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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
Power outages are unpredictable, so planning ahead is key to staying safe. This checklist helps you prepare with the right supplies and information.
Lawsuit Filed and Ethics Complaint Being Filed with State of Oregon Realtors Board.In 2017 Meadows Group Inc Realtors fraudulently represented a house that I purchased. They were the "selling agent" to me and previously, they were also the "buying agent" for the same home. Overwhelming evidence shows intentional deception regarding the condition of the home.Let me explain:Agent Dustin Funes misrepresented the foundation's condition of the home I purchased in January 2017 (readers please note that Dustin Funes is also listed as the primary contact for the Meadows Group Realtors leadership team according to their website).Shortly after finalization of the home sale, which I purchased based on the specific conditions disclosed in contractual form and otherwise by Meadows Group Realtors, we had nearly immediate foundation issues culminating in a basement wall collapsing and destroying the foundation while causing ripple effect damages throughout the entire structure (from basement to 2nd story ceiling, walls, hardwood floors, tiled areas, flooring, etc.). Repair costs have amassed at hundreds of thousands of dollars with much work still remaining. These undisclosed issues could very well have caused severe injury to anyone inhabiting the home at the time of the collapse. Evidence:After the collapse, when the basement foundation repairs began, the walls were finally viewed fully bare (as new sheetrock had been built over unsafe areas). This showed dramatic and dangerous issues. These issues were completely absent in all disclosures and communication to me ALTHOUGH they were repeatedly disclosed many times over in the prior home sale documents from the party that owned the home before me, Dustin Funes for Meadows Group Realtors was the buying agent that property and was well aware of these disclosures. This home would have never been purchased by me had I been aware nor was the home safe to live in. Additionally, Dustin Funes and the seller remarked in the disclosures "unknown" when asked if an inspection report had been conducted on the house in the last 3 years (an inspection report was literally attached to the closing documents for the prior home sale that Dustin was the buying agent for, not even 6 months prior). This was intentional deceit.After a series of investigations were conducted post-collapse, we were able to garner copies of the home's previous sale disclosures along with a myriad of additional evidence, both written and testimonial (the testimony from other parties involved with the prior home sale are even more damning). These disclosures, inspection reports, interviews, etc along with feedback shared by additional involved parties clearly show the intent of fraud. The previous home disclosures and included inspection report reference, in multiple places, that the basement walls were significantly damaged and the concrete was soft and crumbling requiring repair or replacement. The disclosures also note several other other areas of damage to the foundation that was never shared with me. NONE of these issues were expressed in the disclosures to us nor by way of any other communication and we know for an absolute fact that no significant repairs that made the walls more stable were conducted during renovation before selling the home to me (forensic engineering analysis and discussions with the construction company who performed the renovations prove this, they literally just put spackle in areas of the wall where concrete clumps had fallen off). INSTEAD, the parties built façade walls over the damaged basement walls to hide these issues. This is abhorrent behavior; the broader Oregon homeowner community should and will be aware of how Meadows Group Realtors really conducts business (and they will when this is over).
He seemed very upfront at first, but then I noticed that his crew missed one area on the eaves/trim. After contacting him, he assured me four times that he would correct it when it was good weather. Well, we have had many good days over the last several months, and the area is still unpainted. We paid for a paint job and not everything got painted. That is not a good way to run a business.
Amazing realtor! Worked extremely hard finding us our new home and we couldn't be happier. Talks you through the process and is always readily available. Great guy to work with. I highly recommend.
Matt was easy to work with, did a great job and was done in a timely manner. Answered all my questions and always called me back right away. Highly recommend!!
Martin Howard owns Best Contractors LLC and he is a kind, resourceful, honest general contractor. We've hired him to paint our houses, power wash our drive way and to do moss removal on our roof. Best Contractor's specialty is house painting and commercial painting but they also do small repairs and can fix thing like siding and dry rot. I like that they are reliable -- they do good work and charge fair prices. A good house painter is hard to find, and we're glad we found Martin!
Saturday morning at 6:30 AM my painters arrived to finish painting the exterior of the house...that is after leaving last night at 9:30 working by hand held lights. The house looks inviting and the paint crew - Frank's - did an out standing job. Everything was picked and cleaned up. If you are looking to have the exterior of your house painted or the interior call River City Painting.I recommend River City Painting.They were my best bid and I will definitely have them do any other painting that needs to be done.So, the year of the house progresses. The new garage door is working perfectly. Much quieter than the old one. The exterior of the house is freshly painted. It looks the same, only different.
Their management arranged one of their tenants to film another tenant without their clothes on through the door window of an apartment. They are going to court now over Invasion of Privacy, Copyright Infringement, Rape, Entrapment, Intimidation. The tenant Intimidated the victim of the invasion of privacy with Tommi Schwerdt, the manager. Hopefully SCHWERDT will be in custody for the sexual invasion of privacy and the person was suffering from a rape related medical condition at the time. MAKE SCHWERDT do time. They've given false statements to police now and are committing FRAUD on a film maker.Totally sick operation. Being sued for $4 million.
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We contacted Peter after review of his website which we found thorough and extremely helpful. The descriptions of each neighborhood across Portland were wonderful. Within 24 hours from initial contact, he had set up our search request criteria and we began hunting for the perfect home in Portland. He was extremely responsive, available, and provided helpful tips for a successful closing. He happily went to the homes on our short list and took videos since we were unable to be in Portland at the time. Being an attorney as well, he helped us in that area in regards to details of our offer. From start to finish, he was on our side and facilitated a successful and quick closing.
We have PERFECT rental history. But according to our apartment manager, Vanessa Goff, it's "company policy" that they can't answer any questions during a rental reference. So because of C & R real estate, when we move to our new apartment we have to pay a $1150 deposit rather than a $400 deposit because they refuse to verify our rental history. I was told by the new apartment complex that this was a very unusual experience for them, and had it not been for C&R's "company policy" we would've qualified for the lowest deposit of $400. This is the SECOND time our current apt manager has been uncooperative with other landlords. I've also spoken with several tenants with whom I am friends that have moved out in the past year. Families from three different units were all charged between $1000-$3000 OVER their deposit amount when they moved out. So, if you decide to live at The Birches apartments in Tigard, don't expect to get any of your deposit back. But DO expect a hefty fine when you leave.The good reviews are all coming from property owners or employees, and the bad reviews are all from tenants. That should tell you what you need to know about C&R real estate. Profits alone are what drive this company. If you want to pay exorbitant rent ($1600 for 1950s 2 bedroom) for unorganized management and slum apartments (cracked ceilings, horribly outdated and possibly dangerous electrical wiring, giant holes and dips in the floor from water damage, soggy linoleum, and slugs in the bathroom...yes I said SLUGS), then C&R is your company! The company that owned and managed my apartment complex before C&R was significantly better. Once this company took over, there has been a steady and fast decline in quality repair work, management communication and landscaping care. It's clear that C&R only cares about one thing: money.BTW, your heating bill will be quite high due to the fact that the apartments are NOT energy efficient (thin, mildew-laden glass windows) and as drafty as the top of Mt. Hood!
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.