Top 10 General Contractors in Norfolk, VA

Porch Pro Headshot Quality Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
"Great value and fast communication! I reached out to get a project done and they immediately responded giving me a great price! Their communication is excellent! I highly recommend if you need anything done in your home, pick this company! I would give 10-stars if I could! It is so hard to find com...Read more about Quality Remodeling
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"Great value and fast communication! I reached out to get a project done and they immediately responded giving me a great price! Their communication is excellent! I highly recommend if you need anything done in your home, pick this company! I would give 10-stars if I could! It is so hard to find com...Read more about Quality Remodeling
Porch Pro Headshot Cavalier Enterprises
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
(60)
"To the customer who is looking to hire General Contractor we have worked for and observed multiple projects for the last 3 plus years involving all the aspects in home remodeling, and Cavalier Enterprises is absolutely the best. In our 20 plus years as a Painting Contractor I have worked for zilli...Read more about Cavalier Enterprises
"To the customer who is looking to hire General Contractor we have worked for and observed multiple projects for the last 3 plus years involving all the aspects in home remodeling, and Cavalier Enterprises is absolutely the best. In our 20 plus years as a Painting Contractor I have worked for zilli...Read more about Cavalier Enterprises
Porch Pro Headshot Pratte Construction (VBHomeRepair.com)
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
(50)
"Pratte Construction recently completed a complete kitchen remodel for my home; including floors, cabinets, counter tops, and appliances. The work was excellent across the board! I am not one to write reviews usually, but this company impressed me more than once with their attention to detail and ...Read more about Pratte Construction (VBHomeRepair.com)
"Pratte Construction recently completed a complete kitchen remodel for my home; including floors, cabinets, counter tops, and appliances. The work was excellent across the board! I am not one to write reviews usually, but this company impressed me more than once with their attention to detail and ...Read more about Pratte Construction (VBHomeRepair.com)
Porch Pro Headshot DK Paragon Custom Builders, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
(6)
DK Paragon Custom Builders provides some of the best home construction and remodeling services in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and beyond. With more than 30 years of experience, we can handle a number of remodeling and home improvement projects, which are highly valuable to homeowners. We of...Read more about DK Paragon Custom Builders, Inc.
DK Paragon Custom Builders provides some of the best home construction and remodeling services in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and beyond. With more than 30 years of experience, we can handle a number of remodeling and home improvement projects, which are highly valuable to homeowners. We of...Read more about DK Paragon Custom Builders, Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Dream Home Solutions LLC
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
(15)
"We used Dream Home Solutions for a new roof a few months ago. The experience was so wonderful that we just brought them back to replace our siding, trim and soffits. They hold your hand throughout the project and it was great that the owner, John McCabe, came out before, during and after the projec...Read more about Dream Home Solutions LLC
"We used Dream Home Solutions for a new roof a few months ago. The experience was so wonderful that we just brought them back to replace our siding, trim and soffits. They hold your hand throughout the project and it was great that the owner, John McCabe, came out before, during and after the projec...Read more about Dream Home Solutions LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia  Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
(6)
Working with homeowners, designing and executing improvements whether it be remodeling kitchens or baths, adding much needed space, or installing beautiful windows, our passion for improving a homeowner's investment is as great as our clients'. Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia, Inc. is fully l...Read more about Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia Inc.
Working with homeowners, designing and executing improvements whether it be remodeling kitchens or baths, adding much needed space, or installing beautiful windows, our passion for improving a homeowner's investment is as great as our clients'. Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia, Inc. is fully l...Read more about Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot BHI Construction
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
(4)
"Met Mr. Oakley through a referral from another co-worker. Very professional, highly conscientious individual. Paid a lot of attention to the small details making the overall project much better than expected. Will use his services again in the very near future for some much needed home repairs."
"Met Mr. Oakley through a referral from another co-worker. Very professional, highly conscientious individual. Paid a lot of attention to the small details making the overall project much better than expected. Will use his services again in the very near future for some much needed home repairs."
Porch Pro Headshot Luper Construction
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
We provide all phases of home repair which includes Decks, Fences, Bath / Kitchen Remodels, Windows / Doors, Hardwood Flooring, Laminate Flooring, Ceramic Tile, Interior / Exterior Trim, Roofing and much more. We have been in business for over 2 years and have 17 years in the industry.
We provide all phases of home repair which includes Decks, Fences, Bath / Kitchen Remodels, Windows / Doors, Hardwood Flooring, Laminate Flooring, Ceramic Tile, Interior / Exterior Trim, Roofing and much more. We have been in business for over 2 years and have 17 years in the industry.
Porch Pro Headshot ALLIED CONTRACTING - Plumbing / Gas fitting / General Contractor
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
(4)
"We have used Allied Contracting many times and they are FANTASTIC ! The owner and employees are very honest and professional from the beginning to completion of projects. Honesty and integrity are the most important things to look for in a company. The work is completed with high work standards and...Read more about ALLIED CONTRACTING - Plumbing / Gas fitting / General Contractor
"We have used Allied Contracting many times and they are FANTASTIC ! The owner and employees are very honest and professional from the beginning to completion of projects. Honesty and integrity are the most important things to look for in a company. The work is completed with high work standards and...Read more about ALLIED CONTRACTING - Plumbing / Gas fitting / General Contractor
Porch Pro Headshot All Trades of Tidewater
General Contractors
Serves Norfolk, Virginia
Task the professionals at All Trades of Tidewater in Crisfield with your upcoming vinyl siding project to guarantee a job well done.
Task the professionals at All Trades of Tidewater in Crisfield with your upcoming vinyl siding project to guarantee a job well done.

