Top 10 General Contractors in Newton, MA

Porch Pro Headshot Link Construction
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
"We contracted Lance and Link Construction to finish the basement in our home. Communication right from the beginning was excellent. He and his team were on time for every meeting. The project was completed on time and exceeded our expectations for quality work. There were several areas of our b...Read more about Link Construction
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"We contracted Lance and Link Construction to finish the basement in our home. Communication right from the beginning was excellent. He and his team were on time for every meeting. The project was completed on time and exceeded our expectations for quality work. There were several areas of our b...Read more about Link Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Tom Curren Companies
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
(582)
Tom Curren Companies has been a leader in home-improvement throughout Massachusetts since 1986. Our broad scope of services can increase your home's appearance inside and out, ensure its weather resistance, and add to its value-- now and in the future. From high-end kitchen renovations to exterior p...Read more about Tom Curren Companies
Tom Curren Companies has been a leader in home-improvement throughout Massachusetts since 1986. Our broad scope of services can increase your home's appearance inside and out, ensure its weather resistance, and add to its value-- now and in the future. From high-end kitchen renovations to exterior p...Read more about Tom Curren Companies
Porch Pro Headshot SAVU LLC
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
(111)
"Stellar service and experience for my backsplash project. From the quote until the job was done, everything was super pleasant. He did a great job on a much needed backsplash, and even came out on short notice. Really a great experience, I will definitely hire again and recommend."
"Stellar service and experience for my backsplash project. From the quote until the job was done, everything was super pleasant. He did a great job on a much needed backsplash, and even came out on short notice. Really a great experience, I will definitely hire again and recommend."
Porch Pro Headshot FITZGERALD DESIGN BUILD
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
(11)
"FitzGerald Design Build finished a space of our garage for my son. From the design concept to finishing touches, we could not be happier! The work they performed was impeccable. There were never any headaches or worries because Mr. FitzGerald is so easy going and nothing we mentioned was ever a bot...Read more about FITZGERALD DESIGN BUILD
"FitzGerald Design Build finished a space of our garage for my son. From the design concept to finishing touches, we could not be happier! The work they performed was impeccable. There were never any headaches or worries because Mr. FitzGerald is so easy going and nothing we mentioned was ever a bot...Read more about FITZGERALD DESIGN BUILD
Porch Pro Headshot Avalon Building Systems
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
(18)
Here at Avalon Building Systems, our goal is introduce you to the many advantages of modular home construction. By building modular, you will save time and money while constructing the beautiful, economical, and energy efficient prefabricated home of your dreams.
Here at Avalon Building Systems, our goal is introduce you to the many advantages of modular home construction. By building modular, you will save time and money while constructing the beautiful, economical, and energy efficient prefabricated home of your dreams.
Porch Pro Headshot Mark W. Quigley General Contracting
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
I established this company in 1986, after more than ten years working in the field of home building and remodeling. My company specializes in renovating and remodeling, historic home restoration, custom home building and both minor and major repair work. Additions, kitchens, baths, roofs, exterior a...Read more about Mark W. Quigley General Contracting
I established this company in 1986, after more than ten years working in the field of home building and remodeling. My company specializes in renovating and remodeling, historic home restoration, custom home building and both minor and major repair work. Additions, kitchens, baths, roofs, exterior a...Read more about Mark W. Quigley General Contracting
Porch Pro Headshot Golden Builder Construction, Inc
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
(5)
We are proud to provide customers with excellent service and great workmanship. With more than 20 years experience in the residential and commercial construction in the Boston Area we are confidence to meet our clients expectations. Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)
We are proud to provide customers with excellent service and great workmanship. With more than 20 years experience in the residential and commercial construction in the Boston Area we are confidence to meet our clients expectations. Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)
Porch Pro Headshot Verzino Construction, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
(7)
We provide custom remodeling solutions for you. We listen carefully to your needs and know that every living space is unique. We are a relatively new company that started out with a single window repair job in West Newton, MA. It was indeed the proverbial window of opportunity. Since then, we have ...Read more about Verzino Construction, Inc.
We provide custom remodeling solutions for you. We listen carefully to your needs and know that every living space is unique. We are a relatively new company that started out with a single window repair job in West Newton, MA. It was indeed the proverbial window of opportunity. Since then, we have ...Read more about Verzino Construction, Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot LC Carpentry Masonry INC
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
(2)
"Before moving into my new 65 year house I had the entire upstairs painted including closet interiors. I had no idea the amount of work that could go into painting. They removed everything from the walls including closets shelfs and fixed all nail pops and indentions in the walls and ceiling. The...Read more about LC Carpentry Masonry INC
"Before moving into my new 65 year house I had the entire upstairs painted including closet interiors. I had no idea the amount of work that could go into painting. They removed everything from the walls including closets shelfs and fixed all nail pops and indentions in the walls and ceiling. The...Read more about LC Carpentry Masonry INC
Porch Pro Headshot Hawthorn Builders
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
Hawthorn Builders is a real estate development company in the Needham , MA area. Hawthorn Builders built its first house in 2007, the company has constructed or renovated over seventy homes through the end of 2016.
Hawthorn Builders is a real estate development company in the Needham , MA area. Hawthorn Builders built its first house in 2007, the company has constructed or renovated over seventy homes through the end of 2016.

