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99 Handy
4.6
from 76 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
Ulises S.
Verified review

Good Service,good price. Forward his information to my apartment building community.

Top Pro
  • 10 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Richard J.
Verified review

Very professional and organized. work completed in a day and looks excellent. Easy to talk Steve, knows this business, answers all questions, gives sound advice and suggestions. I would recommend Stella Construction.

Top Pro
Boston Best Construction LLC
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle S.
Verified review

Eduardo and his team did an amazing job on our dormer addition/bathroom renovation. Its difficult renovating and building in an occupied home and he and his crew were nothing but gentlemanly, respectful and kind. They kept the house and work space as clean as possible and were very respectful of our private space. The project fell directly within the schedule allotted in our contract and true to his word, there were zero changes orders even as we adjusted elements along the way. Eduardo himself is a very easy person to work with. He is always available and will respond to any concern or need any time of the day or night. If you’ve ever done any sort of renovation, I don’t think there’s anything more highly to compliment than responsiveness and Eduardo scores a 10 in that category. The end result is the bathroom we dreamed off, inside and out. The tile work is amazing and we are equally impressed with the exterior finishing and detailed time spent matching the new to old on our 1890’s home. We would not hesitate to contact Boston Best Construction for future projects, knowing the time and attention we would receive. Other details of our renovation including pictures can be found at www.birdsofberwick.com Thank you, Eduardo!

Jeff Watson & Associates
4.2
from 32 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Maria P.
Verified review

Jeff and Bobby did a great job with building new stairs to basement, building a washer and dryer hookup upstairs, and doing other handy work and work on gutters for us. They were very kind and professional.

Handy and Some llc
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Julie A.
Verified review

I was very happy with the work that Ray, Sean and their crew did with my kitchen remodel. Sean helped me come up with the plan for the kitchen and guided me along with way explaining every detail (and every expense) that came up. They were very professional and thorough (and nice to deal with). There were no surprises - except for the changes/additions that I made along the way. I love my kitchen!! I would highly recommend Handy and Some LLC for any remodeling needs.

  • 16 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy M.
Verified review

Excellent work from Ely and Daniel and crew! They built a new deck on time and within budget. Really had a great experience working with them throughout. They took care of all the permits and inspections, and adjusted to the changes that arose during the building without any issues. Can't recommend them enough.

Top Pro
Richardson Carpentry
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily S.
Verified review

Russell did a very nice job replacing our old storm door with a new one. He also made some repairs on our deck. Price was very reasonable! I would definitely hire again

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HD Construction
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rita R.
Verified review

Mr. Andriello came to my condo to access an ice dam in a 6 unit building. He gave me a quote later the same day and was prepared to work the following day. He arrived at the designated time and completed the job within 4 hours. He removed all ice from the walkways that had fallen from the roof. In addition, he sprinkled ice melt on the walkways to ensure the safety of the owners. I am impressed with Mr. Andriello's professionalism and attention to details (applying ice melt). I recommend his services.

MKJC Carpentry INC.
4.6
from 19 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Mario O.
Verified review

The guys at MKJC Carpentry are really good what they do. I’ve hired their services multiple times in the past and they haven’t disappointed yet. I recently had a job and I went with another contractor (big mistake on my part). He didn’t know how to work with the insurance companies and he was impatient and his attitude was not a good one. I ended up having to let him go. I called MKJC and they rescued the job. I should of called them first. In life, you’ll have regrets, but live and learn. Mario O.

Top Pro
Xcc pro builders llc
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura M.
Verified review

My husband and I purchased a new-to-us home this past November and the to-do wish list is a mile long. Our first big-ish project was having stairs built to an already existing deck. Xavier was wonderful to work with, he was very responsive to any questions, was on the job daily, and the stairs far exceeded my expectations. We look forward to working with Xcc Pro-Builders for our future projects.

  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth F.
Verified review

We had Victor and Bay State redo our master bathroom. They did an excellent job and communicated what was happening each day on the project. Everything from the plumbing and electrical to the tile work and fixture installation, paint and woodwork was beautiful. Next time we need a contractor we will hire them again.

Woody's Wood Working LLC
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Matt M.
Verified review

My wife and I were really looking to have a place to relax and enjoy our backyard. We ended up hiring Woody to build us a PT deck and we made a great choice. The deck is 100% quality from the ends of the deck boards being completely flush with eachother to the screws being in direct line with eachother and no boards split from the screws. All deck boards are properly spaced with no gaps. The railing system was built just as good with all the Ballesteros spaced equally apart. No odd Ballester Next to a post. He even took the time to put a sander on the railings so there would be zero risk of my kids getting a splinter. The job was fast and priced right! The job site was always cleaned at the end of each day and at the end of the job everything was clean 100% and driveway was swept up. I have and will continue to recommend woody for the reason of when you find quality workmanship in anything you keep that contact.

Supreme Home Improvement
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa D.
Verified review

We highly recommend Paul and his team. These guys were easy to work with, extremely responsive to our needs, and reasonable on price. We had a family room that was covered in wood panels. Everything was taken down and replaced with drywall along with installing a picture window. They were very helpful throughout the entire process and had a great eye for detail. Paul and the guys were respectful in getting the project well-done within a quick time frame. I would hire again for future housing needs.

Top Pro
Auxilia Services
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erica S.
Verified review

Jim was great! He was responsive and extremely reasonably priced. We will definitely keep Jim in mind for future projects!

