Top 10 General Contractors in Mission Viejo, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Inner City Skyline Inc
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, 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 Cielo Construction Company
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, California
(220)
"When I called and talked to Chloe the dispatch manager she was confident that they could help install and provide a tankless water heater and repair the drywall that had been damaged. When Cielo showed up they explained to me every detail of the stages of construction so I can at least be aware of ...Read more about Cielo Construction Company
"When I called and talked to Chloe the dispatch manager she was confident that they could help install and provide a tankless water heater and repair the drywall that had been damaged. When Cielo showed up they explained to me every detail of the stages of construction so I can at least be aware of ...Read more about Cielo Construction Company
Porch Pro Headshot OC Builders Group
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, California
(186)
"OC Builders is an excellent company and Moe is an amazing contractor. The company truly cares about their clients and tries their best to be respectful and accommodating during what can be a very difficult time. I have done many projects with OC Buildersand Moe and I look forward to building the AD...Read more about OC Builders Group
"OC Builders is an excellent company and Moe is an amazing contractor. The company truly cares about their clients and tries their best to be respectful and accommodating during what can be a very difficult time. I have done many projects with OC Buildersand Moe and I look forward to building the AD...Read more about OC Builders Group
Porch Pro Headshot AAA Solar Construction
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, California
(44)
"This is my first Yelp review ever, but I was so pleased with the work Eric and his crew did. I was motivated. We looked at 4-5 contractors who can do work in the Costa Mesa area to work on our garage, and Eric was upfront about pricing and timeline, very amenable to my schedule, and pleasant to wor...Read more about AAA Solar Construction
"This is my first Yelp review ever, but I was so pleased with the work Eric and his crew did. I was motivated. We looked at 4-5 contractors who can do work in the Costa Mesa area to work on our garage, and Eric was upfront about pricing and timeline, very amenable to my schedule, and pleasant to wor...Read more about AAA Solar Construction
Porch Pro Headshot California Custom Creations, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, California
(37)
California Custom Creations, Inc. is a Custom Home builder with over 20 years of experience. Established in 1998; "We love New Construction the most, but we also put a lot of passion into our renovations, rehabs, and our room additions." We have a 5 star rating on yelp and are listed with the ...Read more about California Custom Creations, Inc.
California Custom Creations, Inc. is a Custom Home builder with over 20 years of experience. Established in 1998; "We love New Construction the most, but we also put a lot of passion into our renovations, rehabs, and our room additions." We have a 5 star rating on yelp and are listed with the ...Read more about California Custom Creations, Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Roger Lundquist Home Repair
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, California
(28)
"I have used them for over 30 years and can't say enough about them. If you want to make sure it is done right the first time Call Roger Lundquist. I do not say this lightly I really truly mean they are the best. Sherman Smith 30 Year Realtor"
"I have used them for over 30 years and can't say enough about them. If you want to make sure it is done right the first time Call Roger Lundquist. I do not say this lightly I really truly mean they are the best. Sherman Smith 30 Year Realtor"
Porch Pro Headshot Appleton Renovations
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, California
SPECIALIZING IN: Custom Built-Ins Custom Cabinets Entertainment Centers, Home Theater Systems, Appleton Renovations is more than a cabinet shop... we provide our clients with complete turn-key solutions which include not only a Hand Crafted Entertainment Center but also Home Theater solutions tha...Read more about Appleton Renovations
SPECIALIZING IN: Custom Built-Ins Custom Cabinets Entertainment Centers, Home Theater Systems, Appleton Renovations is more than a cabinet shop... we provide our clients with complete turn-key solutions which include not only a Hand Crafted Entertainment Center but also Home Theater solutions tha...Read more about Appleton Renovations
Porch Pro Headshot Caraveli Construction
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, California
(6)
"They are right on time when you need a quote. Very polite and respectful. Once a project is started they are very conscience and pay attention to the details right to the end. I would highly recommend this company to do any work on my properties! LYL - Trabuco Canyon home owner"
"They are right on time when you need a quote. Very polite and respectful. Once a project is started they are very conscience and pay attention to the details right to the end. I would highly recommend this company to do any work on my properties! LYL - Trabuco Canyon home owner"
Porch Pro Headshot The LoftCrafters Inc
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, California
(142)
Lofts are our specialty! This is all we do (currently around 100 per year), so we are experts!One contractor, no surprises, no headaches.Currently averaging 2 1/2 weeks, from start to finish. Furthermore, major construction is complete in the first week! No other contractor can consistently match th...Read more about The LoftCrafters Inc
Lofts are our specialty! This is all we do (currently around 100 per year), so we are experts!One contractor, no surprises, no headaches.Currently averaging 2 1/2 weeks, from start to finish. Furthermore, major construction is complete in the first week! No other contractor can consistently match th...Read more about The LoftCrafters Inc
Porch Pro Headshot Arubbahs of Heaven Inc
General Contractors
Serves Mission Viejo, California
(9)
In the past 42 years as a licensed general contractor, I have built many types of projects for others as well as myself including: residential rental and for sale, dental offices, small strip centers, gas station, restaurants. My expertise covers all aspects of development and construction managemen...Read more about Arubbahs of Heaven Inc
In the past 42 years as a licensed general contractor, I have built many types of projects for others as well as myself including: residential rental and for sale, dental offices, small strip centers, gas station, restaurants. My expertise covers all aspects of development and construction managemen...Read more about Arubbahs of Heaven 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 Mission Viejo General Contractors

