Top 10 General Contractors in Des Moines, IA

Porch Pro Headshot Stork Orthodontics
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
(602)
Dr. Stork Creates Sensational Smiles With Braces & Orthodontic Treatment. West Des Moines Orthodontist, Dr. Stork of Stork Orthodontics offers the most advanced braces for children, teens and adults, including Invisalign® clear aligners and Damon® clear braces. Contact us today for a complimentary o...Read more about Stork Orthodontics
Dr. Stork Creates Sensational Smiles With Braces & Orthodontic Treatment. West Des Moines Orthodontist, Dr. Stork of Stork Orthodontics offers the most advanced braces for children, teens and adults, including Invisalign® clear aligners and Damon® clear braces. Contact us today for a complimentary o...Read more about Stork Orthodontics
Porch Pro Headshot Buresh Home Solutions Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
(172)
"We hired Buresh after a friend had recommended them. I was overwhelmed with the quality and customer service they provided. It was excellent. They did a great job providing us with several options, that worked with our budget. Our 20-year-old house looks new again!"
"We hired Buresh after a friend had recommended them. I was overwhelmed with the quality and customer service they provided. It was excellent. They did a great job providing us with several options, that worked with our budget. Our 20-year-old house looks new again!"
Porch Pro Headshot Busy Bubbles Laundry and Car Wash
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
(171)
Busy Bubbles Laundry and Car Wash is quality Laundry Service company in Des Moine, IA, 50312. Call us today for professional laundry and dry cleaning services. Dry Cleaning, Stain Removal, Dry Cleaning Company, Coin Laundry, Coin Laundry Service, self-Service Laundry, Car Wash, Car Wash Service, Pro...Read more about Busy Bubbles Laundry and Car Wash
Busy Bubbles Laundry and Car Wash is quality Laundry Service company in Des Moine, IA, 50312. Call us today for professional laundry and dry cleaning services. Dry Cleaning, Stain Removal, Dry Cleaning Company, Coin Laundry, Coin Laundry Service, self-Service Laundry, Car Wash, Car Wash Service, Pro...Read more about Busy Bubbles Laundry and Car Wash
Porch Pro Headshot 911 Restoration of Des Moines
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
The Fresh Start Company. We provide disaster recovery services for water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. For these services we provide water extraction, structural drying, smoke odor removal, mold testing, and air quality testing. Our team is IICRC Certified.
The Fresh Start Company. We provide disaster recovery services for water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. For these services we provide water extraction, structural drying, smoke odor removal, mold testing, and air quality testing. Our team is IICRC Certified.
Porch Pro Headshot Central Iowa Contractor Services LLC
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
(10)
We are a top tier general contracting company servicing Central Iowa. We are involved in both commercial and residential projects. Established in 2016 mainly remodeling our own properties our continued success lead to us wanting to offer this experience to home owners in our area. Many steps are com...Read more about Central Iowa Contractor Services LLC
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We are a top tier general contracting company servicing Central Iowa. We are involved in both commercial and residential projects. Established in 2016 mainly remodeling our own properties our continued success lead to us wanting to offer this experience to home owners in our area. Many steps are com...Read more about Central Iowa Contractor Services LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Ridnour Construction
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
(5)
Slogan: Is your home in need for an update? Give Ridnour Construction a call and receive your FREE estimate. With over three decades of experience, you'll be sure to love the way your home looks when we're finished with it. Guaranteed!!! Description: When you choose our team at Ridnour Construction...Read more about Ridnour Construction
Slogan: Is your home in need for an update? Give Ridnour Construction a call and receive your FREE estimate. With over three decades of experience, you'll be sure to love the way your home looks when we're finished with it. Guaranteed!!! Description: When you choose our team at Ridnour Construction...Read more about Ridnour Construction
Porch Pro Headshot The DSM Remodel Co
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
(4)
"My project turned out wonderful and in a timely manner. The different crews were all very respectful and they kept my home clean as the project was being worked on. Very competitive pricing too. I saved big time. Thanks JAKE!"
"My project turned out wonderful and in a timely manner. The different crews were all very respectful and they kept my home clean as the project was being worked on. Very competitive pricing too. I saved big time. Thanks JAKE!"
Porch Pro Headshot Boardman Construction
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
(1)
Residential general contractor specializing in remodels and additions. I have been in construction for 18 years, building and remodeling some of the finest homes in the area. What started out as a career in home remodeling has evolved into a passion for superior design and building. Let me share ...Read more about Boardman Construction
Residential general contractor specializing in remodels and additions. I have been in construction for 18 years, building and remodeling some of the finest homes in the area. What started out as a career in home remodeling has evolved into a passion for superior design and building. Let me share ...Read more about Boardman Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Jordan Building & Design, LLC
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
(1)
"After seeing the beautiful job Jordan Building did on a neighbor's garage addition, we called Dusty to get bids on an exterior improvement project we needed to have done. His was he middle price of three we received, and we chose him because of our neighbor's positive experience. We are so glad w...Read more about Jordan Building & Design, LLC
"After seeing the beautiful job Jordan Building did on a neighbor's garage addition, we called Dusty to get bids on an exterior improvement project we needed to have done. His was he middle price of three we received, and we chose him because of our neighbor's positive experience. We are so glad w...Read more about Jordan Building & Design, LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Building consultants
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa

