Top 10 General Contractors in Palo Alto, CA

Porch Pro Headshot PACIFIC NORCAL BUILDERS
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
Porch Pro Headshot Hometech Construction & Design
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(229)
"Amazing job! Great quality, fast & reasonable price. After interviewing & meeting several contractors we decided to go with HomeTech and couldn't do better. They were very flexible and accommodated our busy schedule. Our meetings were scheduled for late evening or Sundays to fit our schedule. The...Read more about Hometech Construction & Design
"Amazing job! Great quality, fast & reasonable price. After interviewing & meeting several contractors we decided to go with HomeTech and couldn't do better. They were very flexible and accommodated our busy schedule. Our meetings were scheduled for late evening or Sundays to fit our schedule. The...Read more about Hometech Construction & Design
Porch Pro Headshot EOL Builders
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(137)
"Frank from EOL builders was great. Very professional and did everything on time within a reasonable time frame. His pricing was fair too. He communicated with my main architect and did a great job. Very thorough and friendly. I'd use him again for sure. Thanks!"
"Frank from EOL builders was great. Very professional and did everything on time within a reasonable time frame. His pricing was fair too. He communicated with my main architect and did a great job. Very thorough and friendly. I'd use him again for sure. Thanks!"
Porch Pro Headshot Arrowhead Remodeling & Design Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(130)
"I have no hesitation in recommending Arrowhead Remodeling & Design Inc. Eli has been doing construction/remodel for us for several years now. He has done a full kitchen remodel, floor refinishing and garage rebuilt early last year. The reason we have him do all of our necessary home improvements is...Read more about Arrowhead Remodeling & Design Inc.
"I have no hesitation in recommending Arrowhead Remodeling & Design Inc. Eli has been doing construction/remodel for us for several years now. He has done a full kitchen remodel, floor refinishing and garage rebuilt early last year. The reason we have him do all of our necessary home improvements is...Read more about Arrowhead Remodeling & Design Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Excellence Construction
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(71)
Excellence Construction is Bay Area's Premiere full-service architecture, interior design, and historic restoration firm. Give us a call for a Free Estimate: (800) 833-1353
Excellence Construction is Bay Area's Premiere full-service architecture, interior design, and historic restoration firm. Give us a call for a Free Estimate: (800) 833-1353
Porch Pro Headshot Wright Brothers
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(17)
Our business was established in 2002. We are real troubleshooters and jack of all trades. We find solutions to our customers' home repair problems. We offer handyman services. Services we offer include fixing sinks, faucets, toilets, lighting, countertops, water heaters, changing locks, leaking tub...Read more about Wright Brothers
Our business was established in 2002. We are real troubleshooters and jack of all trades. We find solutions to our customers' home repair problems. We offer handyman services. Services we offer include fixing sinks, faucets, toilets, lighting, countertops, water heaters, changing locks, leaking tub...Read more about Wright Brothers
Porch Pro Headshot Figone Construction Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(6)
Figone Construction Inc. is a local full service General Building Contractor based out of Campbell. They have been in business over 32 years specializing in small and large exterior structure additions and large interior remodels. Also kitchen and bathroom remodels, backyard deck and gazebo proje...Read more about Figone Construction Inc.
Figone Construction Inc. is a local full service General Building Contractor based out of Campbell. They have been in business over 32 years specializing in small and large exterior structure additions and large interior remodels. Also kitchen and bathroom remodels, backyard deck and gazebo proje...Read more about Figone Construction Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Rich Mathers Construction,Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
Rich Mathers Construction, Inc. is a full-service general contracting firm based in Los Altos, California, and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by Rich Mathers in 1983, we have over 30 years experience working on projects large and small, covering a wide variety of construction styles and...Read more about Rich Mathers Construction,Inc.
Rich Mathers Construction, Inc. is a full-service general contracting firm based in Los Altos, California, and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by Rich Mathers in 1983, we have over 30 years experience working on projects large and small, covering a wide variety of construction styles and...Read more about Rich Mathers Construction,Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Lumar Builders
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(7)
Welcome to Lumar Builders Inc we can help you with any and all your handyman needs. Give us a call today to help make that "to do" list disappear! Please give us a call or email for an estimate.
Welcome to Lumar Builders Inc we can help you with any and all your handyman needs. Give us a call today to help make that "to do" list disappear! Please give us a call or email for an estimate.
Porch Pro Headshot LU Construction
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
We are a licensed, accredited business with BBB (Better Business Bureau), and experienced in-house construction and home remodeling. We build homes from the ground up to the customers' liking. Think of us as a one stop shop, taking care of everything from A-Z; we have our in-house engineers, archite...Read more about LU Construction
We are a licensed, accredited business with BBB (Better Business Bureau), and experienced in-house construction and home remodeling. We build homes from the ground up to the customers' liking. Think of us as a one stop shop, taking care of everything from A-Z; we have our in-house engineers, archite...Read more about LU Construction

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 Palo Alto General Contractors

198911

Very professional construction group that rose to the occasion by fulfilling the quality of workmanship and timeframe for project completion that I was interested in. Thanks to them, I was able to maintain my schedule. Thank you!

