They can be seen on most any street in most any neighborhood in North and Northeast Portland these days: contractor and sub-contractor trucks and vans parked outside homes where they are working. Buildings and grounds show signs of the reconditioning, and the result of these overhauls can be seen throughout the city. Portland is getting a facelift.
Pointing to what he called “eight years of pent-up spending,” Kevin Pasion, president of J Greb & Sons, Inc., told the The Hollywood Star News that the rebuilding industry activity is beginning to improve as 2014 comes to a close. Pasion said many homeowners opting to remodel rather than move are freeing up capital that a frosty economy had tied up for a long time.
The extra work, according to Pasion, may not mean extra people working, but skilled artisans are working more jobs with less down-time between jobs. “I’m able to keep my sub-contractors busier, and we have jobs scheduled for several months out,” Pasion said. One downside of all the work available: home renovations may not be as inexpensive as five years ago.