Top 10 General Contractors in Schenectady, NY

Porch Pro Headshot A Plus Home Improvement
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
(67)
"Amazing company. I would highly recommend Adam. A+++ Very organized work space. He used his own tools. He was very neat and the workspace was spotless at all times. Adam was very reliable and on always on time. He was very nice to my dogs. I know some contractors do not like them in the way. Ada...Read more about A Plus Home Improvement
"Amazing company. I would highly recommend Adam. A+++ Very organized work space. He used his own tools. He was very neat and the workspace was spotless at all times. Adam was very reliable and on always on time. He was very nice to my dogs. I know some contractors do not like them in the way. Ada...Read more about A Plus Home Improvement
Porch Pro Headshot Hoffman Contracting
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
(3)
"Tj. Did excellent work roofing my garage this spring. He also took down A tree in my back yard. He Is incredibly competent. Honest Helpful. Timely. Thank you Thank you. I am a very satisfied customer ."
"Tj. Did excellent work roofing my garage this spring. He also took down A tree in my back yard. He Is incredibly competent. Honest Helpful. Timely. Thank you Thank you. I am a very satisfied customer ."
Porch Pro Headshot F and J Clean Services Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
(8)
"I hired F&J to clean my 5 bedroom vacation house. For health reasons I had not been able to keep up with the cleaning for a very, very long time. I needed the house cleaned for a party I was throwing. They were willing to come on relatively short notice. I warned them the job would be big. I think...Read more about F and J Clean Services Inc.
"I hired F&J to clean my 5 bedroom vacation house. For health reasons I had not been able to keep up with the cleaning for a very, very long time. I needed the house cleaned for a party I was throwing. They were willing to come on relatively short notice. I warned them the job would be big. I think...Read more about F and J Clean Services Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Kucel Contractors, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
(18)
For over 72 years, Kucel Contractors Inc in Gloversville, NY has provided high-quality construction work. We complete both residential and commercial projects. Our team is trained in safety and always gets the job done efficiently and within budget. As a family-owned company, we take pride in our wo...Read more about Kucel Contractors, Inc.
For over 72 years, Kucel Contractors Inc in Gloversville, NY has provided high-quality construction work. We complete both residential and commercial projects. Our team is trained in safety and always gets the job done efficiently and within budget. As a family-owned company, we take pride in our wo...Read more about Kucel Contractors, Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot John Mcclure
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
(23)
Our main areas of expertise is biulding from start to finish. We also specialize in home remodeling complete and partial with all phases of construction.
Our main areas of expertise is biulding from start to finish. We also specialize in home remodeling complete and partial with all phases of construction.
Porch Pro Headshot Ciamps Construction
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
Being a handy man is not just my job it's my passion. I've been working in carpentry for over 10yrs and love the work. Customer satisfaction is my number one priority. I will go above and beyond to make sure the work is done professionally.
Being a handy man is not just my job it's my passion. I've been working in carpentry for over 10yrs and love the work. Customer satisfaction is my number one priority. I will go above and beyond to make sure the work is done professionally.
Porch Pro Headshot TS Hayes Paving, LLC
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
(2)
Tim Hayes and his team have been installing asphalt and sealcoating in the Capital District since 1997. We are by far the most dedicated team taking every concern and worry of our customers very serious. The smile at the end when our customers see their new driveway is what makes it all worth it!!!
Tim Hayes and his team have been installing asphalt and sealcoating in the Capital District since 1997. We are by far the most dedicated team taking every concern and worry of our customers very serious. The smile at the end when our customers see their new driveway is what makes it all worth it!!!
Porch Pro Headshot Bluestorm Home Repairs & Handyman Services
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
BBB Accredited, VETERAN Owned & Operated Home Repair & Handyman Services Company! Proudly Serving Saratoga County and surrounding area! We can Repair Almost Anything, Inside or Outside your home, from the Ground to the Roof! Quality Workmanship at Affordable & Competitive Prices, helping you get ...Read more about Bluestorm Home Repairs & Handyman Services
BBB Accredited, VETERAN Owned & Operated Home Repair & Handyman Services Company! Proudly Serving Saratoga County and surrounding area! We can Repair Almost Anything, Inside or Outside your home, from the Ground to the Roof! Quality Workmanship at Affordable & Competitive Prices, helping you get ...Read more about Bluestorm Home Repairs & Handyman Services
Porch Pro Headshot Preservation Home Specialists
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
Top of the line vinyl windows, patio and entry doors, siding, or other home improvement products, homeowners can turn to Preservation Home Specialists, a family-owned and operated company. As a dealer that has faithfully served our customers since 1977, we take a different approach to home improveme...Read more about Preservation Home Specialists
Top of the line vinyl windows, patio and entry doors, siding, or other home improvement products, homeowners can turn to Preservation Home Specialists, a family-owned and operated company. As a dealer that has faithfully served our customers since 1977, we take a different approach to home improveme...Read more about Preservation Home Specialists
Porch Pro Headshot G & R Contracting
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
(2)
We are a family business with many projects in the capital district. We build houses from start to finish as well as a wide range of remodeling. We work on many old houses from siding to kitchen and bath remodeling. We have been in business for over 20 years. We have many references that you can con...Read more about G & R Contracting
We are a family business with many projects in the capital district. We build houses from start to finish as well as a wide range of remodeling. We work on many old houses from siding to kitchen and bath remodeling. We have been in business for over 20 years. We have many references that you can con...Read more about G & R Contracting

