Top 10 General Contractors in Summit, NJ

Porch Pro Headshot The Better Basement Company
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(163)
"Mr. Moore and his team are exceptional! Being a contractor myself I notice the details! The vision final design and installation were outstanding! The carpenters and other trades that were involved with this project were all professionals. They were on time, cleaned up every night and above all di...Read more about The Better Basement Company
"Mr. Moore and his team are exceptional! Being a contractor myself I notice the details! The vision final design and installation were outstanding! The carpenters and other trades that were involved with this project were all professionals. They were on time, cleaned up every night and above all di...Read more about The Better Basement Company
Porch Pro Headshot MSI Plumbing & Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
MSI Plumbing & Remodeling has a proud history of more than 25 years of experience in residential remodeling. Located in Hunterdon County, MSI boasts a team of skilled professionals including plumbers, carpenters, painters, tile artisans and designers. Our team is experienced, knowledgeable and tr...Read more about MSI Plumbing & Remodeling
MSI Plumbing & Remodeling has a proud history of more than 25 years of experience in residential remodeling. Located in Hunterdon County, MSI boasts a team of skilled professionals including plumbers, carpenters, painters, tile artisans and designers. Our team is experienced, knowledgeable and tr...Read more about MSI Plumbing & Remodeling
Porch Pro Headshot JP PLUMBING
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(26)
"I would highly recommend Jarin and David who did all the work at our home. They were courteous, respectful and always on time. They did not leave until the work was done. They were truly professional in all that they did. I would high recommend them."
"I would highly recommend Jarin and David who did all the work at our home. They were courteous, respectful and always on time. They did not leave until the work was done. They were truly professional in all that they did. I would high recommend them."
Porch Pro Headshot Alex Contractors LLC
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(14)
Alex Contractors – A home remodeling company dedicated to customer service and top quality in all aspects of the home renovation process. We have a team of experts providing kitchen transformations, bathroom remodels & home remodeling services to the entire North New Jersey area. We have already ma...Read more about Alex Contractors LLC
Alex Contractors – A home remodeling company dedicated to customer service and top quality in all aspects of the home renovation process. We have a team of experts providing kitchen transformations, bathroom remodels & home remodeling services to the entire North New Jersey area. We have already ma...Read more about Alex Contractors LLC
Porch Pro Headshot The Window Source of NJ
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(8)
"Jim and his team did an excellent job in replacing the windows in my home. The pricing beat the competition, the work was completed on schedule, and the quality was excellent. I will recommend The Window Source of North Jersey to all my friends."
"Jim and his team did an excellent job in replacing the windows in my home. The pricing beat the competition, the work was completed on schedule, and the quality was excellent. I will recommend The Window Source of North Jersey to all my friends."
Porch Pro Headshot Home Pride Contracting LLC
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(51)
Home Pride Contracting LLC, is a quality-focused business. We are based in Chatham and serve Morris County and parts of Union and Essex County area. We are licensed in the State of NJ under home improvements and fully insured. We are Remodeling Contractors and Specialize in Handyman services such a...Read more about Home Pride Contracting LLC
Home Pride Contracting LLC, is a quality-focused business. We are based in Chatham and serve Morris County and parts of Union and Essex County area. We are licensed in the State of NJ under home improvements and fully insured. We are Remodeling Contractors and Specialize in Handyman services such a...Read more about Home Pride Contracting LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Er Homes LLC
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(7)
For quality improvements and upgrades throughout the home, you have the right place. From baths to kitchens, from designs to install, ER Homes LLC can do it all. Consider what your home would look like with a brand new addition. Maybe a man cave or a nursery for an upcoming addition. Small jobs, lar...Read more about Er Homes LLC
For quality improvements and upgrades throughout the home, you have the right place. From baths to kitchens, from designs to install, ER Homes LLC can do it all. Consider what your home would look like with a brand new addition. Maybe a man cave or a nursery for an upcoming addition. Small jobs, lar...Read more about Er Homes LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Skyview Construction
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(9)
We started Skyview Construction LLC as a way of sharing our construction expertise with our neighbors in the greater Bernardsville, NJ area at prices that they could readily afford. Our goal was to become one of the most sought-after companies because of our quality of work and attention to detail. ...Read more about Skyview Construction
We started Skyview Construction LLC as a way of sharing our construction expertise with our neighbors in the greater Bernardsville, NJ area at prices that they could readily afford. Our goal was to become one of the most sought-after companies because of our quality of work and attention to detail. ...Read more about Skyview Construction
Porch Pro Headshot A & E Contracting
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(9)
A & E Contracting is a full service home improvement company. We specialize in kitchen & bathroom remodeling, however we also do all types of flooring, painting, & tile work. A & E Contracting is fully insured and licensed to operate in the state of New Jersey. We offer 24 hour emergency service ...Read more about A & E Contracting
A & E Contracting is a full service home improvement company. We specialize in kitchen & bathroom remodeling, however we also do all types of flooring, painting, & tile work. A & E Contracting is fully insured and licensed to operate in the state of New Jersey. We offer 24 hour emergency service ...Read more about A & E Contracting
Porch Pro Headshot Maurer Construction, LLC
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
Maurer Construction LLC is a fully licensed and insured construction company focusing on home improvement since 1989. For more than 25 years our company has thrived off of repeat business and word of mouth referrals. Our company is dedicated to doing the project right the first time and we live by t...Read more about Maurer Construction, LLC
Maurer Construction LLC is a fully licensed and insured construction company focusing on home improvement since 1989. For more than 25 years our company has thrived off of repeat business and word of mouth referrals. Our company is dedicated to doing the project right the first time and we live by t...Read more about Maurer Construction, LLC

