How to Find the Best General Contractors in Ventura County CAGeneral contractors in Ventura 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 Ventura County. The following independent research by The Prime Buyer's Report lists the best general contractors in Ventura County CA and issues related to hiring them and that affect cost.
Updated February 15, 2013
Top 10 General Contractors in Ventura County
|Bodagger Enterprises Inc|
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(805) 647-0349, (805) 857-1518
1301 Coventry Avenue
Ventura, CA 93004
State Contractor's License #905498
Areas Served: Ventura County incl. Ventura CA, Camarillo, Casa Conejo, Channel Islands Beach, El ...
Services: general contractors, new construction, residential & commercial
|Lou Becker & Son's Construction|
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3092 Mineral Wells Dr.
Simi Valley, CA 93063
State Contractor's License #467375 (B)
Areas Served: Ventura County incl. Simi Valley CA,Camarillo, Casa Conejo, Channel Islands Beach, ...
Services: general contractors, builders for all construction
Key Brands: Kohler, Marvin Windows & Doors, Milgard Windows
1891 Goodyear Ave # 615
Ventura, CA 93003
Areas Served: Ventura County, Oxnard CA, Camarillo CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Ventura CA, Simi Valley CA
|Forest Construction Co Inc|
3365 Somis Rd
Somis, CA 93066
Areas Served: Ventura CA, Oxnard CA, Camarillo CA, Simi Valley CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Moorpark CA
|Pat McCarthy Constructions|
633 E Ventura Blvd
Ventura, CA 93036
Areas Served: Simi Valley CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Ventura County CA
3799 Lightning Ridge Way
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Areas Served: Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Camarillo CA, Ojai CA
31238 Via Colinas # G
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Areas Served: Westlake Village CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Ojai CA
11975 Discovery Ct
Moorpark, CA 93021
Areas Served: Oxnard CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Simi Valley CA, Ventura CA, Camarillo CA, Moorpark CA
PO Box 5624
Oxnard, CA 93031
Areas Served: Simi Valley CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Santa Paula CA, Ojai CA
Good General Contractors in Ventura County Perform Numerous Construction Services
General contractors in Ventura 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 Ventura County are not legally required to have general liability insurance, however all contractors bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation 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 certification as Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 such as phone calls to previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.
Understandably, not all general contractors in Ventura County can be equally experienced in every specialized area of construction. So find general contractors in Ventura 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 Ventura County who can perform the kind of construction you want done.
Some General Contractors in Ventura County Are Better Than Others
There are many general construction companies in Ventura County. In order to help you narrow it down, 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 Ventura County: Bodagger Enterprises Inc, Lou Becker & Son's Construction, WCI, Viola Inc, Concreative Construction, Forest Construction Co Inc, Winchester, PSBI, Pat McCarthy Constructions. Other construction firms, home builders and general contractors that might still serve the Oxnard CA area include: .
Step 1: Describe The Construction Work to the General Building Contractors in Ventura County
When you talk with builders in Ventura County, explain what type of construction you need. Be consistent so each of the Ventura County construction companies can submit an estimate based on the same information.
Step 2: Hold Question and Answer Sessions and Take Notes of the Builders
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.
The following list will guide you through this process.
• How long have they been builders in Ventura County?
• How many other projects have they done that are like yours?
• Can the general contractor give you names and numbers of clients that you can call as references? (All contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had client references called by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report 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 Ventura County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already shown proof of insurance to research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)
• 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 Ventura County bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)
• How do they arrive at the 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County for your specific needs and priorities, make sure they are still licensed in good standing with an A license for general engineering contractors or B license for general contractors. (All construction companies in Ventura County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)
Step 3: Make a Preliminary Decision
After you've interviewed some general contractors and construction companies serving the Ventura County area, it's time to narrow down your choices. Review your notes and decide which answers are the most important. Based on these results, which ones most closely match your criteria? Which builders you personally feel the most comfortable dealing with? The earlier question and answer process will have made this clearer.
Step 4: Make the Final Decision on a General Building Contractor or Construction Company
Now it's time to seal the deal. Clear up any lingering questions and ask for your representative to provide a signed, written and thoroughly detailed contract.
There are many good builders in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County, so you can learn about applicable laws at the California Department of Consumer Affairs Web site.
