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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

What kind of jobs can a general contractor do?

General contractors can complete all types of projects, from small home repairs and new construction, from building a new home to landscaping an entire yard. General contractors may specialize in plumbing, framing, electrical, foundations or roofing projects, and they can work on commercial or residential buildings. 

Before hiring a general contractor, make sure the contractor holds the proper licenses, registration, insurance and certifications required by your city or state. 

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 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 much does it cost to remodel a bathroom?

Nationally, the average cost of bathroom remodeling is $14,000. Bathroom remodels can vary widely, from standard makeovers to luxurious master bathroom revamps. The factors that affect your bathroom remodeling cost are the finishes you choose (marble tiles can cost 20 times as much as standard subway tiles), the square footage of the project, regional labor rates in your area and the scope of work. Changing the layout or size of the bathroom will also raise costs. Moving electrical wiring and plumbing lines will also dramatically increase costs, as you’ll need to hire plumbers and electricians to handle the work. What’s happening behind your walls and under your floor will also affect bathroom remodeling cost: Rot, damage or mold can lead to additional work and charges. Overall, bathroom remodeling may offer great return on investment and also improve your daily life. Here are some examples of average bathroom remodeling costs:

  • 6-foot by 6-foot bathroom remodel: $3,500, including labor and materials.
  • Standard renovation: $6,500-$10,000. Price includes labor and materials the customer has purchased. Labor may include taking out the shower and shower pan, installing new shower pan and shower, and installing new door, new vanity, new mirror, new bathroom fan, and all new fixtures.
    • Price variation depends on the quality of the finishes.
  • 10-foot by 6-foot bathroom remodel: $7,200, including labor and materials.
  • Mid-range renovation: $12,000-$15,000. Price includes labor and materials the customer has purchased.
  • Upscale renovation: $35,000 and up. Price includes labor and materials. Items might include digital displays for fixtures, multiple shower heads and custom showers.

For more on how to remodel a bathroom, what it costs to remodel a bathroom, what bathroom brands to consider and more check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

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.

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.

