Top 3 General Contractors in Los Angeles, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Evergreen Construction Group
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"Evergreen Construction Group has done an absolutely fabulous job on the remodel of our home. Their work is exemplary and the employees have been wonderful to work with. Jimmy - The owner is always available and willing to answer questions. We highly recommend Evergreen Construction Group for any of...Read more about Evergreen Construction Group
11054 Ventura Blvd # 129, Studio City, CA
562-351-2870
Porch Pro Headshot Santa Barbara Construction and Design
"Juan and his team worked on our rental property after some water damage occurred to the master bedroom and garage. They were courteous and did a great job restoring the damaged areas and getting us back into the house in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend them to our friends and neighbor...Read more about Santa Barbara Construction and Design
151 E Harvard Blvd, Santa Paula, CA
818-510-7901
Porch Pro Headshot Homescapes Design and Construction Inc.
"I engaged Homescapes Design and Construction to undertake an extensive living room remodeling and extension project, fully aware of the intricate nature of such endeavors, involving multiple professionals like architects and designers, as well as obtaining essential permits. I was determined to fin...Read more about Homescapes Design and Construction Inc.
16133 Ventura Blvd Ste 700, Encino, CA
818-422-9364

More General Contractors in Los Angeles, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Atlas Builders & Development
General Contractors
Serves Los Angeles, California
"It was great working with Jacob and Allon Construction. His team completed a new rain drainage pipe for me, along with finishing the entire path that covered the drainage system, grading the land, weed cover, gravel, new planters, and a paver path. He repaired the broken gate so it was functional a...Read more about Atlas Builders & Development
"It was great working with Jacob and Allon Construction. His team completed a new rain drainage pipe for me, along with finishing the entire path that covered the drainage system, grading the land, weed cover, gravel, new planters, and a paver path. He repaired the broken gate so it was functional a...Read more about Atlas Builders & Development
Porch Pro Headshot LG Builders Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Los Angeles, California
Welcome to LG Builders, Inc., we proudly provide the highest quality of service and craftsmanship for each aspect of your project. Our depth of knowledge and experience solidify our belief that customer service stands as the highest priority. We eagerly look forward to working with you and making yo...Read more about LG Builders Inc.
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Welcome to LG Builders, Inc., we proudly provide the highest quality of service and craftsmanship for each aspect of your project. Our depth of knowledge and experience solidify our belief that customer service stands as the highest priority. We eagerly look forward to working with you and making yo...Read more about LG Builders Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot American Home Improvement
General Contractors
Serves Los Angeles, California
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In 2004 i decided to launch my own business and be different than other contractors, American Home Improvement Inc. Stands out not only because our projects are completed above and beyond our clients expectations but also because we believe in making the whole experience pleasant.
In 2004 i decided to launch my own business and be different than other contractors, American Home Improvement Inc. Stands out not only because our projects are completed above and beyond our clients expectations but also because we believe in making the whole experience pleasant.
Porch Pro Headshot 1 OAK Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Los Angeles, California
(354)
"Hired 1 OAK to remodel and remove a bearing wall in my kitchen. We originally hired another company and declined service with 1 OAK Remodeling as the bid that was provided by Josh was $4,000.00 more than others. Josh kept explaining we needed to upgrade electrical and plumbing not just switches and...Read more about 1 OAK Remodeling
"Hired 1 OAK to remodel and remove a bearing wall in my kitchen. We originally hired another company and declined service with 1 OAK Remodeling as the bid that was provided by Josh was $4,000.00 more than others. Josh kept explaining we needed to upgrade electrical and plumbing not just switches and...Read more about 1 OAK Remodeling
Porch Pro Headshot Inner City Skyline Inc
General Contractors
Serves Los Angeles, California
(302)
"I am so glad we picked Inner City Skyline to do our bathroom remodel. From start to finish it was a great experience! They provided an initial estimate on my kitchen remodel project and worked with me throughout the process. The crew was respectful and easy to work with. I'm thrilled with the resu...Read more about Inner City Skyline Inc
"I am so glad we picked Inner City Skyline to do our bathroom remodel. From start to finish it was a great experience! They provided an initial estimate on my kitchen remodel project and worked with me throughout the process. The crew was respectful and easy to work with. I'm thrilled with the resu...Read more about Inner City Skyline Inc
Porch Pro Headshot MG Construction
General Contractors
Serves Los Angeles, California
(165)
"MG Construction put in my new deck and I’ve never been happier.. they were professional, kind, and finished in a timely manner. Everything went smooth and as discussed, no surprises, and an amazing job. I would reccomend them to everyone and will be using MG Construction in the future."
"MG Construction put in my new deck and I’ve never been happier.. they were professional, kind, and finished in a timely manner. Everything went smooth and as discussed, no surprises, and an amazing job. I would reccomend them to everyone and will be using MG Construction in the future."
Porch Pro Headshot Green Renovation Group Inc
General Contractors
Serves Los Angeles, California
(157)
"Phenomenal home improvement service. My questions were answered prior to the kitchen remodeling project and they were sufficient enough for me to want to move forward. The communication never fell short of the high standards that I was promised and the quality of work is incredible. My family a...Read more about Green Renovation Group Inc
"Phenomenal home improvement service. My questions were answered prior to the kitchen remodeling project and they were sufficient enough for me to want to move forward. The communication never fell short of the high standards that I was promised and the quality of work is incredible. My family a...Read more about Green Renovation Group Inc

