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The Best Construction Companies in Wilmington DE Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

General contractors in Wilmington DE bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the construction companies that have met a higher standard than the minimum state, county, or city regulatory standard. They are those proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, carry liability insurance for your protection, who use only employees verified legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them as residential or commercial builders in Wilmington DE, including new custom home builders.


Updated November 4, 2016

 The TOP 10 General Contractors in Wilmington DE

Mullico General Construction
(302) 475-4400
1 Windy Rd
Wilmington, DE 19810

Areas Served: Wilmington DE,New Castle County,Upper Christiana DE,Brandywine DE,Glasgow DE,Bear DE
Services: local general contractors for residential construction, commercial construction

A&R General Contractors LLC
(302) 836-8955
14 Wellspring Dr
Bear, DE 19701

Areas Served: Glasgow DE,New Castle DE,Wilmington DE,Pike Creek DE,Brandywine DE,New Castle County
Services: local construction company for all construction services incl residential, commercial

JF Kent General Contractor
(302) 218-8410
6073 Summit Bridge Rd
Townsend, DE 19734

Areas Served: Wilmington Delaware,New Castle DE,Middletown DE,Brookside DE,Brandywine DE,Bear DE
Services: construction company for custom homes, commercial building, construction permits

C&M General Contractors Inc
(302) 322-1198
39 Scottie Ln
New Castle, DE 19720

Areas Served: Brandywine DE,New Castle County,Hockessin DE,New Castle DE,Pike Creek,Wilmington DE
Services: local builders for all construction needs including residential & commercial

SLH General Contractors LLC
(302) 668-1662
327 6th Ave
Wilmington, DE 19805

Areas Served: Wilmington Delaware,New Castle County,Lower Christiana DE,New Castle DE,Brandywine
Services: general construction, building permits, new home builders, commercial construction

JC Bib General Contractors
(302) 283-1311
563 Walther Rd
Newark, DE 19702

Areas Served: New Castle County,Piedmont DE,Brandywine DE,Lower Christiana DE,Wilmington Delaware
Services: general contractors & construction company for new construction & building

GL Rossetti General Contracting
(302) 235-5610
27 Beech Hill Dr
Newark, DE 19711

Areas Served: Hockessin DE,New Castle DE,Brookside DE,Brandywine DE,Middletown DE,Wilmington DE
Services: new home building, commercial contractors, residential contractors, construction

J&S General Contractors
(302) 658-4499
1815 Williamson St
Wilmington, DE 19806

Areas Served: New Castle County,Lower Christiana DE,Glasgow DE,Wilmington DE,Brandywine,New Castle
Services: general contractors for new construction, custom home builders, commercial building

The Best Construction Companies in Wilmington DE Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire  

The state of Delaware doesn't require any state license of residential or commercial general contractors in Wilmington DE, instead leaving it up to the cities, and for unincorporated areas, the county as to whether or not the industry is regulated, so there is no state standard for competency for new home builders or commercial general contractors in Wilmington DE.

But even a city or county license, if required, is no guarantee that any particular general contractor in Wilmington DE is doing business ethically, delivering value, or satisfying customers.

This makes it all the more significant that all residential or commercial construction companies in Wilmington DE who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified county or city license (where applicable), verified liablity and workers comp insurance for your protection, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.



Questions To Ask General Contractors in Wilmington DE 

Step 1: Describe The Construction Work to the General Contractors in Wilmington DE
When you talk with general contractors in Wilmington, 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, experience, and the specifics of your construction project. 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 Wilmington DE specifically?

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

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

• How long will it take them to prepare a written bid once they conduct the estimate?

• Will they show you proof of workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All general contractors in Wilmington DE 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.)

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

• How do they determine pricing? For example is it T&M (time and materials) or a flat price and how are cost overruns handled?

• Will they give you a written contract that details the exact brands of products, model numbers, materials and amounts to be used? Neglecting to show those in writing is a way that seemingly cheap contractors unrealistically underbid others to get your project. Either you're getting poor materials that look bad or will fail. or you request better materials once the job is underway and the cost goes up accordingly.

