Hiring contractors for your home remodels and repairs can be overwhelming. At Casey’s, we want you to find the best contractor for whatever job you need done. We believe that knowledge is power. You will see us post our tips for hiring contractors regularly on our blog, to help keep you informed and prepared for when you need to hire a professional. Here are some things to consider when hiring contractors such as plumbers and electricians, but also cabinetry, tile and flooring, roofing, and other home-repair and remodeling professionals:
Tips For Hiring Contractors
Check with the CCB (verify a contractor’s license) before asking for bids or entering into any agreements with a contractor. When checking a contractor’s license:
- Verify the contractor is actively licensed. This means the contractor can legally work in Oregon, has a surety bond, has provided proof of liability insurance at the time of application and insurance renewal*, and assures that you have access to the CCB (Construction Contractors Board) Dispute Resolution Process.
- Check the contractor’s history of complaints (disputes) and any other licenses associated with the contractor’s name.
- It’s always smart to get more than one bid from licensed contractors before making a decision.
*Many insurance companies do not contact the CCB when the policy is cancelled since they are not required by law to do so. Consumers may want to make sure coverage is still in effect.
Cheaper Isn’t Always The Best
Automatically accepting the lowest bid is not always the best choice. A higher bid may be worth the price in better materials, workmanship, and warranties. If you get a very low bid, be aware that the contractor may have made a mistake or not bid everything. If the bid is suspiciously low, they may use cheaper materials or take shortcuts. This can end up costing you more in the long run.
Ask for references. Check with previous customers. Were they satisfied with the work? Was the work completed on time? Did the contractor return phone calls? Were there any disputes? Were they resolved to everyone’s satisfaction?
Investigate Before You Decide
- Check the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and Angie’s List for records of complaints and / or praise.
- Learn as much as you can about the contractor you are hiring.
- Read “Building/ Remodeling Checklist” and “16 Ways to Avoid Remodeling, Repair and Construction Problems” for a more comprehensive list of issues to consider when hiring contractors.
The above information was taken straight from the CCB as we believe they are your best resource for checking licensing.
Hiring contractors for your home repair jobs can be stressful, especially when something isn’t working! We want to help you make an informed decision, even if you don’t end up choosing us. Keep these tips in mind when you are looking for a professional to help you.