Top 10 General Contractors in Scranton, PA

Porch Pro Headshot Alamo Home Improvement LLC
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
"Alamo Home Improvement did a great job replacing the skylights on my metal roof. Prior to installing, George did an excellent job explaining everything involved in the replacement and how to ensure a water tight seal between the roof and skylights. Overall I am extremely happy with the job they did...Read more about Alamo Home Improvement LLC
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"Alamo Home Improvement did a great job replacing the skylights on my metal roof. Prior to installing, George did an excellent job explaining everything involved in the replacement and how to ensure a water tight seal between the roof and skylights. Overall I am extremely happy with the job they did...Read more about Alamo Home Improvement LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Building Dreams General Contracting
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
(19)
Building Dreams specializes in Home Repair and Renovation, Electrical Installation, Upgrades and Repairs and all types of Maintenance and Handyman work. Our scope of work ranges from basic handyman services where no job is too small to large renovations, additions, garages, etc. Building Dreams take...Read more about Building Dreams General Contracting
Building Dreams specializes in Home Repair and Renovation, Electrical Installation, Upgrades and Repairs and all types of Maintenance and Handyman work. Our scope of work ranges from basic handyman services where no job is too small to large renovations, additions, garages, etc. Building Dreams take...Read more about Building Dreams General Contracting
Porch Pro Headshot DEMM General Contracting
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
(22)
"I was truly amazed by how new my porch looked after DEMM general contracting came out and saved the day. I received an affordable quote and the job was done in no time. my favorite thing aside from the restoration being done properly was the cleanliness. They cleaned up behind themselves so well...Read more about DEMM General Contracting
"I was truly amazed by how new my porch looked after DEMM general contracting came out and saved the day. I received an affordable quote and the job was done in no time. my favorite thing aside from the restoration being done properly was the cleanliness. They cleaned up behind themselves so well...Read more about DEMM General Contracting
Porch Pro Headshot S & J Remodels LLC
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
(7)
"Maurice was really great to work with. He is very kind and was incredibly accommodating when we had to reschedule last minute. He was great at keeping me informed of what he was doing. I will definitely hire him again as I find more work that needs to be done in the fixer upper I recently purchased...Read more about S & J Remodels LLC
"Maurice was really great to work with. He is very kind and was incredibly accommodating when we had to reschedule last minute. He was great at keeping me informed of what he was doing. I will definitely hire him again as I find more work that needs to be done in the fixer upper I recently purchased...Read more about S & J Remodels LLC
Porch Pro Headshot J N J Painting & More
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
Make your property the best looking one on the block with services from our Painting & Home Improvement Contracting Company in Dickson City, PA. JNJ PAINTING & MORE is a family-owned-and-operated business that takes pride in offering quality craftsmanship services with professionalism. Fully Insured...Read more about J N J Painting & More
Make your property the best looking one on the block with services from our Painting & Home Improvement Contracting Company in Dickson City, PA. JNJ PAINTING & MORE is a family-owned-and-operated business that takes pride in offering quality craftsmanship services with professionalism. Fully Insured...Read more about J N J Painting & More
Porch Pro Headshot “We Are” Basement Waterproofing Experts LLC
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
(3)
"My sump pump died and I needed it to be replaced. When it was replaced I was told that I needed a drainage ditch dug around the perimeter of my crawl space. This was completed by “We are” basement waterproofing experts in the spring. They did a professional job, made sure my house was blocked off f...Read more about “We Are” Basement Waterproofing Experts LLC
"My sump pump died and I needed it to be replaced. When it was replaced I was told that I needed a drainage ditch dug around the perimeter of my crawl space. This was completed by “We are” basement waterproofing experts in the spring. They did a professional job, made sure my house was blocked off f...Read more about “We Are” Basement Waterproofing Experts LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Pa Basement
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
(3)
Established in 2006, PA Basement is a business that is located in Harrisburg and provides waterproofing, weather sealing, remodeling and more. They are accredited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Established in 2006, PA Basement is a business that is located in Harrisburg and provides waterproofing, weather sealing, remodeling and more. They are accredited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Porch Pro Headshot Seamrog Services
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
(4)
Seamrog Services Est. 2007 We are small family owned and operated business that takes pride in the quality of our work. We believe that projects should be completed one of the time so that our customers have our full attention. Our prices may not always be the lowest but the quality will alw...Read more about Seamrog Services
Seamrog Services Est. 2007 We are small family owned and operated business that takes pride in the quality of our work. We believe that projects should be completed one of the time so that our customers have our full attention. Our prices may not always be the lowest but the quality will alw...Read more about Seamrog Services
Porch Pro Headshot APEX HOME PRO
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
(25)
Porch Pro Headshot LJP Construction Inc
General Contractors
Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
(9)
Combining years of experience with a dedication to client satisfaction, LJP Construction Inc has established itself as the local leader in Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling and Roofing.
Combining years of experience with a dedication to client satisfaction, LJP Construction Inc has established itself as the local leader in Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling and Roofing.

