San Francisco, CA

remodeling & Home Improvement Contractors

BuildZoom / Licensed Contractors / San Francisco

Contractor licensing in San Francisco is regulated by the California Contractors State License Board. There are 8,787 licensed contractors based in San Francisco and many more licensed contractors in the metropolitan area who are available to work in San Francisco. On average, a contractor in San Francisco has received a 3.9 out of 5 rating from clients. We’ve analyzed and ranked each for your convenience - you can browse the top-rated using the links below.

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Top Contractors in San Francisco

License # 919931 (General Building Contractor, Painting...)
residential/commercial
general contracting
Barnum Building & Design is a Bay Area, full service general contractor based in San Francisco. We specialize in residential and commercial design/build, additions, renovation, remodel and repair.  more
$9.2K
Avg project
value
184
Verified
projects
Top 10%
134
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score
Elite
License # 898949 (General Building Contractor)
residential/commercial
general contracting
5 (1)
Class B Full Service General Contractor, San Francisco. Commercial tenant build outs including electrical and plumbing Residential Will do design/build, remodeling of full house or kitchens and bathrooms. Will pull, schedule and perform all work for permits for build...  more
$8.3K
Avg project
value
60
Verified
projects
131
BuildZoom
score
Elite
License # 965300 (General Building Contractor)
residential
general contracting
5 (1)
In addition to providing high quality work at a fair price, we provide clear information to our clients about costs and schedules. We will start to help your project be successful, even before you choose us as your contractor.  more
$4.1K
Avg project
value
17
Verified
projects
131
BuildZoom
score
Elite
License # 531217 (General Building Contractor)
residential/commercial
general contracting
5 (2)
We are a 30 year firm that specializes in High End Residential New and Remodel Work, we have extensive experience in Commercial T.I. Work. Over the years, Andy Moussouras, the general contractor, has build over 2,000 housing units, totaling over 2 million square feet. Mr...  more
$12.7K
Avg project
value
54
Verified
projects
128
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score
Elite
License # 780511 (General Building Contractor)
residential/commercial
general contracting
Since 1992 we have offered complete support for construction projects, moving efficiently through the distinct phases of the building process with expert pre-construction, construction, and post-construction services. Our company manages jobs of various scopes and scale...  more
$61.8K
Avg project
value
219
Verified
projects
Top 10%
128
BuildZoom
score
Elite
License # 591676 (Roofing)
residential
roofing
Sure Roofing is a small, family-owned roofing contractor based in San Francisco. Since our company’s founding in 1981, we have serviced thousands of properties in our service area with genuine emphasis on providing exceptional quality and customer service at a fair price....  more
$11.6K
Avg project
value
194
Verified
projects
Top 10%
127
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score
Elite
License # 681962 (General Building Contractor)
residential/commercial
general contracting
We are a general building construction company that works primarily in San Francisco. This is our 21st year in business. We specialize in additions and remodels.  more
$23.4K
Avg project
value
76
Verified
projects
127
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score
Elite
License # 977076 (Doors, Gates And Activating Devices)
residential
5 (3)
At Garage Tec, we ensure every jobs and every clients are highly prioritize. We dedicate our time, workmanship, and expertise to all our projects to ensure they hold the highest quality and exceed our customer's highest standard. We pride ourselves in customer relation to...  more
126
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score
Elite
License # 805319 (General Building Contractor)
residential
general contracting
Alex Nerland, founder of Nerland Building and Restoration, Inc., has been buying and renovating houses in San Francisco for more than fourteen years. Alex got his degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley. After 10 years working in technology in Silicon Valley, Alex coupled...  more
$15.3K
Avg project
value
46
Verified
projects
125
BuildZoom
score
Elite
residential
architecture
Klopf Architecture brings the outside in. The firm creates warm, modern designs that admit natural light and allow openness to nature. Klopf Architecture's primary goal is to create spaces people love to inhabit. Specializing in new warm, modern net-zero energy houses,...  more
$1.6K
Avg project
value
7
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projects
124
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Elite

Projects in the Neighborhood

8,787
contractors in San Francisco
629K
projects in San Francisco
$9.4K
avg. project value

San Francisco, CA - By the numbers

6%
year-to-year change
in permit activity
10%
permit activity
vs 10-year average
Remodeling and construction in San Francisco is regulated by the Department of Building Inspection of San Francisco CA. According to them, there were 62,380 permitted improvements completed in San Francisco in 2014, which represents a decrease of 6% over the previous year and 10% increase over the 10-year average for the city.
BEFORE YOU HIRE
Here are some of the rules, regulations, and laws governing contractors in California

When do you need to hire a licensed contractor in California?

In California, any remodeling or construction project that exceeds $500 (labor and materials), requires a contractor to have an active license with the California Contractor State License Board (CSLB).

How important is contractor licensing in California?

The CSLB is one of the highest rated licensing boards in the US. Applicants are required to pass a written board exam and prove at least four years of prior, relevant work experience. In addition, the CSLB requires all license holders to maintain at least $2,500 in operating capital and provides you with a range of other consumer protections.

Your liability risk when hiring a licensed contractor in California

Contractors in California are required to carry workers' compensation insurance if they have employees and proof of liability insurance with the cumulative limit of $1 million for licensees with five or fewer persons, and an additional 100,000 for each additional member over five, not to exceed $5 million total.

Financial recourse when hiring a contractor in California

All licensed contractors in California are required to maintain a bond, which provides you with financial recourse in case they perform defective work or violate license regulations. If you feel as though you have been taken advantage of, you should leave feedback on the BuildZoom's contractor profile and file a complaint with the CSLB.

What else should I know before hiring a contractor in California?

California contractors are required to submit their fingerprints to the board, which are then checked against criminal records held by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prior to obtaining a valid contracting license.

How is the BuildZoom score calculated?

The BuildZoom score is based on a number of factors including the contractor's license status, insurance status, verified work history, standing with local consumer interest groups, verified reviews from other BuildZoom users and self-reported feedback from the contractor.

Why you should hire through BuildZoom

When it comes to major construction work or even minor alterations to your home, hiring the wrong contractor could result in incomplete or defective work. You may even find yourself dealing with huge liability claims. BuildZoom does the homework for you and helps you hire the right contractor.

You should get several bids before hiring a contractor

The California State License Board recommends getting at least three written bids before hiring a contractor. Do not automatically accept the lowest bid - an abnormally low bid may indicate the contractor made a mistake and is not including the same work quoted by their competitors. We've made the bid collection process extremely simple (and free). Just click here to get started.