- Gabrielle Hodges
190841

We just wanted to let the people at Excellence Construction know how pleased we are with the completed remodel project. The house looks completely different and really has enhanced the quality of our living style. We think the extra time you spent with ...

- Martina Nobles
204077

They remodeled our bathroom. Excellent customer service, communication and workmanship. They performed above my expectations and have a very high quality bathroom remodeling team. Thank you again.

- Shanika Rathnayake
184069

I am happy with the remodeling project that was just recently completed by Excellence Construction. Exactly how they planned it from the very beginning. I am more than satisfied with the outcome of my kitchen and would gladly recommend them to anyone look...

- Brittney Layfield
191707

So happy with the service that was provided by Excellence Construction. They are very professional and easy to coordinate design options with. They are patient and willing to work with you, even if you’re indecisive like we were. Them being patient with...

- Maya Person
179812

My family and I just finished our bathroom renovation + we love it every day! After researching several companies, by chance I passed Excellence Construction . I walked in and a very friendly Liyah immediately greeted me. She told me all about the comp...

- David Herbert
185987

They are passionate about construction! This is the kind of company that has you excited to view the final results because of the dedication, professionalism and attention to detail invested into each area of the remodeling project. The kitchen looks like...

- Elizabeth Dudley
195139

Excellence Construction has made me very content with their remodeling capabilities. I have been looking for an ongoing partnership with a trustworthy construction company for all of my interior remodeling needs. Since my husband and I do real estate, it’...

- Sydney Montalvo
194441

The upstairs work was completed in December 2018, It was completely gutted with all new plumbing, electrical, all the walls removed and the layout changed. Ray , Valentin and 10 more guys created a gorgeous new bathroom with a walk-in shower and separate ...

- Fred Tremble
185272

As far as construction companies go, they are top tier. Very professional and organized regarding materials, workmanship and communication. They never left me wondering what was going to happen next. I definitely would of felt uneasy with a company that w...

- Selena Mosby
200852

I didn't originally plan to hire them for my kitchen remodeling project, but ended up hiring them because the last company canceled. I am fortunate to have worked with them because they used quality materials, worked within the tineline they gave and enfo...

- Aaron Armes
196967

My bathroom was remodeled to my expectations. The design concepts were completed successfully to the high standards I was expecting. Well executed bathroom remodel overall.

- Julianne Bruney

Everything You Need to Know About Palo Alto General Contractors

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Palo Alto has 50 general contractor professionals that can help you with your general contractor services job. Head to our Pros Page to find specific general contractors-pros in Palo Alto.

How many general contractors does Palo Alto have?

