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Valley Stream Building Cost Estimators

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Top Pro
  • 456 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lydia L.
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I needed to have outside water turned on. The men found the faucet quickly and my problem was solved. For a quick "repair" it was exorbitant. It cost $95.00.

Service Guys
4.5
from 263 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 460 hires on Thumbtack
Jack W.
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I am giving Varian an outstanding rating because he successfully resolved an difficult emergency situation despite some confusion in the process. He re-installed 2 very large heavy window air conditioners [24,000BTU and 18,000 BTU] I had in winter storage on a hot day when my regular installer defaulted. Somehow he was not aware at first that he would need a helper but while waiting he helped me with sealing up some other window frames in the apartment. He was cooperative and professional. He reinstalled the AC's in accordance with some of my particular requirements. The job cost more than I expected but was worth it. Next time I will make sure the service guy gets the job description from Thumbtack.

  • 7 years in business
  • 324 hires on Thumbtack
Conrade W.
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I hired Joseph to replace my bathroom vanity and sink. He did a prior walk through which was excellent. He was very clear about the reason for the walk through and about project costs. On both the day of the walk through and project he was excellent about arrival times and keeping me informed me about them. Joseph and his assistant did an excellent job with the installation. He was very polite, explained everything and answered all of my questions. They thoroughly cleaned the work area afterwards. Overall I am very pleased with the work and so would not hesitate to hire Joseph's company for future projects.

Top Pro
  • 6 years in business
  • 270 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Leah G.
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Jonathan was great! He put together my shelf, moved around a couch sectional and put up my prints. definitely recommend him and will use him for future repair/installation needs!

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Lopez Home Improvement LLC
4.8
from 163 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 259 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Allan T.
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Walter Lopez is a pleasure to work with. From helping with design ideas to working long days until the job was done, he is always prepared to keep going once he begins a job. AndI must add that he is the only contractor I have ever hired who has willingly returned to redo work that needed to be redone without making me wait, and after having already been paid in full. This is very rare! I have since then hired Walter to do additional work on my property, and will continue to do so, and will recommend him to others whenever I can. He not only has good ideas, but he knows how to execute them, and knows how to keep costs close to his estimates. He is a man of his word and I recommend him highly.

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Betsy A.
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Greivin was prompt to reply to my request and provided a very competitive cost estimate. I haven't had a problem since his repairs!

Ely's Painting
4.8
from 105 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy G.
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Ely painted my bedroom. I placed a request on Thumbtack for both my bedroom and living room and hall to be painted and Ely came by to see the rooms before providing an estimate to me. I decided to have one room painted at a time and today, Ely painted the bedroom. An extremely kind and competent man - it was a wonderful experience all around. I am very satisfied with the painting job and Ely is very neat and cleans up after himself. 3 pieces of furniture in the bedroom are extremely heavy and he moved them enough so he could do his work. I will definitely be hiring Ely again and recommending him whenever I can. Highly recommend Ely.

Top Pro
  • 23 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christine F.
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I want to thank Darin Sliker for all of the help he provided for me and my mother. I live in the state of Va. and my mother lived in N.J. I had been trying to secure a contractor for repairs that were needed in her tenants bathroom. My mother is 85 yrs. young and needless to say she did not know who to contact for this job. So after trying several contractors, a cousin of mine suggested I go online to "Thumbtacks.com and the rest is history! Darin was very friendly, helpful and very informative. He didn't mind me calling, texting or emailing him at any time. That meant so much considering I live out of state. The work that was done to the bathroom was great and I will always be grateful to Darin and those who worked with him on this project!

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Rick can fix it
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cynthia N.
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Easy to schedule. On time. Hourly rate was much less than job estimates from others. Will use for other work.

  • 10 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
Gurjot S.
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Jorge is always on-time and very clear about the work he is doing and the cost. He and his team are very thorough and clean up the yard beautifully. I would recommend strongly.

Smart Improvement Corp.
4.7
from 61 reviews
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Waseem A.
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Meticulous. Skillful. Did good work. Spent 3-4 hours in fixing up the bathroom, and building and installing wall hook panels in the bedroom and hallway.

