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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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 do general contractors charge per hour?

On average, a general contractor will charge around $50 per hour for their services. However, the range of their fees varies between $30 and $85 per hour, depending on your geographical location and the type of project they’re undertaking. 

You can get a better idea of how much it will cost to hire a general contractor by requesting free estimates from contractors near you.

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.

How do you hire a general contractor?

You can use Thumbtack to find local general contractors, read their customer ratings and get cost estimates. First, read the written reviews to learn about their professionalism, paying attention to photos for evidence of their workmanship. You should also verify their license, insurance and other credentials.

For more tips, read our guide on how to hire a 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 does general liability insurance cover for contractors?

For contractors, general liability insurance is an important part of protecting businesses and contractors. This type of insurance will vary in its details and scope, but it can generally be expected to cover damage to the property and injuries. Here’s how you can verify a pro’s insurance.

How much does it cost to remodel a bathroom?

Nationally, the average cost of bathroom remodeling varies greatly. 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. 

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.

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. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a general contractor when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a general contractor, avoid any physical contact, don’t shake hands, keep 6 feet of distance between you and the pro and sanitize all involved surfaces. Also, use digital platforms to communicate and make payments.

Reviews for Wedgwood general contractors
Cheng Y.
I had a one-week turnaround to complete repairs for my house. After calling several companies and reaching out on Thumbtack, Mandy from L4 Builders, Inc. was the only person who contacted me. They sent a plumber, electrician, and general contractor to complete the work within 72 hours. I highly recommend this company who is professional, timely, and extremely reliable to work with.
L4 Builders, Inc.L4 Builders, Inc.
Michelle S.
Review of Safe-Guard Bath Systems of Texas owned by Tim Bush of Ennis, TX. Office listed in Arlington but that could be a lie as well. We hired Tim Bush/Safeguard Bath Systems of Texas, LLC to do complete renovations of both our bathrooms and our kitchen and he assured us we would have a great experience and our job would be completed before Christmas. RUN!! DON’T walk away from this man and his horrible business practices. I will admit, the tile work in the showers is well done but everything after that has been awful! One excuse after another, delay after delay, empty promise after empty promise, Tim gets very defensive and almost hostile when you point out an issue such as his extremely poor communication or the CONSTANT delays and then he tells you that you’re being impatient when you ask why there has been no work done for days on end. When you address your concerns with him, he literally throws a temper tantrum. He never had any problem asking for more money though! His paperwork states 1/3 up front, 1/3 midway, and 1/3 after the job is complete. This was NOT how the payments ended up going at all. Finally got the bathrooms usable after two months, but not done so he has his guys tear out the kitchen and “install” the new Cabinets. I walked into a mess. I immediately called him and of course, no answer. I texted him and said I needed to speak with him. He called me back and IMMEDIATELY started talking over me and was barely able to contain his anger. He told me he already knew about a lot of the issues but even though his crew left at 3PM and I didn’t get home until 6PM, he didn’t feel the need to forewarn me of the issues and just let me walk into the mess. He speaks to you as if you are stupid and he was trying to accomplish what we requested by using stock cabinets which we found out from the new contractor (and just by looking at the cabinets) was impossible which was why everything was such a mess. He had me order a 36” sink for the island and the space will only accommodate a 33” sink. He had us buy a 36” stove hood and only left room for a 30” one. The island was a foot short, There were drawers where the microwave cabinet was supposed to be. I just could go on and on. He assured me things could be fixed but he couldn’t make it out the next day but would try to come Friday and that “this was fixing to cost him a lot of money!” Now, since day one, we have told him he always needed to text or call before coming so we could rearrange our dogs. My husband and I were both off that Friday and when I checked the camera footage, I saw he had stopped with the electrician. He also knew the door bell was shut off due to the dogs which was why he needed to text. Both of our cars were in the driveway. He rang the bell once then turned around and said “I don’t like these people!” Right into the camera! The electrician was like, oh wow! No call, no text, (he has both our numbers) didn’t knock; we tried texting and calling multiple times and he refuses to respond. Kicker is, we trusted him and he has ALL our money up front! $42,000! He kept saying “big jobs like this require a constant cash flow” and we trusted him. We have no kitchen except incorrect and shoddy cabinets and a framed island in the wrong size. No floors, walls torn open, no water or appliances…nothing! We do dishes in the bathroom, eat on paper plates and use plastic silverware when we can, we’ve had to eat out or eat frozen dinners every day since Thanksgiving. He also admitted that one of his sub-contractors has a sex offender working for him and going into people’s homes. I have so many conversations on camera including that one. I’m disgusted that we trusted him, he used the good Christian line. Now he has completely abandoned our home and stolen our money. We have consulted a lawyer and have filed criminal charges with the city and will pursue damages civilly as well. I just can’t believe someone thinks this is ok….I don’t care if you don’t like us, you sure liked our money. Tim Bush, this/we are not going away. We’ve already brought in other contractors to give us quotes on fixing your mess and finishing what else you didn’t do. We caught you in so many lies it’s disgusting. I don’t know what you did all day when people were working in our home but you weren’t here overseeing thing like you should have been/said you would. You have no concept of project organization and have no control over your sub-contractors. IMO, you are a horrible person with an anger issue that doesn’t personally know which end of a hammer to use. You speak so poorly all of your sub-contractors like your electrician Jonathan isn’t the brightest bulb in the socket, Jessie is a jerk, Joe is dumb as a brick and your shared his personal struggles with us. You are disrespectful and have terrible customer service. I will put this review and pictures anywhere I possibly can and I pray you can never do this to anyone else. Tim has been a nightmare to deal with, Tim Bush is in no way equipped in any way to even be considered “marginal” as a general contractor. He didn’t keep a detailed construction account on our job as required by law and is unwilling or unable (or both) to account for his expenses pertaining to our job and to account for our money. This is a violation of the Texas Property Code Chapter 162 with is a third-degree felony. The original agreement was a third of the money up front, a third in the middle, and a third after the job was completed. Tim was asking for more money every week saying he needed it to keep the job going and pay deposits and we were trying to keep everything moving never dreaming he would walk away with all the money we gave him in advance. Tim has made zero effort to return a single dime of the THOUSANDS of dollars he took from us that he KNOWS he is not entitled to. He has not made a single effort to even apologize for his behavior or give any kind of explanation. We have pictures, texts, receipts, videos, all proving everything I have said. We will continue to do whatever we need to do to get our money back from Tim for all the mistakes and work he never did. Please don’t give him the opportunity to do to you what he has done to us. Tim has done approximately a third of the work he was contracted to do but has 100% of the money which it appears he has no plans of returning.
Safeguard Bath Systems of Texas LLCSafeguard Bath Systems of Texas LLC
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