Top 10 General Contractors in San Rafael, CA

Porch Pro Headshot PRC Construction
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
(135)
"Pat and David did a phenomenal job on my restaurant buildout in the Marina. They were completely transparent from the bid process all the way until the final invoice was paid. The attention to detail was excellent and I enjoyed working with two guys who were hands on and very responsive day to day....Read more about PRC Construction
"Pat and David did a phenomenal job on my restaurant buildout in the Marina. They were completely transparent from the bid process all the way until the final invoice was paid. The attention to detail was excellent and I enjoyed working with two guys who were hands on and very responsive day to day....Read more about PRC Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Smart Remodeling and Design
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
(71)
"I recently bought a house that had been on the market for a year. The house was in very bad shape from the foundation to the roof, and needed lots of work, but it was a great deal. A friend just completed a new kitchen and bath with Smart Remodeling and I loved the result so I figured i'll give the...Read more about Smart Remodeling and Design
"I recently bought a house that had been on the market for a year. The house was in very bad shape from the foundation to the roof, and needed lots of work, but it was a great deal. A friend just completed a new kitchen and bath with Smart Remodeling and I loved the result so I figured i'll give the...Read more about Smart Remodeling and Design
Porch Pro Headshot Shaz Construction and Design
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
(7)
Shaz Construction & Design has over 30 years of experience in all different sides of the construction industry and grown into a full-service construction, project management,and construction consultant company. At Shaz Construction we have built a reputation based on Trust, Service, and Value. The...Read more about Shaz Construction and Design
Shaz Construction & Design has over 30 years of experience in all different sides of the construction industry and grown into a full-service construction, project management,and construction consultant company. At Shaz Construction we have built a reputation based on Trust, Service, and Value. The...Read more about Shaz Construction and Design
Porch Pro Headshot O'Brien Construction
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
(3)
"They do great work and are priced well. My only issue is that they don't always manage things well so there was a lot of "are you coming here today?" but they do call back quickly. But that aside, I have used them multiple times in the past and would definitely use them again in the future. "
"They do great work and are priced well. My only issue is that they don't always manage things well so there was a lot of "are you coming here today?" but they do call back quickly. But that aside, I have used them multiple times in the past and would definitely use them again in the future. "
Porch Pro Headshot Get Structural
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Engineering consulting for the average Joe in mind. Very personal and direct with communication and willing to take on projects large or small. With over 20 years of experience on the job site and behind the desk, we provide industry proven designs, while keeping cost benefits in mind. We invite ...Read more about Get Structural
Engineering consulting for the average Joe in mind. Very personal and direct with communication and willing to take on projects large or small. With over 20 years of experience on the job site and behind the desk, we provide industry proven designs, while keeping cost benefits in mind. We invite ...Read more about Get Structural
Porch Pro Headshot Green Sequoia Construction Group
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
(1)
Green Sequoia Construction Group is a full service , licensed, bonded and insured General Contractor, We remodel complete homes and commercial projects, including building new buildings, additions or remodeling existing spaces, to include running new electrical, plumbing, mechanical, framing, roofin...Read more about Green Sequoia Construction Group
Green Sequoia Construction Group is a full service , licensed, bonded and insured General Contractor, We remodel complete homes and commercial projects, including building new buildings, additions or remodeling existing spaces, to include running new electrical, plumbing, mechanical, framing, roofin...Read more about Green Sequoia Construction Group
Porch Pro Headshot Yonts Construction
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Porch Pro Headshot RF Construction Engineering
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
RF Construction Engineering provides professional construction services to the community in San Rafael, CA. Our team provides concrete repairs and foundation services. You can reach us via simple call at (415) 446- 8828. construction worker, construction company, construction service, construction c...Read more about RF Construction Engineering
RF Construction Engineering provides professional construction services to the community in San Rafael, CA. Our team provides concrete repairs and foundation services. You can reach us via simple call at (415) 446- 8828. construction worker, construction company, construction service, construction c...Read more about RF Construction Engineering
Porch Pro Headshot Wilkinson Design Construc
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Wilkinson Design & Construction (WDC) provides a personalized, design-driven remodeling experience for it's San Francisco Bay Area clients. With over 25 years of award winning experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pav and his team make homes safe, functional, accessible, and beautiful with inn...Read more about Wilkinson Design Construc
Wilkinson Design & Construction (WDC) provides a personalized, design-driven remodeling experience for it's San Francisco Bay Area clients. With over 25 years of award winning experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pav and his team make homes safe, functional, accessible, and beautiful with inn...Read more about Wilkinson Design Construc
Porch Pro Headshot Gamboa Construction
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Gamboa Construction is a Professional Construction Company, they offer Plumbing, Electrical, Drywall, Framing and Finish Carpentry, House Remodeling, Kitchens and Bathroom Remodeling for the people of Redwood City, CA. Professional Construction Service Contractor;Professional Home Builder Woodside, ...Read more about Gamboa Construction
Gamboa Construction is a Professional Construction Company, they offer Plumbing, Electrical, Drywall, Framing and Finish Carpentry, House Remodeling, Kitchens and Bathroom Remodeling for the people of Redwood City, CA. Professional Construction Service Contractor;Professional Home Builder Woodside, ...Read more about Gamboa 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 San Rafael General Contractors