DAROSA BUILT
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Geoff L.
Verified review

We had a great experience working with Kevin and his team. He was quick to respond to my post, quick to come by for an estimate and quick to start the work. Kevin is very easy to get in touch with - responding to text messages at pretty much any hour of the day - and he is committed to making sure that you're pleased with both the progress being made and the quality of the work.

B.A.Perazim Inc.
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Dave Z.
Verified review

We hired Ransford to put a deck on the back of our house. Ransford was a pleasure to work with. He met with us to initially get our thoughts on our project and immediately sketched up a rough view of the deck attached to the house and a detailed breakdown of the work that was needed including plans, inspections, materials and removal of old stairs. We made some modifications and drew up an agreement. We made one change to the project after we started which was to make the deck wider. Ransford was able to accomodate us and work with our surveyor and the town of Needham to amend the plans. He and his crew worked through some extremely hot days and built our deck quickly and professionally. We were thrilled with his attention to detail and how much work he put in to building a strong foundation and framing. He also made some suggestions on the layout of the pattern on the decking which we really appreciate. We love the deck. We would not hesitate to recommend Ransford to anyone who asks and we have already made plans to have him do other work on our house.

JP Hackett Co.
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Nate R.
Verified review

I hired Joe to install some interior and exterior doors for me. I never waited long for Joe to respond to questions and he was very clear in his communication regarding timeline and approach, etc. The work Joe did was top notch and he made the work look easy. Always pleasant to deal with, I would/will hire Joe again for future jobs.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy S.
Verified review

I hired Mike to help with projects on an older home I had just bought. He did an awesome job! He responded promptly, gave me a very reasonable quote, did a fantastic job in a very timely manner. He cleaned up afterwards and left no mess. I was apprehensive about moving to a new area and hiring someone I didn't know, but I feel that Mike is a very straightforward honest and hardworking guy. I would highly recommend him! Kathy S. Pembroke

Skilled Hands
3.8
from 12 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn D.
Verified review

Alex was very knowledgable and helpful with problem solving a few odd jobs around the house. I am already planning on hiring him again for some larger renovation work.

d.a.kinsella company, Inc.
4.3
from 4 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

Our house was a 1955 ranch-style house with 3 bedrooms, one bath, kitchen, and living/dining room that we moved into in 1995. We had been looking to add a second bathroom and had originally worked with an architect from NH to do a modest front and rear bump out to give us more room to fit in a second bathroom. This architect had to withdraw from the job and recommended David Kinsella of TBC. David initially made some modest changes to the plan that made sense. After some further discussion, in which my wife and I raised the possibility of a larger scale project to modernize the style of the house, David developed a plan that essentially rebuilt the house except for our previously remodeled kitchen and original foundation. This new plan converted our house into modern design with a more open floor plan, completely new roof line, loft space, re-finished basement (and the second bathroom). David was able to fit this into an only slightly expanded footprint in order to comply with town regulations. Throughout the process, David kept our budget in mind and would typically present different price options for us to choose from to allow us to come up with a reasonable comprise between price with style. In addition TBC worked with the town to make sure our design stayed within our zoning and conservation restrictions. After deciding to go ahead with the project, we interviewed several contractors and decided that TBC brought us the best value for our money and would also allow David to oversee the project as needed. We started the project in June 2011 and completed the project in May 2012. The project did take several months longer than expected, but did stay on budget. The major problem that occurred that delayed the project was that in the summer of 2011, the original subcontracted framers were being sent to other jobs by their boss even though TBC was told they would be coming to our job. Hence, instead of working full time on our job, they were working less than half time. Eventually TBC had to fire them and find a new contractor to step in. At the time we felt that TBC should have replaced them sooner, but perhaps this was difficult due to contractual obligations. (We also found this first group of framers were slobs who did not have much regard for the fact that we were still living in the house.) By the end of summer 2011, the house was not completely framed and roofed and number of rain storms (including hurricane Irene) slowed down progress further. In mid-October we were still living in the part of the house and we agreed at this point that we would move out to allow for a more efficient work flow. From this point construction generally proceeded ahead, except for a few delays do to weather and scheduling conflicts that arose for other subcontractors, no doubt due to the significant delay caused by the no-show framers. In the end the house is beautiful and works for us better than we could have imagined. While the house has not expanded much in terms of square feet, the open floor plan and high ceiling/roof line combined with increased natural lighting gives a much more expansive feeling inside. From the curb, the house has modern angular green metal roof with cedar siding and one has to look hard to find any resemblance to the original house. At the completion of of the project, TBC was very responsive to completing punch-list items and other minor issues that arose. While my wife and I certainly had stressful times during the renovation (and certainly did a lot of second guessing our decision to renovate rather than move), we always felt that David had a personal interest in getting the job done correctly and making sure that we were happy in the end. In that regard, David was very accessible by email or phone before, during, and after the work. In summary, David Kinsella provided the creativity to design a renovation plan that was truly transforming for our house and TBC was then able to see the plan through to successful completion.

LDL DESIGN CENTER
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shanna V.
Verified review

Unique Building & Contracting is an excellent company that strives to fully satisfy. This was the only company that truly listened to my desires and made sure to explain all possible options and limitations that could lie ahead. They have a trustworthy, courteous and hardworking group of craftsman. The end was everything and more than I was hoping for. You made my family very happy and proud of our new kitchen. Thank you!‎

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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