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 Schenectady General Contractors

73135

Hoffman Contracting replaced the roof on our garage. Did a great job with the roof, and cleaned up too. All in one day!! Reasonable price also. I would recommend.

- Barbara Percival
95566

This guy name (Ashraf Abdelrehim) who mentioned his company name as a VIENNA SERVICES AND CONSTRUCTION took the money from me and mentioned that he need all that money prior to work because he need to buy a materials. He never dropped any materials plus...

- gurmej singh
277726

I am seeing all negative reviews for john mcclure and am needing statements from people to help out put him where i believe him and his wife as well as fraudulent family members belong,so if anyone has any information of john mcclure recieving money him a...

- Hope Loveland
216462

DO. NOT. WORK. WITH. THIS. GUY. Had us fooled. Responded immediately after contacting him via home advisor. Came to review job the next day. Paid him deposit for deck and stairs and then he disappeared. Wouldnt keep me informed of timing. wouldnt retu...

- Renee Charbonneau
277731

What an amazing worker !

- Mary Bonn
215072

I had John McClure to install French drains all his work is illegal and does not conform to building codes.

- Cary Buck
216465

After posting recent review about this company and the fact that theyve had our money for 2 months with no job completed the wife calls me and says if we take them to court they will counter sue us because there was no time frame in the contract! This af...

- Renee Charbonneau
445625

John signed a contract with us for work to be done on a renovation. The work total was to be $34,000. John said he needed half up front for materials cost and the job would be completed within 4 weeks. We paid $17,000 and 6 weeks later there has been m...

- Greg Bourn
277730

Hired him to build and addition amazing job . Would recommend him to any one

- Mary Bonn
283630

MCCLURE NEVER DID THE WORK AND STOLE $85,000.00 WHICH HE REFUSES TO RETURN. CANNOT TRUST THIS PERSON OR WIFE. EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS STOLEN. HE ALSO USES SUBSTANDARD MATERIALS TO SCAM WHO PAID FOR FIRST QUALITY. THIS IS NOT THE ONLY REPORT REVIEW O...

- Eve Francesco
262558

Hell On Earth!!!!! Doesn't deserve any Stars!! We hired John McClure in December 2019 to build our home - start to finish. Got a construction loan for the project. February the problems started. The plans for the home were wrong - argued that our bump-out...

- Linda Knightes
215073

if you hire John McClure to do any work expect to hire some one else to fix the job that he messed up

- Cary Buck

Everything You Need to Know About Schenectady General Contractors

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

Many general contractors provide service to multiple zip codes in and around Schenectady. Browse through a sample of the General Contractors in Schenectady 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:

  • Saviors Custom Carpentry:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 19121
  • MF General Contracting Inc:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 12086, 12249 and 12007
  • Brunswick Mills LLC:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 12307

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

Who are the best General Contractors in Schenectady?