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 Summit General Contractors

98508

Very reliable and knowledgeable I highly recommend they do awesome work!

- Alex Palma
98504

Alex Contractors was very professional, curteous and dod the work on our timeline, I was very happy with the finished product I highly Recommend!

- Michelina Kuhrt
98511

I was very happy with the process and the work extremely knowledgable friendly and fair I would recommend to friends and family

- John Kuhrt Jr
8864

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

Steve is a true professional, is very easy to work with and no job is too small or too big!

- Jessica Maarek
196412

Alex on time is a fraud. He did not fiinish my work and disappeared with my over $10000 . He disconnected his cell phones and office phones. He also declared bankruptcy. He is a link from the court records. https://www.inforuptcy.com/filings/njbke_102512...

- Sanjeeva Gupta
12391

We had the pleasure of having Nick build our back deck about three years ago. From the beginning of the project, to the end, he was the ultimate professional. His attention to detail is remarkable, even when we threw him a few curve balls changing some ...

- Regina Eyer
12353

Very professional and organized, project was completed on time with excellent craftsmanship. I highly recommend.

- Keith Consolini
12335

5 plus stars for sure. Nick Vitagliano and Lakewood Remodeling renovated my entire first floor, installing a brand new open concept kitchen/family room. Not only did they do stellar work, beginning with demolition to electrical/plumbing, floor installati...

- Judy Verrone
12333

Small company offering complete hands on home renovation services tailored to individual needs and home functions. Projects range from entire new home building to partial house updating. Staff is easily accessible and a pleasure to work with. As a de...

- Jane Pierson
12368

We loved working with Nick and his team. He made great recommendations for our deck, used the best materials, was prompt and clean and was just great to work with in every respect. He pays attention to detail and it shows.

- Larry Schwartz
12426

We have called upon Nick for many, many years both for residential work and a large commercial project. Working seamlessly with our architect, he transformed our tired home into a beautiful one, adding on a great room, porch and master suite. On the com...

- Mary Forshay
152280

As a General Contractor I have lots of turnover and on my most recent project I had to replace my old plumber. Jaren and his team stepped right in place and we’re able to rough in 3 full bathroom and 1 kitchen within a week!!!! These guys work fast. The w...

- Christopher Sands

Everything You Need to Know About Summit General Contractors

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

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 Summit 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 Summit 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.

How many general contractors does Summit have?

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

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

How does invoicing/payment work for most General Contractor projects in Summit?

Every project differs, but you should ask any general contractor for an estimate, before they do any work. In fact, ask for their general payment terms before any general contractor services work is done.

If the job is large and going to take longer than a day, it's common practice for general contractors to request a down payment. Usually, this will be around 25% so they can commence work on your general contractor project.

If it's a quick job, you'll likely be given an invoice/bill when the job is complete. Then it's up to you and the general contractor to determine if you pay immediately or can send payment at a later date.

