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  • 44 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Megan D.
Verified review

Lee and his employee James were great! After having 5 contractors come to my house for in-home estimates to complete my finished off garage, I hired Lee for the job. Lee came out to give us a quote to frame and drywall a ten foot wall, to closet in my washer and dryer - he was extremely reasonable in price, started immediately, and had the job done on time, as promised. They were prompt, excellent, quality work and cleaned up everything when the job was complete. I would absolutely hire Lee and James again!!

  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Karen E.
Verified review

I have worked with Mark Barrett, owner of Top Notch General Contracting for almost 10 years. He has basically redone my entire home...from exterior doors and windows, gutting and remodeling baths, removing a fireplace and reworking the roof, and much more! He has gutted and installed a brand new kitchen at my Mom's home and completed work at many of my real estate client's homes. Top Notch contractors are particularly excellent carpenters and drywall installers, but they can do any job you need. Mark is timely and does what he says he is going to do. If a subcontractor does not do a job right, Mark will redo it himself until you are satisfied. I will not work with anyone but Top Notch!

Cavalier Enterprises
4.5
from 34 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Veni F.
Verified review

Don called me soon after I posted my project(s). He wasn't available immediately for an urgent plumbing issue, so he had one of his subcontractors call me. Long story short, "TJ" came out with "Will" within hours of my contact with Don. They not only fixed the issue, they did it for less than half of what my plumber was going to charge me for JUST work on the pipes, which had to be accessed through an exterior wall. TJ and Will were professional, knowledgeable, and experienced, and also patient with my questions while they completed the work. Additionally, TJ purchased upgraded products to complete the project, to ensure my pipes would be protected from weather-related future issues. I have never seen such thorough work. When they finished, they cleaned the entire section of siding on the house, AND the brick patio next to it. It looked better when they finished than it did before they started. They were the best contractors I have ever had work on any project in any home I have ever owned, and am a convinced major fan of both Don, who had sympathy for the difficulty I was having finding someone and his sending out these two, and TJ and Will for doing a spectacular job.

JB Design and Remodeling
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Sara G.
Verified review

The designer, Suzanne, was knowledgeable, conscientious and pleasant. While some of her subcontractors were not my favorites in their demeanor, others were wonderful. Suzanne kept everything under control and dealt with all the details. The overall work was very good and was completed in a timely manner. Brian, the owner, was more than friendly and worked with me seamlessly. I was very pleased in the end.

Wood Fellas
4.6
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
America Whitley
Verified review

Locally owned business and very experienced carpenters! WoodFellas created an amazing island for our kitchen and we could not be happier with it. Because of the size, they delivered to our home and installed it...even thought ahead to bring felt pads so it won't scratch our hardwood floors. Love that we were able to "shop local" and now have a beautiful piece of furniture that will last forever.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sharon M.
Verified review

Mr. Shaun VanEpps remodeled my kitchen and bathroom. Both rooms were completely gutted and redone. Shaun was always very professional and knowledgable. He did all of the work himself and occasionally used helpers, but he was always on the job. He keep us in all conversations with subcontractors and offered valuable knowledge about products. He treated my home with respect, cleaning every day before leaving. His work is outstanding. Carpentary skills are superb as well as his tile work, painting, cabinetry and installations. He has exceptional vision for remodeling and a real passion for his work. He understood the hardships of enduring remodeling of the two most important rooms in a house and he did everything he could to make sure the inconveniences were absolutely necessary and keep to the minimum. I would highly recommend him to others and use him again without any reservations.

J W Construction LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Marie A.
Verified review

After receiving several quotes for installing new kitchen countertops, installing bathroom vanities, painting several rooms, major deck repairs, and privacy fence installation I chose JW Construction. They were the only company that could complete all of my home repairs without a subcontractor. Jake and his team were timely, professional, and courteous. The pride they take in their work definitely shows as I couldn't be happier with the finished product. As a single parent I was concerned about being taken advantage of with pricing and quality of work, however, JW Construction calmed all my fears. I would highly recommend them and have given them several referrals already. I will definitely contact them in the future!

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What do construction project managers do?

Construction project managers help in all stages of your construction project, starting from the very first step. Typically paid a percentage of a total project cost, they are part of the design and planning process and help ensure seamless communication between the design parties and the construction team. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, their scope of work includes preparing cost estimates, budgets and work timetables; interpreting and explaining contracts and technical information to other professionals; reporting work progress and budget to clients; collaborating with architects, engineers and other construction pros; selecting subcontractors and scheduling and coordinating their tasks; responding to work delays, emergencies and other problems; and ensuring compliance with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations.

The work of construction project managers may seem very similar to that of general contractors, but there are some critical differences. One difference is that, unlike most general contractors, project managers are not engaged in the actual construction — they are onsite overseeing the work of subcontractors. Another key difference is that project managers are hired during the design phase, while general contractors are hired after plans have been made. The project manager is generally paid a percentage of the total project cost, while the general contractor is more typically paid according to the bid they gave to build your project.  

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.  

Why should you hire a contractor?

Hiring a general contractor is a good idea for many remodeling projects. Home renovation contractors have a broad range of skills to manage, coordinate and complete a project. They should help make sure your project comes in on time and within your budget as they hire and supervise all the necessary subcontractors, including electricians and plumbers. They also handle procuring all the materials required for your job. Some homeowners look to save money by acting as their own contractor, but an experienced home renovation contractor is worth the cost. They should know local building codes, be able to pull all necessary permits, and work with inspectors to make sure the construction meets local codes. Also, because they get professional discounts, they can typically buy materials at a better price than you can; better prices on materials and labor save you money, and make up for at least a percentage of the cost of the contractor.

How do I find out if a contractor is licensed?

It’s important to know if your project requires work by a licensed professional, as licensing laws can vary by state, locality, and job details. You can find general licensing information online at the government websites that handle occupational licensing for a given profession in your state or location. Some states designate a project cost over which you have to hire a licensed contractor. To find qualified licensed contractors, search your state’s licensing board. For example, in California, the Department of Consumer Affairs operates a searchable database through the Contractors State License Board. In some states, contracting licenses are provided at a regional level. You can find links to specific databases on BRB Publications’ Occupational Licensing page. Red flags that a contractor may not be licensed or may be providing an expired or false license number are unreasonably low bids or a request for complete payment upfront. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

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.

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