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Lorain Construction Estimators

Browse these construction estimating services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Lorain.

  • 13 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Shayna S.
Verified review

Erik was just great. He got back to my request right away, and when your power goes out due to a tree, you need someone quick. A tree took down the mast on the side of the house, and the electric company wouldn't turn on the power until the mast was fixed. He came right out to give me an estimate--on a Sunday--and get the work done the next day and our power was back that day. I really liked that he wanted to see the job first and his estimate was spot on. He worked fast, efficiently, and I would definitely hire him for other jobs.

Mark C.
Verified review

Chuck & Chris and the entire Barnes Sklare team did a great job on our basement finishing. Here are some details about why: 1. Chuck & Chris added value to our design process by taking our suggestions and offering additional considerations/tweaks while we finalized planning for the project. We also got a realistic (nailed it) all in itemized budget so we understood where our money was being spent. Here is a hint for you - If your potential contractor can only give you a 1 or 3 line item budget you need to ask for more clarification/details into how the project is being estimated otherwise you may be setup for a whopper of a final bill (because if they can't show you they don't know themselves!). 2. Changes happen and that was ok. During the project we did make some minor tweaks to some of the electrical (lots of home run AV cables to support a centralized distribution/switching point) and decided in the home theater area to spray / insulate the floor for sound (great choice!). Changes were clearly communicated and understood with regards to how the budget was being affected. 3. Consistent workforce! The Barnes Sklare project team did a great job of treating our property with respect and cleaning up daily. We really liked seeing the same faces day after day and exploring the basement with the kids to note the progress they made. The same crew handled the project from start to finish and we were notified when a 3rd party contractor was used for special services (spray insulation). 4. Quality of work was very good / excellent overall. Minor details were easily and promptly corrected. These guys take pride in their work and it shows through the finish details. We interviewed 5 other contractors before selecting Barnes Sklare for our basement finishing project. We are very pleased with all aspects of our project and the results. Would we use these guys again - YES! In fact we have a little bathroom remodel coming up in a few months.

D3 Services
4.7
from 42 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Stacie K.
Verified review

We recently had our kitchen cabinets painted by D3 Services and had a great experience! The guys were very professional and responsive throughout the entire process -- from getting an estimate and following through on the job. The entire project took 5 days (as planned) and we couldn't be happier with the results! They handled everything from purchasing the paint and products, to masking, removing the doors and hardware/hinges, spraying all paint (no brushing or rolling which was a huge plus for us!), and the reinstallation and clean-up. They were incredibly thorough, very polite, quiet, hard workers, on time and easy to deal with. We'd definitely recommend them to friends and family and consider them for future projects. The coolest part was that the same night they finished the job, they sent us a before/after video of the entire process to share! Keep up the good work guys!

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Seal Tite Construction
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenean G.
Verified review

Rodney did a great job and tackled some serious demo at a property we were renovating. He was polite, on time, and actually kept me in the loop with progress. I would definitely use him in the future! And he does all kinds of construction so hoping to be able to utilize those other skills down the road. Thank you!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dom W.
Verified review

Excellent service! I was given previous estimates for the work I needed and all were out of my budget. Matthew came right over shortly after speaking to him, evaluated what needed to be done, and gave me a price that was within my budget. I would definitely recommend and would use him for any future work I need. Thank again Matthew!

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Watts Construction LLC
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Caroline P.
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My experience with Watts Construction was a very good one. They showed up in a very short and reasonable time to plow my Dad's driveway which I greatly appreciated.

Safe Guard Renovations
4.5
from 28 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Joel N.
Verified review

Dave and his team were a pleasure to work with. From the time he came to my house to give me an estimate until the job was completed I had good faith that I had hired the right company. I would recommend safeguard to anyone.

