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Service Guys
4.5
from 266 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 462 hires on Thumbtack
Kunal P.
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These guys were amazing! Setting up the appointment was easy, the technician was extremely punctual and very knowledgable. I live in a 50 year old building so who knows what's behind the wall (I have the holes to prove it) - but he knew immediately and was able to get everything mounted exactly how I had pictured it. Will definitely be relying on these guys in the future!

  • 7 years in business
  • 324 hires on Thumbtack
Sadie V.
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Responded in a timely manner with an affordable price. Was able to complete the job very quickly and with great quality.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 271 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patrick R.
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Jonathan did a fantastic job hanging shelves from a concrete wall in our place. He was one time, super kind and helpful, and did great work. Would definitely hire him again!

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Lopez Home Improvement LLC
4.8
from 164 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 259 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dennis G.
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I will definitely hire Walter again. He came out as scheduled, removed all of the construction and yard waste I had for a fair price. Thanks Walter!

Ely's Painting
4.8
from 105 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
Erika C.
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Excellent service! Satisfaction guaranteed. Ely is a professional whom is dedicated to his work and paid extreme attention to detail. The long hours paid off and he was done as promised in a timely fashion. I will hire him again to do additional work for me. Thank you Ely! Our home looks amazing!!!

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A&B home expert
4.9
from 67 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tom C.
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Bob started off painting for us and was so reliable and did such a great job that we ended up using him for many other things including renovating our entire bathroom! We cannot say enough wonderful things about Bob-excellent work, reliable and in addition, a very nice and down to earth guy! Highly recommended!

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One Stop 360 LLC
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily P.
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About a month i hired Herson and his crew, Service was exelent did job within budget, waited until today to leave a review since right after he finished my handyman project he renovated my kitchen and sanded my floors ,I had a great experience with this firm they went the extra mile now my kitchens is one of their website photos, I would highly recommend his workmanship to all of my friends Emily P.

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Global Housing Contractors
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pinnaird B B.
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As contractor, I am very demanding. But for this time, I left this work to Global Housing Corp. They made an amazing job with my house. I checked all details and I recognized the excellent work made by them. Electrical, plumbing, carpentry are renovated totally. Of course, I have to recommend this service for who want to change its house. They provided the best service. You won’t regret to hire them.

  • 9 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Eric S.
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New flooring was installed throughout our work office. The process in general went fairly smoothly. The timeline was extended a bit, but because working hours are limited in a doorman building that could have been expected. All in all a great job!

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Leonardo Dacchille Design
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Arnaldo C.
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We hired Leonardo to refinish a built-in the previous owner installed in our apt, which we though darkened the room with its walnut finish. Leonardo was prompt with his responses. Very knowledgeable and extremely puntual. Was a pleasure to deal with someone with his level of professionalism.

  • 18 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Justin L.
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Melvin and crew went above and beyond to repair my garage roof. They were on time every day and completed the job when they said they would. I will definitely use him again on the next project!

Ariel Consultants
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Chris M.
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Joseph & Team were amazing building custom cabinets for my company! I would highly recommend Ariel Consultants to anyone!

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Spirit Contracting
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joy D.
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Frankie D has construction in his blood. His family has been building for over 50 years. The project I needed done exterior painting was done the next day after I spoke with him. They were fast, courteous and did a great job! I would recommend hiring Spirit Contracting for any job big or small you will be satisfied with their work. Thank you Spirit!!

Corniel Construction LLC
4.4
from 25 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Scott M.
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Waldy and his guys were very nice and did a quality job. They picked up and cleaned up after each day which was nice, and took direction and minor adjustments well on the fly.

Torino Home Repair, LLC
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Elise P.
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Luca is a gem of a human and I’m so grateful I found him. I had a very obscure idea to build bookshelves for my nursery into a non working fireplace in my apartment. He was very responsive, patient with me while I tried to describe what I wanted, and built exactly what I wanted in about a week — sending me photos of various wood color options and style of brackets to make sure it was exactly right. He even made them so they pop in and out easily in case I want to paint or need to take them out because I’m renting. The price he gave me was an amazing deal. Since then, he has fixed a latch on a vintage hutch (found the matching vintage latch online himself, purchased and installed in a few minutes) and also came by last minute to fix a leg on another vintage piece that I thought for sure would require a completely new piece. He of course was able to completely repair it in about ten minutes with a replica bolt he had and saved me so much heartache. He’s delightful to be around, kind, punctual and incredibly talented. I will continue to hire him for basically anything I need done in the future. Highly recommend!

