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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts 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.

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. 

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.

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 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.

What kind of jobs can a general contractor do?

General contractors can complete all types of projects, from small home repairs and new construction, from building a new home to landscaping an entire yard. General contractors may specialize in plumbing, framing, electrical, foundations or roofing projects, and they can work on commercial or residential buildings. 

Before hiring a general contractor, make sure the contractor holds the proper licenses, registration, insurance and certifications required by your city or state. 

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.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

Be sure to check out our smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

Reviews for Washington general contractors
Robin T.
Could only pick up to three things I liked about working with CDF General Construction - would have selected all five characteristics if I could have. They were punctual and responsive from beginning to end. Not listed was cleanliness - I would have selected that as well - when the project was finished I did not have to clean up anything or remove any trash. The team wore face coverings throughout and maintained at least six feet of distance as much as from me and especially from my senior parents which was very important. I was having bathroom remodeled for seniors; Carlos understood that and paid attention to the details necessary to make bathroom safe and comfortable for my parents. CDF will be the “go to” contractor for future work. Highly recommend!
CDF General ConstructionCDF General Construction
Kaye B.
I discovered Jesryn General Construction on Thumbtack and requested an estimate. I had already gotten two estimates elsewhere, one of which I liked, but wanted a couple more since we were new to renovation and didn’t really know what we should expect. My project included a full kitchen and connecting mudroom overhaul, including several other small jobs. The house was built in 1950 and had never had any such work done. We met Julio Lopez, general contractor, who gave one of the most thorough inspections and estimates of all the companies that visited. Even before we received his quote back, we hoped that his numbers matched our budget because we felt his company would be the best for the job. Things worked out and Jesryn was chosen. From the very first day, you can see that he hires hard-working, professional people for his company. They show up on time, work diligently, and clean up before leaving at the end of every day. What I wish we had done differently? I wish I had been a lot more specific in communication in the beginning about everything, including the very little things, like light fixtures or vent covers. I also wish that we had done a better job planning with them early on and throughout the renovation. I think that as the manager of the projects, Julio could do better with making sure that everything that’s needed is available when it’s needed, so that nothing has to be compromised later. For instance, there was a specific door I had chosen for the powder room, but didn’t know it had to be ordered weeks before because it was not in stock at the hardware store. So I ended up having to switch doors at the last minute to something that was available. It actually all worked out just fine, but fortunately it wasn’t something more important in the house. Overall, Julio has a good heart and runs a good company where he tries to make sure his clients are well taken care of and happy in the end, which is about all you can ask for. No experience is going to be perfect, but I highly recommend considering Jesryn, whether you have a big renovation or a small project. (The photos included are from the last day, as they were closing everything.)
Jesryn General Construction LLCJesryn General Construction LLC
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.
Apex General Contracting, LLCApex General Contracting, LLC
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