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  • 9 years in business
  • 511 hires on Thumbtack
Edsel M.
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The service: Moving out of my 22nd floor condo building apartment in downtown (Streeterville) Chicago to the far north suburbs of Illinois (Winthrop Harbor), with the estimated distance of just under 60 miles, thanks to a little basic research using Google Maps. Details of the Moving (items, boxes, etc.): -8 fully-loaded boxes containing clothes, linens, important books/documents, securely-wrapped kitchen ware (eg, glasses, plates) and small household appliances. The average size of the box was either 20x20x20 or 22x22x22. -3 different sized tables including. I didn't get a chance to disassemble one of them thinking i'd just leave it behind. As for the other two, I took the time to disassemble the legs which I then tucked away underneath the table tops and taped securely in place, thinking I could try to make things easier for the movers by making the process as efficient as possible. -4 pairs of neatly stacked chairs (total of 8 chairs, altogether). -1 antique two-person sofa with a heavy-set wood frame that you simply can't take apart. -1 queen-sized bed including mattress, box spring and frame (which I thought I'd also leave behind). -2 blue storage bins loaded with cook ware and smaller electronics/portables -some accessory items including a tall, long-standing light fixture and a vacuum which I thought about leaving behind as well. -2 overly-filled open-top boxes with trash and garbage -a wine rack and dresser which I actually donated to one of the building maintenance people instead of trashing it Why I chose Apex over four top-rated professional moving companies that I researched about on yelp, google and from word of mouth: Because I was a little pressed with time, I used Thumbtack for the first time and saw a few moving companies reach out to me with pretty reasoable offers. For someone who has moved around quite often, I've learned to do whatever you can to make it easier for the movers from the time of pick-up to the actual drop-off. With that said, I don't always believe in hourly-paid services regardless of industry. There are those who milk the system, providing little service but know how to turn a profit. As a customer, I just wanted to keep it straightforward and honest. I called around, asked for quotes and questioned exactly where each of my hard-earned dollar goes towards. I noticed most places charging hourly rates, sometimes sending over 2 or 3 people to do the job. I also noticed most places charging for 2 or 3-hour minimums. Expecting to pay at the very least, $250-375, I certainly couldn't see myself forking up anything over $650. That's just how it goes. So, I tried my best to make the process very efficient, for my sake as a customer. I kept everything straightforward. I explained exactly in detail what I was moving, how many people I felt could get the job done effectively and what my price point was set at. With that said, I also knew that it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes in driving distance from downtown Chicago to Winthrop Harbor on a good day. To get the most value, I looked at ways to save time on the loading. I had the building manager assist by reserving the elevator to facilitate moving efforts. From the way I looked at it, I couldn't see this taking any longer than 4 hours at most including the driving itself. So I reached out to Adam from Apex, explained my situation and asked about the $100 flat-fee for travel, which included the truck and the distance. I wanted to take advantage of that especially after other places were trying to mark up their prices by playing into the "well, there could be traffic..." and suggesting that it could take up to 5-7 hours, which I thought was a bit ridiculous. When I called Apex, Adam realized that I wasn't messing around. I told him that I really didn't want to spend more than $500 or so. I also told him I didn't think 3 people would be necessary for the job. Realistically, I knew this would take probably 3.5-4 hours altogether so I wanted to be fair and said I'd be willing to pay $450 to get the job done. He was more than receptive to the idea especially even after I reminded him that I'd be fine with paying a little more if needed. So I just finished up with the move-out today, which went better than I even expected. The two gentlemen had arrived at the loading dock, at least 15 minutes ahead, called me to inform me and even communicated with the building manager directly to coordinate the use of the elevator. These guys were very professional and even down-to-earth. We probably could've chatted for hours but we both realized how important it was not to waste each other's valuable time. I felt awful for jam-packing boxes to full-capacity and asking if they could be kind enough to help with the last minute request in throwing the trash out. Even when I hesitated about taking the bed, the sofa and table, they were so encouraging and helpful, making it all work out. They even disassembled the bed frame and treated each and every item with care, which I appreciated. The move itself took just about 4 hours. For the service they provided, it was definitely worth the $450. Everyone has been accommodating with any of my needs and requests. They're very professional and respectful. Most importantly, they were very open and honest, not worrying about getting the run-around that others would easily take advantage of. Thank you again to everyone at Apex for all your help, making it such a painless move. I would certainly recommend them to anyone looking for a trustworthy, hardworking moving company. And if anyone truly wants to know that I am not fabricating my story, you can certainly reach out to me by email. Ed Mangubat email: closetchef@secretsofaclosetchef.com

Procare Restoration Inc.
4.8
from 141 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 344 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew R.
Verified review