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 Norfolk General Contractors

55215

very detail, professional large crew and lowest price finish fast

- greg harrison
34382

They were professional, fast, and honest. Would recommend this company to all my friends. They installed my water heater within 3 days from purchase, left my garage clean, and answered all my questions. Will definitely use them for any project.

30899

Great customer service. Had a gas line put in for my new gas stove and barbecue grill they were extremely competent and fair priced . They were prompt and clean. It was a pleasure to work with Jason and Mike and will call them for other services in the ...

- Nancy DeGaetano
30890

I am pleased with the responsiveness, quality of work, the cost and the professionalism of the technician. Some minor things I would recommend to make the company even better: advance call to let you the technician is on the way, technician is armed to ...

- Patrice Irving
262572

them to mitigate water damage which included replacing the subfloor in damaged areas. They left our bathroom floors untouched with obvious signs of water damage and rot. They never brought this up as an issue and we had to call them out on it to look at i...

- Ha Koehler
34360

Don & his crew always show up and do a great job ! It is good to have a contractor that will actually Show up & Do the Work - on time & on budget. We have used Cavalier many times for various projects over the years. Thanks!

- ALLIED CONTRACTING
47385

Pete is an amazing electrician. He has done three major projects at my house with Greg's help for the right price.

- Susan Page
46791

Greg and Pete are two very conscientious mature adults. They work well together, are competitively fair and do extremely quality work, I highly recommend them.

- Bill Reed
367821

This company is spot on when it comes to communication and being on time. This is hard to find nowadays with contractors. Matt and Malik are great to deal with. If you need a bathroom remodel, these are your guys!

- Elmo Ibbotson
370968

Our bathroom is our favorite room in our house. Matt gave us some tips when we got the estimate to give the bathroom a more upscale look without increasing the price. They knowledge and expertise when is comes to remodeling is hard to find!

- Arlen Hyslop
372833

We are more than pleased with the results! Great contractors are hard to find but this is a needle in a haystack. Our kitchen is amazing and they are great in all areas, Price, Quality, Communication, and more!

- Burton Annison
372800

Great prices! They really are the best price in town for quality work. Our bathroom turned out great. The installers really took their time in setting the tile level and straight. Will use again and again!

- Hermon Guest

Everything You Need to Know About Norfolk General Contractors

Can I browse unscreened General Contractors in Norfolk?

We do our best to screen all of our general contractors. However, there are still some general contractor professionals in Norfolk that have not been pre-screened. This means that their licenses may not be up to date to operate in Norfolk or VA. Always be sure to pre-screen them yourself before hiring. Here are some unscreened professionals offering general contractor services:

  • NG Pro Drywall Service:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Coverall Construction Inc:
    • BBB Rating: A+
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Sneed Home Solutions:
    • BBB Rating: A
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive

What Norfolk zip codes are served by General Contractors?

Norfolk has 50 total General Contractor companies that service multiple zip codes. We've put together a list of areas in and around Norfolk with the most General Contractors:

    • 2 General Contractors in 23513.
      • 1 General Contractors in 23503.
      • 1 General Contractors in 23325.

