2016 EBSCO Research Best Pick

Empire Builders, Inc.

Honorable Mention

  • A-Rated
  • Verified License(s)
  • Verified General Liability
  • Verified Workers' Comp

Empire Builders, Inc., has been proudly serving Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for over 20 years. We are proud of our extensive list of repeat customers and their referrals to friends and neighbors. We walk you through the entire home improvement process, including ideas, drawings, and permits. We'll even take you shopping.

Larry Schwartz | President

Areas Served:

Anne Arundel

  • Services Offered
    Empire Builders, Inc., is a full-service remodeling company that specializes in basement, kitchen, and bathroom remodeling services and repair work for residential customers. In addition to building room additions and decks, the company installs windows and doors.
  • Services Not Offered
    The company does not repair appliances.
  • Warranty
    Empire Builders offers a one-year labor warranty and honors manufacturers' warranties.
  • Awards & Certifications
    The company is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm.
  • Company History
    Empire Builders was founded by Larry Schwartz in 1995.
  • Licenses
    MHIC #51165
  • Honorable Mention Status
    While Honorable Mentions have fewer reviews than Best Picks, they are held to the same quality standards.

Select Quotes from Customer Interviews

A selection of homeowner reviews:


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I liked two things about them. I liked the quality of the product that was delivered and that they were good to work with along the way. I worked with Larry Schwartz. As we were going through, it was clear that we needed to make a decision on this piece or this piece, and he had suggestions of where to go. As far as the work along the way, it just seemed to progress well. At times, they had more workers on-site, and at other times, that wasn't reasonable or feasible, so they tended to adjust things as needed. We looked around, and one of the reasons we chose them was that they had the best suggestions. We were reconfiguring some things; we weren't quite sure what was going to work well or what we were going to do. We spent a little time talking to Larry when he said, 'OK, what if we do this or that?' Frankly, he was the one who came up with the best suggestion as to how we could reconfigure things. If a friend or family member asked about the company, I would tell them that they were good to work with; he had some good suggestions of how to do things and where to find some materials that we needed to pick out, and he was never pushy about it. He told us of some places and where things were reasonably priced. If we wanted to look at something else, it was fine with him, so that process went well. Obviously, there is a certain amount of disruption and dust when you do any project, but they seemed to try to keep that to a minimum. The workmen did a nice job. We were pleased with the quality of the final product.
They've done a lot of work for us; they put an addition on our house. We did our hardwood floors, put in tile, and did a bathroom. We have a second home that they did work on too—some ceiling and exterior work. They also put a new composite deck on it. I'm very, very pleased with it, and all the neighbors out there are very jealous of it. I think a friend recommended them. We have an upstairs bathroom that we're renovating, and I thought I could do it—that was a mistake. I called Larry Schwartz back, and he's going to send out a qualified plumber to fix my mistakes. I'd give them an A+. He has really good people working for him, he's right on budget, and he's diligent. He works with you totally, as far as the customer goes—whatever you need, he'll provide. They're very good.
We've had them do a couple of things. That was possibly the time they put a full roof on. I liked their promptness, their efficiency, and their ability to organize the whole thing, get it done quickly, and clean up completely. We've had them work with us a couple times, and I'm not sure if that was the first or second, but they're local to the area, so we've heard of them. I would think they're an A+—it was very well done, and I'm thinking of having them back again for something.
I continue to use them because I like their consistent quality and reliability; they've been great in both of those regards over the years. The customer service really stems from reliability. They start jobs when they say they're going to, and they finish them on time. They show up when they say they're going to, but if anything should go wrong or need to be corrected, they stand behind it completely, and they never argue about fixing or redoing something that clearly needs to be redone. They treat you like you're their most valuable customer and they want you to do repeat business. Because I'm a long-time customer—I have two rental properties and my own house—I think that they give me a response time that they may not give to people who are new customers or infrequent users of their services. For me, if it's urgent, they are out there within 24 hours. Even if it's not urgent, if it's for one of our rental properties, it's usually within a couple days at the most.
They built a room onto our house. They did a good job, and I'd give them an A.
They did a porch for us—they just remodeled the old one. They did a good job, and I don't have any complaints about their work. I'd give them an A.
They did some exterior painting for me. They did OK. They were on time, they didn't leave a mess, and they put stuff down so they wouldn't get paint on anything. They were recommended to me by a neighbor. It looks OK. I'd give them an A.
They did a complete re-roofing of my residence. On the first visit to give the estimate, I was impressed by how closely the estimate was to the amount authorized by my insurance company. The cleanup was perfect, and the complete job was satisfactory.
They installed gutters. From our initial contact, they were prompt, friendly, and courteous, and they delivered a great product. We were very satisfied from start to completion.
They did two things. They moved a sink in my basement. (It was located too near the fuse box, and wouldn't pass inspection.) They tried to arrange it so that I wouldn't need a sink at all, but that didn't work for a couple of reasons—mostly pipes under my house that provided insufficient drainage. They installed an outlet underneath a kitchen sink to allow a disposal to work. The work got done. Even when there was a problem, (which was mostly my fault) they came back and fixed it. What most impressed me was that when I asked about another service, they told me directly that they didn't or couldn't do it. I've had too many handyman services tell me that they could do something when they really couldn't—that cost me both time and money. Empire has been completely honest with me.

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