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 Newton General Contractors

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Thank you Avalon for our beautiful home ! The quality, craftsmanship and design are superior ! Loved working with Hilary in designing a home that fits our needs. Chris our supervisor has always been attentive and has a great eye for detail. He always r...

- James Shea
112857

is the house for rent can we buy it for less money like 25 dollars or just for free how much do we need to pay please reply know

- Prudence Ntamutumba
108294

They did my brothers home in Needham and did a fabulous job. They were very professional and the design team was great. Came in on budget and on time. The great room is awesome.

- Carol Reddington
162288

I hired Tom Verzino and his team to cut out a 4 foot wall in my kitchen. I was told two weeks but it ended up being 2 months. His crew would show up about 2 hours a day and that was it until the end when I started getting upset. Once the project was compl...

- Jason Moore
162287

I hired Tom Verzino and his team to cut out a 4 foot wall in my kitchen. I was told two weeks but it ended up being 2 months. His crew would show up about 2 hours a day and that was it until the end when I started getting upset. Once the project was compl...

- Jason Moore
97696

They did my kitchen and they were professional and always on time. Project was done 2 days before the expected date. I would recommend them to family and friends.

- Francisco Guevara
11560

Russ is a dependable contractor and works with his clients to deliver a product that best fits their landscape and within a specified budget without compromising quality.

- Joyce Bailey
11413

He has done a lot of work for us from putting in a new kitchen, to building a family room and a master bedroom suite and much more all to our satisfaction.

- Peter Fiore
11223

Russ has been doing work for me and my family for many years. He is easy to work with. I would not have anyone else do my work. I would recommend him to anyone.

- Margaret Dunlea O'Reilly
11467

I highly recommend Russ Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald Design Build. Russ is a wonderful person to work with — personable and easy to reach, professional, reliable, available, and skilled. Russ has great design ideas, and he works with a fine architect. He was...

- Robert Eshbach
11350

Fitzgerald Design Build was great to work with! From planning to completion everything went as expected!

- Jeffrey Boyle

Everything You Need to Know About Newton General Contractors

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Here’s what you need to know to choose the right general contractor in Newton:

  • Are they properly licensed? Newton has 4 licensed General Contractors Pros.
  • Are they BBB accredited? 7 pros in Newton are.
  • Check if they are they BBB rated: 20 are A-rated in Newton.
  • Is the quality worth the price? Make sure to find the general contractor that can deliver the quality you're looking for, without going way over your budget. Don't forget that every job is going to be different.
  • Speak with them over the phone: Contact multiple general contractors pros to see if you’re on the same page when it comes to your project.

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

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.

