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Iowa City Basement Professionals

Browse these basement contractors with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Iowa City.

  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Pam T.
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Jovan replaced a door on our detached garage. Was very prompt and professional. Did a fabulous job and and will definitely recommend him.

TB Custom Builders
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Michael L.
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TB Custom Builders offers great work at a reasonable price! Helped frame out walls in my basement and did a great job. They also build custom furniture pieces which are built with great craftsmanship.

The Right Price
4.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Linda S.
Verified review

Prompt service, great job on my lazy susan and cupboard pulls!

BrooksConstruction
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marvin W.
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I came from Las Vegas to Cedar Rapids to get a house ready for sale. I didn't know any vendors in town and Ron Brooks helped with a lot of tasks. He put a drainage pump in the basement, repaired decking, concrete, fixed the garage door, fixed the gutters, cleaned up the trees and yard, and a quite a few other repairs. He continued to work on the house after I left the state, and the house was sold not long after. I was glad to find Ron Brooks and would absolutely work with him again.

Miller Home Solutions
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Chris W.
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Our basement ceiling had water spots showing just below MB shower. There were areas in the shower where the grout had decayed and/or was not installed properly. Conrad came in and took care of everything. He spent extra time making sure all possible areas were addressed. He notified us when he'd be there and cleaned up the work area each day. We're expecting to hire Conrad for additional items such as staining our fence. Very good work and would recommend him highly, very nice and easy to work with.

BDM Construction
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Austin S.
Verified review

Mark did a great job framing my basement rec room. They finished on time and on budget. They also cleaned up after them selves and did not leave anything behind. Would use him again!

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We cater specifically to those folks looking to get their basement, and/or garages finished. Very often, when someone builds a new home they choose to leave the basement and garage unfinished to save on costs, then the homeowners start shopping around for an affordable contractor to finish things up. That's where we come in!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.  

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 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.

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