tips for hiring contractors

At Metro’s Best Electric we like to empower our customers with information. Read these tips for hiring contractors. You have choices for your home maintenance jobs. We hope this helps you make those choices more clear.

Tips For Hiring Contractors

Check with the CCB (verify 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, 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.

Get more than one bid from licensed contractors before making a decision.

Don’t automatically accept the lowest bid. A higher bid may be worth the price in better materials or workmanship. If you get a very low bid, the contractor may have made a mistake or not bid everything. If the bid is too low to make a profit, they may use cheaper materials or take shortcuts.

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?  

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 a contractor.

*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 verify coverage is still in effect.

The above information was taken straight from the CCB as we believe they are your best resource for checking licensing.

You can call us any time if you have any questions at all.

503-252-4700