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Portland Basement Professionals

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John W Property
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
James T.
Verified review

I hired John to paint my basement stairs, new door and hallway project. He was very easy to deal with, flexible and understood my we needed. The job came out great and we couldn't be happier! I would recommend him to anyone with painting needs. Thanks again John!

  • 8 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Jim P.
Verified review

I had a pretty nasty, giant, reclining sofa that needed to be moved out of my basement and taken to the dump. Ryan and his guy did a great job and I would be happy to hire Labbe Construction again.

  • 21 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff L.
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Ryan finished/remodeled our basement which was approximately 700 square feet. We were very pleased with Ryan's attentiveness and overall communication as it relates to our project. Ryan completed the job on budget and within a reasonable time frame. We would recommend him to others and may have him complete other future projects we have in mind.

JLW Builders
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen S.
Verified review

Josh was excellent - he installed 4 prefabricated basement windows in a day at a great price, would definitely recommend him!

  • 25 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Peter F.
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We hired Keith to put a room in our basement. He is very knowledgable and did a great job!! Keith is good at communicating and happy to answer any questions you have. I would strongly recommend him!

The American Tradesman
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amy S.
Verified review

Installed new floor, bead board, painted and moved washer and dryer from the basement. Also installed flooring, repaired drywall on walls and ceilings in basement and office. Can't say enough about Josh. Meticulous and full of great ideas. Kept with my budget. You can pretty much say, "Make it look like this!", and he does. Will be hiring him again soon!

  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Timothy M.
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The services that I hired Classia Home Improvement Services for was to assist me with refinishing my basement and putting all my ideas into greatly excited plan. I would highly recommend Classia to anyone I know because of the one on one attention that I received from the start of my project to the beatiful finished end of my basement remodeling project. I think that Anthony paid great attention to the details in every aspect of my project and at the end, I saved a lot of money. Due to all the options he took his time to explain to me. Thank you Classia Home Improvement Services/Anthony for the new finished basement that just by looking at, i can tell they did with pride for their craft. Timothy Michaels

Kristi M.
Verified review

4 Leaf installed beautiful basement windows in my home; they're high quality windows and at a great price for the job done! They were extremely clean on the job, and very professional with the way they carried themselves, and in the work they did. I will definitely be hiring 4 Leaf for future work!

BullBear Corporation
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Erin K.
Verified review

Ryan and his team completely transformed my basement and he went above and beyond to stay within budget and on time.

Crocker Contracting, LLC
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joel H.
Verified review

Ben fixed our basement window exactly as we requested, on time, and for less than half the other contractor's estimate.

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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 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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