Top 3 General Contractors in Austin, TX

Porch Pro Headshot DotComConstruction.Com
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We have been doing this work since the 1980s. Please give us a call and let's discuss what you need done and see what we can do for you. Also if there is a 'outside the norm'.....treehouse, etc.... project you would like completed, please contact us and we will get it done. We are still on the job w...Read more about DotComConstruction.Com
601 16th St, Golden, CO
800-591-4845
Porch Pro Headshot The Austin Cell Phone
The Austin Cell Phone is a locally owned family business that specializes in iPad & iPhone repair service. We are also provide other cell phone repair service on all of the other smartphones including Samsung, LG, HTC & more. You can also buy a used phone or sell your old one. Sell your iPhone, iP...Read more about The Austin Cell Phone
7801 N Lamar Blvd Ste B166, Austin, TX
512-432-5528
Porch Pro Headshot Ultra Services Remodeling
"Ultra Remodeling did a great job remodeling the guest house on a property I bought in downtown Austin. The quality of the work was superb, and the whole crew was incredibly accommodating to all of my requests and very polite. They worked with me to determine the project budget, and they assisted ...Read more about Ultra Services Remodeling
5809 Kleberg Trl, Austin, TX
800-598-7530

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Porch Pro Headshot Skillful Construction Foundation Repair
General Contractors
Serves Austin, Texas
(123)
Licensing : General Contractor San Antonio, Texas Residential Building Accreditation #: H-918872 Expiration: 09/10/2020 Due to problems created by COVID-19, we are currently charging a $100 inspection fee to be doubled and returned upon hiring. That's $200 back.
Licensing : General Contractor San Antonio, Texas Residential Building Accreditation #: H-918872 Expiration: 09/10/2020 Due to problems created by COVID-19, we are currently charging a $100 inspection fee to be doubled and returned upon hiring. That's $200 back.
Porch Pro Headshot Bright Spot Painting
General Contractors
Serves Austin, Texas
(42)
"I can highly recommend Bright Spot Painting, they have painted both the interior and exterior of my home. They are dependable, do excellent work, and have very competitive pricing. Janette and her team are a pleasure to work with, and were very helpful in choosing colors. They power-washed the exte...Read more about Bright Spot Painting
"I can highly recommend Bright Spot Painting, they have painted both the interior and exterior of my home. They are dependable, do excellent work, and have very competitive pricing. Janette and her team are a pleasure to work with, and were very helpful in choosing colors. They power-washed the exte...Read more about Bright Spot Painting
Porch Pro Headshot Van Zandt Construction
General Contractors
Serves Austin, Texas
(3)
"I have worked with Bryan on multiple projects and he absolutely has my professional recommendation and endorsement. His follow thru and commitment to his clients and their priorities or schedule and budget is a very important quality. His attention to detail and project communication ensure t...Read more about Van Zandt Construction
"I have worked with Bryan on multiple projects and he absolutely has my professional recommendation and endorsement. His follow thru and commitment to his clients and their priorities or schedule and budget is a very important quality. His attention to detail and project communication ensure t...Read more about Van Zandt Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Precision Building & Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Austin, Texas
(7)
My companies goals are providing the best work possibly for all my clients. We use only licensed subcontractors and work in the greater Austin area. Our estimates are free and work in guaranteed. We are insured for your peace of mind. Let us help you realize your dream home. Visit our website at Re...Read more about Precision Building & Remodeling
My companies goals are providing the best work possibly for all my clients. We use only licensed subcontractors and work in the greater Austin area. Our estimates are free and work in guaranteed. We are insured for your peace of mind. Let us help you realize your dream home. Visit our website at Re...Read more about Precision Building & Remodeling
Porch Pro Headshot Funny Bone Schools
General Contractors
Serves Austin, Texas
(22)
Funny Bone Schools of Defensive Driving has an easy online course that is 100% video content, so there is no reading or writing to do and you can quickly complete the requirements for a defensive driving class certificate. Funnybone Driving is easy and convenient for everyone, whether you take the o...Read more about Funny Bone Schools
Funny Bone Schools of Defensive Driving has an easy online course that is 100% video content, so there is no reading or writing to do and you can quickly complete the requirements for a defensive driving class certificate. Funnybone Driving is easy and convenient for everyone, whether you take the o...Read more about Funny Bone Schools
Porch Pro Headshot Sunrise Construction & Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Austin, Texas
Based out of Austin, Sunrise Construction is a general contractor that provides services such as exterior, interior remodeling, new homes and additions. Bath room and kitchens and more. Updating interior looks all around Austin and surrounding areas. We are accredited by the Better Business...Read more about Sunrise Construction & Remodeling
Based out of Austin, Sunrise Construction is a general contractor that provides services such as exterior, interior remodeling, new homes and additions. Bath room and kitchens and more. Updating interior looks all around Austin and surrounding areas. We are accredited by the Better Business...Read more about Sunrise Construction & Remodeling
Porch Pro Headshot Reeves Gutters and Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Austin, Texas
(3)
We are a Round Rock, TX (serving all surrounding areas including Austin) based company that has over 14 years experience serving customers in all their home repair needs. Our specialties include, but are not limited to; Seamless Gutters, Windows & Siding, Painting, Doors, Fences all other home repai...Read more about Reeves Gutters and Remodeling
We are a Round Rock, TX (serving all surrounding areas including Austin) based company that has over 14 years experience serving customers in all their home repair needs. Our specialties include, but are not limited to; Seamless Gutters, Windows & Siding, Painting, Doors, Fences all other home repai...Read more about Reeves Gutters and Remodeling

