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  • Serves Minneapolis, MN
Erin C. says, "We worked with Michael and Mark on finishing the basement in our 1920's South Minneapolis home in the fall of 2020. We worked with them to add a living / media room, bedroom and bathroom. Additionally, we worked with them on a smaller nursery project in 2023. We can't say enough good things! As others have said, the quality of the work speaks for itself. Every aspect of the work was an 'A' job and the basement has held up beautifully. Absolutely no corners were cut and they take great pride in their work, which is not always easy-to-find in a contractor. There were some challenges along the way (as there are with any old home) and every problem was met with a creative and thoughtful solve with full transparency on any change order or cost updates. The bids are straightforward and easy to digest, with no hidden fees or extras that come with large contracting companies. I have found every project we work with them on to be incredibly fairly priced and I've also found them to be pretty flexible on how to adjust the project scope to fit your personal budget. They are also incredibly fun to work with – all the individuals who work with M Gen Con are kind, collaborative, thoughtful and care about how they enter your home and how they take care of the space, even while working. We call them again and again for needs large and small and they never hesitate to pick up and help us out. I genuinely feel in relationship with them, not just like they're another contractor. You won't regret hiring them for any of your projects!"See more
Erin C. says, "We worked with Michael and Mark on finishing the basement in our 1920's South Minneapolis home in the fall of 2020. We worked with them to add a living / media room, bedroom and bathroom. Additionally, we worked with them on a smaller nursery project in 2023. We can't say enough good things! As others have said, the quality of the work speaks for itself. Every aspect of the work was an 'A' job and the basement has held up beautifully. Absolutely no corners were cut and they take great pride in their work, which is not always easy-to-find in a contractor. There were some challenges along the way (as there are with any old home) and every problem was met with a creative and thoughtful solve with full transparency on any change order or cost updates. The bids are straightforward and easy to digest, with no hidden fees or extras that come with large contracting companies. I have found every project we work with them on to be incredibly fairly priced and I've also found them to be pretty flexible on how to adjust the project scope to fit your personal budget. They are also incredibly fun to work with – all the individuals who work with M Gen Con are kind, collaborative, thoughtful and care about how they enter your home and how they take care of the space, even while working. We call them again and again for needs large and small and they never hesitate to pick up and help us out. I genuinely feel in relationship with them, not just like they're another contractor. You won't regret hiring them for any of your projects!"

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What do construction project managers do?

Construction project managers help in all stages of your construction project, starting from the very first step. Typically paid a percentage of a total project cost, they are part of the design and planning process and help ensure seamless communication between the design parties and the construction team. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, their scope of work includes preparing cost estimates, budgets and work timetables; interpreting and explaining contracts and technical information to other professionals; reporting work progress and budget to clients; collaborating with architects, engineers and other construction pros; selecting subcontractors and scheduling and coordinating their tasks; responding to work delays, emergencies and other problems; and ensuring compliance with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations.

The work of construction project managers may seem very similar to that of general contractors, but there are some critical differences. One difference is that, unlike most general contractors, project managers are not engaged in the actual construction — they are onsite overseeing the work of subcontractors. Another key difference is that project managers are hired during the design phase, while general contractors are hired after plans have been made. The project manager is generally paid a percentage of the total project cost, while the general contractor is more typically paid according to the bid they gave to build your project.  

How much does a project manager charge per hour?

You may choose to hire a construction project manager for your residential or commercial project. For the hands-on homeowner who wants to be involved in home construction but isn’t comfortable hiring subcontractors, a construction project manager can oversee these relationships and supervise labor. Typically, construction project managers charge a fee that is a flat percentage of the total construction project cost. This may range from 10 percent to 15 percent, depending on the company and the services they provide. This means a $30,000 home remodel project would have a construction project management fee of $3,000-$4,500. Hiring a construction project manager generally precludes the markup on subcontractor labor charged by a general contractor. The drawback to this choice is that, unlike a general contractor, the construction project manager won’t be financially responsible for the work of the subcontractors. For larger projects, you may hire a construction project manager who will also hire a general contractor. This provides the benefits of the general contractor along with the management services of the project manager, who will be on board from the beginning. The construction project manager will be involved in the design phase and work with the architects and the building crew, facilitating a smoother overall process.

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How do I find out if a contractor is licensed?

It’s important to know if your project requires work by a licensed professional, as licensing laws can vary by state, locality, and job details. You can find general licensing information online at the government websites that handle occupational licensing for a given profession in your state or location. Some states designate a project cost over which you have to hire a licensed contractor. To find qualified licensed contractors, search your state’s licensing board. For example, in California, the Department of Consumer Affairs operates a searchable database through the Contractors State License Board. In some states, contracting licenses are provided at a regional level. You can find links to specific databases on BRB Publications’ Occupational Licensing page. Red flags that a contractor may not be licensed or may be providing an expired or false license number are unreasonably low bids or a request for complete payment upfront. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

What is a contractor license number?

A contractor license number is proof that your contractor is operating their business legally, that they have the proper documentation required by your state or region, and that they are competent in their area of work (electrical, plumbing, construction, etc.). Licensed contractors should freely advertise their contractor license number. If not, you can request it before considering them for hire. You can also research your contractor using their license number. The database for your state will indicate the field they are licensed to work in; whether they are up to date on insurance, workers’ compensation and bonds; and whether they have any consumer complaints issued against them. If the licensed contractor you are hiring does not have employees, they are not required to carry workers’ compensation. Each state or region will have their own database for licenses, such as the State of Oregon Construction Contractors Board. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.  

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

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