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Enigma Electrical and Services
4.7
from 147 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 212 hires on Thumbtack
Saran C.
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Keith was extremely professional, and knowledgeable . Did a great job for us and we would likely use him again.

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

  • 9 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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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.

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

  • 13 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
David H.
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It's hard to write a review about someone as talented as Lance. Full disclosure, I am an interior designer who works with a lot of contractor's and who aspires to do things to my space that I can't afford. I met him in the middle of moving despair, facing the task of relocating a 34 foot long bookshelf and several thousand books; Lance summed up the job and quickly did it. He followed it up with lot's of other projects; building huge tables, hanging suspended wood ceilings, and recently completing a beautiful wood wall detail. He has an upbeat and positive personality and is capable of doing work that is of perfect and outstanding quality (if time and budget permits) or has the ability to scale things back and complete them quickly, still doing a good job but providing solutions at more affordable rates that ignore the more finite details. With Lance, I never worry about having him in my place and had not a hesitation about handing him my house key so he could come and go on a big project.

  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Noah O.
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I thank Perdomo Construction for satisfying my needs. I was thinking of remodeling my porch and he well designed it into something like never before. Thank you for your great work!

Sipes Quality Enterprises
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Erin H.
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Kevin repaired a broken downspout on our condo building. He was incredibly responsive, professional, and fantastic with follow-up from coming out to see the problem to getting us an estimate to doing the actual repair. He was also very conscientious about cost of the repairs, and attempted a fix that was as cost effective as possible before pursuing a more costly route. Kevin was called by a few other owners in our building to help with other repairs based on our positive experience as well. I would to hesitate to use his services for anything else we might need in the future.

Building Horizons LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kim A.
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In 2017 Building Horizons and their skilled team did a wonderful job at our house by remodeling our kitchen. It all started with our vision in mind on how we would like kitchen to look and they made it into reality! The interior designer and Roy, the owner of the company were easy to work with and provided us with different choices for our kitchen; especially cabinets and counter top. The entire remodeling process was very well planned (which we know that the planning stage was a huge factor in the overall work) and the communication they had with us all the time was beyond outstanding. Although the price was a little higher then the other estimates, but it was all worth it with the service we received. They earned our highest appreciation and we look forward to hire and work with them again in the future.

mann construction
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ronda G.
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I hired Mann Construction to build a deck, put up gutters and replace interior and exterior doors. The quality of work was excellent and the price was more than fair for the work. It was super hot out most days they were here and I offered water and told them to feel free to come in to cool off any time they needed but they said they had a job to do and they were fine. Several months after all was completed I had trouble with one of the doors, I called them and they were here quickly and brought what they needed to repair it at no additional cost to me. My family will now have years of enjoyment being able to relax at the end of the day on our deck.

  • 22 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alicia C.
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Assistance with work on building out a daycare.

  • 26 years in business
Diane O.
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My experience with Thomas McNichols was very pleasant. He helped me with the design of my remodeling project with regard to the layout and products. In 2008 I hired Thomas McNichols to remodel my home. I had an unfinished attic which I was now going to finish and add a dormer to. I had them build me two bedrooms, a walk in closet, bathroom, linen closet and 3 storage closets. Central air was also added to my second floor. Before the second floor could be complete, my existing stairways to my attic and basement had to be taken out and rerouted. Brand new stairs were built to my seond floor and basement. Once that project was done, I had my kitchen completely remodeled. It was a complete gut job and they also opened up a back porch to enlarge the kitchen. While the kitchen renovation was going on, new siding was being put on my whole house and new front stairs were built. The entire house renovation took 4 1/2 months to complete. In 2009 I hired Thomas McNichols again to put new siding on my garage and pour a new patio in my backyard. In 2013 I again hired Thomas McNichols to gut and remodel a first floor bathroom which took 3 weeks to complete. At that time, they also opened up a first floor bedroom off my kitchen and converted it to a family room. That job took 10 days to complete. I could not have been more pleased with the work that Thomas Builders & Construction Co. performed at my house. I was very pleased with the outcome. My house is beautiful. This company is very professional, they were always on time, they cleaned up after themselves every day and never left me a mess, and every step of the construction was explained to me along the way. There were no surprises, they were very patient with me and very reasonable in their rates. The quality of the work was outstanding. I recommend Thomas McNichols to everyone I know.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I'm meticulous and efficient; I combine a process-based approach with articulate communication in order to gain clients. Through trust, understanding, cooperation and my diverse skill set, the job always gets completed to the fullest degree possible. Possessing a degree in sculpture and having completed two years as an apprentice for a master contractor, I have taken my years of education and experience and created a functional outlet for my building, finishing, repairing and creative skills.

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My business is in and around the Chicago area. I started at an early age, cleaning and then turning it into a building maintenance service business. I love to show others what I can do with my hands.

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R.A. James Construction, Inc. offers complete remodeling and building services. We have been providing reliable service and quality workmanship for a large variety of residential and commercial projects since 1980.

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I have 25 years of experience in home and building repair and maintenance. I am honest, hardworking, and reliable. My recent focus is on energy efficiency and solar and wind power technologies.

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Professional Quality with a fair rate. Family owned business. Residential & Commercial. No job too big or too small. when quality & Integrity counts. We are here to serve. Tile & Flooring Carpentry Kitchens Baths Basement Plumbing Electric Painting Small repairs TV mounting

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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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