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Very fast and responsive!

- Stephen Lucero
58489

Just finished redoing my roof with Smart Remodeling and Design and i will most defiantly be recommending anyone who needs a good roofer in the Bay Area!!

- Daniel Cohen
31486

When I decided to remodeling my garage into a game room, I spent a number of days researching contractors, their skills and qualifications to do the job. After my research, I settled on three contractors who submitted quotes and ended up choosing to go wi...

- David Brown
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I've worked with various contractors before on small projects and stuff but this time I got my bedroom and kitchen remodeled and I coolant have picked with a better group of people to work with. Everything from getting an estimate to the remodeling went s...

- Alvin Lewis
60528

At first when Josef came to my house, Charlie my German Shepherd jumped on him, and really scared him, i'm so glad he stayed and proceeded with our estimate, since he gave me the best price. Smart Remodeling and design worked with our vision on a major k...

- Daniella Kesel
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I simply can't begin to describe how satisfied I'm with their service. My family had been needing some renovation on our bedrooms and bathrooms due to water damage. Smart Remodeling completely changed the presence!!! It's so comfortable and pleasant in ou...

- Philip Wright
160186

I used them for my kitchen renovation project and I'm super pleased. Everything about this project went smoothly. They showed up when they promised. I can't recommend Smart Remodeling highly enough.

- Shawn Johnson
157995

I highly recommend Smart Remodeling for your bathroom renovation project. Everything they promised was delivered in full, In fact, their consultant was very conservative and my bathroom is actually looking a bit more beautiful than expected! Thanks.

- Samuel Morris
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I would definitely hire Smart Remodeling again! His price was reasonable. He's good with communications. He has integrity and lets his work do the talking for him. His website, crew, and GC license are outstanding. I can say that his positive yelp review...

- Nathan Giles
159406

I don't know where to begin in expressing my thanks to Smart Remodeling for my bathroom remodeling project. They were very professional and done a beautiful job. Thanks!

- Armando Ferguson
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I just have to say that I am beyond pleased with the level of professionalism that smart remodeling has provided. from start to finish John and the crew where on time, clean and respectful of my home. John was always there when i had questions which i h...

- Briana Doolin
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Smart Remodeling recently finished working on my kitchen deck. It is not only beautiful but so well built and very solid. I often give their contact information to my friends looking for a contractor and I highly recommend Smart Remodeling without hesitat...

- Jordan Ray

Everything You Need to Know About San Rafael General Contractors

I’m searching for General Contractors servicing my zip code in San Rafael.

