Top 3 General Contractors in Houston, TX

Porch Pro Headshot Future Contracting LLC
Since 1998 Future Contracting LLC has providing quality painting services. Our staff is skilled and very professional, we will walk you through every step of the project so that we can not only meet but exceed all your expectations.
88 Warren St, Boston, MA
617-410-5005
Porch Pro Headshot Inca Construction
3300 E T C Jester Blvd Ste C, Houston, TX
713-816-4115
Porch Pro Headshot South Star Construction Inc
Family owned and operated for three generations. Throughout the years we have tried many adventures along with remodeling such as real estate inspections, insurance restoration, and foundation repair and have decided that remodeling and additions is where our heart is. The vision that drives us is t...Read more about South Star Construction Inc
13110 T C Jester Blvd, Houston, TX
281-847-0294

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Porch Pro Headshot Solar Direct Developers 832-444-7902
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
(14)
"I flip Homes all throughout the Houston Heights area. And I use Alex / Solar Direct Developers for all my projects . I pass all my inspections on Plumbing, Electrical , and Structural inspections, and that gives me piece of mind . You won't go wrong. Great Professional. Sincerely Larry Brown . "
"I flip Homes all throughout the Houston Heights area. And I use Alex / Solar Direct Developers for all my projects . I pass all my inspections on Plumbing, Electrical , and Structural inspections, and that gives me piece of mind . You won't go wrong. Great Professional. Sincerely Larry Brown . "
Porch Pro Headshot Keechi Creek Builders
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
(2)
Keechi Creek Builders recognizes that your house is an investment, but more importantly, it is your home. Our objective is to build a relationship with you so that together we can build a home that improves your quality of life. As a Houston area design/build firm, we will partner with you from in...Read more about Keechi Creek Builders
Keechi Creek Builders recognizes that your house is an investment, but more importantly, it is your home. Our objective is to build a relationship with you so that together we can build a home that improves your quality of life. As a Houston area design/build firm, we will partner with you from in...Read more about Keechi Creek Builders
Porch Pro Headshot Houston Pro Painting & Home Improvements
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
(4)
We’re committed to the finest quality work done at a very reasonable price. Every aspect of our service is about YOU, and ensuring you the most pleasant home improvement experience possible. Our team is highly skilled and has years of experience. We bring value to every interaction, and our custome...Read more about Houston Pro Painting & Home Improvements
We’re committed to the finest quality work done at a very reasonable price. Every aspect of our service is about YOU, and ensuring you the most pleasant home improvement experience possible. Our team is highly skilled and has years of experience. We bring value to every interaction, and our custome...Read more about Houston Pro Painting & Home Improvements
Porch Pro Headshot Ad's Home Improvement
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
We are a home improvement company that does everything from kitchen and bathroom remodels, porches and deck builds, painting, drywall, flooring, maintenance calls, room additions and more call today for free estimates
We are a home improvement company that does everything from kitchen and bathroom remodels, porches and deck builds, painting, drywall, flooring, maintenance calls, room additions and more call today for free estimates
Porch Pro Headshot Rystar Builders
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
Construction of Hotels / Motels / Custom Homes / Shopping Centers / RV Parks -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mission Rystar Builders aspire to meet the changing needs of our clients with our quality service delivered by qualified people. We aim...Read more about Rystar Builders
Construction of Hotels / Motels / Custom Homes / Shopping Centers / RV Parks -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mission Rystar Builders aspire to meet the changing needs of our clients with our quality service delivered by qualified people. We aim...Read more about Rystar Builders
Porch Pro Headshot Restoration 1 of Central Houston
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
(48)
Restoration 1 specializes in water, fire, and mold restoration. We are a local company available 24/7.
Restoration 1 specializes in water, fire, and mold restoration. We are a local company available 24/7.
Porch Pro Headshot Buildpro
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
(2)
Buildpro is a custom home builder in Houston, Texas that places great emphasis on quality construction and personal communication with our clients. Our simplified approach makes building your new home an enjoyable and seamless experience. Buildpro also has a residential home renovation division th...Read more about Buildpro
Buildpro is a custom home builder in Houston, Texas that places great emphasis on quality construction and personal communication with our clients. Our simplified approach makes building your new home an enjoyable and seamless experience. Buildpro also has a residential home renovation division th...Read more about Buildpro

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 Houston General Contractors

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We spoke on Tuesday the 18th and scheduled the appointment for Thursday the 20th. Now whether you forgot or whatever I don't know, you did seem a little rushed on the phone. But at least the other 2 contractors came by as they promised, 1 on Wednesday and...