Global Hill Construction
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
John L.
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I highly recommend global hill construction company Mr. Shoodi performed an outstanding job and I am thrilled with the final results! My floors presented a challenge as they were badly damaged with staining and paint the full home In only 4 days shoodi transformed my flooring to looking brand new once again and pants results was very good. His technique provided me with many pros: reasonably priced, no need to move out of my home as his products are non-toxic ( a plus if you have pets or children ), the convenience of no sand or dust clean-up. Shoodi and his co-worker naveed were at all times polite, professional, and always on time as scheduled. They also meticulously moved all of my furniture back in place once the job was completed. An added bonus is their office manager ahmad who was a pleasure to deal with. Ahmad diligently took care of all appointment details including my building's insurance requirements, etc. A major plus for the consumer! New York, NY. Shoodi was a true professional.

Ny Home Renovation Inc
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Chancy T.
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My experience with NYHR was excellent. My bathroom was beautifully renovated. They have the best customer services, all my questions were answered and my concerns were addressed. NYHR team is punctual and professional, they completed the project at the expected date. I am a very happy client!

City line interiors inc.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sylvie C.
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I would like to highly recommend the general contractor who handled my townhouse’s third remodeling and renovation project, Mr. Mario Bissessar, owner and principal of City Line Interiors, Inc. The job project went extremely smoothly and was completed in a highly professional, efficient manner; I am very pleased with both the process and the beautiful results. The project was multi-faceted, complicated -as any remodeling entails- including a lot of details, involving multiple building sectors such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC, windows, tiling and paintings, metal work, having to respect landmark rules and blending with the existing structure. The crew led by Mario was very cohesive, punctual, talented, productive, flexible and friendly. His team is fluent in English (with a variety of charming Caribbean accents). Mario is very responsive, an excellent communicator and a great team leader. He was there every day, not only overseeing the work but very much hands-on, with precious skills, including carpentry. Mario also contributed great design ideas and judicious trouble-shooting solutions. Of course, I made several last minute changes or additions, which inflated the original budget but the corresponding charges were well itemized, justified and very reasonable. The payment schedule was without surprises and always well timed. It does not hurt that Mario is also an IT wizard…. All his subcontractors (electricity, plumbing, HVAC and metal work) were fantastic: they delivered diligently on the promised dates. It makes a big difference when subcontractors are well coordinated; they obviously knew and respected each other well, and were happy to work with Mario Bissessar.

Leonard P. Gallo, RA
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 21 years in business
Roberto P.
Verified review

We had the sencond floor built and the whole house renovated, We are very pleased and satisfied with such an outstanding project.

New Space Renovation Inc
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Frank L.
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After my wife and I decided to renovate our apartment in a pre-war building, we wanted to hire a team that would manage the entire project from design to finish. After interviewing several companies, we hired New Space for their beautiful portfolio and positive references. Frank and his team delivered what he promised in our sales meeting. From the design to selecting the material and from building approval to DOB permits, they were always available to answer questions, suggest creative solutions, and keep the project moving along. If any issues or concerns came up, New Space was always on top of it and very responsive. The quality and the details of the work were stellar. We are so happy with the results. Frank and his team did a wonderful job. We would hire them again in a heartbeat.

Jennifer J.
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I hired Zack for my kitchen remodel. He did an amazing job. He is very understanding and was always open to ideas. He is extremely experienced in remodeling homes and is very familiar with the building codes since he is also a home inspector. He was referred to me by my neighbor who also had his kitchen done. The format of his home was exactly like ours but Zack had different ideas for our kitchen since our family is larger , he removed the wall that was separating the kitchen and dining room and installed base cabinets in between the two rooms with a very attractive counter top that really catches my guests attention as soon as they enter the front door. Overall i was very satisfied with the work he did for me and i would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone including my family and friends

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 architects work?

Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

How do architects charge for their services?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

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 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.

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