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338,234 General Contractors

If you're on the brink of a large home improvement project, remodel or new build, you'll likely want to hire a general contractor. These professionals manage all aspects of the job to ensure it's completed on schedule and to your satisfaction. Whether you’re looking for building contractors for a new construction, or home improvement contractors to spruce up your existing place, it’s important to know exactly what role they will play in the project. Read more below for a list of must-ask questions. More 
Edina, MN, 55436
John Kraemer & Sons, Inc. is a luxury residential builder and remodeler, based out of Edina, Minnesota. Founded in 1978 by Gary Kraemer & his late father John, the firm... Read More
San Francisco Bay Area - Cupertino, CA, 95014
Best of Houzz 2014, 2013, 2012: Custom Home Builder and Remodeling Contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area known for personalized service and providing informed choices toward a... Read More
Portland, OR, 97219
Specializing in custom homes and remodels. Whether you are building a new custom home or updating a powder bath you will receive the same detailed budgets, accurate schedules,... Read More
Dyna Contracting (206) 297-6369
Seattle, WA, 98107
Dyna Contracting provides design, remodeling and home building expertise to residential and commercial clients throughout the greater Seattle area. Established in 1999, Dyna... Read More
Key Residential (972) 755-3045
Farmers Branch, TX, 75244
Key Residential is a remodeling contractor specializing in custom kitchens, bath remodels, whole house renovations and additions. We have also had the opportunity to partner with... Read More
Stonewood, LLC (952) 697-5590
Minneapolis, MN, 55426
We're a 40 year old family-run business - a boutique builder - building only 10 - 12 upper bracket homes each year. While we're based in Minneapolis MN, we're willing and... Read More
Falls Church, VA, 22046
NVS Remodeling & Design, a full service design and build remodeler with showrooms conveniently located in both Manassas and Falls Church, offers our clients top quality designs,... Read More
Wilmington, DE, 19805
Dewson Construction Company, a General Contractor/Construction Management firm based in Wilmington, Delaware since 1993, specializes in high-end custom homes, renovations,... Read More
SoCal Contractor (310) 774-6498
LOS ANGELES, CA, 90034
SoCal Contractor is a one stop shop for interior design, construction and remodeling of residential, hospitality and commercial interiors, exteriors, landscape and interior... Read More
Austin, TX, 78701
Avenue B Development, LLC is an award-winning construction, remodeling, and interiors firm focused on enhancing the character of Austin's unique neighborhoods with homes grounded... Read More
Atlanta, GA, 30306
At Dresser Homes, we specialize in building beautiful homes in Atlanta’s premier intown neighborhoods — Ansley Park, Buckhead, Morningside, Sherwood Forest and Virginia-Highland.... Read More
North Oaks, MN, 55127
Bob Michels Construction is a 4th generation, family owned and operated residential new homes and remodeling company. Bob Michels Construction, Inc. is owned and operated by... Read More
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
In a nutshell, D.D. Ford Construction is a Santa Barbara custom home builder that builds, remodels and maintains custom homes of all shapes and sizes in the Santa Barbara area.... Read More
Saratoga, CA, 95070
Conrado Home Builders specializes in the construction and remodeling of luxury, custom homes in Saratoga, California and the surrounding areas. We dedicate our efforts to... Read More
wilmington, NC, 28401
Fine living isn't based on price or square footage. It is based on life, more specifically, yours. We understand because our company is a little different than your typical... Read More
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What Is a General Contractor?


General, or construction contractors, are often known as project managers. They oversee the entire remodeling or new home construction project and facilitate all day-to-day tasks that move it toward completion. A general building contractor will work with your architect to review plan as you build a house and ensure everything is in place before work is started, as well as arrange for permits and necessary inspections. While good local home improvement contractors will have the skills to handle certain tasks onsite, such as carpentry, he or she is also responsible for hiring subcontractors for the majority of jobs, such as electrical work, painting or plumbing. In addition, the general contractor should be on-site regularly to inspect the progress and resolve issues.

Home remodeling contractors are a must for successful completion of a renovation. Because of this, it's essential that you do your homework before deciding on the right general contractor as you remodel or build a house. Inspect bids carefully. Was it ready when the contractor promised it? Was the bid for building a home unusually high or low? Each of these things can be very telling: A late bid may reflect timing standards, and an off-the-mark bid could be code for a pricey premium or a deliberate underbid to score the remodeling job. You should call references, carefully read reviews and visit completed projects to see if they’re what you expect for your job. Once you do secure your local contractors, read the contract very carefully to be sure everyone is on the same page.

Questions to ask prospective general contractors:


  • How long have you been in the business?
  • How many projects like mine have you completed?
  • Who will be working on the project?
  • What qualities do you look for in your subcontractors?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How do you charge, and what does that include?
  • What happens when costs exceed budget, whether due to materials or labor pricing changes? What about changes made by the client or by the professionals — what kinds of situations would cause those costs to be incurred?
  • Can you give me a written estimate?
  • What do your services include?
  • When can your job get done?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns you foresee with this project?


Find a general building contractor on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to home contractors. You can also search for photos and contact the general contractor who worked on the project.
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