Frequently asked questions about general contractors

A general contractor oversees building and remodeling projects from start to finish. Their main priority is making sure that a project progresses according to the schedule, is on budget, and that all work is done properly. All other contractors and workers answer to the general contractor and they answer to the client who hired them.

Start by getting bids from different contractors. Bids lay out your expected cost and the extent of the project, including materials, labor, and when the project will be done. If you have a local contractor in mind, feel free to work with them in negotiating the terms of a bid, rather than putting out a competitive bid request. Terms typically outline payment installments, an expected timeline for milestones, and the expected outcome at each phase of the project.

Once you've signed the contract with the general contractor, they bring in the workers and begin on the project. Throughout the course of the project, the general contractor manages all workers and subcontractors. General contractors generally own or work for a company that handles one or two aspects of building and remodeling. Very few do framing, finishing, electrical, concrete, plumbing, and landscaping on their own. So, it's quite common for general contractors to outsource work from other companies. The general contractor handles the hiring of these subcontractors, as well as paying them and their own workers. You only have to worry about paying the general contractor.

Hiring multiple subcontractors for a job might seem more economical, but it would put much of the decision-making on you. What you might save in money may be offset by the amount of time and mental energy you'd have to put into the project. An experienced general contractor knows the ins and outs of the construction business. They understand how to structure a project and work with subcontractors to get projects completed safely, and on schedule. This leaves the day-to-day decisions to someone with more experience.

The licensing rules in some states require hiring a general contractor for certain projects. If the state doesn't require a general contractor in your case, it makes good sense to hire a licensed and insured local contractor.

General contractors live by their reputation. They work hard to build trust with their clients and honor that trust through their management of construction projects. Even if they never lift a hammer during the course of a job, they feel a great sense of ownership of the whole operation.

General contractors usually have a vast knowledge of local building codes. Their understanding of construction and people management helps all subcontractors to work together. They see how each piece fits together to make a completed project. Subcontractors may take a narrow view of their role, which could cause problems for other subcontractors working on the next step. General contractors work closely with their crews, subcontractors, and you to prevent costly miscommunication.

Whether you're hiring a home contractor to build your dream house or searching "general contractors in my area" to oversee a remodel project, you'll be working closely with whomever you choose.

When you get underway with your contractor, you'll begin by sorting out every possible detail. Before work begins, the contractor will work out a project plan with you. The project plan may include determining fixtures, finishes, and furnishings — to avoid any cost gaps in the initial bid. The more specific you are, the more realistic and accurate the bid will be.

