State of Oregon: Contractor tools

When written contracts are required

  • All contracts on a residential structure that exceed $2,000 must be written. 
  • If the original contract price is less than $2,000 but the price goes up during the project and eventually exceeds $2,000,  you must provide the owner a written contract within five days. (ORS 701.305) 
  • If you do not have a written contract as required, you cannot claim a lien. (ORS 87.037) 

Put all contracts in writing 

A well-written contract helps avoid homeowner complaints. It protects both you and the consumer by specifying what has been agreed to. 

Required terms

If you work on residential properties, you must include the following in your written contract: 

  • Your name, address, phone number, and CCB license number (as shown on CCB records)
  • The customer’s name and address where the work will be performed
  • A description of the work to be performed, the
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Oregon man saves homes, hatchery during Holiday Farm Fire

As the flames of the Holiday Farm Fire moved in, many different heroes raced to save the Leaburg Hatchery. But not all those heroes were trained firefighters.

EUGENE, Ore. — Sometimes it takes just a few words jotted down on a piece of paper to start a story. This one starts with a few words jotted down by Robb Maris on a note left the day the Holiday Farm Fire swept through.

“I did the best I could to keep the advancing fire way from these structures,” Maris said as he walked through the hatchery homes pointing to the scorch marks on the buildings and ground.

“I was just some random resident,” he said.

But on the night of Sept. 8, Maris was anything but just a random resident. He was a hero as he battled back the flames of the Holiday Farm Fire burning along the McKenzie River east

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Oregon wildfires burned $1 billion in homes and belongings last month, new tally finds

Oregonians lost nearly $1 billion in homes and belongings during last month’s wildfires, which torched more than 4,000 residences and burned more than 1 million acres across the state, according to a new report.



a bench in front of a fence: Wildfire damage in Gates, Oregon off Highway 22 in Marion County on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Wildfires ripped through the small town of less than 500 people a little over a week ago, destroying many homes and businesses. Sean Meagher/Staff


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Wildfire damage in Gates, Oregon off Highway 22 in Marion County on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Wildfires ripped through the small town of less than 500 people a little over a week ago, destroying many homes and businesses. Sean Meagher/Staff

It’s among the first efforts to calculate the economic toll of the fires, which also killed at least nine people last month.

Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said the homes and personal property destroyed are only the initial calculation of what the state lost. The wildfires damaged the state’s outdoor recreation industry, its timber sector and the state’s image as a healthy, active place to live – and

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Real Estate Professionals Point to Sellers’ Market in Oregon, Florida and New York Due to Low Inventory, Interest Rates

Real Estate professionals from across the United States say that current real estate market conditions point to a seller’s market in most areas.

Across the United States, many Real Estate Brokers say that inventory is low, so now is an ideal time to sell. For buyers, it’s a good time to buy before prices escalate. Seven professionals offer their insights about preparing to buy or invest in real estate in their areas ranging from Oregon, Florida, and New York.

Leslie Purdy, Real Estate Profitability™ Author and Broker Associate at EXP Realty, LLC, in Melbourne, located in Broward County, Florida, said now is the time to prepare for homeownership and real estate investments.

Purdy said, “First, save your money and have at least six months of living expenses so that you won’t be anxious about your safety and security. Second, don’t make any major purchases unless necessary. Third, pay off your

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