- John Arnold
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It was a nightmare working with Alex, I hired him to replace my siding and windows and he gave me an estimate of $36,950 but I ended up with $46,038.74 in charges which close to $10,000 over the estimate. Beware of this company, Alex was so sweet at the ...

- Meggie Kwan
24392

We are building a House now with Solar Direct Developers. Alex has pulled all our permits Foundation has been built and the framing is going up. We are so thankful to have found Alex and his company. We strongly recommend them.

- Bridget Williams
24682

We hired Alex from Solar Direct to build us a home on a lot we purchased near the Galleria inside the 610 loop on Mid lane. We where nervous as we had never been through the process of building a home before. Alex took his time to always explain how thi...

- Al Cole
24384

We had our Home built near River Oaks and Montrose in Houston Texas by Alex and his company. We built for a total cost of $487K and we got appraised by Harris County for 1.8 million . We are very happy with everything , we strongly recommend Alex and his ...

- Bridget Perez
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I had my house built with aAlex and everything was absolutely perfect! He gave me a thorough break down of expenses, stuck within my budget and the best thing is that he was under budget and completed the build 6 days earlier than the original project end...

- Kimberly Briones
230348

The review and post by Ben is a fraud. OCSi has never had a customer by that name. It is a competitor trying to discredit this company. I have asked Porch to review, investigate, and remove

- Edward Olsen
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BEWARE!!! These guys are crooks! STAY AWAY!!! Horrible work and totally unethical.

- Ben Jacobs
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AM did an excellent job on our roof, with a very nicely decorative type shingle...And they even helped me with the Insurance on it... and that in itself can be complicated as some of us know, and our insurance adjusted didn't know anything, showed up with...

- Bob Tucker
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AM Commercial did a fabulous job on our roof, we had the entire roof replaced. The crew was professional, friendly and prompt. The owner Allen, went above and beyond and finished in the time frame he said. Roof looks fantastic. Only found 1 nail after the...

- Deborah Bevers
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We were a victim of the recent hail in Montgomery. AM took great care of us. Allen and his crew took care of every detail and ran like a fine oiled machine. Customer service gets a 5 star rating to boot. Allen was available at any time, and made us feel c...

- Kimberly Parsons
115760

AM Roofing did an amazing job. Alan and Patrick were on time for the estimate. They went over what the damage from the hail caused to the roof. I was not able to be home the day the roof went on my house, but they sent me pictures all though the process. ...

- Debra Butler Westberry

Everything You Need to Know About Houston General Contractors

How many general contractors does Houston have?

There are around 50 companies throughout Houston to help you with your next general contractor services job.

  • 14 of them have an A or A+ rating from Better Business Bureau.

What zip codes in Houston have the best General Contractors?

Below we've listed Houston zip codes that have great selections of general contractors:

What should I check for once my General Contractor in Houston has finished working?

Every general contractor services project is going to have different results, but here are a few things to check for once any general contractor services company has told you they've finished the job:

  • Obviously you want to do a visual inspection. Even if you're unfamiliar with general contractor services work, this gives you the opportunity to ask questions (even basic ones like, what did you do?).
  • Ask the general contractor to describe what they did. Whether your general contractor services project was a repair job or a building job, have them run you through what was done.
  • Compare the description provided on your general contractor services project estimate to the work completed. Did the professional do what was promised?
  • Request that the general contractor do a follow-up visit to check on the work. Most professionals are willing to do this, especially if you ask them.