Many general contractors provide service to multiple zip codes in and around San Rafael. Browse through a sample of the General Contractors in San Rafael below to find the right professional in your area for your project. Remember to contact each of these professionals individually to ask about their prices, recent successful general contractor services jobs, how they bill, and what licenses or permits they have or will have to get for your job:

  • PRC Construction:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 94070
  • Jeremy Moore Construction:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 94549
  • Ehline Construction Inc:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 94025

If you weren't able to find the right general contractor company that services your San Rafael zip code, don't worry. Try contacting the company directly to ask them what surrounding areas they also service near San Rafael.

Who are the best General Contractors in San Rafael?

We've found 50 general contractor providers that are available to you in San Rafael.

Keep in mind that every project has different requirements, and some general contractor professionals maybe be more equipped to handle the specifications of your general contractor services work than others. Talk to multiple general contractors before deciding which one is right for you. You will want to consider how much they charge, if they are properly licensed for general contractor services work in San Rafael, and if your project is a fit. Here are some suggested professionals and companies to get you started:

  • Jeremy Moore Construction
    • Location: San Rafael
  • James Woods Construction
    • Location: San Rafael
  • Sayre Building Performance
    • Location: San Rafael

How many general contractors does San Rafael have?

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

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

All General Contractors in San Rafael, CA

Porch Pro Headshot WALL2WALL Construction
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
(1)
Porch Pro Headshot Barrera Construction
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Barrera Construction, we build fences, decks. Remodel bathrooms, kitchens, room additions and general construction.
Barrera Construction, we build fences, decks. Remodel bathrooms, kitchens, room additions and general construction.
Porch Pro Headshot B, B and B Builders Inc
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Located in San Anselmo, B, B and B Builders is a home building specialist and has been providing home building, custom home construction and more since 2003. They are licensed by the state of California. B, B and B Builders is bonded and insured.
Located in San Anselmo, B, B and B Builders is a home building specialist and has been providing home building, custom home construction and more since 2003. They are licensed by the state of California. B, B and B Builders is bonded and insured.
Porch Pro Headshot Pound Melters
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Porch Pro Headshot Alliance Construction
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
General contracting company specializing in custom interior work. I build kitchen cabinets, built ins, entertainment centers, bath rooms and furniture from modern to mission style. I will do new construction from the ground up and remodels from small to extensive. I work hard to make sure a project...Read more about Alliance Construction
General contracting company specializing in custom interior work. I build kitchen cabinets, built ins, entertainment centers, bath rooms and furniture from modern to mission style. I will do new construction from the ground up and remodels from small to extensive. I work hard to make sure a project...Read more about Alliance Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Meditation For All Ages
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Meditation For All Ages provides mindfulness meditation services (Private Sessions, Corporate Sessions, Group Sessions, Classroom Sessions) in San Rafael, CA. Call us now! We serve in San Rafael, CA, Novato, CA; San Anselmo, CA; Mill Valley, CA; Larkspur, CA; Ross, CA; Corte Madera, CA; Tiburon, CA...Read more about Meditation For All Ages
Meditation For All Ages provides mindfulness meditation services (Private Sessions, Corporate Sessions, Group Sessions, Classroom Sessions) in San Rafael, CA. Call us now! We serve in San Rafael, CA, Novato, CA; San Anselmo, CA; Mill Valley, CA; Larkspur, CA; Ross, CA; Corte Madera, CA; Tiburon, CA...Read more about Meditation For All Ages
Porch Pro Headshot Meehan Properties Solutions
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Porch Pro Headshot Kieran Collins Construction
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Porch Pro Headshot CONSOLIDATED CONSTRUCTION INC
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Porch Pro Headshot James Woods Construction
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Porch Pro Headshot SANDELL CONSTRUCTION - GENERAL CONTRACTOR
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California
Porch Pro Headshot Gbrothrershandymanservices
General Contractors
Serves San Rafael, California