Top 10 General Contractors in Carlsbad, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Bill Howe Restoration & Flood Services, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
(2,260)
"Children's Primary Care Medical Group La Costa has had a few floods in our suite. Floors and walls were damaged. Like quick responders they were out to our suite and quickly the repairs. Everyone that we have worked with so far are Great!!"
"Children's Primary Care Medical Group La Costa has had a few floods in our suite. Floors and walls were damaged. Like quick responders they were out to our suite and quickly the repairs. Everyone that we have worked with so far are Great!!"
Porch Pro Headshot Need for Build Inc
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
(313)
"I'm super happy with the new kitchen! My family was also wowed by how great it looks. The whole experience from the very first meeting has been nothing but great. Very professional work and service. They always addressed any concerns I had. Thank you Avi and Need For Build! I will definitely be ...Read more
"I'm super happy with the new kitchen! My family was also wowed by how great it looks. The whole experience from the very first meeting has been nothing but great. Very professional work and service. They always addressed any concerns I had. Thank you Avi and Need For Build! I will definitely be ...Read more
Porch Pro Headshot Home improvement projects
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
(293)
Verified license
In today's economy the need to make the dollar stretch is on everyone's mind. With your home being one of your largest investments, it is important to maintain the up keep of your home and make it as comfortable as possible. At Home Improvement Projects Plus (H.I.P.P.) our goal is to provide our cus...Read more
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In today's economy the need to make the dollar stretch is on everyone's mind. With your home being one of your largest investments, it is important to maintain the up keep of your home and make it as comfortable as possible. At Home Improvement Projects Plus (H.I.P.P.) our goal is to provide our cus...Read more
Porch Pro Headshot Lyvayko Bathroom Systems
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
(65)
Verified license
"Lyvayko Bathroom Systems (Mike) assisted me with a remote bathroom remodel for my elderly mother where I was in Maryland and he was completing the work in Escondido, CA. My mother needed a curbless shower with built in bench, hand rails and wheelchair accessibility. He worked with me and my mothe...Read more
"Lyvayko Bathroom Systems (Mike) assisted me with a remote bathroom remodel for my elderly mother where I was in Maryland and he was completing the work in Escondido, CA. My mother needed a curbless shower with built in bench, hand rails and wheelchair accessibility. He worked with me and my mothe...Read more
Porch Pro Headshot Divine Home Remodeling
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
Divine Home Remodeling is a family-owned, licensed, bonded and insured construction company, founded 10 years ago in San Diego.
Divine Home Remodeling is a family-owned, licensed, bonded and insured construction company, founded 10 years ago in San Diego.
Porch Pro Headshot Guedes Construction Inc
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
(38)
Verified license
Guedes Construction Inc, is a San Diego home remodeling company, doing business since 1999. Whether it is San Diego home remodeling, San Diego room additions, San Diego Kitchen remodeling or San Diego Bathroom remodeling, our passion is delivering new remodeling results and ideas which meet and exce...Read more
Guedes Construction Inc, is a San Diego home remodeling company, doing business since 1999. Whether it is San Diego home remodeling, San Diego room additions, San Diego Kitchen remodeling or San Diego Bathroom remodeling, our passion is delivering new remodeling results and ideas which meet and exce...Read more
Porch Pro Headshot The Home Factory
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
(3)
“We are absolutely in love with what we do! As many times as two people can say it or hear it…it is the honest truth…..we love what we do! Taylor being from the island of Oahu, Hawaii and myself from the Southern California mountains of Big Bear, we share a passion for all style homes in all 4 seaso...Read more
“We are absolutely in love with what we do! As many times as two people can say it or hear it…it is the honest truth…..we love what we do! Taylor being from the island of Oahu, Hawaii and myself from the Southern California mountains of Big Bear, we share a passion for all style homes in all 4 seaso...Read more
Porch Pro Headshot BRIAN THOMAS CONSULTING INC.
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
(14)
Verified license
Brian Thomas Consulting is a remodeling specialist that was established in 2009 and provides San Diego County with kitchen remodels, custom home builds, and more.
Brian Thomas Consulting is a remodeling specialist that was established in 2009 and provides San Diego County with kitchen remodels, custom home builds, and more.
Porch Pro Headshot American Development Construction
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
American Development Construction National City, CA, 91950 (619) 259-7991 Our construction company prides itself on maintaining clean work environments and completing tasks in the most efficient manner available. Our goal as a company is to provide an ever-increasing scope of service solutions t...Read more
American Development Construction National City, CA, 91950 (619) 259-7991 Our construction company prides itself on maintaining clean work environments and completing tasks in the most efficient manner available. Our goal as a company is to provide an ever-increasing scope of service solutions t...Read more
Porch Pro Headshot Rigid Construction
General Contractors
Serves Carlsbad, California
(16)
Residential Interiors-Exteriors Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, General Building Contractor, Design, Remodel, Construction
Residential Interiors-Exteriors Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, General Building Contractor, Design, Remodel, Construction

