Top 3 General Contractors in Virginia Beach, VA

Porch Pro Headshot Virginia Foundation Solutions
Virginia Foundation Solutions is an award winning, veteran owned, Class A Contractor servicing the Greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Our specialties include Foundation and Crawl Space Repair, Structural Repair, Crawl Space Encapsulation, and Waterproofing.
529 Viking Dr, Virginia Beach, VA
757-340-0917
Porch Pro Headshot Custom Home Improvement & Repairs LLC
Custom Home Improvement & Repairs is a roofing contractor founded in 2004 that provides the Virginia Beach area awnings installation, soffit installation and more. They provide emergency services.
2000 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA
757-689-2734
Porch Pro Headshot All American Craftsmen and Contracting
"This company goes above and beyond the level of professionalism-when there was a misunderstanding of completing a particular task-they immediately came back to finish. By the way, the misunderstanding was on my part not theirs. Thank you, American craftsman!"
1904 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA
757-751-5900

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Porch Pro Headshot Dream Home Solutions LLC
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(15)
The team at Dream Home Solutions has over 37 years of experience beautifying homes in the Hampton Roads area. Our company's foundation is built on integrity, hard work and standing by ones word. We are a Class A Builder, licensed, bonded and insured for your piece of mind. Our expertise is in r...Read more about Dream Home Solutions LLC
The team at Dream Home Solutions has over 37 years of experience beautifying homes in the Hampton Roads area. Our company's foundation is built on integrity, hard work and standing by ones word. We are a Class A Builder, licensed, bonded and insured for your piece of mind. Our expertise is in r...Read more about Dream Home Solutions LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia  Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(6)
Working with homeowners, designing and executing improvements whether it be remodeling kitchens or baths, adding much needed space, or installing beautiful windows, our passion for improving a homeowner's investment is as great as our clients'. Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia, Inc. is fully l...Read more about Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia Inc.
Working with homeowners, designing and executing improvements whether it be remodeling kitchens or baths, adding much needed space, or installing beautiful windows, our passion for improving a homeowner's investment is as great as our clients'. Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia, Inc. is fully l...Read more about Birstler Home Improvements of Virginia Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Creative Concepts Investments, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(3)
Our mission at Creative Concepts Investments, Inc. revolves around several different focal points in life. We ultimately are here to provide all our customers with A1 service at handyman prices. With our Construction services brings a Class A Licensed, Bonded, and Insured Builder who provides price...Read more about Creative Concepts Investments, Inc.
Our mission at Creative Concepts Investments, Inc. revolves around several different focal points in life. We ultimately are here to provide all our customers with A1 service at handyman prices. With our Construction services brings a Class A Licensed, Bonded, and Insured Builder who provides price...Read more about Creative Concepts Investments, Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Home Solutions Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(54)
If you are Remodeling, Repairing or Refreshing, "We are here for you." Whether you are looking for handyman services for big or little projects, Home Solutions is the place to call! We do everything from replacing doors to remodeling houses completely. If you don't see a task you need on our l...Read more about Home Solutions Inc.
If you are Remodeling, Repairing or Refreshing, "We are here for you." Whether you are looking for handyman services for big or little projects, Home Solutions is the place to call! We do everything from replacing doors to remodeling houses completely. If you don't see a task you need on our l...Read more about Home Solutions Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot OLD DOMINION IMPROVEMENTS
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(52)
We specialize in kitchens, baths, tiles, windows, room additions, decks, plumbing, elec, painting and all types of home improvements. Please check out our interview here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95dq0dFoqto
We specialize in kitchens, baths, tiles, windows, room additions, decks, plumbing, elec, painting and all types of home improvements. Please check out our interview here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95dq0dFoqto
Porch Pro Headshot Sun4Light.com
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(41)
Sun4Light,Inc. is the area's exclusive NC Licensed General Contractor partnered with VELUX USA as the Signature Specialist. Our Sun Tunnel prices are the lowest in the market- $715 for 14-inch unit ^ $596 for 10-inch units. Installation includes two feet of tubing. Give us a call for a free roof r...Read more about Sun4Light.com
Sun4Light,Inc. is the area's exclusive NC Licensed General Contractor partnered with VELUX USA as the Signature Specialist. Our Sun Tunnel prices are the lowest in the market- $715 for 14-inch unit ^ $596 for 10-inch units. Installation includes two feet of tubing. Give us a call for a free roof r...Read more about Sun4Light.com
Porch Pro Headshot Virginia Beach Patios
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(47)
Virginia Beach Patios is a Design-Build contractor specializing in unique hardscape design and construction. Our Paver Patios, Retaining Walls, Outdoor Kitchens, Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits add value to your property and bring your quality of life to a new level. We are the preeminent outdoo...Read more about Virginia Beach Patios
Virginia Beach Patios is a Design-Build contractor specializing in unique hardscape design and construction. Our Paver Patios, Retaining Walls, Outdoor Kitchens, Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits add value to your property and bring your quality of life to a new level. We are the preeminent outdoo...Read more about Virginia Beach Patios

