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Top Pro
  • 10 years in business
  • 227 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
George H.
Verified review

What a great experience it was working with Jaime. The entire process was simple, clear, and efficient. He responded to my request within an hour, came by later that day and gave me a fair quote, and he just finished the job. The entire timeline from introduction to high-level completion was only a few days and everything looks better than I could have imagined. It was for a simple gate to a back deck - a job that I could certainly not have done myself. But Jaime built a well-designed, well-planned, and sturdy gate. I will contact him again for any remodeling or building needs in the future.

Jim's Carpentry
4.9
from 67 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
Michael F.
Verified review

Jim's work was impeccable, speedily completed, and very competitively priced. He said to us, "You don't want me in your house for two weeks dragging out this job." But, in truth, wouldn't mind--he's a really fun guy to have around! The job he did for us was a pair of built-in bookshelves. At 10-ft tall and almost 6-ft wide (and with the uneven walls, ceilings, and floors that come with new construction), it was a real task, but Jim was really skilled at troubleshooting issues and finding the appropriate materials. I'm confident that the finished product is far superior to what our custom homebuilder would've built. I can't recommend Jim's work enough, and in fact will be posting his information on our neighborhood list serv, in other words staking our reputation on the quality of his work. Is there really higher praise?

Wired Right Electric
4.8
from 35 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley C.
Verified review

They did a outstanding job we just started our business and had a building renovated, installed 10 outlets couple lights and very neat and clean , respectful the price was great to. I would use them in the future

Ursini Construction Company
4.8
from 32 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Kim E.
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Ronald responded quickly and completed the job professionally and at a reasonable cost. Would definitely recommend.

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NC Home Repair.com
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda V.
Verified review

Dan did a fabulous job for us in removing a load bearing wall and building a pantry. Before he started he walked us through everything and explained the process, taking the time to answer all our questions. He is very detail oriented and a true craftsman with extensive knowledge of home construction. We will not hesitate to hire him again for any future projects.

3D Remodeling,Inc.
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Paulette Y.
Verified review

Dave has been a joy to work with. For me, he is the perfect mix of professional and personal. He is open to ideas, innovative in his approach, and maintains flexibility. He completed my deck design and build on schedule and on budget. I am very pleased and look forward to working with him on my other projects. Thanks........ Paulette

B&L Labor Services LLC
4.1
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica B.
Verified review

B&L Services did a great job with the services I requested (toilet repair and TV mount) and ended up helping my father with unexpected move. The guys were extremely professional and helpful; will definitely use again for my home installations and repairs!

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Millwork Design Solutions
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amir T.
Verified review

Scott made a really nice custom fireplace in a day for us which other contractors would do in 2 or 3 days. Highly recommended for any delicate carpentry.

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Carolina Building Pros Inc
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristi C.
Verified review

Carolina Building Pros finished up a job for me yesterday and I very happy with Jordan's work. From the day Jordan came to my home to give me an estimate, I was impressed with his positive attitude, overall construction knowledge and professionalism. He understood my vision and even had a suggestion to improve it. He was timely in returning the estimate and even provided me with a sketch of the final outcome (I needed a vision)! Jordan is very detail-oriented and honestly cares about the work he is performing. I will definitely use Jordan again and have already recommended him to a colleague. Actually, I already used him for another project. After he finished the tv niche, he replaced my hot water heater. Anyone who contracts work with Jordan will be very satisfied and will be a repeat customer. I am certain of that!

  • 14 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Susan M.
Verified review

William and his crew built a screened porch for us. William is a man of integrity, first of all. Secondly, he is a very good builder, with a great sense of detail and color. He bailed me out of a very poor paint choice! His subcontractors also did an excellent job. Our porch is beautiful and well-built!

My Architect
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
MK A.
Verified review

Working with Bob has been one of the most pleasant experiences I can recall when it comes to house-related projects. We engaged with him to custom design a stand-alone garage with a second story in-law's suite to go along with our home's contemporary architectural lines. We had very specific functional requests and Bob took them in stride, listening with patience and sketching on the fly to confirm his understanding of our needs. I felt like Bob set realistic expectations for us on the cost of the project and when certain phases of the project would be completed. He has been proactive in reaching out to provide updates along the way and has been receptive and accommodating to our design feedback. I also feel like we received the appropriate number of concepts and check-ins along the way that helped to establish our confidence in his direction as well as helping to avoid wasted work by inadvertently going too far down the wrong aesthetic path. Additionally, Bob was a wealth of information in guiding us on engineering and permitting processes, as well as what the construction bidding and building process would look like. I would highly recommend Bob for any residential home projects but I understand he has an extensive portfolio covering commercial and municipal projects as well. If you're in need of a collaborative, patient, and experienced architect, please do not hesitate to work with Bob. Two thumbs up!