Frequently asked questions about general contractors

It may seem more economical to hire several subcontractors rather than one general contractor for your building project. Some state licensing rules even require hiring a general contractor for certain projects. Even if this isn’t a state requirement in your case, it often makes sense for homeowners to hire a professional, licensed, and insured general contractor for certain projects. A general contractor will know the ins and outs of the business, and will work with subcontractors whom they trust to get the work done efficiently, safely, and on time.

General contractors know that their business can be made or broken on their reputation. They will work hard to get your project done on time, orchestrating the work of subcontractors so that

the whole project turns out just as planned. While it may be tempting to skip hiring a

general contractor in favor of hiring many subcontractors for lesser initial cost, you may end up spending more in the long run in addition to the time and headache involved in coordinating the work of subcontractors. Hiring a general contractor you can work closely with throughout a project can help you avoid potentially costly—and maybe even dangerous—miscommunication down the road.

First off, sort out every possible detail in advance using a detailed project plan—including details like specifications for fixtures, finishes, and fittings—to avoid cost gaps in the contractor’s initial bid. The more specific you are, the more realistic and accurate the bid will be. Stay in close contact with the project lead, and try to meet with them every day to stay on top of progress, troubleshoot any issues, and avoid costly miscommunication. If possible, try to be on-site at the start of each day. Make sure it’s OK to call or text your contractor throughout the day. It also makes sense to keep a project journal to write down product order numbers, jot down questions and ideas, and note delivery dates. This type of journal can make it easier to sort out any disputes that may arise later in the project. Similarly, be sure to track any changes to the initial project plan in writing (this is usually called a “change order”). If unforeseen changes are required, make sure your contractor offers a bid for the change in writing. (You can specify that changes be made in writing in your original contract.) Other tips:

  • check work as it progresses
  • pay only for completed work
  • be a fair customer by paying bills on time, responding quickly to questions, and treating your contractor and their workers fairly
  • know the workers’ names, and make sure they have what they need

Establishing a good working relationship with your contractor from the get-go will lead to a more successful completed project in the end.

Some general contractors charge a flat fee, but most general contractors get paid a percentage

of the overall cost of a completed project which is called a “markup.” This amount covers their overhead, which includes advertising, insurance, office expenses, and their own salary. Remember that contractors will ask for a percentage of the total cost of the project up front in order to get started. But make sure this is no more than 15 percent, which is a fair and decent amount to start most home projects. Most states cap this up-front percentage at 33 percent, and a good contractor should have enough credit to cover other up-front costs.

A big remodeling project can be a costly investment. It’s a long-term investment in your home, so it makes sense to look beyond just the contractor’s fee when choosing a general contractor for your remodel. You’ll want to hire someone can provide proof of licensing, insurance, references, and a worthy track record. When you enter a project with a contractor, you need a pro you trust with your home, so it’s wise to do your homework upfront for a successful outcome.

Start with a detailed and specific plan including the scope of the remodeling work you want to have done, what materials you want to use, and specifications for any fixtures, finishes, and appliances. Once you have this plan, start talking to contractors to get estimates and formal bids. Ask around for local contractor recommendations at your local hardware store, or go online and read contractors’ reviews (but take these with a grain of salt because they tend to skew toward people who are unhappy with a project versus those who were satisfied with the end result).

Be sure to interview at least three contractors while bearing in mind that you will be relying on this person to bring your project in on budget and on time. A good contractor will likely be very busy, so expect a waiting period for quality workmanship. Choose a contractor with experience in the type of job you require. Ask for proof of licensing and insurance along with any relevant licenses for subcontractors. Check contractor credentials with your local Better Business Bureau. Be clear about what work will be done by the contractor, and which parts will go to a subcontractor. Only sign a detailed contract, and be sure to get the proper permits for your project. Stay in close contact with the contractor to avoid errors and miscommunication. After all, a successful remodeling project depends on hiring a good contractor.

