Top 3 General Contractors in Rochester, NY

Porch Pro Headshot Scalia Development LLC.
100% response rate
"Scalia Development remodeled our bathroom beautifully! We get so many compliments and have referred them to friends and they too are satisfied customers! We also had them redo our family room ceiling and that was done with efficiency, cleanliness and successfully. Polite and thoughtful folks 👍🏼"
495 Chambers St, Spencerport, NY
585-749-0338
Porch Pro Headshot Roofing Rochester NY LLP
My name is Paul and I'm with Roofing Rochester NY we would love to help you out with your project. I would like to first see the roof and then give you the options for it, but new roof would include a lifetime warranty on a GAF Roof System. . Please contact us at your earliest convenience so we can...Read more about Roofing Rochester NY LLP
2604 Elmwood Ave Ste 103, Rochester, NY
585-719-6165
Porch Pro Headshot JEC Construction
(7)
"Dave and his crew were awesome. This was the first time I ever hired a contractor to work on my house. They removed walls and did everything through to the finish work and everything was impeccable. I know enough to know that when you move walls and change the layout of the house there is quite ...Read more about JEC Construction
3713 Rush Mendon Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY
585-303-5386

More General Contractors in Rochester, NY

Porch Pro Headshot JDL Home Improvements
General Contractors
Serves Rochester, New York
(2)
Home Improvements any small to home size construction. remodel kitchen's ,bath's, interior exterior painting, wall paper, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, siding, roofing, floors of all kinds. no job is to small and all our work is done with owner on job sight. we have served the Rochester area from...Read more about JDL Home Improvements
Home Improvements any small to home size construction. remodel kitchen's ,bath's, interior exterior painting, wall paper, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, siding, roofing, floors of all kinds. no job is to small and all our work is done with owner on job sight. we have served the Rochester area from...Read more about JDL Home Improvements
Porch Pro Headshot Capstone Construction Group
General Contractors
Serves Rochester, New York
(4)
Capstone Construction Group is a general contractor who has divisions in commercial site-work, specialty concrete & structural applications, construction management, and freelance estimation services.
Capstone Construction Group is a general contractor who has divisions in commercial site-work, specialty concrete & structural applications, construction management, and freelance estimation services.
Porch Pro Headshot Weaver Construction
General Contractors
Serves Rochester, New York
We are a remodeling company specializing in basement remodels and decks (all types). I am an authorized Gold Seal Trex installer, Timbertech Elite Contractor. You see my work on my facebook page. I am an accredited member of the BBB with an A+ rating for 6 years and also am on Angie's List for th...Read more about Weaver Construction
We are a remodeling company specializing in basement remodels and decks (all types). I am an authorized Gold Seal Trex installer, Timbertech Elite Contractor. You see my work on my facebook page. I am an accredited member of the BBB with an A+ rating for 6 years and also am on Angie's List for th...Read more about Weaver Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Paul Davis Restoration of Greater Rochester
General Contractors
Serves Rochester, New York
(247)
Porch Pro Headshot Absolute Construction
General Contractors
Serves Rochester, New York
(22)
Absolute Construction has been serving Rochester for over 10 years and do handyman service to full renovations like kitchen and bathrooms. We look forward to working with you on your home
Absolute Construction has been serving Rochester for over 10 years and do handyman service to full renovations like kitchen and bathrooms. We look forward to working with you on your home
Porch Pro Headshot Knataitis Construction LLC
General Contractors
Serves Rochester, New York
(4)
Knataitis Construction LLC is a family-run operation that specializes in residential construction, with focus on New homes, additions, and renovations. A great customer experience is the most important thing to us and is achieved by developing a solid working relationship, which allows us to fulfill...Read more about Knataitis Construction LLC
Knataitis Construction LLC is a family-run operation that specializes in residential construction, with focus on New homes, additions, and renovations. A great customer experience is the most important thing to us and is achieved by developing a solid working relationship, which allows us to fulfill...Read more about Knataitis Construction LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Airtight Improvements
General Contractors
Serves Rochester, New York
(3)
"I am very happy with both my new bathroom and living room. The rooms look awesome and the jobs were done in great time and everything was kept tidy and clean while the work was going on. Thank you to all that worked on my home and I look forward to future projects."
"I am very happy with both my new bathroom and living room. The rooms look awesome and the jobs were done in great time and everything was kept tidy and clean while the work was going on. Thank you to all that worked on my home and I look forward to future projects."

