drinking establishments, superior transit
connections and access to the Fanno
Creek Trail. The area is undergoing a
transformation into a local destination.
The city, in partnership with downtown
and business stakeholders, has leveraged
private and public resources to revitalize
its downtown with public art, LED street
lights and multiple trail connections,
creating a walkable destination for residents and visitors alike.
The City’s “open door” policy encourages citizens to attend weekly city council
meetings and observe the four-member
council and the mayor make important
decisions. Local government and school
leaders, citizen groups, businesses and
individuals work hard to build upon
Tigard’s significant community attributes.
The city promotes citizen participation
through Neighborhood Networks that
represent the community’s 14 geographic
areas. The networks encourage citizens
to become part of the decision-making
In November 2014, the City Council
adopted a new Strategic Plan, which
envisions Tigard becoming the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest
where people of all ages and abilities enjoy
health and interconnected lives. The plan
will steer the city’s planning and development for the next 20 years, as Tigard
continues to plan for changes in the metro
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
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 perform them.
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 dry wall. 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