Make sure it’s OK to call or text your contractor throughout the day. Even if they aren't always available, they should provide you with contact information for a lead person or someone else you can discuss the project with. When possible, visit the job site. This gives the contractor or lead the opportunity to bring up any issues and ask any questions about specifics that weren't covered in the project plan.

It's also helpful to keep a project journal. Write down product order numbers. Jot down questions and ideas, and note delivery dates. This can make it easier to sort out any disputes that may arise later. Track any changes to the initial project plan in writing. If unforeseen changes occur, make sure to get a bid change in writing.

Other helpful tips:

  • Check on work as it progresses
  • Pay only for completed work
  • Be a fair customer by paying bills on time, responding quickly to questions, and treating your contractor and their workers fairly
  • Know the workers’ names, and make sure they have what they need
  • Establishing a good working relationship with your contractor from the beginning will lead to a more successful project

Some general contractors charge a flat fee. Most charge a markup, which is a percentage of the overall completed project cost. The markup amount covers their overhead, including advertising, insurance, office expenses, and their own salary. The contractor should outline all payments and expenses in the contract at the outset.

Contractors typically ask for a percentage of the total project cost upfront. This initial fee covers the cost of getting the project started, provides workers with their wages for the first phase of the construction, and helps serve as a deposit for the needed materials and supplies. Fifteen percent is a fair and decent initial payment for getting a project started. Most states cap this initial fee at 33%, and a good contractor should have good enough credit to cover remaining up-front costs.

After each phase or "milestone" gets completed, your contract will likely require you to pay more money toward the project. These installments are an expected part of the construction process to cover wages, additional supplies, and materials the contractor may need to continue. Even the most well-off contractor would quickly run out of money to move forward if they didn't include installment payments into their contracts.

A big project is a costly endeavor and a long-term investment. When choosing a general contractor, it makes sense to look beyond just the contractor’s fee. Be sure to hire someone that can provide proof of licensing, insurance, and references. Take the time to look into their track record. A good general contractor will leave a trail of stellar online reviews, and when you talk to former clients, they'll have only good things to say. When you enter a project with a contractor, you need a pro you trust with your home, so it’s wise to do your homework ahead of time to ensure a successful outcome.

Begin with a plan that lays out the scope of the remodeling work you want done. By the time you hire a contractor, you should have decided on materials, fixtures, appliances, and other items. If you've decided on any changes to the floor plan, be sure to add the specifics to your plan. The more details, the better. Add everything you can think of, down to the brass pulls for the kitchen cupboards.

Once you have this plan, start talking to contractors to get estimates and formal bids. Ask around for local contractor recommendations at your local hardware store, or go online and read client reviews. Good contractors tend to be very busy, so expect a waiting period from the time you contact them to the time they can start on the project. Be sure to seek out a contractor with experience in the job you need done. If you need a patio installed, scroll past them if they specialize in kitchens and baths.

When speaking to the contractor, make sure you're clear on which parts of the project the contractor will handle and which will go to a subcontractor. Ask for proof of licensing, insurance, and any relevant subcontractors' licenses. Check contractor credentials with your local Better Business Bureau.

Only sign a detailed contract, and be sure you understand every detail of the contract before signing. Be sure to get the proper permits for your project. A good contractor will be able to talk you through getting permits. In some places, contractors are able to get the permits themselves. Check in with the contractor regularly during the course of the project to avoid errors and miscommunication.

Searching online for "good general contractors near me" or getting referrals from a hardware or home improvement store is a first step to hiring a contractor. Take certain precautions before hiring a contractor to prevent costly headaches later on.

Begin by working with a professional architect or designer who's able to provide all the information a contractor will need. A designer or architect can also create the necessary drawings to submit for obtaining a permit. Include details like finishes, fixtures, plumbing work, electrical installations, and possible millwork.

Come up with a specifications list in advance. Write down the details of every element you want placed into the project, from the front door to the floor tiles that you want. Calculate to make sure all your selections fall within your budget and meet your personal requirements.

