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Bill Pullen
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Bill Pullen
Great 4.7

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Great 4.7

(59)

General Contracting

In high demand
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Durham, NC
Shanna O. says, "I feel like we were so lucky to have found Bill and he will be our go to for upcoming projects. He is amazing to work with. He will listen patiently to ideas, providing options when something cannot be done, and then executing the vision perfectly. We hired him for a wall removal that required electrical outlets to be moved, flooring to be repaired, drywall work, and trim. It turned out perfectly. He has since installed crown molding on our entire downstairs as well as repaired this very random jutting area above our cabinets that was a poorly designed stair issue. Now there is a clean area for decoration that actually makes sense. Next on the list is some built-ins and bathroom remodel=)"See more
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Shanna O. says, "I feel like we were so lucky to have found Bill and he will be our go to for upcoming projects. He is amazing to work with. He will listen patiently to ideas, providing options when something cannot be done, and then executing the vision perfectly. We hired him for a wall removal that required electrical outlets to be moved, flooring to be repaired, drywall work, and trim. It turned out perfectly. He has since installed crown molding on our entire downstairs as well as repaired this very random jutting area above our cabinets that was a poorly designed stair issue. Now there is a clean area for decoration that actually makes sense. Next on the list is some built-ins and bathroom remodel=)"
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House Renovations, Rehabs, Additions,Decks,Fences,
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House Renovations, Rehabs, Additions,Decks,Fences,
Exceptional 5.0

(18)

Exceptional 5.0

(18)

Home Remodeling

  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Durham, NC
Scott M. says, "They just finished up a 12x20 deck off my home. This was the process - they called me back the same day, set up an apt. to visit the site within 48 hours they were very professional and courteous. The price was competitive. They arrived on time and were in constant contact with me on when they were on site and when they were leaving. I made a slight change from the original plan and they had no problem with the change. (Some contractors get testy when changes are made) The project was completed in 2 days and they cleaned up everything afterwards Do not hesitate to use them. You will not be disappointed. I will be using them in the future for a screened in porch. Thank you Gregory for doing such an excellent job !"See more
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Scott M. says, "They just finished up a 12x20 deck off my home. This was the process - they called me back the same day, set up an apt. to visit the site within 48 hours they were very professional and courteous. The price was competitive. They arrived on time and were in constant contact with me on when they were on site and when they were leaving. I made a slight change from the original plan and they had no problem with the change. (Some contractors get testy when changes are made) The project was completed in 2 days and they cleaned up everything afterwards Do not hesitate to use them. You will not be disappointed. I will be using them in the future for a screened in porch. Thank you Gregory for doing such an excellent job !"

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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 Durham renovators
Liz W.
Bill Pullen was contracted to complete work as a general contractor. He was contracted to demo and build walls, tile floor, install trim, lights and other miscellaneous items that go into a kitchen renovation. Bill has left the job incomplete, walked out three times after being paid and had to be coaxed back to complete the work he was paid for. He caused damage to our 35,000 mustang while installing tile in the mudroom, damaging the car down to the metal. He damaged cabinets and when held accountable, complained about the cost we paid even when providing receipts. The floor he installed is cracking, chipped and has grout all over. The tiles are lifting all over the floor. When pointed out he ignored us. The transitions to rooms and the fireplace are damaged and his solution was "take it out of his bill". The trim isn't complete. He damaged household items such as our Thor fridge, wine cooler and curtains. He flooded the kitchen causing damage to the floor. When asked to correct the job and complete, he demanded more money. He is licensed but we do not have proof of insurance. He continuously blamed us as homeowners while telling us to "google" work. We are not arguing the cost of renovations but the quality of the work. We have to remove and replace the tile due to insufficient installation. We have to buy new cabinets due his poor workmanship. He was paid for all the work prior to full completion. The walls he "fixed" still require mudding and sanding. Our remodel has been set back weeks because of this. We have had to hire additional tradesmen to complete the work he did not finish. We have active complaints with the state and seeking legal counsel. We would not recommend working with him.
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