56395

After 16-years, my wife and I finally made the decision to undertake a whole home remodel. After interviewing two previous contractors it was clear that they had their own vision for our remodel and didn't seem to hear our concerns. it was very off-putt...

- Dominic Montalbano
56272

I was recommended Eli through a friend and everything he said about Eli and his crew were spot on. Very happy with them and the finished product!

- Kim higa
37371

We had CE renovate our backyard landscaping. They were always on time, courteous, efficient, responsive.

62624

Had landscape, patio cover, concrete pad, inside drywall and lighting done. CE Contractors did an excellent job!! They were very professional and there work was neat and clean. They beat there deadlines and I would hire them again. If you're looking for a...

- Don Cone
13864

August, 2014 I had a water pipe break in my wall which caused extensive damage to my kitchen. I didn’t know what to do until I met Eddie Stokes of California Custom Creations. He told me not to worry; he would take care of everything. And, he did, includi...

234522

We hired Eddie Stokes, California Custom Creations Inc., to perform an extensive remodel of the first floor of our home. This included demo and constructing new slab, plumbing, electrical, interior and exterior walls, furnace and duct work, ceiling, and ...

- John Wacaster
23151

August, 2014 I had a water pipe break in my wall which caused extensive damage to my kitchen. I didn’t know what to do until I met Eddie Stokes of California Custom Creations. He told me not to worry; he would take care of everything. And, he did, incl...

- Betty Pollakoff
21235

I have worked with California Custom Creations, Inc. and Eddie Stokes for the past year and half, and I could not have picked a better contractor. I can always depend on Eddie’s thoroughness with my clients. He takes his time in explaining the entire proc...

- Eddie Stokes
21234

We have worked with Eddie Stokes for over ten years, and he has built several new houses and completed extensive remodeling projects of ours in that time. Eddie has always completed each project in a professional manner and with a high degree of accuracy....

- Eddie Stokes
13868

I have worked with Eddie Stokes and California Custom Creations on several occasions. I first worked with CCC in 2011 when they did a major remodel on our home. CCC also did two smaller remodels for us in 2012 and 2013. Eddie and his contractors were a...

- Eddie Stokes

Everything You Need to Know About Mission Viejo General Contractors

How many general contractors does Mission Viejo have?

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

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

How does invoicing/payment work for most General Contractor projects in Mission Viejo?

Every project differs, but you should ask any general contractor for an estimate, before they do any work. In fact, ask for their general payment terms before any general contractor services work is done.

If the job is large and going to take longer than a day, it's common practice for general contractors to request a down payment. Usually, this will be around 25% so they can commence work on your general contractor project.

If it's a quick job, you'll likely be given an invoice/bill when the job is complete. Then it's up to you and the general contractor to determine if you pay immediately or can send payment at a later date.

Who should I hire if I need General Contractor Services in Mission Viejo?

