Top 10 General Contractors in Portsmouth, NH

Porch Pro Headshot BCS & Sons Construction
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
"Shawn and his crew from BCS & Sons Construction are nothing short of amazing! Shawn saved me from a Kitchen Nightmare! Another contractor hacked us badly and didnt even pull a permit. Shawn went above and beyond to make sure evertyhing was done correctly and done to code! When other contractos turn...Read more about BCS & Sons Construction
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"Shawn and his crew from BCS & Sons Construction are nothing short of amazing! Shawn saved me from a Kitchen Nightmare! Another contractor hacked us badly and didnt even pull a permit. Shawn went above and beyond to make sure evertyhing was done correctly and done to code! When other contractos turn...Read more about BCS & Sons Construction
Porch Pro Headshot SAVU LLC
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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"I hired Savullc to install my kitchen back splash. He arrived on time even though we had 10" of snow. He was friendly, professional and does quality work. He cleaned up all the mess both inside and in the garage where he was cutting tile. His price was very reasonable. I would recommend Savullc ...Read more about SAVU LLC
"I hired Savullc to install my kitchen back splash. He arrived on time even though we had 10" of snow. He was friendly, professional and does quality work. He cleaned up all the mess both inside and in the garage where he was cutting tile. His price was very reasonable. I would recommend Savullc ...Read more about SAVU LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Aguia Home Service
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(20)
"We recently hired Aquia Home Service to renovate our bathroom from severe water damage, and they did a great job! The new bathroom is absolutely beautiful — it’s now my favorite room in the house! :) There were a few unexpected obstacles on the way, but Wellimar went above and beyond to resolve the...Read more about Aguia Home Service
"We recently hired Aquia Home Service to renovate our bathroom from severe water damage, and they did a great job! The new bathroom is absolutely beautiful — it’s now my favorite room in the house! :) There were a few unexpected obstacles on the way, but Wellimar went above and beyond to resolve the...Read more about Aguia Home Service
Porch Pro Headshot Tight Knot Design Build
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(13)
"Tight Knot’s work was impeccable. He worked on schedule, and the delivery of our deck exceeded our expectations. They say the devil is in the details, and his craftsmanship was worth every penny. Our home was recently cast for an HGTV renovation show and the producers of the show were so impresse...Read more about Tight Knot Design Build
"Tight Knot’s work was impeccable. He worked on schedule, and the delivery of our deck exceeded our expectations. They say the devil is in the details, and his craftsmanship was worth every penny. Our home was recently cast for an HGTV renovation show and the producers of the show were so impresse...Read more about Tight Knot Design Build
Porch Pro Headshot CJM Co Construction
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(4)
"Christopher came in a performed a major renovation for me, the main thrust of which was to remove load bearing walls and install LVLs etc to professionally engineered specs. Not only was the job done perfectly and efficiently, but Chris's straightforwardness and work ethic sets him apart from many ...Read more about CJM Co Construction
"Christopher came in a performed a major renovation for me, the main thrust of which was to remove load bearing walls and install LVLs etc to professionally engineered specs. Not only was the job done perfectly and efficiently, but Chris's straightforwardness and work ethic sets him apart from many ...Read more about CJM Co Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Heat Mizer
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(7)
HeatMizer home energy audits offers a full service of home performance contracting. Audit: inspection, Blower door testing, zone pressure diagnostics, IR scan, CAZ and combustion testing, Recommendations. Contracting: loose and dense pack cellulose, sprayfoam, airsealing. HVAC improvments, all rela...Read more about Heat Mizer
HeatMizer home energy audits offers a full service of home performance contracting. Audit: inspection, Blower door testing, zone pressure diagnostics, IR scan, CAZ and combustion testing, Recommendations. Contracting: loose and dense pack cellulose, sprayfoam, airsealing. HVAC improvments, all rela...Read more about Heat Mizer
Porch Pro Headshot New England Closets
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(54)
New England Closets offers closet design solutions in Woburn and the greater Eastern Massachusetts area. We have over 7 years of experience upgrading our Massachusetts consumers homes. In addition to traditional reach-in and walk-in closets, our Closet Works Inc. line offers solutions for offices, m...Read more about New England Closets
New England Closets offers closet design solutions in Woburn and the greater Eastern Massachusetts area. We have over 7 years of experience upgrading our Massachusetts consumers homes. In addition to traditional reach-in and walk-in closets, our Closet Works Inc. line offers solutions for offices, m...Read more about New England Closets
Porch Pro Headshot LC Carpentry Masonry INC
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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LC Carpentry & Masonry Contrator Inc is a sky-reaching company built on a solid foundation of trust and experience. With 11 years and myriad successful projects designed to bring a smile to the face of our clients, we are confident that we can bring your vision to reality, and that you will be amaze...Read more about LC Carpentry Masonry INC
LC Carpentry & Masonry Contrator Inc is a sky-reaching company built on a solid foundation of trust and experience. With 11 years and myriad successful projects designed to bring a smile to the face of our clients, we are confident that we can bring your vision to reality, and that you will be amaze...Read more about LC Carpentry Masonry INC
Porch Pro Headshot Construction Tech LLC
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(52)
Construction Tech’s residential division can handle any project you may have. From small repairs up to large design build projects.
Construction Tech’s residential division can handle any project you may have. From small repairs up to large design build projects.
Porch Pro Headshot Nobleport Construction LLC
General Contractors
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Builder, General Contractor working on all aspects of construction demo to frame along with Finish. We like to say "stay small and do it all " saving customers money and stress of dealing with multi contractors and scheduling.
Builder, General Contractor working on all aspects of construction demo to frame along with Finish. We like to say "stay small and do it all " saving customers money and stress of dealing with multi contractors and scheduling.

