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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts 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.

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. 

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.  

Reviews for Columbus contractors
Megan D.
Completely blew us off for a job he was supposed to look at...left me in a bad spot to find a new contractor. I do not understand why there was a lack of honesty. I was very upfront and honest with him from the start and got burned.
Hempy Construction and RemodelingHempy Construction and Remodeling
Lesley A.
Larry is an excellent contractor. He has an ironclad work ethic and takes pride in doing things correctly. For weeks he was always there bright and with a plan and always on-site with his crew to keeps things moving forward efficiently. This crew did more in the first two days than our last contractor did in two months, and they were a joy to work with from start to finish. Larry is a pro who is able to glance at a room and provide you with a flood of info on how to improve the space and look out for issues. For instance, while installing durock and drywall in our bathroom, he was able to see behind the sink opening of the drywall that the stair landing was in need of support. He showed me the bowing and splintering wood, and after getting the go-ahead, fixed it right away. He came across dozens of things that he knew we’d want to address. Our project involved fascia, eaves, gutters, stucco, paint, drywall, carved banisters, built custom shelving, windows, leveling, and more. Let’s just say it was a large project full of many jobs. And I waited until the end of our large project to review so that he wouldn’t be hired away from us!
Larry's Preservation, Remodeling and ExterminationLarry's Preservation, Remodeling and Extermination
Ashley S.
This contractor was AMAZING!!! She came up with the design and monitored the progress every step of the way. The team was very professional and easy to deal with. I would contact Taria day and night with silly questions about the project and she was always prompt and polite when responding. The finished product is STUNNING. She renovated my basement to create a master suite, a large walk-in closet with the most beautiful bathroom inside. Barn doors, waterfall faucets and marble tile, oh my! I’m in love with my new space and I’ll be calling this team very soon for additional home projects. THANK YOU Tailored Development!!! :)
Tailored Development & ElectricTailored Development & Electric
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I agree with everyone who said Gregg and Carmen are wonderful people. We had a lot of damage to the exterior of our home caused by a wicked hail storm. I called Higgz and ended up not choosing them. I can't comment on the quality of their work. I met with Gregg four times in person and communicated with him on the phone several times. I could not get a handle on what he was thinking because he was so scattered and difficult to talk to. I was barely able to speak because he would talk over me and not listen. During one conversation I got so frustrated that I waited until there was a tiny lull right after he asked me a question about our garage door. I said, "Oh yeah, we painted it orange then burnt it down at a star trek convention." He didn't skip a beat in telling me how I wanted stuff done. He spent most of the time complaining relentlessly about insurance companies. When I told Gregg we decided to go with another contractor he got angry and short with me.
Higgz Improvements LLCHiggz Improvements LLC
Terrence H.
If we were rating based on comparison with other contractors, the rating would be more favorable. However, we live in a customer service based society so one has to ask the question, “was a standard met for whatever is being measured?” The team shows up daily where you can see the daily progression. A true strongpoint of this company is the quality of work is above average. The pricing is kept at market value. The team doesn’t go beyond there competency level. If they not knowledgeable or have no experience with moving forward with a task, they will let you know. All the workers are very friendly!! 2 negative points that are entitled to explanation. Completion of task with the same sense of urgency and having contingency plans to meet deadlines!! As mentioned above, the entire team shows up daily. If they are on time, I cannot speak on because I wasn’t present at the beginning of the worker’s work day. Working at a great pace, the deadline is close to being met and of course with most renovation projects, unexpected issues happen. Understood.. On 2 occasions at the same site, 90% of project completed and a short completion list was left. All of a sudden, not all workers are present. What would possibly take this team a day to complete is dragged out to 3 or 4 days. Why is that?? Possibly, most the team are working other small projects to maximize the week financial. As I told the GC of these projects, we are investors. In Real Estate each day that goes by, is expensive. Statement wasn’t taken serious because the project dragged out a few more days. I can assure you that the level of disrespect is well noted on my end. The list....this list lastly have the obvious of clean up!! 1st time when we moved a tenant in, “oops”got my days mixed up. The place (bathroom and floors) was not up to standard as it pertains to cleanliness. Okay, it happens. 6 weeks later, a check list was text to GC. The list was really short with cleanup as the last option. It’s known that the 14th was the move in date for more tenants. The crew has failed to sweep and mop the brand new flooring. Bottled water and containers were left in a closet. The kitchen counter top and refrigerator resembled a dust bowl. The carpet up stairs was not too bad however, mostly all new in the interior, so we had to vacuum the entire upstairs as they had the movers moving them in. I was more of disappointed. All of the good traits of the work and you lack the priority of cleanliness?? Wow, that’s the easy part!! So I would recommend strongly but one must be mindful of those couple things that places a dark cloud over these renovators.
The Fairfield County Remodeling Co.The Fairfield County Remodeling Co.
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