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

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 Schenectady, and if your project is a fit. Here are some suggested professionals and companies to get you started:

  • Affordable Rate Builders
    • Location: Schenectady
  • JTG Home Improvement / Maintenance, LLC
    • Location: Schenectady
  • G & R Contracting
    • Location: Schenectady

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

Whether you’re general contractor job is in Schenectady 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.

All General Contractors in Schenectady, NY

Porch Pro Headshot Abele Property Management & Maintenance
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
Abele Property Management & Maintenance can manage your property as well as service it for a fair price. There is no job too big or too small for our company to handle. Give us a call and let us show you the difference between US and them.
Abele Property Management & Maintenance can manage your property as well as service it for a fair price. There is no job too big or too small for our company to handle. Give us a call and let us show you the difference between US and them.
Porch Pro Headshot Aline Property Services LLC.,
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
Don't settle for average. We provide commercial/Residential services to local and regional clients in Upstate New-York. We are family owned and operated. We offer general contractor services. A few of our specialty services include, but are not limited to the following: 1. *Commercial Floor Care...Read more about Aline Property Services LLC.,
Don't settle for average. We provide commercial/Residential services to local and regional clients in Upstate New-York. We are family owned and operated. We offer general contractor services. A few of our specialty services include, but are not limited to the following: 1. *Commercial Floor Care...Read more about Aline Property Services LLC.,
Porch Pro Headshot EJL Excavating & Construction
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
We strive on satisfaction and make sure our customers are 100 percent happy before we close out every job !
We strive on satisfaction and make sure our customers are 100 percent happy before we close out every job !
Porch Pro Headshot SbS Solutions
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
SnS offers a wide variety of services and painting for all your home and business needs. (interior/Exterior, multiple colors, and specialty finishes.) When just a fresh coat of paint isn't enough.
SnS offers a wide variety of services and painting for all your home and business needs. (interior/Exterior, multiple colors, and specialty finishes.) When just a fresh coat of paint isn't enough.
Porch Pro Headshot Vienna Services And Construction
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
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Porch Pro Headshot Superior Exteriors & Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
Fully Insured Free Estimates Over 15 years experience
Fully Insured Free Estimates Over 15 years experience
Porch Pro Headshot JMB Contracting
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
Small remodels bathroom and kitchen remodels
Small remodels bathroom and kitchen remodels
Porch Pro Headshot Dream Builders and Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
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Porch Pro Headshot Better Neighborhoods Inc    COMMUNITY CONTRACTING
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
I would like to offer you our experience and our services in your effort in your mission of care and rehabilitation of the elderly and disabled of Our area. We have expanded our mission of helping the less fortunate by performing low cost Repairs and Improvements at affordable costs. We could be of ...Read more about Better Neighborhoods Inc COMMUNITY CONTRACTING
I would like to offer you our experience and our services in your effort in your mission of care and rehabilitation of the elderly and disabled of Our area. We have expanded our mission of helping the less fortunate by performing low cost Repairs and Improvements at affordable costs. We could be of ...Read more about Better Neighborhoods Inc COMMUNITY CONTRACTING
Porch Pro Headshot Greenhand Property Care
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
Greenhand Property Care considers the combination of professional expertise and customer satisfaction to be the golden formula for each and every job. No request is beyond a reasonable one when there is always a solution we can provide. The answer is always customer fulfillment.
Greenhand Property Care considers the combination of professional expertise and customer satisfaction to be the golden formula for each and every job. No request is beyond a reasonable one when there is always a solution we can provide. The answer is always customer fulfillment.
Porch Pro Headshot J and J Commercial Services Inc
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
J and J is a family owned, small business serving the Capital Area for over 30 years. We have a proven track record of reliability, quality and hard to beat pricing. No job is too big and no service is too small. We pride ourselves on our ability to meet all of your construction, technology and desi...Read more about J and J Commercial Services Inc
J and J is a family owned, small business serving the Capital Area for over 30 years. We have a proven track record of reliability, quality and hard to beat pricing. No job is too big and no service is too small. We pride ourselves on our ability to meet all of your construction, technology and desi...Read more about J and J Commercial Services Inc
Porch Pro Headshot Prism Services
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York
Porch Pro Headshot William Butler Construction
General Contractors
Serves Schenectady, New York