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How to Find the Best General Contractors in San Mateo County CA

General contractors in San Mateo County can provide everything from custom home building to commercial construction. If you're in need of a builder, it's time to find good construction companies in San Mateo County. The following independent research by The Prime Buyer's Report lists the best general contractors in San Mateo County CA and issues related to hiring them and that affect cost.

Updated September 20, 2014

 The TOP 10 General Contractors in San Mateo County CA

Bruce Construction
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(650) 872-7974, (650) 296-0323
1530 Claremont Dr
San Bruno, CA 94066
State Contractor's License #872600
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) Chamber of Commerce-San Bruno

Areas Served: San Mateo County & Bay Area incl., Redwood City, Burlingame, Atherton, Hillsborough, ...
Services: general contractors & general builders for all home construction & new construction
Key Brands: Kohler, Merillat Cabinets

Kenneth R. Turnage II General Contractor, Inc.
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(925) 754-5232, Fax: (925) 754-5020
309 East 18th St.
Antioch, CA 94509
State Contractors License #787499
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry)

Areas Served: San Mateo County incl. Redwood City, Burlingame CA, Atherton, Hillsborough CA, ...
Services: San Mateo general contractors for general building & general construction

Sigura Construction, Inc
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(408) 492-1379
1300 Memorex Dr
Santa Clara, CA 95050
State Contractor's License #865155
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau CACM (California Association of Community Managers) ECHO (Executive Council of Homeowners)

Areas Served: San Mateo incl Redwood City, Burlingame, Atherton, Hillsborough, Foster City, Menlo ...
Services: general contractors for custom home building, construction company for commercial ...
Key Brands: American Standard, Grohe (Grohe Plumbing Fixtures), Hansgrohe, Kohler

MC Construction
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(650) 787-0940
1424 Sierra St
Redwood City, CA 94061
State Contractor's License #465408
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau

Areas Served: San Mateo County incl. Redwood City CA, Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, ...
Services: general contractors, builders, residential & commercial
Key Brands: Andersen Windows & Doors, Milgard Windows & Doors, Omega Cabinetry, Thermador ...

Elements in Design
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(650) 400-4900
Redwood City, CA 94065
State Contractor's License #713882
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 CCIDC (California Council for Interior Design Certification) NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) RRP Certified (Lead-Safe Renovator)

Areas Served: San Mateo County incl. Burlingame CA, Redwood City CA, Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, ...
Services: general contractor & design builder

William Hurt Construction
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(650) 255-1802
2035 Amherst Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306
State Contractor's License #926596 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau

Areas Served: Bay Area & San Mateo County
Services: general contractors, design/build, residential & commercial

How to Find the Best General Contractors in San Mateo County CA 



General contractors in San Mateo County must possess the "B" license for general contractors or the "A" license for general engineering contractors that allows them to perform work in any industry specialty or construction project whether residential or commercial building.

If the licensed general contractor has employees, they are required to have workers' compensation insurance for your protection. If an employee of theirs were to be injured on your property and the construction company doesn't have that coverage, the injured employee could file suit against your property insurance resulting in higher premiums for you or even policy cancellation, or a suit against you if your own insurance won't cover it.


General contractors and general engineering contractors in San Mateo County are not legally required to have general liability insurance, however all contractors bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have general liability insurance coverage which reimburses you in the event of any damages. In addition, such a contractor has passed all other requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as our phone calls to previous clients verifying high satisfaction, using only documented labor, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.


Understandably, not all general contractors in San Mateo County can be equally experienced in every specialized area of construction. So find general contractors in San Mateo County based on the specific type of work you need done. Some general contractors specialize as custom home builders, as commercial contractors or for municipal construction. Regardless of the particular construction services you need, there are general contractors in San Mateo County who can perform the kind of construction you want done.