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

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

    All General Contractors in Mission Viejo, CA

    Porch Pro Headshot S&P Premier Builders
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    (4)
    "I serve on an HOA board that uses S&P for our building/maintence needs. We have been happy with the quality of work and reasonable pricing for the 3+ years they have been serving our needs. They have been able to fix building problems that other contractors we have used couldn't. They are great...Read more about S&P Premier Builders
    "I serve on an HOA board that uses S&P for our building/maintence needs. We have been happy with the quality of work and reasonable pricing for the 3+ years they have been serving our needs. They have been able to fix building problems that other contractors we have used couldn't. They are great...Read more about S&P Premier Builders
    Porch Pro Headshot Al's Home Improvements
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    (15)
    I have over 20 years of experience doing home improvement projects. I grew up in a family that managed income property as part of a family real estate business. This is where I apprenticed in all of the trades and services we offer. My grandfather, Frank was a carpenter by trade who taught me the ...Read more about Al's Home Improvements
    I have over 20 years of experience doing home improvement projects. I grew up in a family that managed income property as part of a family real estate business. This is where I apprenticed in all of the trades and services we offer. My grandfather, Frank was a carpenter by trade who taught me the ...Read more about Al's Home Improvements
    Porch Pro Headshot ORANGE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    (16)
    Porch Pro Headshot Weidner Construction Inc.
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or building your forever home we are here to help. From budgeting to finishes we will provide guidance and support throughout the critical path. Contact us for a meet and greet so we can discuss your vision for your new space.
    Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or building your forever home we are here to help. From budgeting to finishes we will provide guidance and support throughout the critical path. Contact us for a meet and greet so we can discuss your vision for your new space.
    Porch Pro Headshot Premiere Piano Tuning Irvine
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    "We'll get your piano sounding like it should." We are local professionals servicing Irvine and the surrounding areas of Orange County. Our expertly trained technicians can assist you with Piano Tuning, Piano Voicing, and Piano Repair.
    "We'll get your piano sounding like it should." We are local professionals servicing Irvine and the surrounding areas of Orange County. Our expertly trained technicians can assist you with Piano Tuning, Piano Voicing, and Piano Repair.
    Porch Pro Headshot Aliso Garage Door Repair
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    Aliso Viejo Garage Door Repair (855) 298-4014 | Gate Repair Aliso Viejo (855) 298-4014 GARAGE DOOR REPAIR GATE REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial Aliso Garage Door Repair 22912 Pacific Park Dr # C Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (855) 298-4014 http://www.angelgaragedoors.com Garage Door Repai...Read more about Aliso Garage Door Repair
    Aliso Viejo Garage Door Repair (855) 298-4014 | Gate Repair Aliso Viejo (855) 298-4014 GARAGE DOOR REPAIR GATE REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial Aliso Garage Door Repair 22912 Pacific Park Dr # C Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (855) 298-4014 http://www.angelgaragedoors.com Garage Door Repai...Read more about Aliso Garage Door Repair
    Porch Pro Headshot Randy's Repairs ( I FIX IT ALL )
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    For audio equipment repair and electronic repair services near Lake Forest, CA, 92630, call the most preferred provider - Randy's Repairs ( I FIX IT ALL ). Call (949) 238-0981 and get quality home stereo speaker repair beyond your expectations. Gadget Repair Service, Audio Visual Repair Service, Eme...Read more about Randy's Repairs ( I FIX IT ALL )
    For audio equipment repair and electronic repair services near Lake Forest, CA, 92630, call the most preferred provider - Randy's Repairs ( I FIX IT ALL ). Call (949) 238-0981 and get quality home stereo speaker repair beyond your expectations. Gadget Repair Service, Audio Visual Repair Service, Eme...Read more about Randy's Repairs ( I FIX IT ALL )
    Porch Pro Headshot BZ Construction Inc
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    (22)
    Porch Pro Headshot Wes Cal Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    Porch Pro Headshot E. L. Seifert - General Contractor
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    E. L. Seifert - General Contractor is a licensed construction company located in Mission Viejo. They provide residential remodeling, renovation and remediation construction services. E. L. "Red" Seifert - General Contractor is licensed by the state of California, and is certified as a Lead-Safe Firm...Read more about E. L. Seifert - General Contractor
    E. L. Seifert - General Contractor is a licensed construction company located in Mission Viejo. They provide residential remodeling, renovation and remediation construction services. E. L. "Red" Seifert - General Contractor is licensed by the state of California, and is certified as a Lead-Safe Firm...Read more about E. L. Seifert - General Contractor
    Porch Pro Headshot Carley Construction Handyman Services
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    Porch Pro Headshot Tekne Development Inc. formerly James Falcone Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    Porch Pro Headshot T&R Construction Co Inc
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    Ensure your home is well-protected from harsh weather with some vinyl siding from T&R Construction Co, located in Rcho Sta Marg, CA.
    Ensure your home is well-protected from harsh weather with some vinyl siding from T&R Construction Co, located in Rcho Sta Marg, CA.
    Porch Pro Headshot STEVE MC CUNE CONSTRUCTION
    General Contractors
    Serves Mission Viejo, California
    Steve MC Cune Construction is a home building specialist based out of Lake Forest. They provide green construction, wine cellar design and more.
    Steve MC Cune Construction is a home building specialist based out of Lake Forest. They provide green construction, wine cellar design and more.