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How to Find the Best General Contractors in San Francisco CA

General contractors in San Francisco 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 Francisco. The following independent research by The Prime Buyer's Report lists the best general contractors in San Francisco CA and issues related to hiring them and that affect cost.

Updated November 21, 2014

 The TOP 10 General Contractors in San Francisco 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 Francisco Bay Area
Services: general contractors & general builders for all home construction & new construction
Key Brands: Kohler, Merillat Cabinets

Wine Country Builders, Inc
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(707) 935-7474
PO Box 285
Sonoma, CA 95476
State Contractors License #763980 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 Marin Builders Association NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry) BNI (Business Networks International)

Areas Served: San Francisco CA incl. The Marina, Pacific Heights, The Presidio, Nob Hill, Russian ...
Services: general contractors for custom homes and all building needs, residential & commercial
Key Brands: Marvin (Marvin Windows & Doors), TruStile

Nor Cal Builders, Inc
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(415) 898-2027
PO Box 1544
Novato, CA 94948
State Contractor's License #863120 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry) Build It Green-Certified Professional

Areas Served: San Francisco Bay Area
Services: general contractors for all construction company needs
Key Brands: Andersen Windows & Doors, Trex Decks, Uponor Plumbing

Mares & Dow Construction
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(415) 447-6136
1155 Ellis St.  Suite #4
San Francisco, CA 94109
State license #618118 (B,C-10)
Build It Green USGBC Member (U.S. Green Building Council) NorCal Solar (Northern California Solar Energy Association) Velux 5 Star Certified Installer

Areas Served: San Francisco Bay Area
Services: general contractors & custom home builders for new home builders, commercial builders
Key Brands: Velux, Bristolite Daylighting Systems, Andersen Windows & Doors, Jeld-Wen Windows & ...

How to Find the Best General Contractors in San Francisco CA 



General contractors in San Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco can be equally experienced in every specialized area of construction. So find general contractors in San Francisco 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 Francisco who can perform the kind of construction you want done.

Some General Contractors in San Francisco 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 Francisco: Bruce Construction, Wine Country Builders, Inc, Nor Cal Builders, Inc, Mares & Dow Construction, Power Engineering Contractors, J I General Contractor, General Contractors Inspection, Forsythe General Contractors, Lotus General Contractors, Davies General Contractors. Other construction firms, home builders and general contractors in San Francisco CA that might still be in business include: RBC General Contractor, Vibro-Acoustic Consultants. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 General Contractors in San Francisco? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

Questions To Ask General Contractors in San Francisco 


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

When you talk with builders in San Francisco, 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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco 

Take Care Choosing Among Builders
There are many good builders in San Francisco. 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 Francisco. 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 Francisco 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 Francisco, so you can learn about applicable laws at the California Department of Consumer Affairs Web site.

 

 

Resources About General Contractors in San Francisco 

Associations & Licensing for General Contractors in San Francisco 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 Francisco within the following zip codes:

94119, 94127, 94164, 94114, 94142, 94130, 94111, 94170, 94141, 94110, 94188, 94132, 94146, 94166, 94124, 94121, 94105, 94118, 94104, 94125, 94172, 94115, 94169, 94123, 94112, 94122, 94120, 94109, 94165, 94126, 94133, 94108, 94168, 94140, 94134, 94117, 94103, 94147, 94116, 94158, 94131, 94129, 94157, 94159, 94107, 94167, 94102 and 94101

 

 

 

 

 


