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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 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.

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.

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.

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

Do I need a contractor for a kitchen remodel?

A kitchen remodel is one of the most important investments you can make in your home, and it’s critical to get the details right; that’s where a home renovation contractor comes in. A minor remodel usually includes new cabinet faces and hardware, replacement appliances, and paint, while an extensive job may enlarge the kitchen’s square footage, install new cabinets or an island, change the layout, and lay new tile or hardwood floors. Any renovation that includes filing permits, construction, or electrical or plumbing work is best completed by an experienced contractor who knows local codes.

Reviews for Rose Park general contractors
Joni L.
If I knew how this project would go when I signed a contract with US Top Homes, I would have gone with another company. The salesperson was top notch. The general contractor was responsive to the many issues that arose. The problem is with the project manager who lacks the necessary skills to make sure the jobs are done properly. When things went wrong due to his lack of attention and supervision of the workers, he claimed I had made an error or that the age of the house caused the issue. The poor employees came to a job site with little knowledge of what needed to be done because they were not properly informed or supervised by the project manager. Most of them do not speak English, which makes it next to impossible to direct them to do things properly. This job was supposed to be completed in late November 17, 2022. Today, March 10, 2023 the final correction to the plumbing was made by a master plumber who sub-contracts with US Top Homes. Here are some of the issues I faced: 1. The project manager sent a painter over to "paint the bathroom" one week before he had scheduled the demo to begin on the bathroom. 2. At one point, the project manager advised me he had drywall guys coming to install drywall the next morning. When I advised him the electrical box and plumbing needed to be moved to accommodate the new vanity, he questioned my knowledge. The salesperson advised him I was right on this. I am unsure why he would not know this needed to be done as it was clearly set forth in the contract I signed for the remodel. 3. The project manager OK'd a Kohler shower door for installation. I was out of town when the employees installed it. They put the sliding door next to the toilet and the fixed panel where you need to enter the bathtub. When they corrected it, the door was not closing properly and they damaged the top bar. Their solution was to put plastic plugs in the holes they drilled on the bar. When I asked about the door not closing properly, the project manager claimed it was caused by the tub not being level. That was untrue. Add to that the fact they put in new sub-flooring before they installed the tub. If the floor was in fact not level, why would they not have addressed that when they put in the new sub-floor? He then told me he informed me at the outset I needed a custom door. Also not true. He approved the Kohler door in writing. 4. Upon returning from vacation, I found a large, rectangular stain on the hardwood floor outside the bathroom. I refinished the floors before moving into the home in March 2022. The workers had to stain a small portion of the floor during the finish work. Apparently, they spilled the stain and spread it around in an attempt to clean it up. The contractor had to have a hardwood floor sub-contractor come out. He had to completely redo the area outside the bathroom. The sub-contractor's work was perfect. 5. The hot water pressure changed dramatically when the plumbing was moved. They tried to fix it 2 times and then claimed it was (1) a faulty faucet, which caused me to order a new one; and (2) the fact the water was being pumped up two floors from the water heater in the basement. I pointed out there was no issue with the hot water pressure in the bathtub. They finally sent an employee from the master plumber's company. He corrected the water flow issue in about 15 minutes. It turns out, the US Top Homes employees had not flushed the line properly when they installed the faucet/plumbing. 6. The hot and cold water lines were loose, i.e., not secured to the wall after their installation. I pointed this out several weeks ago. They said they fixed this issue. That is not true. After their "fix," the soft close drawer on the vanity was also not working. The master plumber came out today and adjusted the lines so they are secure to the wall. He changed the fittings to a higher quality as the ones US Top Homes installed tend to leak. Once he completed the repair so the lines were not loose under the sink, the soft close drawer started working again. Turns out the loose lines were blocking the bottom drawer from closing properly. The only reason I did not give a 1-star rating of this company is because the salesperson tried very hard to correct all these issues that arose during the project and the contractor agreed to do what was necessary to correct the shoddy work. For the majority of the remodel, the company did not utilize sub-contractors, but instead uses their own employees who are clearly not skilled in this type of remodel. The tile work and custom shower door were completed by sub-contractors and they were both excellent. If you decide to go with US Top Homes, I advise you to be home the entire time the job is ongoing so you can be the project manager for the job. If you depend on their project manager, good luck.
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