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 Des Moines General Contractors

16035

Great job....beautiful work and he had great ideas

- Kim Willey Weehler
93850

I worked for Aleks Thomas and Zach thomas.DID NOT GET PAID.Any one else have this problem with Aleks Thomas and his company please get a hold of me Matthew Eilders.I am filing a suite against this company.

- Matthew Eilders
53869

Very professional. Completed work is amazing and done in a timely manner!

- Ashley Depping
53880

Jake is a professional through and through. It's work is quality is work ethic is beyond reproach and he takes pride in everything he does

- Matthew Carmody
61512

JC Home Solutions is easy to work with, reasonably priced, and did an excellent job on our home. We were very impressed with their professionalism and the quality of the work done!

- Megan Hendrickson
154100

Great company. Very efficient, great group of guys and the cheapest in the state! Honestly couldn't be more impressed

- Chris Hansen

Everything You Need to Know About Des Moines General Contractors

I’m searching for General Contractors servicing my zip code in Des Moines.

Many general contractors provide service to multiple zip codes in and around Des Moines. Browse through a sample of the General Contractors in Des Moines below to find the right professional in your area for your project. Remember to contact each of these professionals individually to ask about their prices, recent successful general contractor services jobs, how they bill, and what licenses or permits they have or will have to get for your job:

  • Precision Painting and Home Maintenance Service:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 50304
  • Shady Lane Creations:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 50325
  • Home Maintenance Service:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 50109

If you weren't able to find the right general contractor company that services your Des Moines zip code, don't worry. Try contacting the company directly to ask them what surrounding areas they also service near Des Moines.

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Des Moines has 35 general contractor professionals that can help you with your general contractor services job. Head to our Pros Page to find specific general contractors-pros in Des Moines.

Who are the best General Contractors in Des Moines?

We've found 35 general contractor providers that are available to you in Des Moines.

Keep in mind that every project has different requirements, and some general contractor professionals maybe be more equipped to handle the specifications of your general contractor services work than others. Talk to multiple general contractors before deciding which one is right for you. You will want to consider how much they charge, if they are properly licensed for general contractor services work in Des Moines, and if your project is a fit. Here are some suggested professionals and companies to get you started:

  • Home Maintenance Service
    • Location: Des Moines
  • New Era Homes
    • Location: Des Moines
  • Busy Bubbles Laundry And Car Wash
    • Location: Des Moines
    • Been in business since: 2007

