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How to Find the Best General Contractors in Marin County CA

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

Updated December 20, 2014

 The TOP 10 General Contractors in Marin County CA

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: Bay Area including Marin County
Services: general contractors for custom homes and all building needs, residential & commercial
Key Brands: Marvin (Marvin Windows & Doors), TruStile

Boesel Design & Construction
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(415) 456-4605, (415) 608-1489
136 Allyn Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960
State Contractors License #499141 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10

Areas Served: Bay Area & Marin incl. Fairfax CA, San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Sausalito CA, ...
Services: general contractors & construction company and builders

Kerr Construction Inc
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(415) 456-5300
15 Woodland Avenue Ste F
San Rafael, CA 94901
State Contractor's License #615587 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau Marin Builders Association USGBC Member (U.S. Green Building Council) EPA Lead Safe Certified Build It Green-Certified Professional

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Sausalito CA, Novato CA, Almonte, ...
Services: general contractors for residential construction including custom home builders
Key Brands: Hardy Frames, SHEARMAX Panels (Shearmax Panel by Shear Transfer Systems)

Calder Custom Building
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(415) 458-2904
295 Cascade Drive
Fairfax, CA 94930
State License #619583 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Tiburon CA, Mill Valley CA, Novato CA, Sausalito ...
Services: general contractors, custom home builders, new construction

Harkey Construction, Inc.
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(707) 836-1315
7975 Cameron Drive, #700
Windsor, CA 95492
State Contractors License #790931 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau Chamber of Commerce-Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce-Windsor NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry) NCBE (North Coast Builders Exchange)

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Novato CA, Mill Valley CA, Tiburon ...
Services: general contractors, residential general contractors, custom home building, ...

Integrity Construction Maintenance, Inc
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(707) 829-5300, Fax: (707) 829-5505
3531 Gravenstein Hwy South
Sebastopol, CA 95472
State Contractors License #846187
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau Chamber of Commerce-Santa Rosa NCBE (North Coast Builders Exchange) EPA Lead Safe Certified

Areas Served: Bay Area & Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Novato CA, Sausalito CA, Mill Valley CA,...
Services: General Contractors for construction, construction maintenance, construction ...

Doug Monti Construction
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(415) 453-1380
24 Clyde Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901
State Contractor's License #387703 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 Marin Builders Association RRP Certified (Lead-Safe Renovator) Build It Green-Certified Professional

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Almonte, Bel Marin Keys, Belvedere, Belvedere ...
Services: general contractors & builders for construction services incl. residential and ...

Marin Master Builders Inc.
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(415) 453-1334, Cell (415) 519-6375
133 Gregory Dr
Fairfax, CA 94930
State License #515329 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 RRP Certified (Lead-Safe Renovator)

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Sausalito CA, Novato CA, Almonte, ...
Services: general contractors & home builders for new home construction, custom home builders
Key Brands: Andersen Windows & Doors, FSC Forest Stewardship Council Lumber, Marvin (Marvin ...

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: Bay Area & Marin County, incl. Novato CA, San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Mill Valley ...
Services: general contractors for all construction company needs
Key Brands: Andersen Windows & Doors, Trex Decks, Uponor Plumbing

How to Find the Best General Contractors in Marin County CA 



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

Some General Contractors in Marin 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 Marin County: Wine Country Builders, Inc, Boesel Design & Construction, Kerr Construction Inc, Calder Custom Building, Harkey Construction, Inc., Integrity Construction Maintenance, Inc, Doug Monti Construction, Marin Master Builders Inc., Nor Cal Builders, Inc, Mares & Dow Construction. Other construction firms, home builders and general contractors in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA that might still be in business include: James Enright Construction Inc, Kapranos Construction, Kabage Construction, Legacy Builders / Joe Sherer Contractor. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 General Contractors in Marin County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

Questions To Ask General Contractors in Marin County 


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

When you talk with builders in Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin County 

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

 

 

Resources About General Contractors in Marin County 

Associations & Licensing for General Contractors in Marin 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 Marin County within the following zip codes:

94964, 94963, 94901, 94976, 94945, 94966, 94939, 94947, 94965, 94904, 94974, 94930, 94949, 94914, 94903, 94942, 94920, 94979, 94970, 94950, 94960, 94941, 94933, 94937, 94912, 94940, 94929, 94978, 94977, 94971, 94948, 94946, 94913, 94915, 94973, 94956, 94925, 94938, 94924 and 94957

 


 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Tiburon CA

Arcangelo Construction Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Caletti Construction Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Mellion Dan Levine Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Corte Madera CA

Abacus Group Builders, Inc. Corte Madera CA 94976
Bruno Venne Inc Corte Madera CA 94925
ITX Construction Consulting Corte Madera CA 94925
Murata Construction Corte Madera CA 94925

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Fairfax CA

Ashdown Construction Service Fairfax CA 94930
Built to Last Fairfax CA 94930
JVL Construction Fairfax CA 94930
Luchessa General Contractors Fairfax CA 94930
Marin Master Builders Inc. Fairfax CA 94930
Mayer And Company Fairfax CA 94978
Nordby Construction Fairfax CA 94930
Rose Construction Fairfax CA 94930
William Thomas Construction Fairfax CA 94930

