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How To Hire a Contractor

September 1st, 2010 in Blog by Hawthorne Plumbing0 Comments

Here are the four most important things to look at when you are going to hire a plumbing contractor -

  1. Look for contractor reviews. Homeowners today have a great advantage with the Internet. There are several sites that gather reviews related to individual businesses. Some of these include: Google.maps (free), Yelp (free), and Angie’s List (paid membership). This is a great way for you to learn more about contractors and the work you need.
  2. Check the CCB# (the number provided by Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board). Visit their website to search for the contractor by entering their CCB #. Verify that the contractor’s license is “active” and review any disciplinary actions. Having an active CCB# gives you an idea that the contractor is insured. It is mandatory for contractors to provide proof of insurance in order to receive and renew the CCB license. The contractor’s insurance and bond is imperative for your protection as a homeowner on multiple fronts.
  3. Check associated specialty license if necessary. This includes the following trades: plumbing electrical, boiler, elevators, and lead or asbestos abatement.
  4. Get a detailed paperwork from the contractor. This is imperative. The paperwork should include a detailed contract that includes scope of work, exclusions, timeline, and price. The contractor is also (depending on the price of the work) required to provide a consumer protection notice and information notice.

The Oregon Construction Contractor’s Board website had many excellent resources for homeowners. Some topic include information on construction liens, frauds and scams, as well as building and remodeling checklists.

Link to official CCB: http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/publications.shtml