Take proper steps before hiring a contractor to prevent costly headaches later on. Start by

working with a professional architect or designer who can not only provide permit drawings, but also provide all the information a contractor will need to offer an accurate and realistic cost and time estimate. You’ll need to include details like finishes, fixtures, plumbing work, electrical installations, and possible millwork. Come up with a specifications list in advance in order to pick finishes, appliances, fittings, and fixtures that will fall inside your budget and meet your personal requirements. If you work with a professional architect or designer and have a complete set of plans and specifications for your project, as the pro for the names of a few builders to send your plans for pricing.

Make sure your contractor is licensed and insured. Check out a potential contractor’s previous work. They should be able to offer examples. When you interview contractors remember that you will be spending quite a bit of time working with this person. You need to feel you can trust them because unexpected extras are bound to come up. Make sure your contractor provides a timeline that they can stick to, and that works with your needs. Choose your contractor wisely for a successful outcome.

Be sure your general contractor is licensed and insured. It may be less expensive to hire an uninsured contractor, but consider the potential cost down the road. When you hire an insured contractor, they take on responsibility for the build and anything that happens at the worksite. In the event of a job-site injury or property damage during your remodeling project, a properly insured contractor will shield you from potentially catastrophic costs. Homeowners’ insurance policies cover property damage, but these policies have limitations. Be sure to hire a contractor that carries both contractor’s liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. A good general contractor takes responsibility for their reputation. Offering proof of both proper licensing and insurance is a sign of a contractor’s general reliability. Contractors must have a license in order to obtain insurance. Reliable contractors are likely to do an excellent job the first time in order to retain their license. Work that is not up to contract standards may lose a contractor their license. Be sure to ask for proof for insurance. Hiring a contractor with the proper insurance saves you money down the line in lots of different ways. Never be tempted by what looks like a bargain.

Recent reviews for Carlsbad General Contractors

97643

Outstanding service! i'm in love with my new beautiful kitchen!!!

- Iair Oren
75935

I have used Ferrelli & Associates for many home improvement projects for my home and rental properties and have found the work to be fairly priced and of great quality. I have used Ryan for exterior and interior painting, custom remodels and plumbing and...

- Dan Salmonsen
77335

What has been great working with Ryan has been communication, starting with the discussions of what to do. We always enjoy working with people who are expert at what they do and good at explaining it to someone who isn't: this certainly fits Ryan. He was ...

- Duncan Agnew
75532

Everything was done to perfection: planning, consulting, execution, budgeting, time line, etc. All of the people involved were knowledgeable, capable, polite: a pleasure to work with. We did a major remodel, and it could not have gone more smoothly. ...

- alice davis
92676

My experience with Michael was nothing but Good & Professional. His father is very meticulous at tile setting. I had three bathrooms completely remodeled by another company, who's workmanship was substandard, Michael came in, demolished it all, and co...

- Debbie Wescott
95260

Got engineered hardwoodfloor installed. It took me a long time to find the right colour and price range. Michael had alot of patience. Him and his dad did a nice job. Looks great!

- Ursula Heintz
29427

Excellent service, Good installation, very reasonable price. What else can you ask for? Definitely recommend for any jobs. Matter of fact, we need to get on the schedule for a small job.

- Danyel Chu
29330

I have worked with MJMR for approximately five years. They are polite, professional, knowledgeable and provide top quality craftsmanship. I am fortunate to have this company as part of my sub-based team!

- Dawn Nelson
142410

If you are looking for an honest, trusted, kitchen and bath remodeling, look no further! LYVAYKO, a family owned company who are the best at what they do! They are welcoming and friendly. Listens to what ideas you may have and turning it into Reality. Mic...

- Bing Sokanthong
104502

Michael is very good at managing projects, keeping things on track, and finishing the work when he says it will be done. He also provides a detailed quote which is super helpful. And he strives to make sure you are completely statisfied with the job compl...

- Charity Bracy
95761

Michael and Michael did the floor for my entire first floor and all the bathrooms, laundry room upstairs. They paid attention to details and completed the job in timely manner.

- Jane Nguyen
174872

Michael and his family remodeled our master bathroom in our downtown high rise condo. We could not be more pleased with the work they did. Throughout the remodel Michael was always professional, on time, and available for questions. Similarly, his workers...

- Mike Lepore
126774

I had shower doors installed in two bathrooms, which I purchased at Lowe's. I was out of town and had to coordinate the project remotely (phone calls and e-mail). Communications were very efficient and the project was done in a timely manner and as promis...