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 Rochester General Contractors

111873

I liked these guys. They communicated well, were promptly on time, brought the team to review the project so everyone had all the information they needed in one shot, and were courteous enough to let us know it wasn't a fit for them right away. I'd recomm...

- Craig Filek
16184

Great crew. Professional job. On time. Will definitely hire Airtight again.

- Ken Har
16851

Ken Merrill and his team from Airtight Improvements did an absolutely fantastic job with an addition [16 X 20 room addition with basement] and complete kitchen remodeling project (May 2013). His quote was fair and outlined specifically what was included a...

- Steven Skidmore
16852

I am a thoroughly satisfied customer and cannot give he and his team high enough praise. Last summer [August 2014], I was so impressed with his work on the addition and kitchen remodel [May 2013] that I asked he and his team back to replace the windows an...

- Steven Skidmore
67091

I had a full year off, gutter and soffits put in the job was done great and we were very satisfied

- Adam Vrubel
365834

Joe was supposed to replace the north, east and west walls of my basement. The job was not totally finished. Mortar was missing between blocks and my windows could be pulled out of the wall. They didn't waterproof the outside before they back filled so I ...

- Sally Dallas
25014

Murphy put a roof on my south facing deck. He did a most awesome job.

- Lesley Murphy
7395

Excellent to keep appointment. Excellent responsiveness in communication. Excellent value.

He is very good and can do just about anything!

45758

From the quote to the finished product, Scalia development was friendly, knowledgeable, and fair. We couldn't be happier with our new bathroom! They even helped us with a few other little things around the house. They were very respectful of our home and ...

- Joe LoDolce
55411

Bob did an excellent job with the "wet bathroom" tile and glass door installation and kept us inform on when the crew would be on site and followed up with us to make sure we were happy with the workmanship. The crew made sure the walkway was covered and ...

- Clayton Gibbs
82989

Bob, Dan and the crew were very professional and took everything into consideration with the project by keeping open communication lines between him and my wife and I. There is no hesitation for us to use them again and we will be doing as such. Project...

- Thomas Donahue
157201

Scalia Development was wonderful to work with. Bob was professional, efficient and very friendly. He made the construction process easy and quick. Thank you!

- Chelsea Burdick

Everything You Need to Know About Rochester General Contractors

How do I know I am getting a fair price for General Contractor Services work in Rochester?

Every General Contractor Services job has different requirements. Remember that the price will differ depending on the scope of your project. However, that doesn't mean you have to go in blind. Check out our tips for getting a fair price for Rochester work from General Contractorsbelow:

  • Talk to a few different General Contractors and ask for quotes to compare. We have around 50 professionals and companies in Rochester for you to compare.
  • Before contacting a company, check out the ratings and reviews from previous customers to learn what others have paid, how long the General Contractors took on the job, and how satisfied they were.

What Rochester zip codes are served by General Contractors?

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

  • 1 General Contractors in 14624.
  • 2 General Contractors in 14618.
    • 3 General Contractors in 14622.
    • 2 General Contractors in 14619.

    What should I check for once my General Contractor in Rochester 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 Rochester, NY