Make sure your contractor has the proper licensing and insurance. Check out a potential contractor’s previous work. They should be able to offer examples. When you interview contractors, remember that you'll spend a lot of time working with this person. You need to feel you can trust them because unexpected situations are bound to come up. Perhaps you didn't consider what style of door handle you want for the master bathroom, or the carpet you selected for the living room is no longer available. These types of situations happen with any project, so do your best to remain patient throughout the construction process.

See to it that your contractor provides a timeline that they can stick to and that works with your needs. Get a list of subcontractors they use, and look into their history. Use careful consideration when choosing your contractor for the most successful outcome.

Be sure your general contractor is licensed and insured. They should have both contractor’s liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. An insured contractor will take responsibility for the project and for anything that happens at the worksite. Make sure their insurance covers any subcontractors or that they only work with insured third parties.

Ask for proof of insurance right away. Hiring an uninsured contractor may seem less expensive, but it could cost you down the road. In the event of a job-site injury or property damage, a properly insured contractor will shield you from potentially catastrophic costs. Depending on the state you live in, if a worker is injured on your property and their general contractor didn't carry the proper insurance, you might be liable for the cost of treating their injuries.

Homeowners’ insurance policies cover property damage. Some also cover limited injury liability, but these policies have limitations. Even in the unlikely event that your policy covers 100 percent of liability, your premiums would most certainly go up. Contractors insurance ensures that you don't have to cover any costs unrelated to the project completion itself.

If a contractor is reliable, they'll be licensed and carry insurance, and if they don't have a license, no company will insure them. Proof of proper licensing and insurance is a sure sign of a reliable contractor.

Recent reviews for Austin General Contractors

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Van Zandt did an outstanding job on our remodel. We had hardwood floors added to most of the house. Completely remodeled the master bath and kitchen and updated all bathrooms as well as painted throughout. The owner meet with us once a week and updated ...

- Tom Garrison
101700

I heard back from Brick Tree right away, and they were able to meet me the next day. Very happy with the work and the price--would definitely call them again!

- Molly Costigan
511336

Terrible quality work and rude.

- Ryan Hensen
304131

I hired Mack to complete my house renovation in Delaware on July 10, 2020. Since then I have had nothing but problems. I have tried several times to contact him so that he could make the problems right and have not heard anything back. The "new" roof he p...

- Gayla Hughes
58080

E-Construction turned out to be an absolute nightmare. Their failure to provide a detailed quote for my lender almost cost me my house. In the end, they lied multiple times (said their computer wasn't working, that they'd lost their phone, stopped answe...

- Shraddah Reyna
100724

Just to let you know Great Team there at Buettner & Moore Total Renovations ... Complete and we'll organized .. Nice Staff Members very Professional.

- Quic Sign
100726

Wonderful !!!!

- jerra bullock-hubbard
100723

GREAT !!!!! Company ... well organized and very handy at all and what they do.... I give them 5 stars all the WaY across.. Thanks Daniel @ justindeed.com

- Quic Sign
101887

This was a challenging commercial project with many unknown aspects and risks due to prior undocumented work. Damon's methodical approach resulted in completing the project as promised.

- Galen Dean
115601

Terry and his crew are a joy to work with!!! I have used them on a number of home repairs over the years. Terry, with his wealth of construction knowledge- through his decades of hands on experience- is absolutely priceless! Dealing with contractors can b...

- Tina R
123655

The gentlemen at CIA were professional, efficient and went above and beyond to be of service !! Highly Recommend them!!

- Misty White
46278

Ultra Services Just finished a bathroom remodeling job for us and we could not be more pleased. I would recommend them without qualification. They were accommodating, flexible, proficient, conscientious and gracious. The job they did is stunning and they ...

- Jim Adams

Everything You Need to Know About Austin General Contractors

Can I browse unscreened General Contractors in Austin?

We do our best to screen all of our general contractors. However, there are still some general contractor professionals in Austin that have not been pre-screened. This means that their licenses may not be up to date to operate in Austin or TX. Always be sure to pre-screen them yourself before hiring. Here are some unscreened professionals offering general contractor services:

  • Superior Foundation Repair:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Aquamarine Pools of Texas:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • BesTex Solutions:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive

What Austin zip codes are served by General Contractors?

