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Review Your Contractor Before They Do the Work!

Posted by admin on Mar 5, 2017 in Troubleshooting

Finding a qualified plumber or contractor can be a challenge under any circumstance, but you can do more to protect yourself than just check reviews and testimonials. You need to make sure that the company you hire has all the proper licenses, insurances, and bonds in the event there are any problems with the job or on the job. Not only can the homeowner be responsible for any damages created by an unlicensed, uninsured company, they can also be sued to pay for the medical bills and expenses if the worker does not have workers compensation insurance and is injured performing the work.

Homeowners can log onto the Construction Contractors Board, CCB for short, and go to the licensee search to obtain a more comprehensive view of the company they are hiring. The CCB will provide the current insurance and bond information, tell you whether or not the contractor’s license is active, and let you know if the company has any outstanding claims or fines against them. It is mandatory that all construction companies in Oregon, including plumbing companies, post their CCB number, but you may also search using the company’s name or the owner’s name.  Have they changed their name and number multiple times in a few years?  This may be a warning sign.  Be wary of any contractor that does not have a CCB number posted, gives a bid that is unusually low, or demands to be paid in cash. Although the extra footwork may seem like a hassle, you don’t want to find out your contractor wasn’t licensed or insured after  he injures himself or you find out the work has problems.

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