General contractors are the backbone for any home improvement or remodel job.  They typically will pull permits, hire subcontractors, and outline the project to keep costs within budget.

At Angie's List, we pride ourselves on having the best reviews for local contractors to help you find the right professional for your project.  You can see our list of contractors along with ratings or browse general contractors near you to match with an expert quickly.

You can learn more about contractors, general contracting, hiring contractors, as well as general repairs, handyman work, DIY projects and more. It's recommended to get at least 3 quotes before hiring a contractor or signing any contract.  Always check with local agencies for proper licensing and permits.

Home improvement contractor at work
Hiring a Contractor
It's common for service companies to screen potential customers. But home improvement contractors need to be tactful when they ask questions.
HVAC contractors work on ducts
Hiring a Contractor
Dear Angie: What are the risks if I hired a remodeling contractor who is not bonded or insured? – M.K., Santa Maria, California.
home addition in progress with exposed studs and framing
Hiring a ContractorContractors - Legal AspectsContracts
Dear Angie: Can we get a building permit after a room addition was built by a contractor? We had a room added to our mobile home but the construction firm did not get a building permit. Can we get the firm to get a permit retroactively? What should we do? – K.J. S., Trenton, South Carolina
beautiful kitchen remodel wood floor
Hiring a ContractorContractorsContracts
Dear Angie: We’re planning a remodeling project. What paperwork, such as proof of insurance or certifications, should I request? – Brent M., Chicago Heights, Illinois
Kitchen with silver blue tiles and white cabinets
Home WarrantiesHiring a Contractor
Dear Angie: What is the average length of a workmanship warranty? We’re planning a kitchen and bath remodel and what to know what to expect from a contractor. ̶ Catherine H., Lakewood, Washington
 
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