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Forest Knolls CA

RTM Construction Forest Knolls CA 94933


Construction Companies - General Contractors Greenbrae CA

Bayview Construction Greenbrae CA 94904
Eric J Torney Construction Greenbrae CA 94904
TC Construction Greenbrae CA 94904

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Lagunitas CA

Barnabe Builders Lagunitas CA 94938

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Larkspur CA

Arch Construction Larkspur CA 94939
Under Construction Larkspur CA 94977

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Mill Valley CA

Atlas Construction Mill Valley CA 94941
Cullen Construction Mill Valley CA 94941
Finn-Port Construction Mill Valley CA 94941
Hall Construction Mill Valley CA 94941
Lighthouse Construction Mill Valley CA 94941
Price & Jones Construction Mill Valley CA 94941
Serrano Construction Mill Valley CA 94941
Walsh Construction Mill Valley CA 94941
Wanegar Construction Mill Valley CA 94941
Joe Sherer, Legacy Builders Mill Valley CA 94941

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Novato CA

All Phase Construction Novato CA 94949
Anello Construction Novato CA 94948
Birmingham Construction Novato CA 94947
Cailin Construction Novato CA 94949
Chris Blum Construction Novato CA 94949
Colin Construction Novato CA 94947
Crest Construction Novato CA 94945
De Phillips Construction Novato CA 94948
GSS Construction Novato CA 94948
Hayes & Associates Novato CA 94947
Jackson Construction Novato CA 94947
James E Wilson Construction Novato CA 94949
James Enright Construction Inc Novato CA 94949
Kabage Construction Novato CA 94947
Kanihan Construction Novato CA 94947
Kapranos Construction Novato CA 94945
Kieth Ricketts General Contractor Novato CA 94947
ML Brodeur Co Novato CA 94945
Metcalfe Development Novato CA 94945
Millstreet Builders Novato CA 94949
Natal Modica Construction Novato CA 94949
Nor Cal Builders, Inc. Novato CA 94948-1544
Pottenger Construction Novato CA 94949
PPT Contracting Novato CA 94945
Price Brothers Construction Novato CA 94948
Robert's Managing Contractors Novato CA 94945
Rsc Construction Novato CA 94949
Waterford Associates & Construction Novato CA 94945
West Bay Builders Novato CA 94949
Workhorse Construction Novato CA 94949

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Pt Reyes Station CA

Seth Wingate Builder Pt Reyes Station CA 94956


Construction Companies - General Contractors San Anselmo CA

Ballard & Watkins Construction San Anselmo CA 94960
Hartwell Construction San Anselmo CA 94960
Hawken Construction San Anselmo CA 94960
Robert Flagg Construction San Anselmo CA 94960
Stader Construction San Anselmo CA 94960
Wyatt Construction San Anselmo CA 94960

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors San Geronimo CA

Construction Connection San Geronimo CA 94963
Moonhill Construction San Geronimo CA 94963


Construction Companies - General Contractors San Rafael CA

A-1 Construction San Rafael CA 94901
A-1 Construction San Rafael CA 94915
Absolut Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Ajamian Enterprises San Rafael CA 94903
Baer Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Bouchard Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Clough Construction San Rafael CA 94903
Comanche Construction San Rafael CA 94912
Consolidated Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Creative Construction San Rafael CA 94901
David E Sievers General Contractor San Rafael CA 94901
David Leitch Construction San Rafael CA 94912
Developers Plus San Rafael CA 94901
Diego Bros. Inc. San Rafael CA 94903
Doug Monti Construction San Rafael CA 94901
ECCO San Rafael CA 94901
Fontana Construction Inc. San Rafael CA 94901
Full Coverage Construction San Rafael CA 94903
Geco Construction San Rafael CA 94901
JB Construction San Rafael CA 94913
JAC Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Joe Doerr Construction San Rafael CA 94901
John Pfautz Construction San Rafael CA 94901
JW McPhail Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Kilcolgan Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Kona Construction San Rafael CA 94903
Lamperti Contracting San Rafael CA 94901
MJ Builders San Rafael CA 94903
Marin County Builders San Rafael CA 94901
Parallax Construction San Rafael CA 94903
Pera Construction San Rafael CA 94903
Ray Garcia Construction San Rafael CA 94915
Robert Hansen Construction San Rafael CA 94912
Russell Lococo Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Scott Simontacchi Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Serge Jullia Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Sierra West Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Sterling & Co San Rafael CA 94901
Sunshine Construction San Rafael CA 94903
Zanne Construction San Rafael CA 94901

 

Construction Companies - General Contractors Sausalito CA

Amp Construction Sausalito CA 94966
CCMG Sausalito CA 94965
Corson Construction Sausalito CA 94965
Metro Construction Inc Sausalito CA 94965
Sausalito Construction Sausalito CA 94966


Construction Companies - General Contractors Woodacre CA

California Builders Woodacre CA 94973