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 Los Angeles General Contractors

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When my kitchen remodel was abandoned after I got scammed for 5000 dollars, I called Joshua who screamed and yelled at me. I looked up 1 oak remodeling on the L.A. County civil index and what do you know - these guys have three current cases in court as d...

- tony rochman
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No offense, I hired 1 OAK and expected a nightmare as they look just like other contractors in the valley. All the contractors i've hired in the past we had issues with. Amazingly, They are polite, on top of every detail, very professional. The outcome tu...

- Ash Amirsoleymani
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This company is amazing. Finished our entire home remodel as promised for a great price! Will be using again! Thanks 1 OAK team!

- Vianka Argudo
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I have so many words to say about 1 OAK Remodeling and even then it would be an understatement. This company is just superb. Between the quality to the customer service to the time frame of the work being completed, they couldn't have done it better. They...

- Luis Gallagos
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hired them got a bathroom remodel, tile guy is a perfectionist I couldn’t have been happier.

- Jesse James
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Hired 1 OAK for cabinets, counter tops, removing a load bearing wall, tile, foundation and putting in a new 16' beam and 2 post. They installed "hd" which apparently secures the post to the foundation. They guided me through all the steps and was very inf...

- L Covner
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I hired this company to install cabinets for my customer. They did a good and quick job.

- Aroldo P
201935

I was recommended to Top Foundation Works by a neighbor and decided to have my property inspected. Turned out that my home foundation needed a lot of help. Their team was very professional with a crew that was ready to work. The job was complete on time a...

- David Arce
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Consulted with Top Foundation Works for a quote on a shed I wanted to build outside my home whose instructions required a poured foundation for maximum stability. Although the project was small, the attention and professionalism they demonstrated when quo...

- Sam Fomon
159607

One of the best contractors to work with by far!! Thank you guys for replacing all the windows in our home. There were alot windows that didn't fit and some were broken. They were just completely outdated!! Really happy with your work!! Thanks again!!

- Bret Jackson
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Stellar experience with a highly professional company. I'd highly recommend them if you're in the market for a home remodeling project. Specifically, if it's a kitchen or bathroom remodel. They fully transformed our kitchen and bathroom into the structu...

- Brenda Stewart
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Best company to work with!! Thank you for doing the tile work in my backyard it came out great. when we originally moved in we had nothing but dirt in our back yard and you guys really gave us what we wanted and didn't force us to do just concrete like al...

- David Aguirre

Everything You Need to Know About Los Angeles General Contractors

What should I check for once my General Contractor in Los Angeles 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.