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 Portsmouth General Contractors

169791

Vasile was awesome to work with and did amazing work. He helped tile a powder room as well as a backsplash under a floating shelf in our kitchen. He was super responsive and knowledgable helping provide guidance on making sure I had the right materials f...

- Brian Hanscel
145997

Excellent work, Great Pricing, overall Great Job.

- Rory Orstead
141377

Great job with artistic input!!! Done in one day instead of 2 because he was willing to stay longer. Not only a backsplash but also tiling of some walls. Just a beautiful job!!! We can highly recommend him

- Sibylla Ottomanelli
164472

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 definitel...

- eric reeser
196575

Fantastic, quality work. Great communicator, timely and professional. I’d highly recommend Savu services to anyone! Very happy with the service!

- Mary Cohen
164281

Savu did a fantastic job with a very intricate glass tile project! They were professional, courteous and my house was perfectly clean when they finished the job. I highly recommend them!

- James Anderson
210849

SAVU LLC did an amazing job installing quartz stone on my fireplace and hardwood floor in my living room. I am very please with the work done and will use again for other projects.

- Shauna Willson
150262

Vasile was wonderful to work with! Very prompt communication, showed up on time, did very beautiful professional work. We needed a tile backsplash installed, and there were a few spots that were tricky (narrow areas where two windows met at a corner, in p...

- Susan Sica
164521

I had approximately 30 square feet of ceramic tile backsplash to install. I purchased the materials myself at the local home store. I went with a 3"x6" subway tile. I was referred to Savu by a co-worker who also had a kitchen backsplash installed by him. ...

- Artemis Pasom
139961

Savu did an incredible job. They were very responsive to our questions, getting us a quote and setting up a time for the installation. We had a short window to get the job done so they came early and stayed late to meet our timeline. Very professional and...

- Donald Andersen
434101

SAVU LLC installed my new kitchen backsplash recently. They have fair prices and unlike other contractors, they always respond on the phone and show on time! Thank you for a job well done!

- James Anderson
140815

SAVU LLC did my floor, was about 1,000 sqft and they did an awesome job. Very punctual . professional and clean work. I have another project that I want to hire them for. Highly recommended.

- Frances Turner

Everything You Need to Know About Portsmouth General Contractors

Will General Contractor Services work in Portsmouth require permits, inspections, special licenses, etc.?

Whether you’re general contractor job is in Portsmouth or any other city, you're going to want to do a bit of research before hiring general contractors. Even small jobs may have certain regulations around them. Often, the general contractor performing the work will have any required permits, inspections, etc. under control, but not always. Short answer: Research yourself and double check with the general contractor services folks that everything is in order.

Who should I hire if I need General Contractor Services in Portsmouth?

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

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

    How do I know that I found the right General Contractor in Portsmouth for my general contractor services project?

    Finding the right general contractor for your project can be stressful.... when you don't search with Porch. We've pulled together everything you need to know about General Contractor Services in Portsmouth so you can have some peace of mind before starting your project.

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

    • Are they properly licensed? Portsmouth has 1 licensed General Contractors Pros.
    • Check if they are they BBB rated: 2 are A-rated in Portsmouth.
    • 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.