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Sewell Peckham
4.9
from 53 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan M.
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Great guy who gives a lot of attention to details. Added a banister hand rail and changed the faucets in our home. Very reasonable prices/estimates.

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appeal landscaping
4.8
from 51 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Robert H.
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Jaimie was excellent!!! He responded to all of my concerns within 30-45 mins by email and was the only contractor who gave me an estimate that was within my budget. He came on the date and time specified and was courteous and thorough. I have already scheduled another appointment w him to help me tackle some of the other projects I've been trying to get done around here. Everything went exactly as I was hoping and these days that rarely ever happens. Thanks Jaimie!

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Global Housing Contractors
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer D.
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Punctual, polite and fair. I highly recommend James for your handyman needs. He did a drywall repair for me and I've rehired for another project.

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Gama Home Improvement Inc
4.9
from 42 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samuel W.
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Needed floor repaired asap. They did an excellent, high quality job quickly and at low cost. Highly recommend.

Fabian Pp
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Edward K.
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Fabian did a great job. He responded very quickly to my questions and was readily available to answer questions. I needed to replace old outlets as well as install new outlets, dimmers and switches for the kitchen and bathroom before rhe Some of the boxes were old and needed to be moved or replaced for the install of new cabinets. He seamlessly made the changes and advised on how the outlets would appear once the backsplash was in. He had cost effective fixes to problems with the old boxes which i had chosen not to replace completely. He was also able to fix some recessed lights that had been sloppily installed by a previous contractor. He was knowledgeable and understood his trade as well as being honest about what i needed to do to have my outlets upgraded. I will be asking him back to complete the electric install of the appliances once the cabinets are in as well.

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Spirit Contracting
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ken M.
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I contacted Spirit Contracting to redo a renovation of my bathroom, after another contractor, who I contracted via Thumbtack, did a horrendous job. Frankie was early to the appointment, patient, went thru the entire job that was completed and advised what needed to be redone. They did an amazing job getting my bathroom completed! I cannot believe the difference!! Spirit Contracting is the way to go!! They were professional, punctual, clean and great to work with. Frankie is honest and pays attention to the littlest details and stands behind his work 1000%. I would most definitely recommend this company and plan on using their services in the future!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Virginia M.
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Lazaro did a great job on my 2 chimneys that badly needed repair and maintenance work. He worked quickly and cleanly. He showed me before and after pics and explained to me how to take care of the chimneys in the future.

  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Caryn L.
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The quoted price of the job was what it cost. The job was done in the time frame stated, and the finished job is great.

Corniel Construction LLC
4.4
from 25 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Maryann P.
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We had a great experience with Corniel Construction. We had an unusual project - adding a shower to an existing tub-only configuration. It's an older home with plaster walls so we wanted an external solution versus breaking open the walls. Waldy was able to create, build, and install a cost-effective custom solution that met all of our needs, including a very sturdy surround shower curtain rod. The shower works great, and we don't have to worry about moisture getting on the non-moisture proof walls. Waldy and his partner were able to do all this in one day, and on short notice. They cleaned up after themselves and were extremely friendly, courteous, hard-working, and professional. We recommend them highly! Thanks again, Waldy!

Torino Home Repair, LLC
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Sari R.
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I needed a handy man to shave off part of my front door (a hollow metal door) that wasn't level, so I couldn't open my front door with an entry rug in place. Luca came out on a Saturday afternoon to see if simply adjusting the hinges would do the trick. His wife accompanied him as he's from Italy and his primary language is Italian. They were very sweet and thorough. Unfortunately the issue could not be solved my adjusting the hinges, so we made a plan for him to return today. He was amazing! He did a very thorough job and was extremely thoughtful when it came to protecting the building. It was not an easy job, a very heavy, tall door, but he fixed it in about 2 hours. I very much recommend Luca and I will definitely hire him for any home improvements in the future. Sari

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.  

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 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 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.

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