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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 San Antonio general contractors
Jake G.
A great overall experience. I would recommend Sean and Elad to anyone seeking general contractor work with or without prior experience. We remodeled our garage to an office and even though it was our first experience we felt comfortable through the entire process. They finished many stages of the project well ahead of schedule and we love the overall final result.
Thumbtack Customer
We had two full bathrooms and the kitchen completely redone, plus added lighting, fans, and repainting in the entire condo. Marco as general contractor was excellent at managing the job, and his workers were skillful and professional. Marco also had great suggestions on places to purchase our tile, granite, and cabinets, so overall we came in under our budget. We would definitely use him again.
KRE Group LLC.KRE Group LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Overspent on things we didn't need without consent. Was supposed to finish in 3 weeks for $30-$40K tops. They wasted dryfall paint for the ceiling on the walls, put in a 40 gallon water tank for only 2 sinks, didn't finish the floors, walls, ceiling, cabinets, or anything and still want an extra $20K on top of the $42K we paid! Their sub contractors were always complaining about how they never got paid and Resurrection General refuses to show us their proof of payment. Claims to be building a church, told me over the phone "really its all about the money". Trying to put lien against our landlord even though they didn't finish and they refuse to show us how they came up with their numbers for work orders we didn't agree on. We told them early on that if it was going to cost over a certain amount to stop and they never shared the cost of anything with us ahead of time except the cost to put up insulation on the ceiling. They sent number to our bank that didn't match what they sent to us and cost us a $154,000 business loan. The owner drives a fancy BMW and brags about million dollar contracts and can't even get a $30K one right. Simply horrible!
Resurrection General Contractors LLCResurrection General Contractors LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I can't attest to the Quality/Caliber of Arthur Cockfield's work, I am simply offering an honest impression my wife and I had of him from our initial phone conversation with him (and subsequent e-mail communication). Arthur Cockfield was the 3rd Contractor I contacted to provide me a bid/estimate on the work I needed done on my home. My initial conversations and subsequent meetings with the first 2 Contractors were exceptional - they were both very professional, courteous, and respectful of my time. I was content to make my selection between these 2 professional, but after receiving a secondary message from Arthur Cockfield (pleading to please let him bid on the job), I suppressed my "gut-feeling" about his business (having read the BBB complaint against him back in 2013 by Michael Miller), and decided to give him a chance to bid on my project. When I called Arthur Cockfield, he seemed somewhat scattered, and was a bit arrogant and combative. I didn't want to subscribe to my initial impression, so I agreed to schedule a meeting with Arthur to flesh-out the details of my project. After I got off the phone, my wife (who had heard the brunt of the somewhat bizzare and strained communication with Arthur) told me, "That guy isn't nearly as polite and professional as the 2 we met with yesterday -- please call him back and cancel the meeting with him for tomorrow". There are 3 sides to every story/incident -- suffice it to say, the e-mail reply and subsequent voice-mail message Arthur Cockfield sent me after I canceled our meeting spoke volumes to me -- I felt like I'd Dodged a Bullet. Word To The Wise: How a person interacts with you during conflict or disagreement is a MUCH truer indication of their character and integrity. I'd be content to end here, but Thumback asks for input on the following: What would have improved your experience? What went wrong, if anything? How could Arthur Cockfield do better in the future? I think it would be best to simply let other potential customers form their own impressions, based on today's interaction: From Me -- Good Afternoon Arthur -- in reference to our earlier phone-conversation: I have to say that (from my point-of-view) the interaction between us didn't go too smoothly. I didn't want to address this prematurely, so I got with my wife afterwards to get her opinion on whether or not she would feel comfortable using your services (based solely on this initial communication). I have to be honest with you Arthur, if this is the "Honeymoon" (meaning, the SWEET Time in a relationship when it would be helpful for you to be Wooing Customers), then perhaps this isn't a marriage I'd be willing to enter into. I hope that you'll take this as Constructive Criticism from a "Potential Customer's" view-point. In closing, please cancel our meeting to tomorrow, and I wish you all the best. From Arthur - Arthur Cockfield Sir I apologize I have been working on plans and talking to 60 people and subs about drawings and you called me at 6:00pm and my brain is tired and I had to ask questions about the job but on thumbtack all description are short so you have to ask questions about the project are you being to hard on the contractor. I'm a professional I just ask general questions and the customer is not always right I've been doing this and have mastered my industry. I just asked questions about the job and I rubbed you wrong. The customer is not always right some customer have anger issues, want to rip off a contractor, some customers are drug addicts, some are drunks I have meet them all in 15 years in residential that's why I focus in commercial. Most home owner owners want something for free if not they will burn a good contractor.
Resurrection General Contractors LLCResurrection General Contractors LLC
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