• What type of written guarantee 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 or do they leave that to you? Failure to get permits is another way cheap contractors in Wilmington are able to underbid legitimate ones. Unfortunately unpermitted work can stop you from selling the property and even make you liable you to big fines and repair costs to get it to code.

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

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


When you've chosen the best contractors in Wilmington DE for your specific needs, make sure they are licensed by your county or city if such a license is required by law, since the state of Delaware doesn't require any state license of home builders or general contractors.  (All general contractors in Wilmington bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their city or county license (if one is required) verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)




Tips About General Contractors and Construction Companies in Wilmington DE 

Have A Plan For Evaluating the Builders

There are good commercial builders or home builders in Wilmington DE. Feel free to have more than one conversation before moving forward and prepare what you want to cover before hand each time. You'll be happier with the end result when you make the time to properly outline your job and carefully match a builder to your needs.

Write a Description of the Job for the Builders
Write up a paragraph or two (depending on the intricacy of the job) about the project specifics before contacting construction companies in Wilmington DE. Since each general contractor will see the same written specifics, you'll be sure that you are comparing responses on an equal basis. Then you can better judge which construction company gave you the best answers to your consistent description.

Don't Decide Based on Price Alone
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 Wilmington DE are usually not the best ones, and a cheap bid often turns out to be the most expensive in the long run due to cost overruns, or poor work that has to be fixed or redone by someone else.

Get it in Writing
Ask builders to give you everything in writing to prevent conflicts later. Ask the general contractors to provide you with a written description of the construction work, pricing and a time frame for completion.

Maintain Great Communication During Construction.
Communication is an often overlooked skill with general contractors. But to maintain a successful working relationship, both parties must make keep one another informed. If you have doubt about how the project is going, don't jump to conclusions. Instead, call and ask the builder about your concerns. There may be a reasonable explanation for changes or delays.

Commitment In Advance to do a Walk-Through Upon Completion
After the project is finished, return to the agreement you signed and walk through the site with the most senior staff member available at the construction company to compare the results to the particulars in the contract. Bring up any items that differ from what was agreed to.



Resources About General Contractors in Wilmington DE 

Associations & Licensing for General Contractors in Wilmington DE

ABC Associated Builders and Contractors
APC Associated Pennsylvania Constructors
ABCEP Associated Builders and Contractors of Eastern Pennsylvania
ABCCPA Associated Builders and Contractors of Central Pennsylvania
ABCWPA Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania
ASA American Subcontractors Association
BANWPA Builders Association of Northwest Pennsylvania
CAOEPA Contactors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania
CAWP Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania
HBACPA Home Builders Association of Central Pennsylvania
GCAP General Contractors Association of Pennsylvania
KCA Keystone Contractors Association
MBAWPA Masters Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania
NAHB National Association of Home Builders
NEPCA Northeastern Pennsylvania Contractors Association
PBA Pennsylvania Builders Association
PBCTC Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council
SCA Suburban Contractors Assocation of Pennsylvania

General Building Contractors Media &Web Resources
Blueprint Magazine
Building Design and Construction
Environmental Design and Construction Magazine
Fine Homebuilding
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 Wilmington DE within the following zip codes:

19715, 19720, 19730, 19850, 19709, 19806, 19701, 19707, 19801, 19702, 19807, 19899, 19804, 19706, 19977, 19714, 19808, 19711, 19713, 19809, 19718, 19802, 19734, 19805, 19708, 19710, 19810, 19938, 19895, 19803, 19703, 19733, 19736 and 19731

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Construction Companies in Wilmington DE within the following cities:

Greenville, Middletown, Brandywine, Red Lion, Hockessin, Pike Creek Valley, Glasgow, Pike Creek, Edgemoor, Elsmere, New Castle, Bear, North Star, Brookside, Pike Creek-Central Kirkwood, Wilmington, Upper Christiana, Claymont, Wilmington Manor, Piedmont, Lower Christiana, Townsend and Newark