Saturday, April 23, 2011

All In A Days Work - Sometimes It Just Needs To Get Done The Same Day.

One of the things we have found in working at apartment communities in the Sacramento area is that you don't always get the luxury of finishing on the second day. Sometimes it is because there is a "move-in" tomorrow, or the storm is coming. Usually it is because a situation comes up unexpectantly which requires immediate attention, and the repair has opened up the unit to the outside.

For example, we discovered this while rebuilding a deck in a Sacramento apartment community. The upstairs deck, which serviced two upstairs units, needed to be demolitioned and rebuilt with new material the same day. The tenants had no way of getting to their unit until the job was completed.

How's that for pressure? Nobody is happy if they come home and can't get in their own home. But it gets done, we enjoy the challange.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rip Out The Rotted Wood And Rebuild

When faced with a bunch of dry rot repairs, property owner too often want to hold off on making the necessary repairs. The cost of the work, the inconvenience to the property, and the mess of tearing things open are all valid concerns. Putting off the work may not be the best choice.

Getting rid of the dry rot and water damaged wood will do several things.

  1. Add value to the property. The building will look better to a buyer or tenant.
  2. Eliminate a growing problem, the problem will only get worse. Check out this video of water damage that was left untreated for four years.
  3. Peace of mind. Knowing that the moisture issue is taken care of will ease the mind.

Using an experienced contractor to do the work has its benefits. Experience in controlling dust and debris on the job site, protective barriers, and proper disposal of debris from the site are all recommended in the proper completion of this sort of work.

The contractor today will be willing to work for less than you may expect. Projects have become scarce and if you can find a good contractor you may be surprised what the cost will be. Get a free estimate.

The important thing is to move forward. Get the ball rolling before the moisture issue gets much greater.