All General Contractors in Summit, NJ

Porch Pro Headshot Charles Contracting
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(12)
SInce 1983, Charles contracting has been trusted by homeowners in the Mountainside, NJ area for our dedication to precise craftsmanship and our use of the highest quality, authentic building materials. We've earned an outstanding reputation as an honest, dependable team of award-winning luxury home ...Read more about Charles Contracting
SInce 1983, Charles contracting has been trusted by homeowners in the Mountainside, NJ area for our dedication to precise craftsmanship and our use of the highest quality, authentic building materials. We've earned an outstanding reputation as an honest, dependable team of award-winning luxury home ...Read more about Charles Contracting
Porch Pro Headshot Monks Home Improvements
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(1)
"After having an outstanding experience with Monk's on an exterior paint job, called Rich Ressa about a full bathroom renovation. Rich and Greg Kihm, got a thorough understanding of our needs and provided an estimate on the spot. Monk's place a premium on customer communication, and an effective, op...Read more about Monks Home Improvements
"After having an outstanding experience with Monk's on an exterior paint job, called Rich Ressa about a full bathroom renovation. Rich and Greg Kihm, got a thorough understanding of our needs and provided an estimate on the spot. Monk's place a premium on customer communication, and an effective, op...Read more about Monks Home Improvements
Porch Pro Headshot MyRiver Property Solutions
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(2)
"We have had the pleasure of working with MyRiver on a few home projects over the years. Moe and Charlie take pride in going above and beyond to make sure every detail of every job is extraordinary! Our house not only has had some major repair work and MyRiver team was efficient and professional. ...Read more about MyRiver Property Solutions
"We have had the pleasure of working with MyRiver on a few home projects over the years. Moe and Charlie take pride in going above and beyond to make sure every detail of every job is extraordinary! Our house not only has had some major repair work and MyRiver team was efficient and professional. ...Read more about MyRiver Property Solutions
Porch Pro Headshot all city construction and consulting group
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(1)
"My experience with All City construction was amazing they are very clean when working they protected all my valuables and did amazing work in my apartment on Park Avenue. I asked for a high end paint job but i was not expecting for the paint job to exceed my expectations."
"My experience with All City construction was amazing they are very clean when working they protected all my valuables and did amazing work in my apartment on Park Avenue. I asked for a high end paint job but i was not expecting for the paint job to exceed my expectations."
Porch Pro Headshot Lakewood Remodeling Contractors, LLC
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(6)
Specializing in residential expansions including Kitchens, Bathrooms, Family Rooms, Basement Remodeling, Windows, Doors, Decks, Roofing and Siding.
Specializing in residential expansions including Kitchens, Bathrooms, Family Rooms, Basement Remodeling, Windows, Doors, Decks, Roofing and Siding.
Porch Pro Headshot Carobella Construction
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(2)
Carobella Construction provides a wide variety of contracting needs including; New home building, renovation,demolition, masonry, framing, roofing, siding,decks, exterior and interior trim install and much more...
Carobella Construction provides a wide variety of contracting needs including; New home building, renovation,demolition, masonry, framing, roofing, siding,decks, exterior and interior trim install and much more...
Porch Pro Headshot ALEX ON TIME Contractor
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(1)
Alex On Time is a General Contractor company located in New Jersey. They offer Remodeling Jobs, Interior and Exterior painting, General Carpentry Jobs, Deck refinishing and more..!
Alex On Time is a General Contractor company located in New Jersey. They offer Remodeling Jobs, Interior and Exterior painting, General Carpentry Jobs, Deck refinishing and more..!
Porch Pro Headshot Art At Home LLC
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
ART AT HOME is a full service design, remodeling, and construction company serving the New Jersey residential and commercial areas. Our team of skillful professionals can assist you with every phase of your remodeling project. We specialized in office, home remodeling projects, masonry stone works, ...Read more about Art At Home LLC
ART AT HOME is a full service design, remodeling, and construction company serving the New Jersey residential and commercial areas. Our team of skillful professionals can assist you with every phase of your remodeling project. We specialized in office, home remodeling projects, masonry stone works, ...Read more about Art At Home LLC
Porch Pro Headshot New Beginnings Landscaping
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
(8)
Porch Pro Headshot N. Cocuzza Construction
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
N. Cocuzza is owner operated and we have been performing all levels of new building and remodeling for 30+ years. We offer start-to-finish solutions for every project. We also offer full design services. We specialize in interior or exterior home renovations, including bathroom and kitchens, remo...Read more about N. Cocuzza Construction
N. Cocuzza is owner operated and we have been performing all levels of new building and remodeling for 30+ years. We offer start-to-finish solutions for every project. We also offer full design services. We specialize in interior or exterior home renovations, including bathroom and kitchens, remo...Read more about N. Cocuzza Construction
Porch Pro Headshot RCC3 Construction and Management
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
Porch Pro Headshot Referred by you Painting & Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey
Porch Pro Headshot Willis Construction and Management LLC
General Contractors
Serves Summit, New Jersey