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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Advice about hiring a contractor; list of registered contractors in Portland

As Portland begins to rebuild, the Coastal Bend Home Builders Association offers advice about hiring a reputable contractor. Read it here:  Topical Storm Harvey, Rebuild with Confidence

Not all contractors looking to do business in the Coastal Bend after Hurricane Harvey are familiar with the building and construction rules that apply in coastal areas. In order to be eligible for coverage through the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), Texas Insurance Code Chapter 2210 states that any building constructed, altered, remodeled, enlarged, repaired, or added to on or after January 1, 1988 must have a Certificate of Compliance (WPI-8 or WPI-8-C) to certify that the structure meets the windstorm building code requirements. Without a Certificate of Compliance, TWIA lacks evidence that the structure conforms to the applicable building code, and the structure may be considered uninsurable and ineligible for coverage with TWIA. Limited exceptions that apply to this requirement are explained in the section on Certifying Ongoing Improvements (WPI-8). For more information, visit https://www.twia.org/windstorm-certification-requirements/

The City of Portland requires that all contractors working in the City of Portland be registered with the City. Contractor registration fees have been waived through Sept. 30, 2017 (WAIVER OF THIS FEE NOW EXTENDED BY THE CITY UNTIL OCT. 31, 2017), and may be extended beyond that time if circumstances warrant. We’ve provided a list of registered contractors below. Be advised that inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the City. So please continue to do your due diligence before hiring a contractor.  Note that the list is updated regularly as more contractors are added, so check back often. 

Contractor lists as of Oct. 12, 2017:

Contractor List

Note again that registration with the City does not constitute an endorsement, so please do your due diligence on all contractors before hiring them.

Get information about permits, fees, and other details here:   http://portlandtx.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=221

Some important tips and useful information:

  • Make sure the business has a permanent location and good reputation with local suppliers
  • Before hiring, check with the Better Business Bureau at https://www.bbb.org/
  • Ask for references and verify those references
  • Only enter into a clear, concise contract
  • Do not pay in cash or pay upfront for the entire cost of the project

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