    Porch Pro Headshot Murphy's General Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    (1)
    All types of construction from the inside out. Decks, siding, windows/doors, basement remodels, kitchens/baths, ceramic tile work, hardwood floors, drywall, additions, and all around handyman services.
    All types of construction from the inside out. Decks, siding, windows/doors, basement remodels, kitchens/baths, ceramic tile work, hardwood floors, drywall, additions, and all around handyman services.
    Porch Pro Headshot Carpet Cleaning Pro Rochester NY
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    (86)
    Carpet Cleaning Pro Rochester NY connects you to the best carpet cleaning companies. Our partner technicians provide top carpet and upholstery cleaning at reasonable prices. Call now 585-481-8605
    Carpet Cleaning Pro Rochester NY connects you to the best carpet cleaning companies. Our partner technicians provide top carpet and upholstery cleaning at reasonable prices. Call now 585-481-8605
    Porch Pro Headshot Rx Remodeling & Construction, Inc.
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    100% response rate
    Porch Pro Headshot Precision Remodeling and Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    (16)
    Precision Remodeling and Construction is a Remodeler in Rochester, NY. Its services are kitchen and bathroom remodeling, framing, painting, trims, decks, plumbing electrical, porches fences, hanging, and drywall finishing. Reliable Remodeler Spencerport, NY Remodeler, Remodeling service, Kitchen Rem...Read more about Precision Remodeling and Construction
    Precision Remodeling and Construction is a Remodeler in Rochester, NY. Its services are kitchen and bathroom remodeling, framing, painting, trims, decks, plumbing electrical, porches fences, hanging, and drywall finishing. Reliable Remodeler Spencerport, NY Remodeler, Remodeling service, Kitchen Rem...Read more about Precision Remodeling and Construction
    Porch Pro Headshot ooBarberra Construction Co.
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    Barberra Construction, your Rochester NY remodeling contractor, provides a complete range of residential remodeling services from framing new homes to interior kitchen design to exterior additions. Our services include custom home building, residential remodeling, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remode...Read more about ooBarberra Construction Co.
    Barberra Construction, your Rochester NY remodeling contractor, provides a complete range of residential remodeling services from framing new homes to interior kitchen design to exterior additions. Our services include custom home building, residential remodeling, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remode...Read more about ooBarberra Construction Co.
    Porch Pro Headshot Tailored Facility Services Inc
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    Tailored Facility Services Inc Rochester, NY, 14609 (585) 729-1056 For construction cleaning services near Rochester, NY, 14609, call the most preferred provider - Tailored Facility Services Inc. Call us and get quality beyond your expectations. Office Cleanings, Medical Facilitates, Auto Shops, Co...Read more about Tailored Facility Services Inc
    Tailored Facility Services Inc Rochester, NY, 14609 (585) 729-1056 For construction cleaning services near Rochester, NY, 14609, call the most preferred provider - Tailored Facility Services Inc. Call us and get quality beyond your expectations. Office Cleanings, Medical Facilitates, Auto Shops, Co...Read more about Tailored Facility Services Inc
    Porch Pro Headshot Pass-Go Services
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    Pass-Go Services is a family owned and operated general contractor in Rochester, NY serving Monroe County and surrounding areas with all types of home improvements. From preparation and installation of kitchens and baths to basic painting and lawn care services to property management, we do it all. ...Read more about Pass-Go Services
    Pass-Go Services is a family owned and operated general contractor in Rochester, NY serving Monroe County and surrounding areas with all types of home improvements. From preparation and installation of kitchens and baths to basic painting and lawn care services to property management, we do it all. ...Read more about Pass-Go Services
    Porch Pro Headshot Seimata Management Corp
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    Seimata Management Corp specializes in house cleaning services. We guarantee quality services for the people in Rochester, NY, give us a call! residential house cleaning, office cleaning, move out clean ups, construction clean ups, clinics cleaning, garbage clean up, carpet cleaning Maplewood Roches...Read more about Seimata Management Corp
    Seimata Management Corp specializes in house cleaning services. We guarantee quality services for the people in Rochester, NY, give us a call! residential house cleaning, office cleaning, move out clean ups, construction clean ups, clinics cleaning, garbage clean up, carpet cleaning Maplewood Roches...Read more about Seimata Management Corp
    Porch Pro Headshot New life Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    We bring new life to ever thing we touch
    We bring new life to ever thing we touch
    Porch Pro Headshot Weigel Construction, LLC
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
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    Porch Pro Headshot Kaptein Home Improvements
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    A top notch home improvement service is one phone call away. Reach Kaptein Home Improvements and we will exceed your expectations. Professional Remodeling Service,Affordable Remodeling Service,Dependable Remodeling Service,Respected Remodeling Company,Trusted Remodeling Company Swillburg NY Wood Sid...Read more about Kaptein Home Improvements
    A top notch home improvement service is one phone call away. Reach Kaptein Home Improvements and we will exceed your expectations. Professional Remodeling Service,Affordable Remodeling Service,Dependable Remodeling Service,Respected Remodeling Company,Trusted Remodeling Company Swillburg NY Wood Sid...Read more about Kaptein Home Improvements
    Porch Pro Headshot HughesCo of Rochester, Inc.
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    Porch Pro Headshot Nu Look Group Inc
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York
    We are a family owned and operated company with over 15 years of experience . We treat your family like our own and you can trust your families home with our home. No project is too small or too big . We are fully insured and always give free estimates. The services we provide are roofing, siding,...Read more about Nu Look Group Inc
    We are a family owned and operated company with over 15 years of experience . We treat your family like our own and you can trust your families home with our home. No project is too small or too big . We are fully insured and always give free estimates. The services we provide are roofing, siding,...Read more about Nu Look Group Inc
    Porch Pro Headshot Polisseni Construction Company Inc
    General Contractors
    Serves Rochester, New York