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    Porch Pro Headshot Regal Construction & Remodeling Inc
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    (162)
    "Regal Construction provided a very high quality result for our kitchen remodel. The office was always on top of things and helped everything go over smoothly. The contractor Sapeer was so friendly and easy to communicate with, providing input when needed while still adhering to our rather detailed ...Read more about Regal Construction & Remodeling Inc
    "Regal Construction provided a very high quality result for our kitchen remodel. The office was always on top of things and helped everything go over smoothly. The contractor Sapeer was so friendly and easy to communicate with, providing input when needed while still adhering to our rather detailed ...Read more about Regal Construction & Remodeling Inc
    Porch Pro Headshot Remodeling Home Advisors
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    (132)
    "Definitely a group of hard working people and very friendly! They take pride in their work and make sure that you as a customer are satisfied and taken care of! I highly recommend using "Remodeling Home Advisors" and I will definitely use them in the future!"
    "Definitely a group of hard working people and very friendly! They take pride in their work and make sure that you as a customer are satisfied and taken care of! I highly recommend using "Remodeling Home Advisors" and I will definitely use them in the future!"
    Porch Pro Headshot Creative Home Remodeling Group,Inc.
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    (61)
    "We decided to do a kitchen remodel in our house and had Maxim come over to make a bid. We really liked his ideas and vision for the project. He was a real pleasure to work with from day one. He was super professional and took his time to make sure that we get what we want. Looking at our kitchen no...Read more about Creative Home Remodeling Group,Inc.
    "We decided to do a kitchen remodel in our house and had Maxim come over to make a bid. We really liked his ideas and vision for the project. He was a real pleasure to work with from day one. He was super professional and took his time to make sure that we get what we want. Looking at our kitchen no...Read more about Creative Home Remodeling Group,Inc.
    Porch Pro Headshot Super Handyman Service
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    (60)
    "Called Super Handyman Service about 3 months ago because I had an emergency plumbing problem. The owner came out to look at my water heater and did a quick repair on the spot. The repair took about an hour and he charged me 100. . . I appreciate the service and the fact that he was prepared to do t...Read more about Super Handyman Service
    "Called Super Handyman Service about 3 months ago because I had an emergency plumbing problem. The owner came out to look at my water heater and did a quick repair on the spot. The repair took about an hour and he charged me 100. . . I appreciate the service and the fact that he was prepared to do t...Read more about Super Handyman Service
    Porch Pro Headshot HomePro Remodeling
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    (146)
    We are a full service company that does everything you could ever think of regarding home improvement. No job is too small for us! We love to see the smile on our customers face at the end of a job. When you are happy, we are happy! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at any time...Read more about HomePro Remodeling
    We are a full service company that does everything you could ever think of regarding home improvement. No job is too small for us! We love to see the smile on our customers face at the end of a job. When you are happy, we are happy! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at any time...Read more about HomePro Remodeling
    Porch Pro Headshot Turn Key Construction and Design
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    (2)
    "Turn Key construction did a beautiful job on my kitchen and bathroom remodel and I’m extremely satisfied with their work. I highly recommend them. I give them 5 stars and will definitely use them again for my future Home projects."
    "Turn Key construction did a beautiful job on my kitchen and bathroom remodel and I’m extremely satisfied with their work. I highly recommend them. I give them 5 stars and will definitely use them again for my future Home projects."
    Porch Pro Headshot Eden Development
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    We've been renovating homes and businesses in the greater Los Angeles area since 2008. Our company provides craftsmanship, and our assured use of advanced materials and technologies, and our philosophy of socially responsible building practices. Our approach to the construction process strongly emp...Read more about Eden Development
    We've been renovating homes and businesses in the greater Los Angeles area since 2008. Our company provides craftsmanship, and our assured use of advanced materials and technologies, and our philosophy of socially responsible building practices. Our approach to the construction process strongly emp...Read more about Eden Development
    Porch Pro Headshot Ready Electric
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    (1)
    "Ready Construction &Electric 720 Meyer lane suit 101.redondo beach, ca 90278 310-678-7419 State license contractor no.561594 This letter is an introduction to offer you our company services such as general building contractor B1 and additional service such as electrical contractor C10. O...Read more about Ready Electric
    "Ready Construction &Electric 720 Meyer lane suit 101.redondo beach, ca 90278 310-678-7419 State license contractor no.561594 This letter is an introduction to offer you our company services such as general building contractor B1 and additional service such as electrical contractor C10. O...Read more about Ready Electric
    Porch Pro Headshot Top Value Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    (3)
    "Foundation work is something you really want to get the right people for, people who know what they're doing. I was impressed with how knowledgable and skilled the team was. Our foundation project took some time and care, and was ultimately completed exactly as I had hoped—which can be rare with an...Read more about Top Value Construction
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    "Foundation work is something you really want to get the right people for, people who know what they're doing. I was impressed with how knowledgable and skilled the team was. Our foundation project took some time and care, and was ultimately completed exactly as I had hoped—which can be rare with an...Read more about Top Value Construction
    Porch Pro Headshot Parker Building
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    (1)
    Parker Building is certified, bonded and insured construction company, operating in Los Angeles county, Ventura county and orange county, providing our customers with full satisfactory products and services. Our services include all aspects of home improvement, remodeling, design, installation and c...Read more about Parker Building
    Parker Building is certified, bonded and insured construction company, operating in Los Angeles county, Ventura county and orange county, providing our customers with full satisfactory products and services. Our services include all aspects of home improvement, remodeling, design, installation and c...Read more about Parker Building
    Porch Pro Headshot JC Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    Porch Pro Headshot MGC Building Contractor
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    Porch Pro Headshot Carley Construction Handyman Services
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California
    Porch Pro Headshot Appointment On Demand Inc.
    General Contractors
    Serves Los Angeles, California