Associations & Licensing for General Contractors in Ventura 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)
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
Building Design and Construction
California Home & Design
Environmental Design and Construction Magazine
Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
Home & Design
New Old House
Old House Journal
This Old House
Western Interiors and Design
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 General Contractors in Ventura County within the following zip codes:
91319, 91320, 91358, 91359, 91360, 91361, 91362, 93001, 93002, 93003, 93004, 93005, 93006, 93007, 93009, 93010, 93011, 93012, 93015, 93016, 93020, 93021, 93022, 93023, 93024, 93030, 93031, 93032, 93033, 93034, 93035, 93036, 93040, 93041, 93042, 93043, 93044, 93060, 93061, 93062, 93063, 93064, 93065, 93066, 93094 and 93099
Construction Companies - General Contractors Camarillo CAAmerican Building & Construction Co Camarillo CA 93010
Four Amigos Construction Camarillo CA 93012
George Walker Construction Co Camarillo CA 93012
Longlife Construction Co Camarillo CA 93010
Mark W Varnum Construction Inc Camarillo CA 93012
Matt Construction Camarillo CA 93010
Mwb Construction Camarillo CA 93012
R S Construction Camarillo CA 93012
Skenderian Construction Camarillo CA 93010
Stone Construction Camarillo CA 93010
Thomas McCook Construction Camarillo CA 93012
Construction Companies - General Contractors Fillmore CA
John Tomerlin Construction Fillmore CA 93016
Construction Companies - General Contractors Moorpark CA
C S Willis Construction Moorpark CA 93021
Liberty Development Moorpark CA 93020
Samuels Construction Moorpark CA 93021
Wci Moorpark CA 93021
Construction Companies - General Contractors Newbury Park CA
Curtis Construction Newbury Park CA 91320
Dreamtree Construction Newbury Park CA 91320
Eric Pontacq Construction Newbury Park CA 91320
Jma Construction Newbury Park CA 91320
McGeorge Construction Newbury Park CA 91320
Ram Construction Newbury Park CA 91320
Team Construction Inc Newbury Park CA 91320
Construction Companies - General Contractors Oak View CA
S H Construction Oak View CA 93022
T C Construction Oak View CA 93022
Construction Companies - General Contractors Ojai CA
Coastal Constructors Ojai CA 93023
Craig A Young Construction Lic Ojai CA 93023
John Skiba Construction Ojai CA 93023
Silvestri Construction Co Ojai CA 93023
Thatcher Construction Co Ojai CA 93023
Construction Companies - General Contractors Oxnard CA
Abel Construction Oxnard CA 93036
Alltrade Construction Service Oxnard CA 93036
Daniels Construction Oxnard CA 93035
Foley Building Oxnard CA 93030
J Tap Construction Oxnard CA 93033
Meridian Construction Oxnard CA 93036
Parga Construction Oxnard CA 93030
Pat McCarthy Constructions Oxnard CA 93036
Viola Inc Oxnard CA 93031
Construction Companies - General Contractors Santa Paula CA
Clee Carr Construction Inc Santa Paula CA 93060
Gonzales Construction Santa Paula CA 93060
Jmj Builders Santa Paula CA 93060
Construction Companies - General Contractors Simi Valley CA
All Trades Construction Simi Valley CA 93065
Bonomo Development Corp Simi Valley CA 93065
C S Construction Simi Valley CA 93065
Concreative Construction Simi Valley CA 93063
Dale Acres Construction Simi Valley CA 93065
Donkersgoed Construction Simi Valley CA 93065
Gillenwater Construction Simi Valley CA 93062
Green House Construction Simi Valley CA 93094
Jenkins & Jenkins Construction Simi Valley CA 93065
Newzengland Construction Simi Valley CA 93065
Omega Construction Service Inc Simi Valley CA 93065
Pacific West Builders Inc Simi Valley CA 93065
Rims Construction Simi Valley CA 93062
Construction Companies - General Contractors Somis CA
Forest Construction Co Inc Somis CA 93066
Richard's Construction Co Somis CA 93066
Construction Companies - General Contractors Thousand Oaks CA
Andrews Construction Thousand Oaks CA 91362
Forest Construction Thousand Oaks CA 91362
J F Construction Thousand Oaks CA 91362
Tca Specialized Service Thousand Oaks CA 91320
Construction Companies - General Contractors Ventura CA
Allen Associates Ventura CA 93001
American Building Comfort Service Ventura CA 93003
Axis General Construction & Backflow Ventura CA 93007
Contreras Construction Ventura CA 93003
Cook Construction Inc Ventura CA 93004
D H Construction Ventura CA 93003
Dmar General Construction Inc Ventura CA 93003
Etna Construction Ventura CA 93003
F M Garcia Construction Ventura CA 93001
Gonzalez Framing Ventura CA 93003
J Davis Construction Ventura CA 93001
Judson Builders Inc Ventura CA 93001
Larry Bird Construction Ventura CA 93001
M C & Son Development Corp Ventura CA 93003
MacLynn Construction Ventura CA 93003
McGillivray Construction Inc Ventura CA 93002
Mitch Swanson Construction Ventura CA 93003
Pacific View Builders Ventura CA 93003
R Hertel Constructors Inc Ventura CA 93003
S & W Construction Ventura CA 93003
Slason Construction Ventura CA 93003
Tasco Construction Ventura CA 93001
Ventura Coast Construction Inc Ventura CA 93001
Ventura Coast Construction Inc Ventura CA 93004
Winchester Ventura CA 93003
Wtf Construction Ventura CA 93004
Construction Companies - General Contractors Westlake Village CA
Marshall Haraden Group Inc Westlake Village CA 91362
Psbi Westlake Village CA 91362
Ocean West Framing Westlake Village CA 91359
Sbs Corp Westlake Village CA 91361
Sierra Pacific Constructors Westlake Village CA 91361