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 Virginia Beach General Contractors

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CCI went above and beyond our expectations remodeling and upgarding our entire bathroom. New flooring, shower, recess lights, vanity and tiling. We are beyond satisfied with a clean, modern look.

- Natieva Daniel
14934

Dream home solutions was wonderful! Professional,caring,and so ethical!! They made me feel like family ans walked me through every step of the process. I would recommend them to everyone

21890

We used Dream Home Solutions for a new roof a few months ago. The experience was so wonderful that we just brought them back to replace our siding, trim and soffits. They hold your hand throughout the project and it was great that the owner, John McCabe, ...

16608

Everything was excellent. The quote, changes as needed as the job progressed, design, flexibility, workmanship, attitude, follow-up.

- Robert Broom
16695

Chuck has done much work for my husband and me over the years on two different homes. Work included; two car unattached finished garage, a triple tray 30' living room ceiling, replacement of rotten girders and joists, house's complete roof and exterior pa...

- Sandra Logan
16627

Excellent work and a great price, Came in on budget and on time. I would definitely use C R Gordon Construction again.

16681

Chuck has built two garages for us at two different homes and both times they were built in the time frame he quoted, built exactly as we asked, with quality materials and qualified personnel. Our yards were kept clean during construction. His prices ar...

- Cheryl Sundstrom
16609

Everything was excellent. The quote, changes as needed as the job progressed, design, flexibility, workmanship, attitude, follow-up.

- Robert Broom
16720

Chuck and his team were courteous, professional, honest, and timely. I'd recommend them to anyone! They installed vinyl wrapped soffits and had to overcome several challenges to make our existing frame "straight." The overall appearance of the house has c...

- T Barton
16652

I ABSOLUTELY love our new home! Thank you for doing an awesome job! For those looking to renovate or build your home...contact C R Gordon. Chuck Gordon is meticulous and a contractor that is on-site daily. #honest #trustworthy

- Tiv Stottlemyer
16730

Stayed on schedule and budget. Very good work. Neat and courteous workers. Will have him do all of my construction work.

80106

Needed screen door to porch adjusted. The frame was not square. He did the job in a very professional and timely manner. I would highly recommend him for any job you may need.

