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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you hire a general contractor?

You can use Thumbtack to find local general contractors, read their customer ratings and get cost estimates. First, read the written reviews to learn about their professionalism, paying attention to photos for evidence of their workmanship. You should also verify their license, insurance and other credentials.

For more tips, read our guide on how to hire a 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.

Be sure to check out our smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

What kind of jobs can a general contractor do?

General contractors can complete all types of projects, from small home repairs and new construction, from building a new home to landscaping an entire yard. General contractors may specialize in plumbing, framing, electrical, foundations or roofing projects, and they can work on commercial or residential buildings. 

Before hiring a general contractor, make sure the contractor holds the proper licenses, registration, insurance and certifications required by your city or state. 

How much do general contractors charge per hour?

On average, a general contractor will charge around $50 per hour for their services. However, the range of their fees varies between $30 and $85 per hour, depending on your geographical location and the type of project they’re undertaking. 

You can get a better idea of how much it will cost to hire a general contractor by requesting free estimates from contractors near you.

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 does general liability insurance cover for contractors?

For contractors, general liability insurance is an important part of protecting businesses and contractors. This type of insurance will vary in its details and scope, but it can generally be expected to cover damage to the property and injuries. Here’s how you can verify a pro’s insurance.

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 much does it cost to remodel a bathroom?

Nationally, the average cost of bathroom remodeling is $14,000. Bathroom remodels can vary widely, from standard makeovers to luxurious master bathroom revamps. The factors that affect your bathroom remodeling cost are the finishes you choose (marble tiles can cost 20 times as much as standard subway tiles), the square footage of the project, regional labor rates in your area and the scope of work. Changing the layout or size of the bathroom will also raise costs. Moving electrical wiring and plumbing lines will also dramatically increase costs, as you’ll need to hire plumbers and electricians to handle the work. What’s happening behind your walls and under your floor will also affect bathroom remodeling cost: Rot, damage or mold can lead to additional work and charges. Overall, bathroom remodeling may offer great return on investment and also improve your daily life. Here are some examples of average bathroom remodeling costs:

  • 6-foot by 6-foot bathroom remodel: $3,500, including labor and materials.
  • Standard renovation: $6,500-$10,000. Price includes labor and materials the customer has purchased. Labor may include taking out the shower and shower pan, installing new shower pan and shower, and installing new door, new vanity, new mirror, new bathroom fan, and all new fixtures.
    • Price variation depends on the quality of the finishes.
  • 10-foot by 6-foot bathroom remodel: $7,200, including labor and materials.
  • Mid-range renovation: $12,000-$15,000. Price includes labor and materials the customer has purchased.
  • Upscale renovation: $35,000 and up. Price includes labor and materials. Items might include digital displays for fixtures, multiple shower heads and custom showers.

For more on how to remodel a bathroom, what it costs to remodel a bathroom, what bathroom brands to consider and more check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

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.

Reviews for Lockwood general contractors
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
Cee'S K.
My house caught fire in April of 2021, and that night I was in an extended stay hotel with my two dogs. From there, we relocated to an apartment. I have to relocate for a third time because Monseh Blanks of All Elite Construction LLC in Charlotte, N.C., walked away with $37,000 of the money to start rebuilding my house. Our contract said that the first draft was to buy the roof, HVAC, electrical, and the plumbing. I hired him in October 2021 and fired him in November 2021 and he walked away with $37,000 without doing any work at all. I found All Elite on Thumbtack, and it had five-star reviews and no bad reviews on BBB or YELP. Monseh Blanks has a lot of nice pictures of all the work he has done. Not long after I gave him the check, his attitude changed, and he stopped communicating with me. He finally called me back to tell me he had gotten my shingles. I asked him how did he know what color or type I had wanted, and he said, "You want to pick out your shingles? He told me that I didn't have to be there when he was working on my house and that most people leave and don't come back until he's finished. He wanted to replace the knotty pine, custom-built hardwood kitchen cabinets with cabinets in the back of HomeDepot. He said his HVAC man was going to build my HVAC system. I had Rheems. Then he sent me an email saying that my insurance company told him not to listen to me and my outrageous upgrade. He went on in the email to berate me for being a difficult client and that he would allow me to pick out the color shingles I wanted, but everything else would be up to him and my insurance company. I learned that I was his first biggest job and his first insurance job. (I believe he lost his mind when he got that amount of money and now he has no intention of making things right by giving it back.) I told him this was not working out and, let's call it, quits before any work got done. I didn't trust him, and I went by my house, and sure enough, he was up on my roof tearing off shingles. When I asked him to come down, he refused. I told him I no longer wanted him working on my house, and he ignored me. I texted and emailed him that he was fired. I asked him to return the money I had given him to buy the building materials. I went to court to get a stop order. The judge told me if he came back to the house to call the police. He came back, and I called the police. Monseh Blanks of All Elite Construction never gave back the money. He took all of it and emailed a receipt charging $31,000 for fees and subcontractor fees. They did no work in the house at all. He never bought any materials, no Roof, no HVAC, no Electrical, no Plumbing. He walked away with $37,000 as if he earned it. To add insult to injury, he left a rented Porta-Potty and all the shingles and building material he scraped off the roof all over the front lawn. It is still there right now, in March of 2022. I went to every agency I could think of and those recommended. I filed complaints at N.C. Contractors Board, the Attorney General's Office, the Local District Attorney's Office, Consumer Protection Agency, the Bank, the Contractor Recovery Fund or Homeowner's Recovery Fund, the local Councilman, and the Mayor's office. No one could help me. I called the Porta-Potty company several times, and they ignored me. I called 311 for help with the Porta-Potty and building material, and they couldn't help me. Now, I'm calling out for help on Social Media because I don't know what else to do. The trauma of the fire was rough, but I can't find the words to describe how it feels dealing with a bad contractor. Please tell Monseh Blanks to give back the money. UPDATE: Mar 10 2022 My family finally got the company to remove the Porta-Potty that Blanks left there after I asked him several times to take it off of my property. It was there from November 2021. What kind of person does this let alone a contractor? Below is more pictures of the house and the building trash from the roof patch that Blanks charge me $31,000 but walked away with $37,000. Who does this to a 65-year-old woman whose house burned down? I lost everything in the house and now Monseh Blanks owner of All Elite Construction LLC has taken the money to start rebuilding the house.
All Elite Construction LLCAll Elite Construction LLC
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