- Karl Hecker
123239

Michael and his team were very friendly and professional and did the most wonderful job in our new bathroom! Very affordable, clean and proficient and the remodel they did truly brightened up our home ! We highly recommend Lyvayko Bathroom Systems for any...

- Joe Lynch
97373

The Lyvayko Company did a fantastic job in remodeling our bathroom, and what was a Jacuzzi tub is now a beautiful walk-in shower. These guys are always on time and do such a professional job. Their tile work and their general attention to detail is beyo...

- Jack Baugh
101458

I am glad that we went with Michael. He created many solutions for a myriad of obstacles. I'd write more but the appfforor my Android Nougat is buggy and keeps deleting my positive review or doing weird stuff to whattowh Ii write.

- Sean McAnally
154860

We chose Lyvayko for our bath remodel as we like to support local businesses. We are so glad we did. Michael was exetremely responsive to our questions and ideas. We decided on quartz slabs for our shower and vanity tops. Vasiliy and Vitaliy were aweso...

- Jeanette Shiel
153469

Michael and his team were awesome! Our new bathroom and shower looks like something from a luxury hotel. His team was incredibly polite and on time and did top quality work, met our every wish, tearing out the old prefab shower, moving the plumbing, build...

- ryan thomas
Frequently asked questions about Carlsbad General Contractors

Can I browse unscreened General Contractors in Carlsbad?

We do our best to screen all of our general contractors. However, there are still some general contractor professionals in Carlsbad that have not been pre-screened. This means that their licenses may not be up to date to operate in Carlsbad or CA. Always be sure to pre-screen them yourself before hiring. Here are some unscreened professionals offering general contractor services:

  • David A Nicolet Construction:
    • BBB Rating: A+
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Damon Sundberg Construction:
    • BBB Rating: A+
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Euro Construction:
    • BBB Rating: A+
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive

What zip codes in Carlsbad have the best General Contractors?

Below we've listed Carlsbad zip codes that have great selections of general contractors:

  • 92011: 1 General Contractors.
  • 92010: 4 General Contractors.
  • 92054: 2 General Contractors.
  • Who should I hire if I need General Contractor Services in Carlsbad?

    Right now there are about 50 companies in and around Carlsbad ready to help you with your general contractor services project.

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      Porch Pro Headshot Kelcor Construction
      General Contractors
      Serves Carlsbad, California
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      Kelcor Construction is a full service general building contractor with over 30 years experience located in the San Diego north county area.
      Porch Pro Headshot Ferrelli & Associates
      General Contractors
      Serves Carlsbad, California
      (3)
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      As owner of Ferrelli & Associates Ryan Ferrelli, has been involved in Construction since he was a child, he has been intimately involved in all aspects of Southern California construction, from residential and commercial building and remodeling, to land subdivision and home development. As a licens...Read more
      Porch Pro Headshot DM BUILDING
      General Contractors
      Serves Carlsbad, California
      Verified license
      Our philosophy at DM Building is: "Create the highest quality products while meeting the needs of our customers." It is important for us to work in an environment that breeds success. We pride ourselves on our reputation for being efficient and professional. At DM Building we strive to provide each ...Read more
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      Porch Pro Headshot Cali General Construction
      General Contractors
      Serves Carlsbad, California
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      Porch Pro Headshot Heartland Grading
      General Contractors
      Serves Carlsbad, California
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      Heartland Grading, based out of Carlsbad, is a general contractor. They offer basement remodeling, storm shelter installation, accessibility construction and more.
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      General Contractors
      Serves Carlsbad, California
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      General Contractors
      Serves Carlsbad, California
      Verified license
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      Porch Pro Headshot Oscar's Handy Service
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      Serves Carlsbad, California
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      Carlsbad 92010
      Residential Building
      Start Date
      I'm flexible
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      Something else
      Residential building project type
      Replace chandelier located on 25 ft. ceiling.
      Extent of design prep work
      Yes, I have plans and all required permits
      San Marcos 92078
      Residential Building
      Start Date
      Within a month
      Project type
      Something else
      Residential building project type
      We need interior doors in a mobile home.
      Extent of design prep work
      Yes, I have sketches and a basic idea of what I want
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      Residential Building
      Start Date
      Within 48 hours
      Project type
      Something else
      Residential building project type
      Remove dishwasher out of cabinet kitchen
      Extent of design prep work
      No