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Martin's Home Improvements
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jim W.
Verified review

Dan was a pleasure to work with and his crew was very professional and courteous. They performed a complete tear off of 2 layers of shingles and installed the new roof in 2 days for my large ranch house. I would strongly recommend using Dan for your house construction projects because I know I will in the future. Jim

  • 26 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
John A.
Verified review

He came out and gave me an accurate estimate. He worked us into his busy schedule as soon as possible and made sure the work was done well. He was amiable and exhibited a good work ethic.

Thompson Renovation
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Summer H.
Verified review

We have used Thompson Renovation on multiple occasions over the last 10 years. He did our kitchen and bathroom in our previous home in Akron, he did all the design work and it turned out beautiful. He gave me his cost on cabinets which saved me over $6000 from the other estimate we received. When we moved in 2009, we had him back to do the deck, told him our budget, and let him do his thing. We ended up with a 600 sq. ft. 3 tier deck with 12' gazebo on the lower landing. It is unbelievable what he can do within a budget. I would trust him to do any remodeling project. He will continue to be my 1 and only contractor.

Highest Integrity Services
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Rick H.
Verified review

Highest Integrity Services completed a renovation of my bathroom (floor, walls, tub, vanity). I would highly recommend them. Dave Hoover, owner, provided thoughtful recommendations in advance, and worked with my final decisions and budget. The renovation transformed a forty-five year old bathroom into one that is up-to-date. Highest Integrity cares about the quality of their work and customer satisfaction. I highly recommend Highest Integrity Services.

  • 15 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanette b.
Verified review

Done on time nice job handling electric issues from previous bad wiring would be happy to work with him again.

Seibert Construction
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Eric W.
Verified review

Takes pride and ownership of work. Exceeded expectations. Will hire again.

Sounik Construction Co.
3.5
from 4 reviews
  • 42 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mangone F.
Verified review

Dan and his crew did a great job on my kitchen. They were professional and thorough with the project. I would hire Sounik Construction again. Great job!

  • 22 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michael G.
Verified review

Very responsive and professional. Hired him to install some doors but turned into remodeling the majority of the outside of my house. Good quality work and always keeping me updated with texts and pictures, also very helpful with ideas and giving his professional input where it helps best.

Home Top Construction
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Chris S.
Verified review

Home top construction did an amazing job and kept me informed the entire time and was very affordable for the amount of work they put in. They also did an awesome job cleaning up afterwards I'm super ecstatic I hired them. Definitely recommend them to anyone.

Advanced Home Remodelers
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Roger G.
Verified review

I found Tom Medvin to be extremely professional and helpful with my project. He arrived on time to give me an estimate and took a lot of time to ask questions about the project and my house. The interest he showed in the project was more than I expected, since it wasn't very large, and he took the time to answer all my questions. The price he quoted was very reasonable and I would not hesitate to use him again or refer him to someone.

Majestic Remodeling LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ron S.
Verified review

Jason was employed to remodel our upstairs master bedroom and bath through a Designer that we had contracted with to do the job. The work that Jason performed was nothing short of excellent. Very knowledgeable in all aspects of the project (construction, electrical, plumbing, tile, etc.) with a fine attention to detail and perfection. I also did not feel that his costs for time and materials was reasonable and did not nickle and dime us for minor cahnges made as the project progressed. I highly recommended Majestic Remodeling for any remodeling efforts you may have and have passed his business cards onto to several friends that have remodeling projects in their future house plans.

Jacks Home Solutions
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lucretia R.
Verified review

He had to finish my fence and put up a gate. He did it by himself and it took like a day and a half. He was very polite and diligent. He does free estimates which is great and with doing that I could compare prices accurately while others just took a guess.Also he was fast in getting the job started. I didn't have to wait a week or a month.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michelle S.
Verified review

They tore up all of our old flooring, laminate, tile,and carpet. They worked very efficiently and cleaned up the work area better than I had anticipated. Derek is fantastic to work with. I went on to hire him for some trim carpentry work, which I am also very happy with and will use him in the future for all of our home improvements projects.

Building Revitalizers LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
George S.
Verified review

Came out and gave estimate on time. Explained job well.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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