Some General Contractors in San Mateo County Are Better Than Others
We've identified some of the best general contractors based on customer satisfaction, efficiency, and affordability. The Prime Buyer's Report lists these general building contractors in San Mateo County: Bruce Construction, Kenneth R. Turnage II General Contractor, Inc., Sigura Construction, Inc, MC Construction, Elements in Design, William Hurt Construction, Silvabodas & Co. Other construction firms, home builders and general contractors in Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame CA that might still be in business include: Kulda Construction, SEA Construction, Coast Side Associates, Inc., Traditional Builders, Windsor Park General Contractors, Ralph Larsen & Son, Inc., Bay West Builders, Raiser Construction Co, Inc.. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 General Contractors in San Mateo County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

Questions To Ask General Contractors in San Mateo County 


Step 1: Describe The Construction Work to the General Building Contractors in San Mateo County

When you talk with builders in San Mateo County, explain what type of construction you need. Be consistent so each of the construction companies can submit an estimate based on the same information.

Step 2: Ask Questions and Take Notes
Before you create a list of possible general contractors for your construction project, ask them some important questions about their technical abilities, history, and the specifications of your construction job. When the general contractors ask you questions, take notes on their concerns. They may reveal some aspects of the construction that are new to you.  

Ask the general contractors the following questions about their experience, abilities, and methods:

• How long have they been builders in San Mateo County specifically?

• How many other projects have they done that are like yours? (Custom home building versus commercial, etc.)

• Can the general contractor give you names and numbers of clients that you can call as references? (All general contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had client references called  by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• How long will it take them to prepare a written bid?

• Do they carry workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All general contractors in San Mateo County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Can the general contractor prove that all their workers sent to your property are legally allowed to work in the U.S.? (All builders in San Mateo County bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)


• How do they determine pricing?

• Will they provide you a written contract that details the exact brands of products, model numbers, and materials to be used? Failure to include those in writing is one way that cheap contractors falsely underbid others to get your project. Either you're getting inferior materials or you request better materials once the job is ongoing and the cost goes up accordingly.

• What type of warranty does each of the construction companies provide and what are the terms?

• Will construction permits be needed? If so, will the general contractors be responsible for getting those permits? Failure to pull permits is another way cheap contractors in San Mateo County are able to underbid legitimate ones. Unfortunately unpermitted work can prevent you from selling the property and even subject you to hefty fines and repair fees to get it to code.

• Will they be hiring subcontractors for your project and if so, what are those company names?

• How often and when will they clean up the construction site? 

 

When you've chosen the best contractors in San Mateo County for your specific needs and priorities, make sure they are licensed in good standing with an A license for general engineering contractors or B license for general contractors. (All construction companies in San Mateo County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

 

 

 

Tips About General Contractors and Construction Companies in San Mateo County 

Take Care Choosing Among Builders
There are many good builders in San Mateo County. Have more than one conversation before jumping in. When you make the time to properly outline your job and carefully match a builder to your needs, you'll be happier with the end result.

Write a Description of the Job for the Builders
Write up a paragraph or two (depending on the intricacy of the job) about the job specifics prior to contacting construction companies in San Mateo County. Since each general contractor will see the same description, you can be sure that you are comparing responses on a fair and equal basis. Then you can better judge which construction company gave you the best responses to your consistent description.

Get Three Separate Contracting Estimates
It's okay to get a few separate estimates for comparison. But remember, price should not be your only determining factor. The cheap contractors in San Mateo County are usually not the best ones, and a cheap bid often turns out to be the most costly due to unforeseen cost overruns, or poor work that has to be repaired or done over by someone else.

Get it in Writing
It is always better to be safe than sorry. Ask builders to give you everything in writing to prevent confusion down the line. For the purposes of documentation, ask the general contractors to provide you with a written description of the construction work, pricing and a time frame for completion.

Do Your Homework Before You Sign an Agreement
Before you officially agree to any work, be sure to check for contractors license, workers' compensation and liability insurances, as well as any other relevant credentials.


Maintain Great Communication During Construction.
This is an often overlooked skill with general contractors. But in order to maintain a successful partnership, both parties must make a concerted effort to keep one another informed. Don't jump to conclusions, and call and ask the builder if you have doubt about how the construction job is going. There may be a reasonable explanation for changes or delays. There may be decisions that you can make that will help the construction go more smoothly.

Agree in Advance to do a Walk-Through Upon Completion
After the job is completed, return to the agreement you signed before the construction work started. Walk through your project area with the most senior staff member available at the construction company and compare the results to the details stipulated in the agreement. Bring up any work that differentiates from what has been agreed upon.