All General Contractors in Des Moines, IA

Porch Pro Headshot Inflexion Solutions
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
(1)
We are a construction company that works on construction jobs that included building new homes remodels and insurance loss restoration.
We are a construction company that works on construction jobs that included building new homes remodels and insurance loss restoration.
Porch Pro Headshot Top-Flite Contracting
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Top-Flite Contracting is a family owned and operated Contracting/ cleaning service business. Consisting of myself and my wife between the two of us we have 20+ years experience in construction/ cleaning business like interior/exterior painting, trim & baseboard painting, drywall repair, window repla...Read more about Top-Flite Contracting
Top-Flite Contracting is a family owned and operated Contracting/ cleaning service business. Consisting of myself and my wife between the two of us we have 20+ years experience in construction/ cleaning business like interior/exterior painting, trim & baseboard painting, drywall repair, window repla...Read more about Top-Flite Contracting
Porch Pro Headshot Aspen Renovations
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
When it comes to your home, interior remodeling is what we know best... Whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom concept, entryway, basement or an entire home renovation, we can help. At Aspen Renovations, we enjoy transforming projects by adding or taking down walls and creating a design that fi...Read more about Aspen Renovations
When it comes to your home, interior remodeling is what we know best... Whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom concept, entryway, basement or an entire home renovation, we can help. At Aspen Renovations, we enjoy transforming projects by adding or taking down walls and creating a design that fi...Read more about Aspen Renovations
Porch Pro Headshot MC&E
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Seeking Quality Preservation Contractors Our company is Moore Creative & Effective Solutions contacting all subcontractors! We've been in the preservation and real estate industry for over 6 years now and we are currently in 10 states and over 78 cities. We're constantly looking for vendors to h...Read more about MC&E
Seeking Quality Preservation Contractors Our company is Moore Creative & Effective Solutions contacting all subcontractors! We've been in the preservation and real estate industry for over 6 years now and we are currently in 10 states and over 78 cities. We're constantly looking for vendors to h...Read more about MC&E
Porch Pro Headshot Universal Maid and Cleaning LLC
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Universal Maid and Cleaning LLC Des Moines, IA, 50316 (515) 313-5350 Universal Maid and Cleaning LLC is a professional cleaning company in Des Moines, IA. Don't hesitate and call us now! Pleasant Hill, IA Commercial Cleaning, Kitchen Cleaning, Reliable Cleaners, Move In Cleaning Service, After Const...Read more about Universal Maid and Cleaning LLC
Universal Maid and Cleaning LLC Des Moines, IA, 50316 (515) 313-5350 Universal Maid and Cleaning LLC is a professional cleaning company in Des Moines, IA. Don't hesitate and call us now! Pleasant Hill, IA Commercial Cleaning, Kitchen Cleaning, Reliable Cleaners, Move In Cleaning Service, After Const...Read more about Universal Maid and Cleaning LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Mo's Custom Construction
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Mo's Custom Construction is a general contracting company. With professionals that are dependable and reliable, with the best building practices and exceptional carpentry skills. We have higher customer service standards and construction safety requirements. We plan our projects by identifying neces...Read more about Mo's Custom Construction
Mo's Custom Construction is a general contracting company. With professionals that are dependable and reliable, with the best building practices and exceptional carpentry skills. We have higher customer service standards and construction safety requirements. We plan our projects by identifying neces...Read more about Mo's Custom Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Cory's Carpentry
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Cory's Carpentry is located in Ankeny Iowa and performs work all around the metro area. We specialize in siding, framing, decks, doors, windows, hardwood and laminate flooring, custom cabinets
Cory's Carpentry is located in Ankeny Iowa and performs work all around the metro area. We specialize in siding, framing, decks, doors, windows, hardwood and laminate flooring, custom cabinets
Porch Pro Headshot Mr. Iowa Fix IT LLC
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Our goals with Mr. Iowa Fix IT is to provide a variety of skilled services, amazing customer service and above all, services completed the correct way the first time.
Our goals with Mr. Iowa Fix IT is to provide a variety of skilled services, amazing customer service and above all, services completed the correct way the first time.
Porch Pro Headshot Ryker’s wood work’s
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Set out to become Iowa’s most trusted leader in custom home remodeling
Set out to become Iowa’s most trusted leader in custom home remodeling
Porch Pro Headshot Harban Construction LLC
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
General contracting, remodels, home repairs, drywall, siding, doors, windows, insulation, and much more..
General contracting, remodels, home repairs, drywall, siding, doors, windows, insulation, and much more..
Porch Pro Headshot Road Master Trucking Inc
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Porch Pro Headshot Above The Rest Painting and Drywall
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Porch Pro Headshot Contact Shammah Construction Services LLC
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Porch Pro Headshot T's Handyman
General Contractors
Serves Des Moines, Iowa

Latest projects near Des Moines

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Pleasant Hill 50327
Residential Building
Start Date
I'm flexible
Project type
Something else
Residential building project type
Need siding taken off front of home, and would like a light weight stone put on. Not a big project.
Extent of design prep work
No
Des Moines 50320
Demolition
Start Date
I'm flexible
Demolition work type
Whole home
Home height
Two floors
SQFT of home
1,000-2,000 sq ft
Approximate year built
1900 or earlier
Already have permits for demolation
No, permits aren't required