    All General Contractors in Portsmouth, NH

    Porch Pro Headshot JGE CONSTRUCTUON & SERVICES, LLC
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    JGE Construction & Services LLC is a small family owned company. We take pride in our work and making our customers happy and satisfied. Serving both commercial and residential customers in MA and NH, we have expertise in many areas from power washing to home remodeling. Following is a partial li...Read more about JGE CONSTRUCTUON & SERVICES, LLC
    JGE Construction & Services LLC is a small family owned company. We take pride in our work and making our customers happy and satisfied. Serving both commercial and residential customers in MA and NH, we have expertise in many areas from power washing to home remodeling. Following is a partial li...Read more about JGE CONSTRUCTUON & SERVICES, LLC
    Porch Pro Headshot Silver View Contracting
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    (1)
    Since 1999, Silver View Contracting LLC has been committed to providing New Hampshire with superior service. Our experienced carpenters offer complete remodeling and room additions for residential and commercial buildings. We incorporate your addition into the design of your home or business assurin...Read more about Silver View Contracting
    Since 1999, Silver View Contracting LLC has been committed to providing New Hampshire with superior service. Our experienced carpenters offer complete remodeling and room additions for residential and commercial buildings. We incorporate your addition into the design of your home or business assurin...Read more about Silver View Contracting
    Porch Pro Headshot Coastal Wall Covering
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Coastal Wall Covering is a Wall Covering company that offers wallpaper installation, wallpaper repair and wallpaper removal in Kittery, ME. call us now for more info! Wallpaper Restoration Wells ME;Eliot ME;York ME;North Berwick ME;Ogunquit ME Wall covering, Wallpaper Installation, Wallpaper Repair,...Read more about Coastal Wall Covering
    Coastal Wall Covering is a Wall Covering company that offers wallpaper installation, wallpaper repair and wallpaper removal in Kittery, ME. call us now for more info! Wallpaper Restoration Wells ME;Eliot ME;York ME;North Berwick ME;Ogunquit ME Wall covering, Wallpaper Installation, Wallpaper Repair,...Read more about Coastal Wall Covering
    Porch Pro Headshot Vine Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    General Contracting services from simple remodels to design build construction homes. We also offer quality hvac services with our in house installation and service division. Over 20 years of experience ready to get your job done. And done right!
    General Contracting services from simple remodels to design build construction homes. We also offer quality hvac services with our in house installation and service division. Over 20 years of experience ready to get your job done. And done right!
    Porch Pro Headshot DreamWorks Remodeling and Construction Services LLC
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    We are a full-service contractor serving Southern NH communities since 2007. We specialize in General Remodeling, Roofing, Siding, Deck Construction, Fencing, Additions, Kitchen and Bath Remodels, and Window & Door Installations. When you depend on us, you will receive nothing but the best. Our te...Read more about DreamWorks Remodeling and Construction Services LLC
    We are a full-service contractor serving Southern NH communities since 2007. We specialize in General Remodeling, Roofing, Siding, Deck Construction, Fencing, Additions, Kitchen and Bath Remodels, and Window & Door Installations. When you depend on us, you will receive nothing but the best. Our te...Read more about DreamWorks Remodeling and Construction Services LLC
    Porch Pro Headshot NH Seacoast Property Maintenance LLC
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    NH Seacoast Property Maintenance LLC is a quality-focused business serving the Rye area. We are a licensed General contractor ready to solve your needs beyond your expectations. We have over 12 years of experience to bring to you and your home.
    NH Seacoast Property Maintenance LLC is a quality-focused business serving the Rye area. We are a licensed General contractor ready to solve your needs beyond your expectations. We have over 12 years of experience to bring to you and your home.
    Porch Pro Headshot Hebert's Handyman Service
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    I started out working for my father, a Contractor for over 40 years. Went on to work in various types of construction such as Bridge Construction, Vinyl Siding,Painting, and also attended a Vocational School to study Electrical Wiring. My goal today is to do the smaller jobs that the bigger companie...Read more about Hebert's Handyman Service
    I started out working for my father, a Contractor for over 40 years. Went on to work in various types of construction such as Bridge Construction, Vinyl Siding,Painting, and also attended a Vocational School to study Electrical Wiring. My goal today is to do the smaller jobs that the bigger companie...Read more about Hebert's Handyman Service
    Porch Pro Headshot Dan the handyman
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Need a handyman I'm your guy! Chimneys floors remodels siding painting fully licensed and financially flexable!
    Need a handyman I'm your guy! Chimneys floors remodels siding painting fully licensed and financially flexable!
    Porch Pro Headshot JW Landscape Construction LLC
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Small personable business with over 20 years in the industry owned and operated by a disabled veteran. TAG LINE You are only as good as your last job! SPECIALTIES Integrity Loyalty Passionate
    Small personable business with over 20 years in the industry owned and operated by a disabled veteran. TAG LINE You are only as good as your last job! SPECIALTIES Integrity Loyalty Passionate
    Porch Pro Headshot Ponemah Tamarack.  Property Services
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Porch Pro Headshot John Hersey All  Phase Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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    Porch Pro Headshot Build It UP Builders  LLC
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Porch Pro Headshot Todd Michel Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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