Taking on a new home or business improvement project can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you find the right Portland Oregon contractor to get the job done, the whole experience can be stress-free. In fact, if you find the right company, it can actually be a very pleasant experience that will have you looking around to see what your next big project can be.
The first thing you should do is sit down and really think critically about what you want out of your contractor. Write a list of jobs you want them to do, whether it has only one item or ten. Then look at your budget to see what you can afford, because this will have a big impact on who you hire. Finally, look at your schedule to see when you can set aside time for appraisals and for the work to get done.
A lot of contractors advertise to try and get clients, but they know one of the cardinal rules of business–the best advertising comes from happy clients. World-of-mouth advertising from customers who were happy with the work done for them are really your best bet to find a great company to go with. There are several online sites devoted to rating and reviewing businesses, making this task a cinch.
If you need specialized work done, then you should focus your search only on businesses that can do this type of work. For example, Portland is renowned for the amount of rainy days it has each year, which makes for beautiful weather, It can also make for mold, mildew, and other problems around homes and buildings. If you need work done that includes mold removal or some other specialty item, then only search for these contractors.
Narrow down your list of businesses that meet all your prerequisites. Try to keep it between three and five, because less than three means you might miss out on a better deal, and more than five means you will be spending too much time on appraisals and estimates. You can always expand the list later if need be.
Call each one and set up an appointment to talk with them about the job. They will usually give you a free estimate, but make sure that if they do, that there are no strings attached. Compare all the estimates and see which ones fit your budget and time constraints. If you don’t find any that match your needs, go back to the drawing board and form another list. Take extra time doing this, because hiring the wrong contractor could be disastrous in the long run.
Finally, check to make sure that your final choice is certified to do the work. If you need plumbing work done, for example, they should have all the applicable Oregon state licenses needed to do this type of work. The Oregon Construction Contractors Board has a free licensee search that can help you achieve this in just seconds.
Once you have taken all of these steps, you can now hire the right person or persons for the job. Because you took the extra time to do your research, you can allow the job to go forward with peace of mind. Instead of feeling nervous, you can feel excited that your home is about to get an upgrade or repairs that will help you enjoy it all the more.