Contractor Directory

Local business listings for Portland, OR

Mobius Home Interior Decorating

Tags: Interior Decorating

(503) 285-2331

Last Updated:
January 27th, 2018

Resourceful Interior Decorating, Simplify Without Compromise
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Portland, OR 97215

Pioneer Roofers

Tags: Roofing Portland

(503) 281-0305

Last Updated:
December 27th, 2017

Pioneer Roofers is serving the Portland area with the highest quality Roofing services since 1993! We do everything from residential to commercial and industrial roofing. Call us today!
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818 SW 3rd Ave #417

Portland, OR 97204

Clean Affinity

Tags: house cleaning

(503) 933-1917

Last Updated:
October 27th, 2017

Clean Affinity is a green house cleaning service in Portland, OR. We specialize in recurring cleaning and deep cleans that are done right the first time by friendly, highly trained cleaners. Get an instant estimate for services on our website:
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3907 SE Belmont St

Portland, OR 97214

Moving Forward Restoration LLC

Tags: Water Damage Portland Flooded Basement Portland Mold Removal Portland Fire and Smoke Damage Portland

(503) 766-5253

Last Updated:
October 12th, 2017

Looking for the best in emergency restoration? Whatever your emergency, we're here helping you, move forward! We are here For All Your Restoration and Construction Needs. Water, Fire, Sewage, Crawl Space and Mold Remediation with 24/7 Emergency servi...
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2528 SE Holgate Blvd

Portland, OR 97202

Local Movers of Oregon

Tags: moving companies portland

(207) 221-2193

Last Updated:
October 12th, 2017

Each customer is established a "moving counselor", someone who will be your liaison and representative throughout the whole process. Local Movers of Oregon will give you free moving advise during a consultation, and help you decide which of our progr...
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1001 SW 5th Ave #1100

Portland, OR 97204

Premier Locksmith and Security

Tags: locksmith

(503) 917-0688

Last Updated:
October 9th, 2017

Here at Premier Locksmith and Security in Portland OR we are proud to offer you a wide range of locksmith and security services in the greater metro area. We offer in shop and mobile services as well 7 days a week, day and night including holidays to...
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917 SW Oak St.

Portland, OR 97205

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 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

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.


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.