portland remodeling contractor and renovation services

Finding the Right Portland Window Contractor

Whether you’re planning an addition for a growing family or simply getting new replacement window, finding a competent and reliable Portland contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.

Your home may be your most valuable financial asset. That’s why it’s important to be cautious when you hire someone to work on it. Home improvement and repair and maintenance Portland contractors often advertise in newspapers, the Yellow Pages, and on the radio and TV. However, don’t consider an ad an indication of the quality of a Portland contractor’s work. Your best bet is a reality check from those in the know: friends, neighbors, or co-workers who have had improvement work done. Get written estimates from several firms. Ask for explanations for price variations. Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder.

Home Improvement Professionals

Depending on the size and complexity of your project, you may choose to work with a number of different professionals:
General Contractors manage all aspects of your project, including hiring and supervising subcontractors, getting building permits, and scheduling inspections. They also work with architects and designers.
Specialty Contractors install particular products, such as cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
Architects design homes, additions, and major renovations. If your project includes structural changes, you may want to hire an architect who specializes in home remodeling.
Designers have expertise in specific areas of the home, such as kitchens and baths.
Design/Build Contractors provide one-stop service. They see your project through
from start to finish. Some firms have architects on staff; others use certified designers.

Don’t Get Nailed
Not all Portland contractors operate within the law. Here are some tip-offs to potential
rip-offs.

A less than reputable Portland contractor:

Solicits door-to-door
Just happens to have materials left over from a previous job
Only accepts cash payments
Asks you to get the required building permits
Does not list a business number in the local telephone directory
Tells you your job will be a “demonstration”
Pressures you for an immediate decision
Asks you to pay for the entire job up-front


Hiring a Portland contractor

Interview each Portland contractor you’re considering. Here are some questions to ask.

How long have you been in business?

Look for a well-established company and check it out with consumer protection officials. They can tell you if there are unresolved consumer complaints on file. One caveat: No record of complaints against a particular Portland contractor doesn’t necessarily mean no previous consumer problems. It may be that problems exist, but have not yet been reported, or that the Portland contractor is doing business under several different names.

Are you licensed and registered with the state?

While most states license electrical and plumbing contractors, only 36 states have some type of licensing and registration statutes affecting Portland contractors, remodelers, and/or specialty contractors. The licensing can range from simple registration to a detailed qualification process. Also, the licens¬ing requirements in one locality maybe different from the requirements in the rest of the state. Check with your local building department or consumer protection agency to find out about licensing requirements in your area. If your state has licensing laws, ask to see the Portland contractor’s license. Make sure it’s current.

How many projects like mine have you completed in the last year?

Ask for a list. This will help you determine how familiar the Portland contractor is with your type of project.

Will my project require a permit?

Most states and localities require permits for building projects, even for simple jobs like decks. A competent Portland contractor will get all the necessary permits before starting work on your project. Be suspicious if the Portland contractor asks you to get the permit(s). It could mean that the contractor is not licensed or registered, as required by your state or locality.

May I have a list of references?

The contractor should be able to give you the names and addresses of at least three clients who have projects similar to yours. Ask each how long ago the project was completed and if you can see it.

What types of insurance do you carry?

Contractors should have personal liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage coverage. Ask for copies of insurance certificates, and make sure they’re current. Avoid doing business with Portland contractors who don’t carry the appropriate insurance. Otherwise, you’ll be held liable for any injuries and damages that occur during the project.

 

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