How to Find the Best Contractor to Build your Addition

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Whether you want to add a master suite, a guest room, a home office, or a full ADU (accessory dwelling unit), hiring the best Salem addition contractor is important to the success of your home renovation project.

Even the most complex and involved additions renovation projects are not always as difficult as locating a qualified contractor who will perform to a high standard. When you think about it, spending thousands of dollars on a significant home remodel without knowing how it will turn out is a big risk. You also want to avoid making costly mistakes.

There are numerous horror stories about unqualified contractors who tore apart a bathroom or kitchen and then failed to return to finish the job. There are also contractors who charge three or four times their first estimate.

Fortunately, you can take efforts to increase your chances of selecting the greatest addition contractor.

Add a room to your home by hiring an additiona contractor for your remodel.

Let us first examine the positive and negative aspects of a contractor.

Traits of a Good Contractor

  • Intelligent and solution-oriented.
  • Takes notes while listening.
  • Clean record.
  • Written contracts accompany all hired work.
  • Provide written estimates.
  • They will treat your house as if it were their own.

Traits of a Bad Contractor

  • Is frequently late or does not respond to messages.
  • They are not occupied.
  • Poor reviews.
  • Avoids the need for permits, zoning, and construction codes.
  • Speaks adversely about clients or colleagues.
Hire a good addition contractor to remodel your home in Salem.

Define Your Addition Remodel

Before you start looking for the ideal contractor, you need plan out the specifics of your addition makeover. For example, understand the features of your addition, such as whether it will be a home office or a playroom or even an ADU.

Perhaps your house redesign will include a tiny addition, such as a bump-out. In contrast, you may be contemplating a significant expansion such as a bathroom or a living room.

This information will be extremely useful when determining the time and expense of your home renovation project. It may even have an impact on the type of contractor you'll need to hire.

Important Factors to Consider When Looking for an Addition Contractor

When looking for the proper contractor for your build addition, there are a number of aspects that should be prioritized. Evaluating these key elements will help the outcome of your addition project.


When hiring a contractor, make sure that they are fully insured. This shields you from any lawsuits that may arise as a result of contractor conduct. It also protects you from financial difficulties if the contractor damages your property or injures you or others.

Licensed with Oregon CCB (Construction Contractors Board)

Generally, your remodel contractor – as well as any professional who handles residential or commercial buildings, must be licensed with the CCB, which includes Oregon. The license is required for any construction that entails improvements to real estate.

Good Reviews

Seeing that a potential contractor has a lot of positive feedback gives you a lot of trust in their abilities. It also implies that they are reliable and have a solid reputation in the industry.

Look for specific features of their service that previous consumers praised in these evaluations. They may, for example, compliment your customer service, attention to detail, or communication style. Positive comments should always include the work's quality.


When your Salem addition contractor is skilled, it indicates to you that they are unlikely to make mistakes - particularly large blunders that could badly effect the end of the remodeling job or lead to cost overruns.

In the vast majority of circumstances, an experienced general contractor will be able to do the task correctly the first time.

Addition Contractor pricing and costs.


The type of house addition you want to install is a major element in pricing with a contractor. You might wish to add a second story, a living room, or an extra bathroom, or you might decide to expand your kitchen or add a garage. A second-story extension is more expensive than enlarging your kitchen or adding a bathroom.

The most critical aspect of pricing is ensuring that the project estimate becomes the real cost of the home makeover. You don't want the contractor to dramatically change the cost, either to make it higher and then come to you for additional money, or to make it lower but then cut corners in the process.

Questions to Ask an Addition Contractor

Questions to Ask a Contractor

Here are some crucial questions to ask a general contractor about your addition remodel project:

Are you licensed and bonded?

3Rs Construction Pro Tip – You can access this information on the CCB website, where you can also check their response and view any complaints made.

Any business owner who has been in operation for more than five years is likely to have some activity on their license. It is also fairly uncommon to encounter one or two complaints. However, if there are a lot of them, including state fines, you should ask the contractor to explain them to you.

Who files for the permit?

3Rs Construction Pro Tip – The contractor should handle this..

When is the deposit due?

3Rs Construction Pro Tip - Due to the present situation of material availability, all contractors will want a deposit to order the supplies needed for your home remodel job. A 50% deposit is not uncommon. Before beginning the job, a reputable contractor will have acquired and stored all of the necessary materials. This avoids unnecessary delays and makes your project run more smoothly.

What is the payment schedule?

3Rs Construction Pro Tip - Only pay for work that has been performed and work that is expected to be finished within a certain amount of time. A planned payment to complete the framing, for example, would include the cost of framing labor. The following bill should be for the next phase of the project.

What happens if we disagree on something?

3Rs Construction Pro Tip – It should be in the contract language.

What is the expected start time and duration of the job?

3Rs Construction Pro Tip - A good contractor will be able to tell you when they can start the remodel project and how long it will take. There are too many variables for any contractor to be precise. However, a week or so is fair and reasonable.

Benefits of Hiring a Contractor for Your Home Addition Project

These are just a few benefits of hiring a general contractor for your home addition:

  • The importance of safety will be underlined.
  • Renovations will be done more quickly.
  • They're covered by insurance.
  • The proper coding and licensing procedures will be followed.
  • The job will be warranted to you.
  • There will be no liability issues.

Look to 3Rs Construction & Remodeling for Your Next Home Addition in Salem

If you're seeking for the ideal addition contractor, we recommend 3Rs. We understand that there are numerous options to be taken when planning a home addition. 3Rs Construction will walk you through every step of the way.

3Rs will make your new addition look like it was always meant to be a part of your house, from the design to the finishing touches. We take care in mixing sheetrock textures, paint colors, and proper lighting utilizing time-tested processes. We can even convert unfinished attics, garages, and basements into usable living areas.

Call us at (503) 363-1059, so we can get started on your new home addition today!

Comments (1)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Duane West very good helpful report about how to find the best contractor to build an addition.

Apr 15, 2023 08:16 PM