Simply Right Exteriors
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah J.
Verified review

Michael and Roger turned my kitchen into a place I never want to leave! I had been dreaming about and saving for a renovation for 10 years, and they were able to listen to and honor what I already knew I wanted while offering invaluable suggestions for how to fill out my vision. They stayed within my budget (even managing to work in a much overdo roof replacement!) while never sacrificing high quality in workmanship and materials. Both were highly communicative -- never taking more than a few minutes to respond to texts and emails, and they sent pictures of the renovation all along the way. I give them my highest recommendation. If you are dreaming about a home improvement, the best thing you can do for your project is to give Michael and Roger a call today.

  • 22 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie L.
Verified review

We met with several contractors for estimates. From the very beginning Jeff made a great impression on us from his in depth knowledge on all aspects of the project- be it carpentry, plumbing, electric, building code, etc. He was able to point out areas of concern or consideration that we, nor any of the other contractors, had ever even realized. I’ve heard so many horror stories about contractors but Jeff was a regular Holmes on Homes. On day 1 during the demo Jeff spotted a major issue with a load bearing wall that the builder just covered up. Without missing a beat or charging anything extra Jeff resolved the problem and kept on working. He was there early and stayed late- he even worked through the weekend, sick children and Christmas Eve to finish the renovation in record time, in addition to the many other projects we hired him to complete after we saw what amazing work he did. Jeff provided a detailed estimate and stuck to it, even providing me with all the receipts for his material purchases during the project. I couldn't have asked for a better experience!! After I found out that Jeff built his own home from the ground up I knew I made the right choice. He is literally a jack of all trades (or, rather a ‘Jeff-of-all-trades) - an encyclopedia of construction knowledge. When we hired Jeff, I had no idea I was hiring a team. While Jeff knew all about the plumbing and electrical that were needed, he had associates of his come by to complete electrical and plumbing work. More miraculously was the fact that he had his associates coming by at night, on the weekends or at any time of day needed- all without going a penny over the original estimate. From beginning to end, Jeff was 100% professional, prepared and diligent. Working for 2 weeks straight, not taking a single day off, nor leaving without putting in at least 10 hours each day, I was absolutely stunned by his work ethic and dedication. I cannot sing his praises highly enough nor find enough words to do him justice in the eyes of a meager review. I have absolutely no doubt that I will be calling Jeff again in the future for any and all projects I may have and recommending him, and all of his associates, to anyone who will listen.

  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Stef B.
Verified review

I contacted them very short notice to get some roof damage repairs before Hurricane Florence. They came out the same day for an estimate and did the repair the next morning. This company has great customer service is very nice and professional and most important explained everything they did and gave me a good price! I will hire them again!

Vogt Contracting, LLC
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Holly Y.
Verified review

Zack is wonderful! Very committed to delivering great service. He put a new roof on for us and is doing some tile work too. His crew was courteous and did a fantastic job of cleaning up afterwards. I can't recommend him strongly enough!!!

Yates Contracting LLC
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ronna S.
Verified review

Cameron provides high quality work and his attention to detail is impeccable without fail. I highly recommend him for any home renovation or building job.

AMC Contracting
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gordon J.
Verified review

AMC repaired, power washed and stained my deck. They also helped me with some drainage problems. I’m very happy with their work. Carlos is very good at following up and resolving any issues with the project.

Crippen Home Services
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Charlie Q.
Verified review

Mike has helped us out several times with repairs to sheet rock work and final painting. Mike understands how to blend in the old with the new to make it look great. And without leaving a mess. He's a pleasure to have around the home and has the utmost integrity. His expertise extends much wider than finish work in that he has the knowledge and skill and experience to do any aspect of home building and repair. Thanks Mike!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bev N.
Verified review

We had a roof leak and Chris came the same day to give an estimate. We felt he was knowledgeable and honorable so we hired him. Work was done the next day and we will hire him for our next issue

  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Vijay V.
Verified review

Chris did a good job with cleaning the office building. I never visited the site but he sent me the pictures and my agent saw the work and very satisfied. Thank you Chris.

Thomas Cronin
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
cindy w.
Verified review

Thomas Cronin showed up as promised, helped with planning the project-lattice doors for deck and also met with neighbor to do some work for them. We picked up materials and are working on the completion now. He was priced right, honest and quality work.

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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