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 Scranton General Contractors

169896

Worse sliding project ever! Shortly after the 5-day job was completed in 3 months we developed leaks from poorly sealed joints.

- gina chetram
174803

Building Dreams General Contracting used to be a good company. However lately there have been a lot of bad things said about the owner of the company by people who have had work done. I had them clean my gutters a few years back and they left a mess on my...

- Margie Crush
91457

Excellent responsiveness in communication. Excellent value.

Mike contact me in no time, give me satisfying estimate.

- Tatiana Tikhonko
7884

Excellent value. Excellent work quality. Excellent responsiveness in communication.

Excellent. Very satisfied .

- Dina Caccavale
341338

If you want a responsive, competent contractor that returns calls and shows up as agreed with an accurate estimate and does beautiful quality work with attention to detail, call Mike. Highly recommended!!

- Roy R
7830

I used Building Dreams for a recent full kitchen remodel and the results were absolutely amazing. The owner Mike was extremely knowledgeable and and a pleasure to work with. He walked me and my husband through step by step and explained all options thorou...

- Laura L
341752

I had written a long review a while back detailing the challenges we were having going back and forth with Building Dreams - why did it magically disappear?? This contractor should take complaint a little more seriously and not try to cover it up by dele...

- Yuli Dee
15273

Mike has helped us with various projects around our house for a few years. He is incredibly responsive, very reliable, and always gets the job done! He is also an absolute pleasure to work with.

- Debi Damesek
8090

Very good work quality. Very good value. Excellent responsiveness in communication.

On time, on budget, and excellent workmanship

- Joe Curcio
104376

Owner lobbied heavily for our job, but clearly bit off more than he could chew. Lies & blames his short comings on everyone else including his client! Was never seen taking notes or writing anything down, but rarely takes the blame when something is forgo...

- Mandi Manard
85342

I had a great experience with Jcs. Fast and friendly service. They had my roof completely tore off resheeted and re shingled in one day. As a multiple property owner I will be using these guys for all of my roofing jobs. Thank you JCS for your fast profes...

- Jamie Rillstone
51064

A huge THANK YOU to PA Basement of Harrisburg, PA. You don't know what this meant to me for your quick service on March 4, 2016. Your speedy service of preventing us from having a flooded basement is greatly appreciated. Your guys were very friendly an...

- Barb Funt

Everything You Need to Know About Scranton General Contractors

Does the general contractor I want to hire need to be licensed in Scranton?

Before you start any project, it is crucial to learn about the certifications and licenses that you or your General Contractor need to have. There are 3 general contractors in Scranton that are licensed.

Here are the types of license(s) General Contractors need to have to work on General Contractor Services jobs in PA:

    I have General Contractor Services work that I need done in Scranton. What should my budget be?

    Our data on recent general contractor projects in Scranton shows that larger general contractor services projects in city are often upwards of $0.00. However, this price depends on a number of factors. Cost can increase or decrease based on any/all of the following:

    • Location: general contractors travel time may factor into the budget.
    • Cost of materials. This is an important factor of your general contractor services project budget. You can purchase materials yourself, but remember that your general contractor professional maybe be able to leverage relationships with other companies to save on material costs.
    • Company ratings: Highly-rated general contractors tend to be more expensive. Decide what balance between ratings and cost is right for you.

    As always, every project is different and you should contact multiple general contractors throughout Scranton to ensure your project is done right.

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

    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 Scranton 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 Scranton 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.