Reviews for Round Rock general contractors
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Fina was one of several general contractors to reach out to us shortly after we submitted our project here on Thumbtack. Our project was a full home remodel- ceiling to floor, inside and out and we chose her because of her customer reviews and pristine reputation. Fina came by for a complete walk through and evaluation of our home shortly after messaging me about our project. When she arrived, she was dressed very professional and she had a large notepad and pen, ready to take notes. She listened to everything we were wanting done which ranged from removal of popcorn and painting of all ceilings and walls. Removal of old cabinets, and installation and painting of new cabinets. We needed a couple of walls torn down in the kitchen so that our home could be more open. We needed our dining room wall cut out, to place two new windows, and we needed all other windows replaced. All doors in our home needed to be replaced, and we wanted a sliding glass door to replace a small regular door that leads to our backyard. We also needed flooring. Our home is a 1984 build (EXTREMELY OUTDATED), and has two small, full baths that we needed completely renovated. We wanted the master bathrooms tub removed and replaced with a walk-in shower, the guest bathroom needed a new tub and both bathrooms desperately needed new cabinets (painted), sinks, toilets, faucets, vanities, lights, mirrors, door knobs, cabinets handles, etc. We wanted those awful soffits to be torn out so that we could raise cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen. Our guest bathroom now has marble tile in the tub area and niches above the sink, with gold trimming and gold accents. Our master bathroom now has a glass sliding door, river rock bottom, showerhead coming from the ceiling and a niche above the sink as well with beautiful tile. There are niches all through the tub area and walk in shower, so no more need for those bulky storage bins that hang from shower heads. Fina's master carpenter Juan, made us custom towel holders to go under the ceiling hung cabinets. All trimming inside our home needed replacing, we needed 37 year old carpet ripped up and replaced with new vinyl flooring. Our home needed extra plug outlets, counter space, counter tops, ceiling fans, new door knobs/stops and more room for storage. Fina listened attentively while taking notes and measurements, repeating back what was said to her, to ensure she had complete understanding of what we needed. She is also an artist, so she offered us creative solutions that we would have never thought of on our own and mentioned many cost-effective ideas so that we could save money. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by how knowledgeable she is in a field that is predominantly owned and operated by men. She blew our minds with her ideas! Fina left us that day to come up with a plan and in two weeks presented us with the most detailed spreadsheet that I've ever seen in my life. As an accountant, I appreciate details and knowing where every penny of my money is being allocated. Fina's spreadsheet listed our project step-by-step, with dollar amounts for every single task to be done. We literally had the chance to see in detail where every penny would be spent and who would be performing each task. My husband and I agreed to the contract and the project started soon after. Fina is like an engineer of living spaces and it was very refreshing to watch her and her team work together to give us exactly we were asking for and more. She is a woman that doesn't mind managing a large group of men with all different kinds of skills and trades. She does this with such grace and every man that worked under her learned something new from her each week. She didn't just sit back and bark orders, she non-hesitantly rolled her sleeves up and moved furniture, applied grout, painted, stained, cut backsplash, climbed ladders to help guide the installation of two large LVL beams, etc, etc, etc. This woman is a mastermind! Since we discussed needing more space, Fina had her master carpenter (Juan) transform our entryway hall coat closet into a larger closet with shelving and a new larger (custom) door. We now have storage for towels and sheets. She also had Juan to enlarge one of our tiny guest bedroom closets from approximately 4 feet wide to almost the full length of that bedrooms wall. He also added a double hanging system to that as well, so that we could have a row for tops and a row underneath for bottoms. Each hanging system was custom made with real wood, and had shelving above each rod so that shoes can be stored. Fina also had the electrician (Max) to add a light with a wall switch to this closet, which wasn't there before, and we now have bi-folding closet doors. Our second guest bedroom, Fina turned into my home office and thought it would be a good idea to transform the closet there into a nook to place my filing cabinet, bookshelf and printer. She also had Max to install a plug and light with switch in there which wasn't there before. Fina drew a new plan for a closet system in my office. There is now a closet that extends from a wall in the new office, that is much wider than the closet that was in there. It is tall enough to hang all of my evening gowns, my wedding dress and regular dresses, and she also created a shoe rack made of wood along the right wall inside of this closet. I am able to hang FIFTEEN pairs of heels there! Previously with all the shoes that I own and the very limited space to house them, my shoes were all hanging on the doors of every room in my house, in one of those over the door hanging shoe holders. This newly built closet also has a shelf at the top that can hold more shoes! Now all of my shoes have a home inside of my closets and not hanging outside of the doors. In our master bedroom where there was just a huge wall, Fina had her team cut out an opening and place French doors there, adding an exterior light as well. She had Juan remake the hanging system in our tiny walk-in closet so that we could have 6 wooden rods to hang clothes on. Of course each rod has shelves to store more shoes! There is another small closet in our master bedroom that did not have a light, and Fina suggested that we add a light there to actually be able to see what was in the closet. She also suggested that we add a double hanging system to store more clothes and shelves on top of the hanging system...for more shoes! Boy was that a great idea! Fina and her team installed all new ceiling fans in our entire home, added canned lighting with dimmers to the living room. She and her team tore down a wall that separated our kitchen from the living room and we now have a kitchen peninsula and can see our living room tv screen while cooking. She tore down a small wall that separated our kitchen from the washer and dryer, adding more counterspace and cabinets up top. The washer and dryer are on the same wall, but now on the other side in our garage. Our new countertops are granite and are absolutely stunning! Fina had Juan build us a custom liquor cabinet with a light (that she stained herself) that has wine holders up top and a mirror backed bottom to hold all of our liquors. She also had Juan build us a custom cabinet (that she stained) that hangs our wine/margarita/martini glasses upside down. The top part of the cabinets store more glasses on the shelves. Juan built us several new cabinet doors for some cabinets that we had, that Fina suggested were still in good condition. She used what she could salvage to extend our counterspace. Juan also built new sliding drawers on several of the cabinets as well. Fina made several suggestions during the entire project and one of my favorite ones was her idea of changing one of our cabinets into a cabinet with glass shelving and glass in the doors, she also added lights to this particular cabinet which looks so fancy and elegant. The flooring was laid perfectly and very fast! It looks so good! Fina also had her concrete guy tear out our old cracked concrete patio floor and replace it with a new slab that has rebar now, and is attached to our home (it previously was detached from the house with no rebar). Phase I of our home (the interior) is now complete, and we are currently working on phase II which is repairing and painting the exterior of our home. I could not wait until that is done to leave a review, because you all needed to know asap of how wonderful it has been to have Fina as our General Contractor. Once Phase II is complete, I will upload all pictures of our entire home from inside out, ceiling to floor to show you Fina's amazing work and how her mind works. It's really mind-blowing. A few rewarding things about Fina: She is extremely frugal with materials and will not waste what she has. If it can be restored, she will restore it for you to save you money by not having to buy replacements for things that can be fixed. She provides quality materials and her work comes with a warranty. She has an eye that can see the end results and she helps piece together your vision, adding ideas and concepts to enhance your results. She values your time! Fina gives you a projected end date and does her best to stick to that. Some nights she worked until 11pm by herself to make certain deadlines were met. She is a very honest person and does not try to cut corners. She takes pride in her work and what she produces and she expects her workers to do the same. If something is not done to her liking or standards, she kindly requests that the work be revised. From our experience with Fina, there is not one thing that cannot be accomplished. If you want it, she can deliver. If she cannot deliver, she can thoroughly explain why, and offers a similar and BETTER solution. I have not one negative thing to say about Fina, as she worked tirelessly to turn our dark but cozy, old but welcoming, outdated but good boned home into our luxurious and vibrant dream home!
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