- William Moore

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Porch Pro Headshot WoodFellas
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Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(42)
WoodFellas a specialty carpentry company that takes pride in our work and our desire to take care of our customer. We have been in business for 3 years and are very proud of our 5 star rating.
WoodFellas a specialty carpentry company that takes pride in our work and our desire to take care of our customer. We have been in business for 3 years and are very proud of our 5 star rating.
Porch Pro Headshot C R Gordon Construction
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Welcome to C.R. Gordon Construction. There is no such thing as a minor detail when it comes to your home. We offer more than 20 years of design, construction and remodeling experience with services for every aspect of your home project. We service Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and ...Read more about C R Gordon Construction
Welcome to C.R. Gordon Construction. There is no such thing as a minor detail when it comes to your home. We offer more than 20 years of design, construction and remodeling experience with services for every aspect of your home project. We service Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and ...Read more about C R Gordon Construction
Porch Pro Headshot J Hutson & Company - 757 652 5310 - www.jhutson.com
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(1)
www.jhutson.com (757) 652-5310 J Hutson & Company is a Class A Licensed Building AND Electrical Contractor, led by a VA Licensed Master Tradesman with over 20 Years in Business and Service right here in Tidewater. From a simple Service Call to complete new construction. Complete bathroom, kitche...Read more about J Hutson & Company - 757 652 5310 - www.jhutson.com
www.jhutson.com (757) 652-5310 J Hutson & Company is a Class A Licensed Building AND Electrical Contractor, led by a VA Licensed Master Tradesman with over 20 Years in Business and Service right here in Tidewater. From a simple Service Call to complete new construction. Complete bathroom, kitche...Read more about J Hutson & Company - 757 652 5310 - www.jhutson.com
Porch Pro Headshot Hubbard Brothers
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
We are a family owned and operated business that has been providing the east coast with exceptional quality of work and customer satisfaction for over 35 years. Pride in workmanship, attention to detail and personal customer attention have been our founding principles. Through generational knowled...Read more about Hubbard Brothers
We are a family owned and operated business that has been providing the east coast with exceptional quality of work and customer satisfaction for over 35 years. Pride in workmanship, attention to detail and personal customer attention have been our founding principles. Through generational knowled...Read more about Hubbard Brothers
Porch Pro Headshot A-Z Services Of Norfolk LLC
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
We are the specialists you need to get all your home repair needs accomplished.No job too big or small.We specialize in everything you see on our business card and picture above.If you have a house 100 years old or less we give it the love it needs to transform it into the new age modern look
We are the specialists you need to get all your home repair needs accomplished.No job too big or small.We specialize in everything you see on our business card and picture above.If you have a house 100 years old or less we give it the love it needs to transform it into the new age modern look
Porch Pro Headshot Handyman Helping
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
(5)
If your windows are producing a draft, reach out to the experts at Handyman Helping in Crisfield, MD because their window repair services have earned them a stellar 4-star rating.
If your windows are producing a draft, reach out to the experts at Handyman Helping in Crisfield, MD because their window repair services have earned them a stellar 4-star rating.
Porch Pro Headshot MJ Wyles Builders Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
MJ Wyles Builders Inc. is your one stop for all of your home improvement needs. From kitchen and bathroom remodeling to home additions, we meet the diverse needs of our residential and commercial customers in the greater Virginia Beach area. Our expert craftspeople abide by the Three Cs - Clean, Cou...Read more about MJ Wyles Builders Inc.
MJ Wyles Builders Inc. is your one stop for all of your home improvement needs. From kitchen and bathroom remodeling to home additions, we meet the diverse needs of our residential and commercial customers in the greater Virginia Beach area. Our expert craftspeople abide by the Three Cs - Clean, Cou...Read more about MJ Wyles Builders Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Aei
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
AEI pride's it's self on being a full service commercial roofing company that can meet all of your commercial roofing service needs. Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to working with you. We are certified as reputable providers and we've been servicing Virginia Beach's ro...Read more about Aei
AEI pride's it's self on being a full service commercial roofing company that can meet all of your commercial roofing service needs. Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to working with you. We are certified as reputable providers and we've been servicing Virginia Beach's ro...Read more about Aei
Porch Pro Headshot MEADOWS & SON
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
At Meadows & Son, we strive to deliver quality craftsmanship that will surpass the expectations of our clients. We are a licensed home renovation and repair company that has been working throughout Hampton Roads since 1994, and it is our mission to guarantee a job well done every time by profession...Read more about MEADOWS & SON
At Meadows & Son, we strive to deliver quality craftsmanship that will surpass the expectations of our clients. We are a licensed home renovation and repair company that has been working throughout Hampton Roads since 1994, and it is our mission to guarantee a job well done every time by profession...Read more about MEADOWS & SON
Porch Pro Headshot The Flying Locksmiths of Virginia Beach
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Porch Pro Headshot Inlet Contracting Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
Porch Pro Headshot Inside/Out Contracting LLC
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
Porch Pro Headshot resource building corporation
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia
Resource Building Corporation (RBC Homes) was formed in 1993 with the guiding principal of creating beautiful and efficient homes using the best quality possible. Today, RBC Homes continues that heritage maximizing function with affordability. Our staff and subcontractors represent the most talented...Read more about resource building corporation
Resource Building Corporation (RBC Homes) was formed in 1993 with the guiding principal of creating beautiful and efficient homes using the best quality possible. Today, RBC Homes continues that heritage maximizing function with affordability. Our staff and subcontractors represent the most talented...Read more about resource building corporation
Porch Pro Headshot Castorani Roofing Corp
General Contractors
Serves Virginia Beach, Virginia

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