If you are ready to make your remodeling dreams a reality, your first step is researching various general contractors who can help you achieve your desired results—both within budget and on time. You’ll want to ensure that you are working with a trusted and experienced contractor who will approach each detail of your project with the care and attention it deserves. As you explore your general contractor options in Portland and throughout Northwest Oregon, here are a few essential questions you should ask to ensure you select the right contractor for your project.
1. Are You Licensed and Insured?
When you move forward with a general contracting services company, you are putting a lot of trust in their ability to transform your dreams into a reality. You’ll want to make sure that the group or individual in charge of your home renovation project holds a valid license with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB), which allows them to perform essential services like roofing, painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, and more. It’s a good idea to look up a contracting company on the CCB’s website to determine whether they have a current and valid license to perform home remodeling services. Additionally, Oregon contractors must hold an active liability insurance policy before starting any project. Contracting companies with employees must also carry a worker’s compensation policy.
2. What Does the Payment Schedule Look Like?
Reputable contractors will not require full payment upfront. Instead, they will provide a payment schedule that will be distributed over many phases of the project. It’s essential that you and the contractor are on the same page about the payment schedule before the project begins to minimize potential misunderstandings or disputes. Most contractors offer consultations to understand your goals, and then they provide a quote that estimates how much the project will cost. From there, you can discuss the payment plan so that the project moves forward as smoothly as possible.
3. How Do You Approach Home Renovation Projects?
With so many skilled contractors out there, you may not know how to select the best fit for your project. As you discuss your project with several contractors, ask them about their values and what motivates them to provide these services to homeowners. Home renovations can take time, so it’s helpful to know a bit more about the people you will be entrusting with your proposed project. Asking contractors how long they have been in business and why they founded their business can give you a sense of what drives and guides their approach to home remodeling projects.
If you are ready to discuss your home remodeling project with a trusted Oregon contractor, call Redemption Construction today at (503) 657-0887 to learn more.