Find The Best Home Improvement Contractor In Southern California [Updated for 2024]

When it comes to remodeling your home, finding the right contractors can be daunting. To find the best home remodeling contractors near you, start with online research or referrals from family and friends. Look for contractors with experience in the type of remodeling project you have in mind, such as exterior remodels like roof replacements and siding replacements. Make sure they are licensed and insured, and don’t be afraid to ask to see their work.

How To Find The Best Home Remodeling Contractors Near Me

By taking these steps, you can ensure that you find the best remodeling contractors for both the exterior and interior of your home improvement project. When homeowners are planning a renovation project, one of their major goals is to find a competent construction company that is reputable and affordable. The good news is there are well over 20,000 licensed general contractors in the Los Angeles & Southern California area that perform construction services. In this blog, we’ll share some ideas and resources to help guide you in finding the best home improvement contractors for your projects.

Here at GreatBuildz, we speak with clients every day who are looking for quality construction companies in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura & San Diego Counties. GreatBuildz is a free service that connects homeowners with reliable, pre-screened home contractors, then provides ongoing project support to ensure an stress-free experience.

How do I find the best home remodel service near me?

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Whether you need to find quality construction companies for kitchen, garage, or bathroom remodeling, ask your network of family, friends, or colleagues for recommendations. Hopefully, someone you know could recommend a construction service they’ve used and are satisfied with. If that residential contractor did a good job for your friend or family member, you should have a good level of confidence they will also do a good job for you.

If you can’t get at least three recommendations for your home repair, consider contacting a company that performs intensive contractor vetting and offers personalized introductions to good home improvement contractors (www.GreatBuildz.com or similar). The best way to find a local contractor or home renovation service is by using GreatBuildz’s online experience which can find you contractors for a better price and with the necessary permits and registration.

Related: How To Find the Best Home Renovation Contractors

What kind of home improvement contractor do I need for my project?

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If you’re only in need of minor work done at your house or have a long list of smaller projects, you can likely contact a handyman instead of a general contractor service. Jobs under $600 can be performed by a local handyman or service like handy.com.

If you have a project limited to one specific system or area of the house, it would make sense to contact a specific ‘trade’ construction service, like a roofer, painter, plumber, HVAC expert, flooring installer, etc.

For larger remodeling projects, you’ll absolutely need a general contractor service. Larger projects include bathroom or kitchen remodels, home additions, garage conversions, whole house remodels, ADU, etc. Only home improvement contractor services that hold a General Contractor License are qualified and trained to handle these sorts of projects, including the installation of new appliances.

If you’re planning an exterior or backyard renovation, you might consider searching for a pool contractor or landscape contractor because they are specifically experienced in these types of jobs.

What Do I Look For in a Good Remodeling Service Company?

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Before you start your home remodel, it’s important for you to meet the owner of the construction company in person. Sometimes the company will send a salesman, and that’s normal. But, keep in mind that you won’t be working with this salesperson during the project, and therefore, it’s more important to meet the owner or at least the project manager of the company. Spend time interviewing the service representative or owner to get comfortable with them and their workflow. If the meeting or interaction doesn’t feel right, move on. However, just because you liked them during one meeting doesn’t mean you should hire them right away.

Although your gut feelings about the contractor should be part of your decision-making process, it’s just not enough to make an informed hiring decision. While the contractor should be upfront about project costs, be cautious of just selecting the cheapest quote you get from a company. Before you choose a construction company based purely on gut and price, please remember that choosing the wrong contractor can lead to tons of stress during the remodel or even a renovation nightmare.

Use This 5-Point Checklist To Vet Your Remodeling Company

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At GreatBuildz, we’ve developed a 10-point vetting process to provide a thorough evaluation of home improvement contractors. We suggest you perform as many of these steps as possible, but at least the following five actions:

1. Check online reviews. Carefully look for any negative reviews and decide how bad their actions seem to you. Ask the contractor to explain any bad reviews.

2. Check their contractor license online. In Los Angeles or California, you should navigate to CSLB License Database. Confirm that the home renovation service has an active license without any complaints or suspensions and that they follow local building codes.

3. Get a copy of their insurance certificates and ask their insurance rep. if their company has had any claims or lawsuits.

4. Call at least 3 of their recent references and take a look at photos of their work. Ask references “If there was one thing that the company could have done better, what would it be?”

5. Interview the owner of the company (or at least the Project Manager) and ask them any questions that are important to you.

Know the Difference Between the Types of Home Improvement Contractors

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As mentioned above, there are a large number of licensed home improvement contractors here in Southern California, and they come in all shapes and sizes and also all kinds of price points. But in our experience, you can roughly classify most of these contractors into 3 types, each with its positive and negative attributes:

What to Know About Small Home Improvement Contractors

These home improvement contractors usually work alone or with a small crew. The owner generally works out of their home and can only service a few smaller projects at a time. This contractor’s price is often quite reasonable because they have very low costs and overhead. In many cases, their quality is quite good because the owner will personally work on your project. Alternatively, if the owner and crew aren’t experienced in some trades, your bathroom remodel may not be perfect. The main detriment to this type of contractor is their small crew which often means jobs cannot be completed quickly. However, subcontractors may be brought in to assist with certain tasks, allowing the project to be completed in a timely manner.

What to Know About Medium Home Improvement Contractors

In many ways, this is the sweet spot for contractors. The owner is actively involved and runs all the projects, but they have a strong crew and a multitude of sub-contractors in their network. This allows the company to take on multiple projects at the same time because they have sufficient staff to oversee all the projects.

In addition, it’s very likely that your day-to-day contact is the owner of the company or a project manager who communicates with the owner daily. The costs for this type of contractor may vary depending on their specialty and location.

What to Know About Large Home Improvement Contractors

This type of contractor operates like any large organization and the owner may not be involved in any projects. Expect all your communication to be with a salesperson first and later with the job superintendent or project manager. As you can imagine, it’s hard to get a sense of the quality of the company if you don’t have any exposure to its owners.

A large contractor will have an office, staff, and larger overhead costs, which may mean higher prices on your project. Because the ownership has so many projects going on, they aren’t personally invested in the success of yours. However, one advantage of hiring a large home improvement contractor is that they can take care of the delivery of materials for your project, saving you time and hassle.

When it comes to finding a good general contractor or home improvement contractor for your project – GreatBuildz is simplifying the contractor search in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura & San Diego. GreatBuildz is a free service that connects homeowners with reliable, thoroughly screened home improvement services and provides project support from start to finish.

 

Call now (818.317.3567) to chat with a real person about your next renovation project or visit our website for more information: www.greatbuildz.com

Hi, we're Paul and Jon - Co-Founders of GreatBuildz. We believe everyone deserves to find a great contractor, have a stress-free renovation, and enjoy their beautiful new space. There are so many contractors out there and it's often hard to tell the good from the bad... until it's too late. We started our company to help simplify your contractor search and help you have a stress-free renovation experience. We're always available to help, no matter where you are in the process. Click here to learn more about our story.
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