Austin has 50 total General Contractor companies that service multiple zip codes. We've put together a list of areas in and around Austin with the most General Contractors:

      • 1 General Contractors in 78652.
      • 1 General Contractors in 78681.

        Who should I hire if I need General Contractor Services in Austin?

        Right now there are about 50 companies in and around Austin ready to help you with your general contractor services project.

          Below we've listed a few of the top General Contractors on Porch:

          • RIVER RUN RENOVATIONS
            • Straight and Level Construction Company, Inc.
              • Hammett Construction Company, LLC dba H&H Design and Construction

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                Porch Pro Headshot Brick Tree
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
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                Porch Pro Headshot Simply Sold
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
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                Porch Pro Headshot Torrez Flooring And Home Remodeling
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
                Family owned and operated. Professional services aimed to please our customers. Friendly and trustworthy.
                Family owned and operated. Professional services aimed to please our customers. Friendly and trustworthy.
                Porch Pro Headshot E-Construction
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
                (1)
                We got the best professional skilled workers. They have the most updated knowledge about home building and remodeling. We believe in providing customers with high level of satisfaction with our work. E-Construction works in building exceptionally efficient houses for their clients. People often see...Read more about E-Construction
                We got the best professional skilled workers. They have the most updated knowledge about home building and remodeling. We believe in providing customers with high level of satisfaction with our work. E-Construction works in building exceptionally efficient houses for their clients. People often see...Read more about E-Construction
                Porch Pro Headshot QUICall HandiServices
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
                (3)
                Do you have holes in your drywall that ruin the appearance of your home? Contact Büttner & Moore Total Renovation's in Hackberry, LA to make your home look beautiful again.
                Do you have holes in your drywall that ruin the appearance of your home? Contact Büttner & Moore Total Renovation's in Hackberry, LA to make your home look beautiful again.
                Porch Pro Headshot CIA Construction Innovation and Addition
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
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                CIA Construction is a general contractor from Austin TX . They provide foundation testing, roofing, and home addition.
                CIA Construction is a general contractor from Austin TX . They provide foundation testing, roofing, and home addition.
                Porch Pro Headshot Austin TX Garage Door - Repair & Install
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
                Take the stress out of garage door repair, replacement and installation by calling on the dedicated, expert technicians from Texas Garage Door. Whether you’re in need of emergency services or an estimate for a new garage door, expect up front pricing and reliable results.
                Take the stress out of garage door repair, replacement and installation by calling on the dedicated, expert technicians from Texas Garage Door. Whether you’re in need of emergency services or an estimate for a new garage door, expect up front pricing and reliable results.
                Porch Pro Headshot Buildworks
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
                (3)
                Buildworks specializes in luxury residential construction and remodeling in Austin, Texas. From design and planning to interior and exterior final touches, we strive for a standard of customer service and quality craftsmanship seldom matched in the industry. Whether you dream of a new kitchen, an a...Read more about Buildworks
                Buildworks specializes in luxury residential construction and remodeling in Austin, Texas. From design and planning to interior and exterior final touches, we strive for a standard of customer service and quality craftsmanship seldom matched in the industry. Whether you dream of a new kitchen, an a...Read more about Buildworks
                Porch Pro Headshot Austin Garage Door Specialists
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
                Austin Garage Door Specialists, renowned garage door repair company in Austin, TX that offer best garage door services like garage door repair, installation & maintenance, garage door opener repair, replace broken garage door springs & more. We have well trained expert technicians having good expert...Read more about Austin Garage Door Specialists
                Austin Garage Door Specialists, renowned garage door repair company in Austin, TX that offer best garage door services like garage door repair, installation & maintenance, garage door opener repair, replace broken garage door springs & more. We have well trained expert technicians having good expert...Read more about Austin Garage Door Specialists
                Porch Pro Headshot FCS Inc.
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas
                In business for 23 years Specializing in Decks, Patio Covers and Pergolas
                In business for 23 years Specializing in Decks, Patio Covers and Pergolas
                Porch Pro Headshot Cerna's Construction
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                Serves Austin, Texas
                Porch Pro Headshot Mar Home Repair
                General Contractors
                Serves Austin, Texas