Altoona, PA5 Basement Professionals near you

Where do you need the basement professional?

Answer a few questions

Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right pros.

Get quotes

Receive quotes from pros who meet your needs.

Hire the right pro

Compare quotes, message pros, and hire when ready.

Altoona Basement Professionals

Browse these basement contractors with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Altoona.

  • 33 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Tina P.
Verified review

I needed a contractor to fix a pipeline that was broken and had water/sewage backed-up in my basement. They were timely, professional, fixed the problem and left the area much better than when they had arrived. I have not had a problem with the pipe that they fixed since. I would recommend First General Services to anyone with a problem with water/sewage in their basement.

E.M. Korman Construction
4.5
from 14 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Sean G.
Verified review

I had a leaking water pipe in my basement. I called Eric and he came to examine the leak quickly then came back the next day to fix it. He was very helpful with explaining the issue and his recommendations. Quality work at a fair price. I'd definitely recommend his service.

  • 42 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Judy M.
Verified review

He knew what needed to be done to complete the job the way it should be done. Old trailor roof had elastomeric on which cracked and blistered. Dave power washed surface, removed loose elastomeric, patched places that were removed, applied new sealant. Applying second coat today. Would recommend Dave to anyone

Ron's Handyman Services
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl H.
Verified review

I had an incredible mess I inherited when I moved into a new apartment. The basement had not been cleaned in about 50 years and I wanted to use it for my washer and dryer. I made several attempts to clean it myself, but was overwhelmed. Ron showed up and brought his own cleaning secrets and had the job done in a few hours and it was so clean I barely recognized the room. I would hire him again - he has many talents. I actually felt he deserved to be paid more for this job but his price was so reasonable. He is a nice humble guy with a good work ethic.

Penguin Constrcution LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Domenic A.
Verified review

Absolutely thrilled with Melvin and the work he did on my downstairs! He turned my unfinished basement into a home for my daughter and I. Prompt, reliable, and knew what he was doing. I will be calling him for any future projects.

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 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.

Be sure to check out our smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.