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Enigma Electrical and Services
4.7
from 147 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 212 hires on Thumbtack
Saran C.
Verified review

Keith was extremely professional, and knowledgeable . Did a great job for us and we would likely use him again.

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Andrei Viscribov
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacob M.
Verified review

So first of, Andrei Viscribov and his workers and partner are very professional, reliable and fair priced. They fallow on there words and when the job will be done and stick to the price and don't give you any surprise extra expenses. On October 2015 we were in need of a tile specialist installer to install tile in the bathroom and do the back splash in our kitchen over the granite countertops, After renovating our kitchen and bath. We went through different websites and stumbled on Thumbtack, here after many searches we decided to go with Andriy which would be the best decision we have ever made. I called him after couple of emails back and forth. So I told him I would need it done in a week and he said he would need to see the job first to see price and time the job would be Finnished. So after a couple of days we called him back and asked him to the the job. They were on time showing up for the job, they were prepared to start the demo and begin the job, these guys were so clean and neat with removing the dirt and super clean in installing the tile and backsplash it was perfectly aligned. They did an amazing job from the start of the job to the end. This is the second contractors we had worked with that met more of our expectations, the other contractor that did the wood floors in our and gas pipe did a horrible job, the moral to this last sentence that I have learned is, the cabinet Instaler & tile installer were both Russian & Ukrainian who Did an amazing job and met more than what we expected. My advice to anyone who is looking to do bath and kitchen tilling and want a smooth process with no headache and have an amazing outcome Andrei Viscribov and his team are the only right choice for the job. The horrible contractors who did a bad job in our other projects were Mexicans. Now I am Philipino so I am reviewing this as my experience in who we have worked with.

  • 7 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Ozzie G.
Verified review

Rob was fantastic. He was on time and very responsive. He ensured everything was perfect with the welding job. I will book him again.

Ron Kwaak
4.5
from 63 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Manuel R.
Verified review

Master Bathroom remodel done with expertise: demolition, tub, shower, tile, vanity, lights, sink, tile, grout, paint, hardware, faucets, valves. I had a contractor bail on the project, after doing the demolition and building the room (incorrectly). Ron came to the rescue with a professional demeanor, prompt arrival to quote, and explained the work involved. Not only was Ron able to work within the conditions, he reconfigured the other contractor's work to not require a complete demolition again. Ron has a knowledge of building codes and built the bathroom properly, including: reframe shower cubicle, laid concrete backer boards, repaired tub surround, installed tile straight, even, consistent, connected plumbing, electric, fixtures (very heavy stuff, but he handled it well with his colleague). I trusted Ron in my home, with the deposit and he was enjoyable to converse with and let me know in great detail about the project (before performing work). I'm pleased with the results and everything is still working great after 3 months, no leaks and nothing has broken.

  • 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.

Quality Home Remodelers
4.6
from 37 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Dave L.
Verified review

Mike was great to work with. Prompt communication, quality work at a reasonable price. I would hire again.

McDonald Construction
4.8
from 35 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Terry L.
Verified review

I asked Mike to come look at my building's foundation because we had seen some cracks on the interior walls. He showed me that the foundation was not the problem, saving me a lot of money and aggravation. I appreciated Mike's honesty and integrity.

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BR Design & Architecture
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joe R.
Verified review

Brian was a true professional! He helped me design a deck for my client and made very professional drawings that the village required. He took our ideas and with only a couple small adjustments we had all the necessary drawings ready for the building department. He will be my go to architect for all my future projects. Thanks Brian for the great service!

  • 9 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Eric and team recently helped address some water intrusion issues as well as stair and wall repair at our condo building. He and his team were very responsive and professional. They took the additional time to look at other issues we asked them about. I really appreciated the updates on the work and everything looked great in the end. We will definitely use them in the future for further building maintenance work.

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Alumni Builders Inc
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle O.
Verified review

They helped make the reality of building our new dream home come to life. It was very important to me that everything looks perfect and they were very attentive in listening to all of our visions and integrating them them into their layout. We are delighted with the final product and love our new house.

Dynamic Flooring & Carpentry
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Bartley F.
Verified review

Chris and his partner did a fantastic job framing my renovation and addition project! I couldn't be more satisfied with their work. I was in a bind and needed this project to get back on track. They understood the situation and delivered in a big way.

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Brad schiltz
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bettyann R.
Verified review

Brad did a great job and very quickly. Also, unlike others I tried to contact, he responded very promptly. To me that was a great plus.

Perfect Interiors LLC.
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph J.
Verified review

Ed did a beautiful and very professional job! The results are amazing. Would definitely recommend them

D2O Army Construction
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kim E.
Verified review

Paris and Albert were a great pair to work with. Paris had excellent communication from beginning to end, he explained everything they would do and would need to purchase for the job. They were also accommodating when I asked for additional help with picking up and hanging artwork. I researched a lot of contractors and handyman and they were by far the most reasonably priced. Would highly recommend it to others.

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Superior Choice Ltd
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin M.
Verified review

We didn't use Peter for our project as a family friend was able to help us last minute. However, I wish we had! He was extremely professional and was willing to work on a short schedule. He even followed-up with a phone call to find out if we were satified with our project. We're going to give him a call for our next project for sure.

Hammell Homes
4.4
from 14 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Kim K.
Verified review

Rick is responsive to customer needs. He is professional and polite. He has done a lot of work for me and I will continue to hire his company for other projects.

  • 12 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Michael E.
Verified review

The team at Diamond came out to my property same day to give an estimate and talk about the job. They secured a Chicago permit, completed the job, and hauled off the construction debris in less than 10 days, during the Chicago winter.

Architecturally Speaking
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mary B.
Verified review

So happy with ASI! Very professional, always on the job site. Very meticulous. Would recommend over and over again.

  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Maricela L.
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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.

Remodel Partner, Inc.
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Operations Manager T.
Verified review

Remodel Partner is by far the best builder that I have ever worked with over the last 15 years. We had a situation where we had less than a month to build a showroom, and they pulled it off with flying colors. They even helped us when the flooring company did not deliver the correct baseboard, and John Angel was able to find an alternative solution less than 48hrs before opening day. I can't say enough about this company. If you have a project, they will get it done.

Sipes Quality Enterprises
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Roli M.
Verified review

Kevin did a great job adding some wood paneling in our condo building. He even added some extra sealent based on our conversation to aid in preventing cold air from seeping in to the building. We'll definitely have him back next time we need more work done!

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 architects work?

Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

How do architects charge for their services?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

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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