Recently had Mold remediation and water damage looked at, and work done on our house by ProCare Restoration. Our adventure started out with a Sump failure in our basement after the big storms last weekend. ProCare was the ONLY company that was able to have an inspection done the day after, all other companyies told us it would be a couple of days because of the back log from the storm. Tim was the young Team lead, who made it by regardless of time to inspect and quote the work on our house. He was thorough, professional, and straight forward. Was almost spot on in his estimate and when the actual work came out a little higher, he still honored the original estimate. Work commenced almost immediately and was done swiftly. I reviewed the work performed and was thoroughly impressed with the immediate and amazing results. Great crew, honest company, Overall some of the best I have been recommended as well as, the one company that does not disappoint in any way! I would highly encourage and recommend anyone looking to have restoration services performed to not just seriously consider but USE ProCare Restoration. Simply put this company is now a trusted business by my family and will always have our highest recommendations!

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AVANTI / JACK
4.8
from 138 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Jack did an awesome job on our home repairs!

B.H. Handyman Services
4.7
from 120 reviews
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
Frances D.
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I am very pleased with the service that I received. I needed 4 Ceiling Fans hung. Benjamin arrived on time and professionally hung the fans in a few hours. I can think of a few additional projects around my house requiring a Handyman and I will definitely hire Benjamin for the job.

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Remodeling Associates
4.9
from 115 reviews
  • 43 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
BARBARA M.
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We have had Ron do several small projects in our home: install a bathroom vanity and faucets; patching a hole in our drywall. All projects were done professionally and at a very reasonable price. We have other projects that we will ask his help with in the future.

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MPT Plumbing Inc
4.8
from 58 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara O.
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We were so pleased with the quick response to our request for an estimate. Despite the fact that our idea turned out to be basically impossible, MPT arrived within 24 hours. They gave thorough, professional attention to our request and gave an honest appraisal. We will definitely return to them for any future projects. Highly recommended! Thanks for everything.

UBD Handyman Services
4.7
from 47 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine H.
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Ulises showed up on time and did a good job. He came prepared and was able to complete the repairs on my list. He fixed several drywall holes, re-hang a mirror on the back of a door ver securely, and fixed a cracked windowsill.

  • 17 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmine Z.
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Silva contracting & restoration accommodated us when we needed to reschedule our appointment and they completed the job in a timely manner.

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  • 28 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike F.
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I hired Jeff to due repair on fascia and soffet of my home. His quality of work is excellent and completed work in a timely fashion. He was also very neat and made sure the area was clean before he left. I received great value for the fee he charged.

Quality Home Remodelers
4.6
from 37 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Robert D.
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My experience with QHR has been excellent! The price was very reasonable (low, actually) and the work was done quickly and in a thorough, professional way. The crew showed up on time, cleaned up perfectly and repaired all areas of the building as agreed. This company is outstanding!!

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  • 17 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamil A.
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First class experience working with Family First Construction & Restoration. We’ve been getting a lot of rain in the area and my parents noticed some water seepage coming from a crack in their foundation (basement area). FFC&R responded promptly via Thumbtack and looking at their reviews I decided to hire them for the job. Martin was prompt on arrival and was able to meet me at my parents house (same day) to inspect the crack and was even able fit us into his busy schedule and professionally sealed the crack on the spot while he was onsite. Look no further, Martin and his team is the guy for the job. Thank You!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mark S.
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DG was a life saver. Daniel took my call when no one else would late into the evening. I needed a repair done right away and he was right over, offered a very fair price, and did an outstanding job. Truly a life saver! I have had many companies do work for me in the past. None have “wow’d” me like DG. Lastly if you like cleanliness, this is your company. After all the hard work he made sure everything was spic and span... I would recommend Daniel 1,000,000 times over.... Thanks Daniel and DG

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  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John B.
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Lyndell did an outstanding job on our powder room. He came to our home to give us an estimate. He told what exactly needed to be done. He showed me the area needing repairs. Other companies expanded the area of repair in their estimates. He worked tirelessly on the project. The powder room looks like no work was ever done. Excellent. I highly recommend Lyndell's Home Remodel and Repair.

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GreenPro Home
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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I hired GreenPro Home for a few little projects around my place and Marc was very thorough and professional. I definitely appreciate expert opinion as well and he was knowledgeable at providing them and answering any questions. Definitely will be in contact for future projects if needed. Thank you!

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Restoration 1 of Cary
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa K.
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Restoration 1 has been an absolute blessing!! My mother's basement flooded after the heavy storms yesterday. I had just found out about Thumbtak and decided to use it to try to find a company to come in and take care of everything. Thank goodness I found Joe (the owner) who responded to me immediately and got here within the hour!! Joe is extremely honest, hardworking, friendly and very knowledgeable! I highly recommend you hire Restoration 1 for any and all of your restoration needs!!