      What should I check for once my General Contractor in Norfolk 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 Norfolk, VA

      Porch Pro Headshot Envision Window & Sun Rooms an Elchin Inc. Company
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      (1)
      We specialize in designing and building beautiful maintenance free Sunrooms, conservatories, solarium, screen rooms greenhouses, patio enclosures, decks, porches, patio's additions brick pavers, railings, ez-breez rooms, Window replacement, sunroom repairs, sunroom re-glazing Discounts to those th...Read more about Envision Window & Sun Rooms an Elchin Inc. Company
      We specialize in designing and building beautiful maintenance free Sunrooms, conservatories, solarium, screen rooms greenhouses, patio enclosures, decks, porches, patio's additions brick pavers, railings, ez-breez rooms, Window replacement, sunroom repairs, sunroom re-glazing Discounts to those th...Read more about Envision Window & Sun Rooms an Elchin Inc. Company
      Porch Pro Headshot Luna Electrical and Home Improvement
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      (2)
      A veteran owned company with 20+ years of electrical and home improvement / project management experience. Certified master electrical and home improvement specialists located in Smithfield, Virginia providing quality cost effective solutions to your home improvement needs.
      A veteran owned company with 20+ years of electrical and home improvement / project management experience. Certified master electrical and home improvement specialists located in Smithfield, Virginia providing quality cost effective solutions to your home improvement needs.
      Porch Pro Headshot aaa general contractor
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      (18)
      AAA General Contractor is a general contractor located in Virginia Beach. Offering green building, residential construction, and design build services, they were established in 2004.
      AAA General Contractor is a general contractor located in Virginia Beach. Offering green building, residential construction, and design build services, they were established in 2004.
      Porch Pro Headshot A-Z Services Of Norfolk LLC
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      We are the specialists you need to get all your home repair needs accomplished.No job too big or small.We specialize in everything you see on our business card and picture above.If you have a house 100 years old or less we give it the love it needs to transform it into the new age modern look
      We are the specialists you need to get all your home repair needs accomplished.No job too big or small.We specialize in everything you see on our business card and picture above.If you have a house 100 years old or less we give it the love it needs to transform it into the new age modern look
      Porch Pro Headshot Handyman Helping
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      (5)
      The 4-star-rated window professionals at Handyman Helping in the Smith Island, MD area are standing by awaiting your phone call.
      The 4-star-rated window professionals at Handyman Helping in the Smith Island, MD area are standing by awaiting your phone call.
      Porch Pro Headshot Don Jones Residential Repairs and Renovations
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      Don Jones Residential Repairs and Renovations Norfolk, VA, 23505 (757) 276-7313 Don Jones Residential Repairs and Renovations provides professional Kitchen and Bath Remodeling for people in Norfolk, VA. Call us for more information. Home Repair, New Construction, Remodeling Service, Drywall Servi...Read more about Don Jones Residential Repairs and Renovations
      Don Jones Residential Repairs and Renovations Norfolk, VA, 23505 (757) 276-7313 Don Jones Residential Repairs and Renovations provides professional Kitchen and Bath Remodeling for people in Norfolk, VA. Call us for more information. Home Repair, New Construction, Remodeling Service, Drywall Servi...Read more about Don Jones Residential Repairs and Renovations
      Porch Pro Headshot NG Pro Drywall Service
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      (1)
      We are a professional Drywall Service in the Hampton roads Also we do roofing call us and we will give you a free estimate we do new construction remodeling and homeowners! We do have licenses and Insurance.
      We are a professional Drywall Service in the Hampton roads Also we do roofing call us and we will give you a free estimate we do new construction remodeling and homeowners! We do have licenses and Insurance.
      Porch Pro Headshot B & B General Contracting
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      (34)
      Porch Pro Headshot ....Brite Baths
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      Best fit installations, Expert craftsmanship, Will beat all written estimates!
      Best fit installations, Expert craftsmanship, Will beat all written estimates!
      Porch Pro Headshot Paradise Builders INC.
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      (8)
      Porch Pro Headshot RIPSAW Contracting, LLC
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      (6)
      Porch Pro Headshot Inside/Out Contracting LLC
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      Porch Pro Headshot Advanced Epoxy Floors Inc
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia
      Based in Virginia Beach, Advanced Epoxy Floors is a flooring company that offers terrazzo construction, linoleum flooring and more.
      Based in Virginia Beach, Advanced Epoxy Floors is a flooring company that offers terrazzo construction, linoleum flooring and more.
      Porch Pro Headshot ProfessionalHand home and environmental services
      General Contractors
      Serves Norfolk, Virginia

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      Replace existing siding
      Already removed siding
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      Filing an insurance claim
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