    All General Contractors in Scranton, PA

    Porch Pro Headshot J.C.S. Building & Remodeling
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
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    "I had a very old roof and few leaks. I called to J.C.S. Building & Remodeling. John explained me the whole process, gave me a good warranty and a fair price. This company is not only worthy of your business, the owner is unbelievable. He keeps in constant contact with his customers, he is easy to...Read more about J.C.S. Building & Remodeling
    "I had a very old roof and few leaks. I called to J.C.S. Building & Remodeling. John explained me the whole process, gave me a good warranty and a fair price. This company is not only worthy of your business, the owner is unbelievable. He keeps in constant contact with his customers, he is easy to...Read more about J.C.S. Building & Remodeling
    Porch Pro Headshot Sell Construction Group, LLC.
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    We are a small but solid General Contracting company based in Walnutport, PA 18088. We handle every aspect of your project so no need to have multiple contractors to keep up with.
    We are a small but solid General Contracting company based in Walnutport, PA 18088. We handle every aspect of your project so no need to have multiple contractors to keep up with.
    Porch Pro Headshot Niko seidl Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    We have 30 years experience in all areas of home improvement. We are family owned and run. We are veteran owned and run. We are licensed and insured.
    We have 30 years experience in all areas of home improvement. We are family owned and run. We are veteran owned and run. We are licensed and insured.
    Porch Pro Headshot 5 Star Construction and Remodeling LLC.
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    We strive to give the best price and quality of work to the customer and leave them very satisfied with the work that was done and also we treat our customers like their family
    We strive to give the best price and quality of work to the customer and leave them very satisfied with the work that was done and also we treat our customers like their family
    Porch Pro Headshot Floods Landworks LTD
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    (53)
    Floods Landworks LTD has served the community and surrounding areas for over twenty years. Services offered are septic repair, design and installation of new systems, percs and probes (soil testing), site prep work, foundation digging, grading, sloping, general excavating, exterior drain pipes, co...Read more about Floods Landworks LTD
    Floods Landworks LTD has served the community and surrounding areas for over twenty years. Services offered are septic repair, design and installation of new systems, percs and probes (soil testing), site prep work, foundation digging, grading, sloping, general excavating, exterior drain pipes, co...Read more about Floods Landworks LTD
    Porch Pro Headshot Pride Builders, Inc.
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    Established in 1999 by Company President Ron Piccolotti, Pride Builders, Inc. began as a small home builder in Northeast Pennsylvania. With a unique eye for detail, Mr. Piccolotti quickly gained a reputation for building finely appointed, quality custom homes. Since those humble beginnings, Pride...Read more about Pride Builders, Inc.
    Established in 1999 by Company President Ron Piccolotti, Pride Builders, Inc. began as a small home builder in Northeast Pennsylvania. With a unique eye for detail, Mr. Piccolotti quickly gained a reputation for building finely appointed, quality custom homes. Since those humble beginnings, Pride...Read more about Pride Builders, Inc.
    Porch Pro Headshot Thee handyman
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    I have been a contractor for close to 20 years . I started my career as a framer and new home builder and have spent the last 8 years as a full scale building company serving northeast Pennsylvania and parts of new Jersey with quality interior / exterior needs from structure to finish
    I have been a contractor for close to 20 years . I started my career as a framer and new home builder and have spent the last 8 years as a full scale building company serving northeast Pennsylvania and parts of new Jersey with quality interior / exterior needs from structure to finish
    Porch Pro Headshot Scranton Home Improvements
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    From Handyman Services to Complete Home Remolding Scranton Home Improvements has many years of experience in the building trades ranging from simple home repairs to whole house renovations. With a track record of providing cost effective and timely repairs and renovations for your residential prope...Read more about Scranton Home Improvements
    From Handyman Services to Complete Home Remolding Scranton Home Improvements has many years of experience in the building trades ranging from simple home repairs to whole house renovations. With a track record of providing cost effective and timely repairs and renovations for your residential prope...Read more about Scranton Home Improvements
    Porch Pro Headshot VanDeMark & Nieto Services LLC
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    VanDeMark & Nieto Services LLC prides itself on being the number one home improvement contractor and landscapers in the area. We service both residential and commercial properties. We've built an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction by providing quick estimates, a great attention to detai...Read more about VanDeMark & Nieto Services LLC
    VanDeMark & Nieto Services LLC prides itself on being the number one home improvement contractor and landscapers in the area. We service both residential and commercial properties. We've built an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction by providing quick estimates, a great attention to detai...Read more about VanDeMark & Nieto Services LLC
    Porch Pro Headshot N.E.P.A
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
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    Porch Pro Headshot Michael Major Construction
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    At Michael Major Construction, we can take care of any size job , with any size budget! We do doors,windows,siding,wood decks,composite decks and railing,painting/staining,trim work,crown moulding,kitchens,baths,drywall and insulation. We can take care of additions and framing issues in your home as...Read more about Michael Major Construction
    At Michael Major Construction, we can take care of any size job , with any size budget! We do doors,windows,siding,wood decks,composite decks and railing,painting/staining,trim work,crown moulding,kitchens,baths,drywall and insulation. We can take care of additions and framing issues in your home as...Read more about Michael Major Construction
    Porch Pro Headshot Winola Excavating
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
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    Porch Pro Headshot A,J.S. Enterprise
    General Contractors
    Serves Scranton, Pennsylvania
    We are a local Excavation Company Specializing in General Excavation, Land Clearing, Railroad Repair Services & Steel Building Erection.
    We are a local Excavation Company Specializing in General Excavation, Land Clearing, Railroad Repair Services & Steel Building Erection.

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