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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 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.

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for New York contractors
Edwin R.
Office kitchen renovation completed 3 weeks. Everything was well coordinated and organized with contractors from start to finish.
Ariel ConsultantsAriel Consultants
Joyce T.
I've worked with Integrated Asset Mgmt on a full home renovation and smaller jobs as well. As a designer, I have worked with many contractors and Chris is now my go-to GC for large and small projects alike. I've had plenty of bad experiences with GCs and every project has it's issues. The way a contractor handles those issues is key to the overall experience. Renovation is very stressful for homeowners, especially in Manhattan, so Chris's calm demeanor and way of quickly coming up with solutions rather than focusing on why the problem happened or placing blame on others is extremely helpful. I would (and have) highly recommend Integrated Asset Mgmt to any of my clients.
Integrated Asset Mgmt Services LLCIntegrated Asset Mgmt Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Ernest is an extraordinary contractor! He did exactly what we asked him to do, efficiently and with attention to detail. In five days he prepared and painted all the walls in our apartment. Then he installed 80' of crown moulding, around many turns and corners, then made lots of adjustments where the moulding met the uneven walls in our 100 year old building. He painted all the woodwork, ceilings and closets. Finally, he sanded and refinished our floors. We found him to be responsive, polite and thoughtful. He was always on time and reliable. I was grateful that he was willing to discuss by email the details of our project in advance to clarify the fine points. He was helpful with minor details, such as mounting shower and curtain rods and a TV on the wall. Although our job was relatively straightforward, I know from our conversations that he is widely experienced and has many other skills. We highly recommend this trustworthy, intelligent and professional contractor. Ernest was above and beyond what we expected - he amazed us!
Ernest Construction Inc.Ernest Construction Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I am a interior designer in New York. I hired Innovators to renovate a one bedroom for a client in a top co-op building in NYC. The building had strict guidelines for any alterations. Edward and his crew were very careful to follow the building regulations and rules which is very important when working on many of the buildings in NY. Innovators has a great pull of skilled workmen and sub contractors. Many of his workers are multi-skilled and professional. We are at the end of the renovations and are please with the outcome. We will use Innovators again in future projects. Giselle Ulmo Giselle Ulmo Design
Innovators Design + Build (Verified reviews)Innovators Design + Build (Verified reviews)
Eric V.
I haven’t used Thumbtack before but I was looking for a skilled contractor that could help me demo a hallway closet so I can convert it into an office. Luckily, I came across Zoltex, LLC and saw that they had great reviews and I was also very impressed by the photos of the work they had done previously, so I decided to work with them for my project. Zoltan and a partner arrived early and were super friendly and easy to work with. They were fast, professional, and I couldn’t be happier with the way that the closet demo went. In a few days this is going to have shelving and a desk that will become my new office space and I am stoked. So glad I found Zoltex, LLC and have already been talking about working with them again. I would highly recommend Zoltan and his crew for a fair and professional experience.
ZOLTEX,LLCZOLTEX,LLC
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