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Local business listings for Portland, OR

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

Tags: Mechanical Hvac Contractors

(971) 244-0901

Last Updated:
June 1st, 2018

At MacDonald-Miller, we make buildings work better. With over 1,000 talented professionals, 10 locations and our own fabrication shop, no project is too small or too big. Whether you simply have a service call, or are planning a 40-story office build...
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12911 NE Airport Way

Portland, OR 97230

Oregon Chimney Repair & Cleaning, Inc.

Tags: Masonry

(503) 925-5898

Last Updated:
May 28th, 2018

At Oregon Chimney, we do so much more than just chimney cleaning. We are a full-service company and provide craftsman quality work for your chimney & exterior stone work. We use only the best quality materials, tools and parts, including water rep...
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1534 Se Holgate Blvd

Portland, OR 97202

PDX Lock And Key

Tags: locksmith

(503) 764-4271

Last Updated:
May 27th, 2018

Many homeowners never thought that owning a home involved so much. One of the things that a new homeowner would do well to do is make sure that they have adequate security for their home. PDX Lock and Key can help you to get the security that you nee...
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1717 SW Park Ave

Portland, OR 97201

NW Home Inspections

Tags: commercial building inspectors Portland , inspection

(503) 953-3165

Last Updated:
May 12th, 2018

NW Home Inspections is the one to go to when in need of local residential and commercial building inspectors. Clients can find professional, honest and qualified inspectors that will cater to all their needs. These inspectors can be able to provide y...
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205-219 NW 4th Ave

Portland, OR 97209

Westside Drywall & Insulation

Tags: Home Energy Score , Realtors , Home Energy Score Assessment

(503) 238-7486

Last Updated:
May 3rd, 2018

Your Energy Efficiency Experts
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418 NE 8th Avenue

Portland, OR 97232

ReBuilding Center

Tags: Building Materials Store

(503) 331-9291

Last Updated:
April 11th, 2018

Community is at the heart of our mission, materials are the means.
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3625 N Mississippi Avenue

Portland, OR 97227

Corporate Building Maintenance

Tags: janitorial services

(503) 291-1347

Last Updated:
April 9th, 2018

Corporate Building Maintenance is Portlandís leading provider of commercial janitorial services. Specializing in office cleaning, full janitorial services, day porters, window cleaning, floor care, floor maintenance, upholstery cleaning, cubicle divi...
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PO Box 25401

Portland, OR 97298

All About Doors

Tags: Garage Doors Portland

(503) 620-2453

Last Updated:
April 6th, 2018

All About Doors is a family owned and operated company. Believing in integrity and camaraderie, we act as a family and always do what is right for our customers. We have over 35 years experience in the garage door business.
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8900 SW Burnham St F-11

Portland, OR 97223

Locksmith Monkey

Tags: locksmith services portland or

(503) 465-4595

Last Updated:
March 30th, 2018

Locksmith Monkey provides professional 24 hour locksmith services for your residential, commercial and automotive lock and security needs at affordable prices in Portland, OR. Call our experts at (503) 465-4595 for more details.
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4533 NE 66th Ave

Portland, OR 97218

ESP Painting

Tags: House painting

(503) 372-7981

Last Updated:
March 22nd, 2018

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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10208 SW Park Way

Portland, OR 97225



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.