First: Is your contractor licensed?
The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) believes the best way to a successful home improvement, repair or new home project is to know your contractor.
Checking a contractor’s license can tell you:
- If the contractor is actively licensed and has a surety bond
- If the contractor submitted proof of liability insurance when first licensed and at renewal
- If the contractor is licensed to work on pre-1978 homes that could contain lead-based paint
- If the contractor carries workers' compensation insurance to protect its workers
- If the contractor had any complaints or disciplinary actions filed with the CCB in the past 10 years
Other reasons to use a licensed contractor
Oregon does not require contractors - other than plumbers, electricians and a few other specific trades - to have training in construction. That's why it is important to check references and research a contractor's specific skills once you verify the business is licensed.
Finding a reliable contractor
Rob Yorke, retired Oregon commercial
contractor, discusses how to hire a reliable contractor and avoid
problems on your next project.
|Part 1- Prequalification
||Part 2- Get bids|
|Part 3- Negotiate a contract
||Part 4- Manage the work|