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

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

What should I check for once my General Contractor in Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Kena & Sons Construction
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
We are a family business with a whole lot of passion and pride in our work. Fair in pricing, knowledge on how to do the job upto code and well experienced on the field. I have Plenty of references. We are licensed, Bonded and Insured.
We are a family business with a whole lot of passion and pride in our work. Fair in pricing, knowledge on how to do the job upto code and well experienced on the field. I have Plenty of references. We are licensed, Bonded and Insured.
Porch Pro Headshot Best Area Home Improvements
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(1)
Best Area Home Improvements is a quality-focused business serving the San Jose area. We are a licensed General Contractor ready to solve your needs beyond your expectations. We have over 19 years of experience to bring to you and your home. check reviews and history at https://www.yelp.com/biz/bes...Read more about Best Area Home Improvements
Best Area Home Improvements is a quality-focused business serving the San Jose area. We are a licensed General Contractor ready to solve your needs beyond your expectations. We have over 19 years of experience to bring to you and your home. check reviews and history at https://www.yelp.com/biz/bes...Read more about Best Area Home Improvements
Porch Pro Headshot California Building Solutions
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(27)
Porch Pro Headshot Lighthouse Construction Consultants
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
Our business is our livelihood but it is also so much more. Lighthouse Construction Consultants was started to fill in a void in the current market and to make a business that people can place their trust in. Over the years we have never lost our commitment to our clients and that is what has allowe...Read more about Lighthouse Construction Consultants
Our business is our livelihood but it is also so much more. Lighthouse Construction Consultants was started to fill in a void in the current market and to make a business that people can place their trust in. Over the years we have never lost our commitment to our clients and that is what has allowe...Read more about Lighthouse Construction Consultants
Porch Pro Headshot Rose Pools doing business as Sierra Pools
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
Sierra Pools is a professional swimming pool contractor located in Mountain View, CA. If you want a new swimming pool construction or if you need repair service don't hesitate to call us! New Swimming Pool Construction, Swimming Pool Repair Service, Swimming Pool Cleaner, Swimming Pool Maintenance W...Read more about Rose Pools doing business as Sierra Pools
Sierra Pools is a professional swimming pool contractor located in Mountain View, CA. If you want a new swimming pool construction or if you need repair service don't hesitate to call us! New Swimming Pool Construction, Swimming Pool Repair Service, Swimming Pool Cleaner, Swimming Pool Maintenance W...Read more about Rose Pools doing business as Sierra Pools
Porch Pro Headshot HUSHER CONSTRUCTION
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
Middle D Construction is a remodeling specialist from South San Francisco. They provide bedroom remodeling, bathroom design and other services. In May of 1999, Middle D Construction did a remodeling project in the West Murphy neighborhood using a permit obtained from the city of Sunnyvale; in the sa...Read more about HUSHER CONSTRUCTION
Middle D Construction is a remodeling specialist from South San Francisco. They provide bedroom remodeling, bathroom design and other services. In May of 1999, Middle D Construction did a remodeling project in the West Murphy neighborhood using a permit obtained from the city of Sunnyvale; in the sa...Read more about HUSHER CONSTRUCTION
Porch Pro Headshot Total Quality Management Construction (TQM Construction)
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
Total Quality Management Construction(TQM) is a leading S.F. General Contractor. TQM Construction is based on the principles of Total Quality Management. We provide the right team, exceptional service, and quality results. Commitment to sustainability and green building. We work with out clients fro...Read more about Total Quality Management Construction (TQM Construction)
Total Quality Management Construction(TQM) is a leading S.F. General Contractor. TQM Construction is based on the principles of Total Quality Management. We provide the right team, exceptional service, and quality results. Commitment to sustainability and green building. We work with out clients fro...Read more about Total Quality Management Construction (TQM Construction)
Porch Pro Headshot Angel Garage Door Repair Mountain View
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
Gate Repair Mountain View (650) 282-3516 | Garage Door Repair Mountain View (650) 282-3516 GATE REPAIR and GARAGE DOOR REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial Angel Garage and Gate Repair Mountain View 1174 Castro St, Mountain View #201, CA 94041 (650) 282-3516 http://www.angelgaragedoor...Read more about Angel Garage Door Repair Mountain View
Gate Repair Mountain View (650) 282-3516 | Garage Door Repair Mountain View (650) 282-3516 GATE REPAIR and GARAGE DOOR REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial Angel Garage and Gate Repair Mountain View 1174 Castro St, Mountain View #201, CA 94041 (650) 282-3516 http://www.angelgaragedoor...Read more about Angel Garage Door Repair Mountain View
Porch Pro Headshot U S A CONTRACTORS GROUP
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(2)
Messina Construction, Inc. offers Home Improvement & general contracting services to the Northern California & the Bay areas. We are fully licensed, Insured and Bonded. Please call us today!
Messina Construction, Inc. offers Home Improvement & general contracting services to the Northern California & the Bay areas. We are fully licensed, Insured and Bonded. Please call us today!
Porch Pro Headshot William Hurt Construction
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
William Hurt Construction offers new home construction and remodeling services to the Palo Alto area. Call us today!
William Hurt Construction offers new home construction and remodeling services to the Palo Alto area. Call us today!
Porch Pro Headshot Peñas Landscaping / home remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
We are a Family own business, we give Great discounts on all types of jobs including Senior discounts as well! Our business works on Both Outside home landscaping and Indoor home remodeling! 🌿
We are a Family own business, we give Great discounts on all types of jobs including Senior discounts as well! Our business works on Both Outside home landscaping and Indoor home remodeling! 🌿
Porch Pro Headshot J HAINES ENTERPRISES
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California
(1)
R E Strickland Construction is a general contractor that provides exterior remodeling, home addition, renovation, and foundation testing. They are based in San Carlos. The state of California has licensed R E Strickland Construction. They are insured and bonded.
R E Strickland Construction is a general contractor that provides exterior remodeling, home addition, renovation, and foundation testing. They are based in San Carlos. The state of California has licensed R E Strickland Construction. They are insured and bonded.
Porch Pro Headshot Handy Loni
General Contractors
Serves Palo Alto, California

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