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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. 

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.

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.  

Reviews for Sandy Springs general contractors
Adwoa A.
The project is not quite complete, but Jeff has been awesome every step of the way, answering all of my many questions and providing me with great advice and tips, from a professional contractor perspective and from a design perspective. He is very responsive, and his team is responsive, too. They are good about explaining changes that have to be made and generally keeping me updated. I could not be more pleased!!!
CavinbuiltCavinbuilt
TJ A.
Please do your research prior to hiring Christian Brother Remodeling (CBR) and Bobby R. Young. These are factual statements based on my experience. Before hiring CBR or Bobby Young for your home project, ask to see their current business license; make sure it's not expired. Next, ask for his proof of liability insurance, and make sure it too is current- be sure to add yourself to his liability insurance policy if you do hire CBR. Next, ask to see his general contractors license for the state of GA, and make sure the license is to Christian Brother Remodeling, and that it's current. Lastly, check the GA Secretary of States official website, to verify that Christian Brother Remodeling is a registered business in the state of GA. Taking these extra steps will hopefully help assist in making your contractor decision less stressful and more assuring. My personal experience was dreadful with CBR/Bobby Young, of which I had to file a criminal theft warrant for theft. Bobby is currently under a Justice Center of Atlanta mediation repaymemt plan for thousands of dollars received for services never rendered/provided. Bobby failed to return funds paid to him after multiple requests were made, therefore a criminal warrant application was filed against him. CBR/Bobby Young was paid over $66,000 for my renovation project, of which an estimated $20-30K of work was completed; and the majority of that work was done incorrectly based on review of other general contractors. I had to spend an additional $25-35K, just to correct the multiple mistakes/overlooks made by CBR during my renovation. Bobby is a masterful salesman of his business and his abilities, but I later found that I was mislead. I found out via an open records request, that CBR/Bobby Young did not even have a general contractors license for the city of Atlanta at the time he began my project. He used another contractors license to pull permits for my renovation. He never disclosed this information. During the period of which Christian Brother Remodeling was hired for my renovation, personal items were also stolen from my home from hired day laborors. Bobby could only apologize for the incident, and promised to "make it right" of which never happened. I could go on and on about the multiple issues with CBR, but I'm not here to write a dissertation on my experience. Overall I lost thousands of dollars by hiring CBR/ Bobby Young, and it was probably the worst decision that I ever made in trying to renovate my home. Tread with caution, and do your due diligence when hiring any Thumbtack contractor.
Christian Brother RemodelingChristian Brother Remodeling
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