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Local business listings for Portland, OR

Benchmark Restoration & Cleaning

Tags: carpet cleaning service

(503) 285-9693

Last Updated:
August 5th, 2017

Are your carpets badly needing to be cleaned? Are there areas of your carpets that have suffered staining or water damage? We can take care of all of this and a lot more at benchmarkrestoration.com/carpet-cleaning-portland-oregon. We can handle jobs ...
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6800 N Basin Ave

Portland, OR 97217

Portland Artificial Grass

Tags: artificial grass Portland

(503) 660-3395

Last Updated:
June 30th, 2017

Portland Artificial Grass is proud to offer world-class landscaping and artificial grass services in Portland, Oregon. Our team is more than happy to serve both residential and commercial customers. In fact, we’ve performed over 10,000 artificial tur...
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7400 SW Barnes Rd

Portland, OR 97225

Portland Doors and Locks Guy Locksmith & Garage Doors

Tags: garage door repair

(503) 704-2654

Last Updated:
May 28th, 2017

Portland Doors and Locks, a full service residential garage door repair and locksmith company serving customers in the Portland metro area.
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6701 SE Foster Rd, Suite #D

Portland, OR 97206

Creative Carpet Repair Portland

Tags: Carpet Repair Portland

(503) 765-5431

Last Updated:
May 25th, 2017

You contact us with request of carpet repair. We set up an appointment with you and make sure Creative Carpet Repair expert takes care of you. You pay Creative Carpet Repair and we back our work up with a 100% Unlimited Unconditional Lifetime Labor G...
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18795 Effinger Way

Portland, OR 97045

Clean Affinity

Tags: portland house cleaning

(503) 933-1917

Last Updated:
May 9th, 2017

Whatever the frequency rely on Clean Affinity to get it just how you like it with recurring Classic Cleans. We start this service with a free Welcome Visit. We make it convenient for you with reminder emails automatic payments and caring cleaner...
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3907 SE Belmont St

Portland, OR 97214

Portland Roofers OR

Tags: roofers

(342) 420-5437

Last Updated:
May 8th, 2017

Hire High Quality Roofing Contractors in Portland Oregon. Trusted by Portlander’s for over a Decade.
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6251 SE 136th

Portland, OR 97236

ESP Painting

Tags: Painting & Painter

(503) 372-7981

Last Updated:
May 4th, 2017

Portland Painters Extraordinaire Family Owned & Operated Since 1996. You will find that ESP Painting deliver exceptional, timely, professional painting for every client we serve in the greater Portland Metro, Vancouver area. Get Your Free Estimate No...
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6320 SW Macadam Ave

Portland, OR 97239

PDX Revival

Tags: Home Renovations

(503) 926-6310

Last Updated:
May 17th, 2017

Home additions in Portland are one of the most cost-effective ways to expand a building. This makes it perfect for growing families. If you like your real estate, there’s no reason to move. The experts at PDX Revival can help your expanding home by...
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3055 NW Yeon Ave #503

Portland, OR 97210

PDX Roofers

Tags: Roofing Serving

(503) 850-2189

Last Updated:
April 25th, 2017

Preferred Roofing Company Serving the Greater Portland Metro Area, PDX Roofers has a team of experienced, professional roofers offering a full range of roofing services for new construction, residential, and commercial roofing. We have earned our rep...
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1304 NE 79th Ave

Portland, OR 97213

Heat Relief Heating & Cooling

Tags: Portland HVAC

(503) 261-9915

Last Updated:
March 24th, 2017

Heat Relief Heating & Cooling is a Portland HVAC contractor that has been serving the area since 1997.
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13122 Northeast David Circle #800

Portland, OR 97230



How to Hire a Contractor in Portland OR You Can Trust

Hiring a home contractor in Portland OR can be nerve-racking. This is especially true if it's a specialized project where you don't have the opportunity to develop a long-term relationship. While there is always a chance that you can get ripped off, the good news is that most Portland contractors out there are honest people that care about providing good service. Here are the things to look for to make sure that the contractor you choose fits that description.

Licensed in Portland OR

Depending on the type of work to be performed and your location, a home contractor may or may not be required to be licensed. However, most cities and states do require or at least allow businesses to register their names with the state and local government. If a license or other registration is required, not using a contractor that hasn't complied with the requirement is a no brainer. Even if it isn't required, being able to confirm the identity of a contractor and having a way to track them down if something goes wrong is definitely beneficial.

Bonded in Portland OR

A bond is an amount of money deposited with a OR or Portland agency to provide a source of funds to pay claims against a contractor. Like with licensing, bonds may or may not be required depending on the type or work and local laws. Bonding does provide a huge layer of protection because if a contractor performs poorly or doesn't complete the job, there is a guaranteed source of money to recover from. While you can always sue in court with or without a bond, a contractor who has gone out of business or disappeared without finishing the job is practically impossible to recover from if no bond was posted.

Insured in Portland OR

Accidents happen to even the best Portland contractors, and could include workers getting hurt, injuries to neighbors or people walking by your property, or property damage to a neighbor's or your own home or vehicles. Depending on the circumstances, your homeowner's policy may or may not cover the damages. If it does, you will still likely be out of the deductible and face a premium increase. A good contractor will be insured so that they can take full responsibility for any damages that arise out of mishaps during their work.

Price Quotes

Price quotes are less black and white. A good Portland contractor will often be reluctant to provide a firm quote for a complex project over the phone because your home's layout or other factors can greatly affect what it will take to complete the project. To best get a feel for whether a contractor is being honest, ask questions about what could affect the price, what materials are needed, and how much time they expect the project to take. Talk to several contractors before choosing.

Depending on the nature of the project, some contractors will only give a firm quote after a home visit. They may charge a small fee for the visit because providing a good quote can be time-consuming. Don't skip a contractor who won't provide a free estimate unless you know there are several contractors in the area who do make it a standard practice to provide free estimates for similar work.

Once your quotes are in, be wary of choosing the low bidder. A slightly competitive price may be good, but if it low balls the other quotes by a lot, there is a good chance that you will receive poor work or have the contractor later trying to charge you additional fees.

Contract

Always get your price quote in writing before any work begins. A good contract should include the project deadline, whether materials are covered, what happens if expected costs change, a specific description of the work to be performed, and what happens if the work is late or unsatisfactory. A good contractor will want a good contract because it ensures they are on the same page as the customer so that they can provide good service, and it also protects them from customers who fail to pay or raise frivolous disputes.

References in Portland OR

Always check references -- both online and offline. The best way to find a good Portland contractor is to ask your friends and neighbors if they recommend anyone. Good contractors often get most of their business by word of mouth. When you search online, the main thing you're looking for is a string of complaints about a contractor. This is the most common reason people leave online reviews.

Positive online reviews are less useful because people are less likely to make time to leave them, they can easily be faked, and sites such as Angie's List may even require the Portland contractor to pay before they are posted. If you didn't get any personal recommendations and the online feedback about a contractor is at least neutral, the best thing to do is to ask them for references you can contact and doing the rest of the due diligence outlined above.