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How can I find out if a general contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a general contractor is considered essential in your area during the current coronavirus pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website, which will have information on essential services.

Find information on national recommendations by visiting CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a general contractor when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a general contractor, avoid any physical contact, don’t shake hands, keep 6 feet of distance between you and the pro and sanitize all involved surfaces. Also, use digital platforms to communicate and make payments.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

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.

Does a general contractor need to enter my home?

Provided the project is located inside your home, completing the job would require a general contractor to enter your home. But if your project is located outdoors, a general contractor will likely not need to enter your home. Discuss your options with general contractors in your area before hiring.

How much will it cost to remodel my house?

The cost to remodel a home is highly variable — size and scope of the project, quality of materials, and the number of subcontractors required to complete the job all affect the total cost. The average national cost of a home renovation project is $13,500. The national average per-square-foot cost of a remodel ranges from $25 to $100. Nationally, kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most popular types of projects, in part because they typically have the highest return on investment when the home is sold. The national average cost of a major kitchen remodel ranges from $25,000 to $62,000, while the average bathroom remodel tends to cost $6,000 to $18,000. In addition to materials and labor costs, many remodeling project costs include permit fees, which, average $900 or more, depending on your location.

Do I need a contractor for a kitchen remodel?

A kitchen remodel is one of the most important investments you can make in your home, and it’s critical to get the details right; that’s where a home renovation contractor comes in. A minor remodel usually includes new cabinet faces and hardware, replacement appliances, and paint, while an extensive job may enlarge the kitchen’s square footage, install new cabinets or an island, change the layout, and lay new tile or hardwood floors. Any renovation that includes filing permits, construction, or electrical or plumbing work is best completed by an experienced contractor who knows local codes.

Why should you hire a contractor?

Hiring a general contractor is a good idea for many remodeling projects. Home renovation contractors have a broad range of skills to manage, coordinate and complete a project. They should help make sure your project comes in on time and within your budget as they hire and supervise all the necessary subcontractors, including electricians and plumbers. They also handle procuring all the materials required for your job. Some homeowners look to save money by acting as their own contractor, but an experienced home renovation contractor is worth the cost. They should know local building codes, be able to pull all necessary permits, and work with inspectors to make sure the construction meets local codes. Also, because they get professional discounts, they can typically buy materials at a better price than you can; better prices on materials and labor save you money, and make up for at least a percentage of the cost of the contractor.

When should you hire a contractor?

A few home remodeling projects can be done by an ambitious DIY-minded homeowner or local handyman, but many are best completed by a professional home renovation contractor. You should hire a contractor when you’re planning a large project that takes time, machinery or large tools, and several workers; a kitchen remodel, new bathroom or home addition will be most successful with a licensed, expert contractor at the helm. It’s particularly important to have a professional contractor on board for construction, electrical, plumbing and HVAC projects that require inspections to meet local building codes. Of course, you can hire a contractor for smaller projects, too, if you prefer to let an expert handle things like addition or removal of a wall, small framing projects, or anything that requires a permit.  

You should hire a contractor when you’re ready to start a remodeling project and you have plans, a budget and a timeline for the work in hand, but before any remodeling work begins.

Reviews for Charlotte renovators
Jeff L.
I have worked with Garrett Construction on 2 major home renovations now. The first was converting 2 bays in our garage to a living area: bedroom, full bath, and living room. The second project was a complete gut and renovation of our kitchen. Included relocation of water, drain, gas, and electricity. Exceptional quality and a pleasure to work with. Very competitive on cost as well.
Preston ImprovementsPreston Improvements
Mary C.
Santiago’s work was excellent. He went above and beyond to make our renovation what we imagined. He is a pleasure to work with. Honest and diligent and hard working. We will use him again !
Santiago'S. Drywall solutionSantiago'S. Drywall solution
Thumbtack Customer
Major downstairs renovation at my house! Floors, walls, paint, appliances, chair rails, doors, etc! They do it all. Very helpful with insurance company paperwork. Stayed in constant contact, emailed frequently, called when necessary, and finished fast.
Gillaspie Handyman Building & MaintenanceGillaspie Handyman Building & Maintenance
Brad B.
I had Russel come out to renovate our TV/Fireplace area and it was a great decision. He came out and did the job over the weekend and the wife and I couldn’t be happier. He stayed in contact with us during the process going over mantle options and paint colors for the accent wall. I had problems mounting shelves and he came out to get that little job done for me also.
RJ RenovationsRJ Renovations
Elizabeth L.
Jeff has been great from the beginning. After a horrible experience with another general contractor, Jeff was there to help us. Not only did he offer his advice on what he thought we should do, he made us feel more knowledgeable about the renovation and construction process. Jeff’s work is impeccable and he knows what he is doing. We will definitely be using Jeff in the future, hopefully on our dream home we plan to build.
Odyssey Custom Homes and RenovationsOdyssey Custom Homes and Renovations
Taylor H.
Luis and his crew did a great job renovating our garage into a spare bedroom/play space. We got several bids for the project and Luis’ bid was the most affordable and reasonable. He also helped us source someone to do the masonry for our project and we were very satisfied with the quality of work. I would definitely recommend Luis and his team to anyone who is in need of drywall, painting, windows and trim work, and/or general contracting work.
Santiago'S. Drywall solutionSantiago'S. Drywall solution
Erica P.
I had an AMAZING experience with Aaron and his company. He was responsive, efficient, and very respectful of my time and space. I renovated my first commercial space so this journey was totally new. Aaron was very knowledgeable and totally professional. He literally walked me through the entire process. Needless to say, the results were beautifully executed. Please see the before and after photos. I’ve already been in contact with him about future projects. Thank you so much for a great experience!!!! Oh and he also reno the bathroom which I'll add photos of later.
A&C Home Solutions LLCA&C Home Solutions LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Dan as our GC for our home renovation. So far, it's been great working with him and his crew. Dan is quite knowledgeable and informative. He's been awesome at keeping us right on budget. He's also in touch with us. He lets us know what's going on, and always answers our calls or gets back to us in the evening. They have put in awesome flooring, baseboards, and painted ( and removed our popcorn from ceiling). We still have a few things were working on, but we are totally happy with the progress. Dan is our go guy!
AquaDry of the CarolinasAquaDry of the Carolinas
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