Blog Stories Don't Forget To Breathe!

Don’t Forget To Breathe!

By Chad Meier, October 30, 2019

Lessons from the field…
So a 1st time home buyer client of mine (who just closed last month) calls in a panic yesterday to report that he just recently found some rodent droppings in his attic. He called a random pest control company to come out for a look and they told him two things:
A). It would cost $4,000 to remedy the issue (this included extermination, “certified decontamination” and replacement of R-38 insulation).
B). His home inspector must have been blind to miss the signs (trails, scat, etc) that had to have been up there for “at least like 6 months”.
After hearing him out, I empathize with my client and assure him that I will do anything in my power to be of assistance (within reason of course ;^) Next, I suggest that he take a moment to “breathe”.
I then proceed to provide him with contact information for five additional highly respected & thoroughly vetted pest control companies in our area, and suggest that he get at least one or two of them out to the house for a 2nd (or 3rd) opinion. We’ll catch up after he has more information.
Fast forward to five minutes ago, wherein this same client calls with an update and reports that both of the other companies he had come out, say it’s a very minor issue and they gave him bids of under $500 to remediate. They also provided a bit of perspective by educating him on the fact that rats & squirrels ain’t uncommon here in the Pacific Northwest. Welcome to home ownership my friend!
Finally, they informed him that the general home inspector he used for his purchase most likely didn’t miss anything, because it looked like the mouse poop was pretty fresh. Nice!
Moral of the story? Don’t forget to breathe, sleep on it, and gather all the facts before reacting!
p.s. Everybody occasionally needs a person to lean into. When it comes to matters of the home, I’d love to be that person for you.
Chad Meier

Chad Meier

Licensed Oregon Broker

Hello, I’m Chad: Licensed Real Estate Broker, native Oregonian, photography aficionado, lover of old houses, friend to all animals, and powered by analytical data. As a member of the National, Oregon and Portland Metropolitan Associations of Realtors, I'm proud that my profession allows me to use the tools I've acquired over the past 20+ years (client advocacy, sales & marketing, conflict resolution, et al.) to help people on a daily basis. Bottom line… I love the work! Through personal experience, I understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a business transaction; In fact, it can often be a life changing event! This is why I’m dedicated to providing exceptional service for my clients when it’s time for them to make their move. On the listing side; I believe that every home, no matter how modest or grand, deserves to make the best possible first impression on a would-be buyer. This is why I’m aligned with our area's preeminent independent real estate brokerage (Living Room Realty) to offer every property the most compelling & relevant marketing available. It also means that I’ll never represent your home online with a smartphone picture ;^) On the buying side; I personally work with every client - no handing you off to a junior team member of a team - to ensure that we work toward your goals together and don’t fall prey to some of the pitfalls that buyers can face in today's heavily weighted market. In short, I can help you win! Above all else, I pledge to be a strong advocate for my client’s interests and promise to work relentlessly to help them achieve their real estate goals. After all, I believe that if you’re not left with an amazing experience, I haven’t done my job. Speaking personally, I’ve been connected to this great city and its surrounding areas since childhood. Most recently, my family (wife Shawn, son Jakob, mother Glenna, and mutts Juno & Dizzy) have lived in the vibrant Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood for the past 14 years. When not at my desk or in the field helping clients, you’ll likely find me trying to capture a compelling scene behind my camera lens, playing basketball wherever I can find a pickup game, or combining these two passions by photographing my son’s high school basketball team in action (GO WARRIORS!). And on occasion, you may even find me at any number of our city's finer dining establishments, searching high and low for a bartender who knows the recipe for a perfect Roman Holiday ;^) Whether you have a plan to buy or sell (or simply need to develop one), please feel free to contact me. I look forward to understanding your goals and helping you achieve them! I can be reached at 503-709-9600 -or-
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