The central aspect of the Tualatin Commons
is a lake and public plaza. Surrounding the
public gathering space is a mix of high-quality
residential dwellings, retail, and professional
service employment opportunities.
Tualatin is also home to one of the premier
destination shopping centers in Oregon,
Bridgeport Village, which is an upscale lifestyle shopping center that includes over 90
retail stores and restaurants.
Additionally, there are over 200 acres of
well-maintained community parks, trails, and
natural areas within the City of Tualatin. Park
amenities include sports complexes, shelters,
boat docks along the Tualatin River, and vast
areas of open space.
The City of Tualatin and other community
groups organize regular recreational opportunities that range from canoe rentals and trips
to world class festivals. In 2009, the Giant
Pumpkin Regatta on the Lake at the Commons
was named the best festival in Oregon.
Tualatin is also the home of the nation’s oldest
Crawfish Festival west of the Mississippi
River. In addition to these signature festivals,
numerous other events are held each year
including weekly summer concerts and a local
Tualatin is home to many successful companies in five key traded sector industries
including advanced manufacturing, healthcare
and medical related businesses, corporate and
business services, food processing, distribution
and wholesale, and wood, paper, printing and
These key industries represent 57 percent of
local employment. Tualatin’s location along
Interstate 5 between Interstate 205, Highway
99W, and Highway 217 makes it a great place
to operate a business.
The Westside Express Service (WES)
commuter rail operated by TriMet provides
Tualatin residents and visitors access to the
greater Portland region. Collectively, these
major transportation facilities provide accessible, affordable, and easy movement of goods
and people within the region.
Before you go to settlement on your purchase of a newly constructed
home, you and your builder will do a walk-through to conduct a final
inspection. This walk-through provides an opportunity to spot items
which may need to be corrected or adjusted (known as a “punch
list”), learn about the way your new home works and ask questions
about anything you don’t understand.
OPERATION OF HOME COMPONENTS
When you buy a new appliance or piece of equipment, such as
a printer or a washing machine, you usually have to read the
instructions before you understand how to use all of the features.
With a new house, you will receive a stack of instruction booklets
all at once. It helps if someone takes the time to show you how to
operate all of the kitchen appliances, heating and cooling systems,
water heater and other features.
Part of your walk-through will be learning about maintenance and
upkeep responsibilities. Most new homes come with a one-year
warranty on workmanship and materials. However, such warranties
do not cover problems that develop because of failure to perform
required maintenance. Many builders provide a booklet explaining
common upkeep responsibilities of new home owners and how to
BUILDER VISITS DURING THE YEAR
Many builders schedule two visits during the first year — one near
the beginning and the other near the end — to make necessary
adjustments and to perform work of a non-emergency nature, such
as a nail pop in your drywall. Don’t expect a builder to rush out
immediately for a problem such as a nail pop in your drywall.
YOUR INSPECTION CHECKLIST
Create a checklist when inspecting the house. The list should include
everything that needs attention, and you and your builder should
agree to a timetable for repairs. Builders prefer to remedy problems
before you move in because it is easier to work in an empty house.
It is important that you be thorough and observant during the
walk-through. Examine all surfaces of counters, fixtures, floors and
walls for possible damage carefully. Ask a lot of questions during the
walk-through and take notes on the answers. It is important to view
the walk-through as a positive learning experience that will enhance
the enjoyment of your new home.
For a list of licensed new home builders from the Home Builders
Association of Metro Portland, visit www.hbapdx.org.
for your new construction home