All General Contractors in Newton, MA

Porch Pro Headshot GDV Building
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
(4)
GDV Building creates beautiful home additions, renovations and custom projects. We pride ourselves on meticulous planning and expert craftsmanship, delivering consistently spectacular results on all of our projects. Fully licensed and Insured Here at GDV Building we take great pride not only in ou...Read more about GDV Building
GDV Building creates beautiful home additions, renovations and custom projects. We pride ourselves on meticulous planning and expert craftsmanship, delivering consistently spectacular results on all of our projects. Fully licensed and Insured Here at GDV Building we take great pride not only in ou...Read more about GDV Building
Porch Pro Headshot Williams Construction Co.
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
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"Fantastic run family business! The chemistry between the Williams family did wonders for my household. With their hard working natures, they really pleased our family with the final outcome! Very knowledgeable, will listen and talk to you. Would recommend them to anyone! Thank you for the service!"
"Fantastic run family business! The chemistry between the Williams family did wonders for my household. With their hard working natures, they really pleased our family with the final outcome! Very knowledgeable, will listen and talk to you. Would recommend them to anyone! Thank you for the service!"
Porch Pro Headshot John R Elander & Son Inc
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
Welcome to John R. Elander & Son, Inc. Are you looking for an experienced, dependable general contractor for your residential remodel or new construction project? If so you owe it to yourself to get to know John R. Elander & Son, Inc. With more than 90 years experience, John R. Elander & Son, Inc. h...Read more about John R Elander & Son Inc
Welcome to John R. Elander & Son, Inc. Are you looking for an experienced, dependable general contractor for your residential remodel or new construction project? If so you owe it to yourself to get to know John R. Elander & Son, Inc. With more than 90 years experience, John R. Elander & Son, Inc. h...Read more about John R Elander & Son Inc
Porch Pro Headshot World Marble & Granite
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
(5)
If you need a countertop store near Watertown MA, do not hesitate to call World Marble & Granite at (617) 600-4601. Make the right move by choosing our professionals. Quartz Kitchen Countertop, Marble Countertop, Granite Countertop, Quartz Countertop, Bathroom Countertop, Countertop Installation Lin...Read more about World Marble & Granite
If you need a countertop store near Watertown MA, do not hesitate to call World Marble & Granite at (617) 600-4601. Make the right move by choosing our professionals. Quartz Kitchen Countertop, Marble Countertop, Granite Countertop, Quartz Countertop, Bathroom Countertop, Countertop Installation Lin...Read more about World Marble & Granite
Porch Pro Headshot Coen Construction LLC
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
We are a full service residential construction and remodeling company. Our goal is to exceed all of our clients expectations through exceptional customer service and quality craftsmanship. We work with some of the best tradesmen in the industry to deliver a quality finished product. We specialize in...Read more about Coen Construction LLC
We are a full service residential construction and remodeling company. Our goal is to exceed all of our clients expectations through exceptional customer service and quality craftsmanship. We work with some of the best tradesmen in the industry to deliver a quality finished product. We specialize in...Read more about Coen Construction LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Ronys Construction Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
Porch Pro Headshot Garage Door Repair Experts Brookline
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
Here at Garage Door Repair Experts Brookline , we cover a full range of garage door repair services, which includes hardware overhaul, replacement of broken springs and cables, adjustments of limit settings and off-track door repair. We have highly skilled technicians who can fix any kind of problem...Read more about Garage Door Repair Experts Brookline
Here at Garage Door Repair Experts Brookline , we cover a full range of garage door repair services, which includes hardware overhaul, replacement of broken springs and cables, adjustments of limit settings and off-track door repair. We have highly skilled technicians who can fix any kind of problem...Read more about Garage Door Repair Experts Brookline
Porch Pro Headshot The Scipione Group, Llc Building & Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
Porch Pro Headshot C&F CONSTRUCTION & CLEANING
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
Porch Pro Headshot Gregorys Fine Tailoring Belmont
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
Gregorys Fine Tailoring belmont has the experience and resources to provide you with the highest quality tailoring services in Belmont, MA. Tailor, Tailoring Service, Dress Tailoring, Tailoring, Men's Clothing Alterations Spring Hill Somerville, MA; Observatory Hill, Cambridge, MA; Riverside Cambr...Read more about Gregorys Fine Tailoring Belmont
Gregorys Fine Tailoring belmont has the experience and resources to provide you with the highest quality tailoring services in Belmont, MA. Tailor, Tailoring Service, Dress Tailoring, Tailoring, Men's Clothing Alterations Spring Hill Somerville, MA; Observatory Hill, Cambridge, MA; Riverside Cambr...Read more about Gregorys Fine Tailoring Belmont
Porch Pro Headshot Gregorys Fine Tailoring - Waltham
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
Gregorys Fine Tailoring - Waltham Waltham, MA, 02452 (617) 545-5795 Gregorys Fine Tailoring - Waltham is a well known tailoring service service provider in the Waltham, MA area. We are dedicated to providing top quality services at reasonable prices. Clothes Alterations, Bridal Alterations, Clothing...Read more about Gregorys Fine Tailoring - Waltham
Gregorys Fine Tailoring - Waltham Waltham, MA, 02452 (617) 545-5795 Gregorys Fine Tailoring - Waltham is a well known tailoring service service provider in the Waltham, MA area. We are dedicated to providing top quality services at reasonable prices. Clothes Alterations, Bridal Alterations, Clothing...Read more about Gregorys Fine Tailoring - Waltham
Porch Pro Headshot Curcio Builders
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
Porch Pro Headshot 3 sons handyman
General Contractors
Serves Newton, Massachusetts
We are a family run buisness with a low over head so we can pass this saveings on to our customers. We also take pride in our work we would like ur house to look like our homes.
We are a family run buisness with a low over head so we can pass this saveings on to our customers. We also take pride in our work we would like ur house to look like our homes.

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