All General Contractors in Houston, TX

Porch Pro Headshot AM Commercial & Residential Roofing LLC. Certain-Teed Master Installer.
"Allen (Owner) very considerate, knowledgeable and respectful. Work was completed as agreed and it looks GREAT. First time I had a construction crew that actually cleaned up ALL debris from around the home. Work actually completed under quote and so I'm having more work done. I highly recommend AM...Read more about AM Commercial & Residential Roofing LLC. Certain-Teed Master Installer.
"Allen (Owner) very considerate, knowledgeable and respectful. Work was completed as agreed and it looks GREAT. First time I had a construction crew that actually cleaned up ALL debris from around the home. Work actually completed under quote and so I'm having more work done. I highly recommend AM...Read more about AM Commercial & Residential Roofing LLC. Certain-Teed Master Installer.
Porch Pro Headshot AYM General Construction
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
(11)
When it comes to vinyl siding, AYM General Construction in the Hackberry area has you covered.
When it comes to vinyl siding, AYM General Construction in the Hackberry area has you covered.
Porch Pro Headshot OCSi-Olsen Construction Services Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
(2)
We have been in business for over 15 years with combined construction experience of over 20 years. Insured and backed by a strong referral base. OCSi performs both Commercial and Residential projects. We are happy to meet, discuss and perform your every need to build your vision
We have been in business for over 15 years with combined construction experience of over 20 years. Insured and backed by a strong referral base. OCSi performs both Commercial and Residential projects. We are happy to meet, discuss and perform your every need to build your vision
Porch Pro Headshot Right On Time
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
We provide service in Junk Removal, Demolition, Remodeling
We provide service in Junk Removal, Demolition, Remodeling
Porch Pro Headshot Movement Construction Services LLC
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
We are a family owned contracting company with over 30 years experience in commercial, multifamily and residential projects. MCS can help from the foundation to the roof and everything in between. *No project too big or too small*
We are a family owned contracting company with over 30 years experience in commercial, multifamily and residential projects. MCS can help from the foundation to the roof and everything in between. *No project too big or too small*
Porch Pro Headshot Bnl Construction Corporation
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
As a full service construction company, we work with you to make sure that your vision for your home or business is exactly as you imagine it and that the results are of the highest quality. At BNL Construction Corp, it is our mission to continually provide roofing services at a standard that surpa...Read more about Bnl Construction Corporation
As a full service construction company, we work with you to make sure that your vision for your home or business is exactly as you imagine it and that the results are of the highest quality. At BNL Construction Corp, it is our mission to continually provide roofing services at a standard that surpa...Read more about Bnl Construction Corporation
Porch Pro Headshot Smart Choice Remodeling Company, LLC
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
Smart Choice Remodeling Company, LLC has provided cutting - edge solutions for commercial and residential. We provide our clients with numerous options that fit your budget. We take pride in being your ONE STOP PROFESSIONALS for all your commercial and residential needs. Our concept started 19 yea...Read more about Smart Choice Remodeling Company, LLC
Smart Choice Remodeling Company, LLC has provided cutting - edge solutions for commercial and residential. We provide our clients with numerous options that fit your budget. We take pride in being your ONE STOP PROFESSIONALS for all your commercial and residential needs. Our concept started 19 yea...Read more about Smart Choice Remodeling Company, LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Bruce K. Smith, M.D.
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce K. Smith is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been in practice since 1990. He received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from Texas A & M University. He served a residency in general surgery and plastic surgery at St. Joseph Hospit...Read more about Bruce K. Smith, M.D.
Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce K. Smith is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been in practice since 1990. He received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from Texas A & M University. He served a residency in general surgery and plastic surgery at St. Joseph Hospit...Read more about Bruce K. Smith, M.D.
Porch Pro Headshot A1 Garage Door Repair Service - Houston
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
A1 Garage Door Service Houston will provide rapid & reasonably priced garage door repair services to all aspects of Houston and neighboring places. Top-quality parts mixed with rapid expert services and a good warranty make us the most effective, and an abundance of our Houston customers would defin...Read more about A1 Garage Door Repair Service - Houston
A1 Garage Door Service Houston will provide rapid & reasonably priced garage door repair services to all aspects of Houston and neighboring places. Top-quality parts mixed with rapid expert services and a good warranty make us the most effective, and an abundance of our Houston customers would defin...Read more about A1 Garage Door Repair Service - Houston
Porch Pro Headshot HSH General Contractors-TX, LLC
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
Enjoy the feeling of fresh carpet on your floors with quality installations from HSH General Contractors-TX in Hackberry.
Enjoy the feeling of fresh carpet on your floors with quality installations from HSH General Contractors-TX in Hackberry.
Porch Pro Headshot Air Express Construction & Plumbing
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
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Porch Pro Headshot Evans Builders & Design, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
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Porch Pro Headshot Millwork constructions
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas
Porch Pro Headshot Main remodel and construction LLC
General Contractors
Serves Houston, Texas