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Enigma Electrical and Services
4.7
from 150 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 215 hires on Thumbtack
Paul K.
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I would recommend Kevin. His work and demeanor were professional. His estimate for the work became the same amount he ultimately charged upon completion of the work.

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AVANTI / JACK
4.8
from 133 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brooke H.
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Jack responded quickly with a very fair estimate. He was very knowledgeable about hanging my marble shelf. And even though the shelf came with it’s own hardware, he brought better hardware that could support a heavier amount of weight. His attention to detail was beyond and I will definitely be hiring him again. I know it can personally feel very daunting to select a qualified handyman, but I would definitely recommend Jack if you’re in need.

Affordable handyman
4.4
from 76 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
Mark B.
Verified review

At first I hired Tom to move some plumbing in my kitchen remodel. He was on time, professional and very reasonably priced. He left our initial appointment just for an estimate with more work than he bargained for and each week I added more. In the end, he remodeled half of my house. From plumbing to electrical to tile to drywall, etc.. His crew is great and very respectful. My master bath looks amazing. Before he even finished my job I was referring him to family and friends. Do yourself a favor and hire him if you are reading this review. You won’t be disappointed.

LoPrestis Services & More
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew B.
Verified review

I chose Brian at LoPrestis Services after vetting several vendors and considering other outside estimates and I am glad that I did! He replaced an ancient water heater that had a busted drain valve, making a standard replacement even more difficult, but he worked quickly and thoroughly to complete the removal and installation. He even offered to pick up the new water heater from Home Depot as a courtesy saving me time and money. The new heater works great! I strongly recommend choosing Brian for your project.

Illinois Stain Removal Inc.
4.7
from 58 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
Marlene W.
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My total project has not yet been completed yet. However, the power washing of the deck was excellent! They even completed work, despite the pouring rain. I am very pleased thus far.

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  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Jean L.
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Handy Helper Construction was so easy to communicate with. They did a great job! I will definitely be using them again in the near future!

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Wojciech Marek
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anna W.
Verified review

Marek did a great job painting my bedrooms and was a pleasure to work with. He was very professional and worked around my busy schedule. His wife Gracie did a great job setting up the appointment to meet for an estimate and sending it to me quickly. Looking to remodel my bathroom next and I will definitely use Marek Wojciech Construction again!!

McDonald Construction
4.7
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
James M.
Verified review

Mike and his crew did a "superb job" for me. They told me what they were going to do, when, and how much it would cost.He is good honest man-went well above and beyond to make sure the site was ready for new construction. Highly recommend McDonald Construction-good folks, they do what they tell you they are going to and on time, at a very reasonable price-JIM

  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Rob B.
Verified review

From the very beginning, the communication with Bruce was excellent! Any questions that we had, whether it was via e mail, text or by phone, he answered them as fast as he could. The work is OUTSTANDING! He more then exceeded our expectations. Our bathroom remodel was done ahead of schedule and it looks beautiful! A++++ Will definitely hire again for future projects.

  • 9 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl D.
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Eric of Exterior Construction Services stop by on Saturday to quote the work we plan to have done in April, he was on time and very professional, I will write again if we decide to use this company.

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Alumni Builders Inc
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vincent C.
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Dan from Alumni Builders is the best contractor I have ever worked with. He is honest and reliable. From the initial project proposal all the way into it's delivery Dan organised perfectly all the aspects of remodeling project. I got the best price, on time delivery and an outstanding quality of the work by using Alumni Builders. I will always trust Dan with my construction needs and I highly recommend his services. Thanks Dan! Vincent C.

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Dirty Deeds LLC
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Fred & Helen F.
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We had an excellent experience with Dirty Deeds LLC. Our job entailed painting our living room, dining room and upstairs hallway, all of the wood trim and all of the doors in those rooms. It also included painting the structural beam that supports the roof and ceiling over the living room and dining room. Jay arrived on time for the estimate and was very precise in his calculations. During the four days of the job, Jay and his painters were always on time, had all the materials \they needed, moved furniture as needed and covered everything. All surfaces had at least two coats of paint. The quality of their work was excellent and although it was offered, we found no need for a call back for any touchups. We couldn't be more pleased with their work and highly recommend them

  • 25 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Evelyn B.
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I wanted some renovations done and an acquaintance referred me to Brown Development Group. I called the proprietor Vincent who happily agreed to come out and give me an estimate. I explained to him what I would like to have done for my kitchen, living room and dining room and he did a fabulous job! He even offered a few suggestions that I didn’t think of that made it even better. He kept me informed every step of the way; giving daily reports and progress on the tasks at hand. Vincent and his team did a phenomenal job! Vincent really listened and exceeded all of my expectations! I had a deadline and the work was performed ahead of schedule. I am so happy with my new and improved living space!!! I would definitely recommend Brown Development Group if you’re looking for any of the following: Gut-rehab, remodeling, buildouts, painting, drywall, electrical, flooring, etc. just to name a few. You won’t be disappointed!!

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Brad schiltz
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Chris T.
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Brad was on time, completed the project exactly the way we wanted to, and was even done earlier than estimated.

  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey G.
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HGR construction showed up right before the time of the appointment. He was thorough, answered all of our questions, and was honest. I appreciated his ability to interact with us. PLUS, he has an extensive background, which gave him more knowledge about our project. We would definitely have him in the future.

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A PLUS FLOORING INC
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laurie S.
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These guys were great! They did my repair project as promised, showed up on time, were clean, friendly, nice to my dogs, and did a great job. I would use again and would recommend them!

Star Construct INC
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
George S.
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Ady was terrific. The whole work was great with reasonable price and star construct will be our construction company from now on.Thank you so much ,for making our home larger,new and cool again.

JCM Gomez Construction Inc.
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Veronica C.
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We had a great experience working withJCM Gomez Construction. Mr. Gómez and his team did a great job on our roof and sofit. The price for the job was also great! Good team, quick and professional. They handled everything! Highly recommend JCM for any roof work!

South Shire
4.6
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Brittani K.
Verified review

He did such a great job helping me get set up in my new apartment. He mounted my tv, assembled my storage bed, hung my new shower rod, and even helped with some smaller projects I was working on. All for an unbeatable price. I’ll definitely use his services again.

Perdomo Construction Inc.
4.4
from 12 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Maricela L.
Verified review

Perdomo Construction helped me build the home of my dreams. He gave me such brilliant ideas that left me satisfied with the finished product. I recommend this company to anyone who would like to build or remodel a house.

Design developers
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Julia K.
Verified review

I love my new bathroom. It is exactly what I had in my mind and Design Developers & Rehub INC had great ideas that really paid off in a superior product. It’s beautiful, well planned and efficient, and I am so glad that I chose had Design Developers & Rehub INC for the renovation and planning of our new space.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.  

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 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 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.

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.

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