Know Your Rights
Consumers do have some special rights  depending on where they live. You're dealing with general contractors in San Mateo County, so you can learn about applicable laws at the California Department of Consumer Affairs Web site.

 

 

Resources About General Contractors in San Mateo County 

Associations & Licensing for General Contractors in San Mateo County CA
ABC Associated Builders and Contractors (http://www.abc.org/)
AGC of America Associated General Contractors of America (http://www.agc.org/)
ASA American Subcontractors Association (http://www.assaonline.com/)
BBB Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com)
CBIA California Building Industry Association (http://www.cbia.org/)
CSLB Contractors State License Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
HBANC Home Builders Association of Northern California (http://www.hbanc.org/)
NAHB National Association of Home Builders (http://www.nahb.org/)


General Building Contractors Media &Web Resources
Blueprint Magazine
Building Design and Construction
California Home & Design
CONTRACTOR Magazine
Dwell
Environmental Design and Construction Magazine
Fine Homebuilding
Home
Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
Home & Design
HOUSE Magazine
Luxury Home
New Old House
Old House Journal
Smart Homeowner
This Old House
Western Interiors and Design


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 General Contractors in San Mateo County within the following zip codes:

94080, 94021, 94404, 94030, 94038, 94066, 94044, 94098, 94065, 94070, 94018, 94060, 94028, 94403, 94025, 94015, 94011, 94063, 94037, 94014, 94016, 94002, 94010, 94061, 94027, 94017, 94128, 94401, 94064, 94026, 94062, 94096, 94019, 94074, 94402, 94020, 94005 and 94083

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Atherton CA

Blach Construction Atherton CA 94027
CSI Construction Atherton CA 94027

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Belmont CA

Bowie Construction Belmont CA 94002
Construction Technologies Belmont CA 94002
Craftsman Belmont CA 94002
JM Gordon Construction Belmont CA 94002
Liberty Construction Belmont CA 94002
Lustenberger Construction Belmont CA 94002
Mark Hunter Construction Belmont CA 94002
Matthew W. Johnson, General Contractor Belmont CA 94002
Tight Line Construction Belmont CA 94002

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Brisbane CA

Architectural General Construction Brisbane CA 94005-2005

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Burlingame CA

CL Terry & Sons Burlingame CA 94010
Calmetro Construction Burlingame CA 94010
Faber Exteriors Burlingame CA 94010
Gaul & Sons General Contractor Burlingame CA 94010
JP Lindstrom Inc Burlingame CA 94010
O'Brien & Sons Construction Burlingame CA 94010
Quality W Construction Burlingame CA 94010
Russell E Jackson Construction Burlingame CA 94010
Webb Construction Burlingame CA 94010


 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Daly City CA

Cal Express Construction Daly City CA 94015
Capital Design Builders Daly City CA 94015
Gael Force Construction Daly City CA 94017
Jeff Moroso Daly City CA 94015
Streamline Construction Daly City CA 94015
Tony's General Construction Daly City CA 94014


 

Construction Companies - General Contractors El Granada CA

Fulwiler James El Granada CA 94018


 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Emerald Hills CA

Harper Construction Emerald Hills CA 94062


 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Foster City CA

Bach Construction Foster City CA 94404
Bayshore Construction Inc Foster City CA 94404
Cornerstone Contractors Foster City CA 94404
MCA Builders Inc. Foster City CA 94404
Northern California Construction Foster City CA 94404
Thomas Construction Foster City CA 94404
Top Grade Construction Foster City CA 94404

 

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors La Honda CA

Creative Construction Management La Honda CA 94020

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Menlo Park CA

American Heritage Construction Menlo Park CA 94025
Failure Analysis Associates Menlo Park CA 94025
Ralph Lewis Construction Menlo Park CA 94025
Raphael Construction Menlo Park CA 94025
Rebuilding Together Peninsula Menlo Park CA 94026
Sako Construction Menlo Park CA 94025

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Millbrae CA

Accessibility Contractor Millbrae CA 94030
D&A Construction Millbrae CA 94030
Eagles General Construction Millbrae CA 94030
Ragni Construction Millbrae CA 94030
United Construction Service Millbrae CA 94030

