and the pro and sanitize all involved surfaces. Also, use digital platforms to communicate and make payments.

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.

Does a general contractor need to enter my home?

Provided the project is located inside your home, completing the job would require a general contractor to enter your home. But if your project is located outdoors, a general contractor will likely not need to enter your home. Discuss your options with general contractors in your area before hiring.

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. 

Reviews for Washington basement professionals
Andrew C.
Had Roger renovate my basement, he is knowledgeable and did a quality job, will use again
R&E Remodeling L.L.CR&E Remodeling L.L.C
Vivian T.
Roger completed the first part of my basement remodel, which was relatively small, but important. He repaired a hole in the basement exterior wall that was allowing moisture to get in and as a result a small mole patch had formed. Roger patched the hole (inside and outside), cleaned up the mole and replaced the drywall inside the house. So far, I am happy with the job. Of course, this is the kind of thing that is proven to be effective over a period of time. However, Roger gives a one year guarantee and that increases my comfort level. Roger has been very easy to work with and he is good at explaining his approach to resolving problems. I will sign an additional contract with Roger to continue with the next phase of my basement remodel within a week.
R&E Remodeling L.L.CR&E Remodeling L.L.C
Deepa R.
I hired Cesar to build a laundry unit/closet in my house and build a kitchen in my basement. He did a great job and was helpful in thinking through designs/trouble shooting. Would definitely hire again!
Ortiz RemodelingOrtiz Remodeling
Lance C.
Homequest did a great job of gutting and renovating our basement in DC. They took our suggestions of what we wanted and ran with it. The Homequest Team was very professional, on-time and always available to answer questions. They completed the entire project on schedule and within budget. Shortly after the project was completed, we encountered a small issue within our bathroom, Homequest arrived within 48 hours and fixed the issue. Our basement is now a beautiful AirBnB in the District. We would highly recommend Homequest for any home renovation projects that you may have. The Curry's.
Homequest Design & BuilderHomequest Design & Builder
Thumbtack Customer
Nick is great. I needed a fairly large basement project done in 4 weeks, Nick got it done in 3. Most everyone else I had bid was going to take at least 6. Nick was always incredibly responsive, on-time, and friendly. Everything really went without a hitch. When there was one small issue I noticed (because I am in the industry and overly picky), Nick did not hesitate to rip it out and redo it. A true professional, you won't be disappointed if you go with these guys.
DesBuild Construction Inc.DesBuild Construction Inc.
Sam D.
We hired DB General Construction for our basement renovation starting in July 2019. Douglas is a nice guy and his work is pretty good quality however he is horrible at planning the work and he doesn't keep his words!! He promised us verbally and in the contract that the work would be done in 4 to 5 weeks. He also promised us verbally that he wouldn't be splitting his time between 2 job sites until he was one with our project. However, the renovation ended up taking 12 weeks and we only made a couple of change orders that may have added 1 week max to the time compared to the original estimate. He claimed that the inspector also delayed him by 1 week. At the end, that would put him at 5 weeks behind, double the estimate. The real reason is that he just wasn't showing up to the site to do the work. For several weeks, he would show up a few hours every other day. He had countless excuses or would just not answer our calls at times. Or he would say he was going to work at a certain time and day and just not show up. When we were finally able to talk to him face to face about his delay, he got extremely defensive and acted offended that we were even asking for accountability. He did admit that he had another project going on but he was completely unapologetic about it even he promised us he would not. At that point, he did commit again to complete the job ASAP and started showing up every day. He estimated the work to be done in 1 week but unfortunately, it still took him 3 weeks. This again demonstrates his inability to estimate and plan the work properly. Overall, Douglas is a skilled contractor but he is not a good GC!
DB Handyman Services.DB Handyman Services.
Thumbtack Customer
Apex General Contracting did a fantastic job on a major renovation project for our row house in DC! We had never done a renovation project of any kind, and this was the first time we had worked with a contractor. We highly recommend Carlos and his team for jobs big and small. Carlos and the team at Apex were very responsive. We would text or call him with a lot of questions, and he was always available and would quickly respond. They stayed on budget. We had a very tight budget, and Carlos stuck to it, even when minor complications required us to make various changes from our plan. Carlos was very collaborative and solution-oriented whenever little wrinkles arose. He would consult us about details big and small, and made sure we were happy with all the work being done. If we changed our mind about something or were not happy with how something turned out, Carlos would fix it to make sure we were happy. Plus, the guys did a great job of cleaning up each day. Finally, the quality of the work was beyond our expectations. Carlos’s carpenters are very talented and they helped us recreate and restore original vintage aspects of our 100-year-old house. His team also helped us create chic bathrooms and a modern kitchen. We are thrilled with how everything turned out, and we would definitely hire Apex for another job in the future. What we needed • Gut remodel kitchen; • Finish an unfinished basement; • Gut remodel two bathrooms; • Refinish original hardwood floors; • Install vintage marble fireplace; • Rebuild original staircase; • Install a two-zone HVAC system; • Replace all plumbing and drains in the house; • Upgrade electrical panel and most wiring and circuits; • Replace front door; • Lots of cosmetic work.
Preferred ConstructionPreferred Construction
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