Bulldog Builders LLC
4.1
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Albert L.
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Bulldog Builders did a great job on our turret repair. We had a bad leak on a very steep roof that met up at the turret. Bulldog Builders scheduled our repair very quickly, to avoid more damage to our home (we had water leaking down walls upstairs from snow melt) and the job was expertly finished in 1 day. They have an expert staff that went above and beyond to help out our family. Bulldog Builders were polite, friendly and professional, they were punctual and did a great job on our repair. They had to remove old shake and asphalt shingles, as well as a bad patch job with rotted metal and wood. They did a custom roof repair to angle water from the trouble spot where water was pooling, using quality materials to complete the job, which came with an excellent warranty. We are extremely happy with the job that was done by bulldog builders, and will call for future projects on our home.

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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
Dan U.
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I was very impressed with the quickness and quality of work performed by A Plus Decorating Inc. The owner personally came to my residence to see what I needed done in terms of outdoor home painting and repair and staining of my backyard wooden deck. We discussed what should be done, how long it would take and the cost. A few days after signing the contract, A Plus Decorating's people arrived at my home to begin the numerous large and small painting jobs. The deck had to wait a bit for the threat of rain to pass, but after a few warm days, they were back for the final job of staining the deck. All in all, highly recommended!

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MK Property Solutions, Inc.
4.6
from 15 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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MK Property Solutions did both an exterior and interior paint job for our organization. They were responsive, very well priced and did a very complete job. I would hire them again in a second.

Star Construct INC
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Daniella L.
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STAR CONSTRUCT is the absolute best remodeling company you can find. Ady and his crew are responsible, kind, trustworthy, meticulous, clean/neat, priced very fair for his excellent flawless workmanship. You will not find a better crew or better contractor. They remodel my whole house, 6 bedrooms, kitchen, living room dining room and 2 bathrooms, and every detail was perfect. I am just thrilled with work they did, they made my house like new. I am so glad I found him. Thank you again Ady, I will tell everyone I know about your professionalism and I will use you again.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lucila S.
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I had Nu-gen come to my home and clean the carpets in 3 bedrooms, a hallway, and stairway. They did an excellent job! I've dealt with other carpet cleaning companies who have done shoddy work. But Nu-gen was very detailed and knowledgable!

  • 10 years in business
Margaret S.
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Our insurance gave us a hard time at first, within 30 minutes Water Removal Experts had our home FULLY covered at no cost for us, what a blessing!

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.  

Why should you hire a contractor?

Hiring a general contractor is a good idea for many remodeling projects. Home renovation contractors have a broad range of skills to manage, coordinate and complete a project. They should help make sure your project comes in on time and within your budget as they hire and supervise all the necessary subcontractors, including electricians and plumbers. They also handle procuring all the materials required for your job. Some homeowners look to save money by acting as their own contractor, but an experienced home renovation contractor is worth the cost. They should know local building codes, be able to pull all necessary permits, and work with inspectors to make sure the construction meets local codes. Also, because they get professional discounts, they can typically buy materials at a better price than you can; better prices on materials and labor save you money, and make up for at least a percentage of the cost of the contractor.

When should you hire a contractor?

A few home remodeling projects can be done by an ambitious DIY-minded homeowner or local handyman, but many are best completed by a professional home renovation contractor. You should hire a contractor when you’re planning a large project that takes time, machinery or large tools, and several workers; a kitchen remodel, new bathroom or home addition will be most successful with a licensed, expert contractor at the helm. It’s particularly important to have a professional contractor on board for construction, electrical, plumbing and HVAC projects that require inspections to meet local building codes. Of course, you can hire a contractor for smaller projects, too, if you prefer to let an expert handle things like addition or removal of a wall, small framing projects, or anything that requires a permit.  

You should hire a contractor when you’re ready to start a remodeling project and you have plans, a budget and a timeline for the work in hand, but before any remodeling work begins.

How much will it cost to remodel my house?

The cost to remodel a home is highly variable — size and scope of the project, quality of materials, and the number of subcontractors required to complete the job all affect the total cost. The average national cost of a home renovation project is $13,500. The national average per-square-foot cost of a remodel ranges from $25 to $100. Nationally, kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most popular types of projects, in part because they typically have the highest return on investment when the home is sold. The national average cost of a major kitchen remodel ranges from $25,000 to $62,000, while the average bathroom remodel tends to cost $6,000 to $18,000. In addition to materials and labor costs, many remodeling project costs include permit fees, which, average $900 or more, depending on your location.

Do I need a contractor for a kitchen remodel?

A kitchen remodel is one of the most important investments you can make in your home, and it’s critical to get the details right; that’s where a home renovation contractor comes in. A minor remodel usually includes new cabinet faces and hardware, replacement appliances, and paint, while an extensive job may enlarge the kitchen’s square footage, install new cabinets or an island, change the layout, and lay new tile or hardwood floors. Any renovation that includes filing permits, construction, or electrical or plumbing work is best completed by an experienced contractor who knows local codes.

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