Construction Companies - General Contractors San Francisco CA

AAA Construction Group San Francisco CA 94105
AC & Co San Francisco CA 94114
Ace Properties San Francisco CA 94118
Aia Construction San Francisco CA 94158
Aidan Fahy Construction San Francisco CA 94103
ALCO Construction San Francisco CA 94131
All Area Construction Co San Francisco CA 94124
All City Builder San Francisco CA 94124
Alpha Construction San Francisco CA 94103
America West Builders San Francisco CA 94103
AMK Underground Construction San Francisco CA 94127
AMKO Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Andy Forrest Construction San Francisco CA 94116
Arcon Construction San Francisco CA 94116
Ashbury Construction San Francisco CA 94118
Ashfield Construction San Francisco CA 94122
Avalon Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Avalon Construction San Francisco CA 94124
B&C Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Bay Metro San Francisco CA 94107
Bayview Construction San Francisco CA 94116
BCW Construction San Francisco CA 94134
Bechtel Group San Francisco CA 94119
Better Properties San Francisco CA 94112
Big Mingnstruction San Francisco CA 94112
Building By Design San Francisco CA 94127
Bundgaarden San Francisco CA 94110
California Structural Builders San Francisco CA 94121
CB Co San Francisco CA 94115
Centric Construction San Francisco CA 94102
Cepheus Builders San Francisco CA 94121
Christopher Wells Construction, Inc. San Francisco CA 94005
Clipper Construction San Francisco CA 94114
Coast Geo-Constructors San Francisco CA 94107
Commins Construction San Francisco CA 94127
Cow Hollow General Contractors San Francisco CA 94123
Cummins Construction San Francisco CA 94132
CVC San Francisco CA 94124
Daly Construction San Francisco CA 94116
Dawson Clinton General Contractor San Francisco CA 94158
Dawson-Clinton San Francisco CA 94115
Del Castello Construction San Francisco CA 94112
Doherty Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Draeger Construction San Francisco CA 94109
Dragon's Power Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Edmund Construction San Francisco CA 94114
Enterprise Construction Gen San Francisco CA 94111
Fibrwrap Construction San Francisco CA 94158
Forsythe General Contractors San Francisco CA 94103
Front Row Builders San Francisco CA 94124
Fu Li Construction San Francisco CA 94134
Gan Co-Visualize Construction San Francisco CA 94110
Garages R US San Francisco CA 94107
GL Construction San Francisco CA 94134
Grace Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Hammerhead Construction, Inc. San Francisco CA 94115
Heavy Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Henry Chavez Construction San Francisco CA 94127
Highland Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Hoe Construction San Francisco CA 94122
Home C Construction San Francisco CA 94116
Howard S Wright Construction San Francisco CA 94105
Imbelloni Construction San Francisco CA 94134
J&H Construction Co San Francisco CA 94112
JB Construction San Francisco CA 94131
Jeff King & Co San Francisco CA 94118
JG Construction San Francisco CA 94112
JL Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Jose Olmos General Contractor San Francisco CA 94116
JUV Construction San Francisco CA 94103
Kangarloo & Associates San Francisco CA 94123
Keep Construction San Francisco CA 94110
Keueger Brothers Builders San Francisco CA 94110
Kevin Webb Construction, Inc. San Francisco CA 94123
Latta Construction San Francisco CA 94127
Leon & Sons Construction San Francisco CA 94118
LG Custom Builders San Francisco CA 94127
Linebarger Construction San Francisco CA 94116
Liu Mun1 San Francisco CA 94118
Maars Woodworking & Building San Francisco CA 94110
Maars Woodworking & Building San Francisco CA 94124
Madera Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Maranatha Services San Francisco CA 94110
Mascheroni Construction San Francisco CA 94121
McNulty Construction San Francisco CA 94131
MF Construction San Francisco CA 94127
Michael Hamman-General Contractor San Francisco CA 94124
Michael Heavey Construction San Francisco CA 94110
Millard Tong Construction San Francisco CA 94116
Millennium Construction San Francisco CA 94112
Miyako Construction San Francisco CA 94124
Muratore San Francisco CA 94124
Muriel Construction San Francisco CA 94110
MV Construction San Francisco CA 94103
Nielsen Aire San Francisco CA 94124
Nieri White Robison Construction San Francisco CA 94107
P Langan Construction San Francisco CA 94121
Palladium Construction San Francisco CA 94127
Pavex Construction San Francisco CA 94128
Phollies San Francisco CA 94114
Pioneer Builders San Francisco CA 94110
Pizziconi Construction San Francisco CA 94107
Podesta Construction San Francisco CA 94107
Progressive House Construction San Francisco CA 94116
RC Wilson Construction Inc. San Francisco CA 94127
Roi Construction Co San Francisco CA 94124
RV Piva General Contractor San Francisco CA 94133
Saarman Construction Ltd San Francisco CA 94108
Schwed Construction San Francisco CA 94146
Sean Kelly Construction San Francisco CA 94122
Shimmick Construction San Francisco CA 94102
Shimmick Construction San Francisco CA 94107
Skyline Construction San Francisco CA 94105
Spry Scapes Construction Inc San Francisco CA 94116
Sun Construction Co San Francisco CA 94124
Swinerton Builders San Francisco CA 94109
Thomson Builder Group San Francisco CA 94115
Tom Mccaffrey General Contractor San Francisco CA 94124
Tom W Gorman General Contractor San Francisco CA 94132
Trico Construction San Francisco CA 94103
Turner Construction San Francisco CA 94103
Turner Construction San Francisco CA 94105
V & Co San Francisco CA 94110
Van Acker Construction San Francisco CA 94115
Vargas & Esquivel Construction Inc San Francisco CA 94124-1807
W Wong Construction San Francisco CA 94103
Walsh Construction San Francisco CA 94112
Waters Construction San Francisco CA 94112
West Point Builders San Francisco CA 94131
Whipple Construction San Francisco CA 94110
Wren Miller & Co San Francisco CA 94103
Wrenwood O'Brien Construction, Inc. San Francisco CA 94118
YBC Construction Co San Francisco CA 94112
Zolman Construction San Francisco CA 94132