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Montara CA

Herrera Construction Montara CA 94037

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Pacifica CA

Draeger Construction Pacifica CA 94044
EHB Construction Pacifica CA 94044
Gydesen Construction Pacifica CA 94044
Kinney Construction Pacifica CA 94044
Pellandini & Co Pacifica CA 94044
Rockaway Construction Pacifica CA 94044
Tiger Construction Pacifica CA 94044

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Pescadero CA

Bob Monsen Construction Pescadero CA 94060

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Portola Valley CA

Gonsalves & Stronck Construction Portola Valley CA 94028

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Redwood City CA

AA General Contractor Redwood City CA 94061
Accolade Construction Redwood City CA 94062
Aegis Cf Redwood City CA 94065
All Phase Builders Redwood City CA 94063
Allwood Construction Redwood City CA 94062
Anderson Niswander Construction, Inc Redwood City CA 94063-4604
Arends Construction Redwood City CA 94061
Battaglia Construction Redwood City CA 94063
CPR Construction Redwood City CA 94061
Davis M Cramer & Associates Redwood City CA 94063
Grove Construction Redwood City CA 94063
Handyman Connection Redwood City CA 94063
JP Moreno Contractors Redwood City CA 94063
Kenwood Construction Redwood City CA 94064
LJ Construction Redwood City CA 94061
Linbeck Redwood City CA 94061
Lomas Construction Redwood City CA 94063
Marshall Ferrel Redwood City CA 94062
Masarie & Sons Contractors Redwood City CA 94063
Oscar Gonzalez Redwood City CA 94063
RDH Construction Redwood City CA 94061
Rossmar Construction Redwood City CA 94061
Roy Thomas Construction Redwood City CA 94063
Semenero Builders Redwood City CA 94061
Steve Crowley Construction Redwood City CA 94061
Tomark Redwood City CA 94061
Water M Springs Construction Redwood City CA 94063

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors South SF CA

Alsop Construction S San Francisco CA 94080
Balliet Brothers Construction S San Francisco CA 94080
Edgar Erwin Construction S San Francisco CA 94080
GT Construction S San Francisco CA 94080
GGS Construction S San Francisco CA 94080
House Works, Inc. S San Francisco CA 94080
Kingston Constructors Inc S San Francisco CA 94080
Middle D Construction S San Francisco CA 94083
Ryan & Ryan Construction Inc S San Francisco CA 94080-6610


 

Construction Companies - General Contractors San Bruno CA

Bruce Construction San Bruno CA 94066
Pacific West Construction San Bruno CA 94066
Pustay Construction San Bruno CA 94066

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors San Carlos CA

Arends Construction San Carlos CA 94070
C&A Builders San Carlos CA 94070
Cacci Construction San Carlos CA 94070
DO Bel Construction Inc San Carlos CA 94070
E L Short Construction San Carlos CA 94070
Glenn Lloyd San Carlos CA 94070
Heywood & Sons San Carlos CA 94070
MSF Inc San Carlos CA 94070
Precision Construction San Carlos CA 94070
RJ Moore Consulting San Carlos CA 94070
Rashleger Construction San Carlos CA 94070
Sadler Construction San Carlos CA 94070
Weber Construction San Carlos CA 94070

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors San Mateo CA

Ciaran Horgan Construction San Mateo CA 94403
Echo Construction San Mateo CA 94403
Fudo Construction Inc San Mateo CA 94403
Gavin Construction San Mateo CA 94402
Gordon A Kullberg & Son San Mateo CA 94402
J-1 Painting & Construction San Mateo CA 94403
JJR Construction Inc San Mateo CA 94402-1426
JS General Construction San Mateo CA 94402
KLM Construction San Mateo CA 94402
Mark Seevers General Contractor San Mateo CA 94402
McManis & Associates San Mateo CA 94402
Michael Harris Construction San Mateo CA 94402
Noble Construction San Mateo CA 94401
Pacific Coast Builders San Mateo CA 94403
Podesta Construction San Mateo CA 94403
Ralph Larsen & Son San Mateo CA 94401
T Weber Construction San Mateo CA 94403
Traditional Builders San Mateo CA 94403
Weigel Construction San Mateo CA 94403

 

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Woodside CA

Barrocas Construction Woodside CA 94062
Portman Development & Construction Woodside CA 94062