Discover Rent Prices at Portland, OR

I wrote here before about the Top 3 Fun hangout Spots in Portland, the largest city in Oregon. Portland is home to some of the best entertainment venues and hangout spots in the entire country. So if you are thinking of getting a taste of the weekend fun and spend time in an amazing atmosphere of the place has to offer, you should check it out to know what locations you should look to.

The city straddles the Willamette River and is considered by many as one of the most advantageous places to live in the United States. If you are curious about the housing units for rent in Portland, you can use Zumper to easily search rates for houses, rooms, condos, or apartments.

Whatever draws you to visiting or moving to Portland, it is best to make a well-informed decision in facing the real estate market. Over the past month, the average rent for a studio apartment in Portland increased by 4% to $1,200. The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment remained flat, and the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment increased by 5% to $1,793.

As per Zumper, the average rent for a 1-bedroom  apartment is currently $1,400. Compared to last year, the average rent price has remained flat.

You can instantly search with the help of filter by location, price range, bedroom count, pet-friendly, or amenity. And can easily submit digital rental applications and credit reports with its screening service, powered by TransUnion™. The rental data for Portland, OR is updated weekly. You can set an alert to get notifications so you’ll always see new rentals on Zumper first.

Here’s the Top Important Things to consider when renting an apartment to fit your budget and lifestyle:

1. Price

Get the typical rental rates on the neighborhood to know the market.

2. Quality

You can click ‘request tour’ and enter your availability details to set-up your tour schedule to learn more. Some offers convenient live online video tours. Ask about healthy and safety issues like bug problems, rodents, leaky faucets, molds, rust, or any issues that the landlord needs to be fixed. Better to be clear on this one

3. Neighborhood

Assess the general age and demographics of the community and its safety.

4. Pet policy

This is very important if you have a pet or planning to get one.

5. Utility costs

This should be clearly lay out to know what’s to cover on top of the rent.

6. Amenities

Choose the amenities that would fit your lifestyle.

The most affordable neighborhoods in Portland are Wilkes where the average rent can go for $868 a month, Centennial for an average of $895 a month, and Mill Park for an average of $925 a month.

By carefully comparing the prices and what it offers, you can make good judgement in getting a lease agreement.

Common Types of Resilient Flooring and its Pros and Cons

As per Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), “Resilient Flooring is a non-textile floor that provides underfoot comfort. It is anything that is NOT carpet, hardwood, or laminated, stone, ceramic, or concrete. It refers to the floor coverings that are firm but has a certain amount of ‘bounce-back’ and are considered a durable type of flooring for residential and commercial space.

The three most common types of Resilient Flooring are:

  1. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) – This is the common standard traditional vinyl flooring that is made of polyvinyl chloride resins and calcium carbonate (PVC).
  • cost-effective
  • thinnest core (4mm or less)
  • can be glued down or installed with click-locking systems

2. Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) – this is an upgrade from LVT. A rigid vinyl floor that is a combination of polyvinyl chloride, calcium carbonate, plasticizers, wood pulp, and a foaming agent.

  • ideal for settings where people are const.
  • provides additional padding with more sound without the use of additional backing
  • easily installed with a glue-less, click-locking systems without the need of an underlayment.

3. Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) – Made of 60% calcium carbonate (limestone), polyvinyl chloride, and plasticizers, these floors are extremely strong and are the most durable, waterproof vinyl flooring on the market.     

  • provides a hardest rigid core but only 3.2-7mm
  • more resistant to damage from impact or heavy weights
  • top of the line in rigid floors
  • most realistic looks that may have people wondering whether it’s real wood or stone
  • Engineered to withstand heavy traffic with minimal damage

For today’s consumers, vinyl flooring is a popular choice due to its extreme versatility and wide variety of colors and styles. Moreover, because it is resistant to water, mildew, and stains. Spills are not an issue with resilient flooring because the liquid stays on the surface and can be easily wiped away.

In choosing what’s the best fit for your place, Mannington Commercial can help you know more about raising your resilient flooring IQ. They offer a helpful resilient flooring guide that will tell you the life cycle impacts of a product and its pros and cons. Here are the basics:

Pros and Cons of Resilient Flooring

Ceramic tiles crack, solid hardwood flooring swells when wet, and laminates de-laminate. Every type of flooring has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages, including resilient flooring:

Pros

  • Durability. Some linoleum installed over decades can still be wearing strong.
  • Flexibility. It is capable of bridging and riding over minor bumps and edges that would crack the surface.
  • Affordability. It is the cheapest floor coverings in the market.
  • Comfortability. Its flooring is soft enough to stand on over long periods.

Cons

  • Indentations. Appliance feet such as table legs can create small pressure points that can permanently indent the flooring. That is why it is it is always best to put floor glides under the pointed legs of the table and chair.
  • Inconsistent Value. There are premium, high-quality vinyl brands and low-quality vinyl squares that can wear down and peel away. This represents the buyer’s highs and lows of the value perception.
  • Rubber flooring can be recycled but NOT vinyl and linoleum.

Resilient Flooring was engineered for comfort, flexibility, and design. You can have the perfect material of your choice if you know you’ve got the right product in the right application.

Improve The Strength of the building with Retrofitting

To make the buildings “earthquake safe”, the key ingredients are lateral stiffness and strength. There are simplified procedure in evaluating the two which requires calculation of reduction coefficient and analytical and experimental investigations.

Retrofitting is technical interceding in structural system of a building that improve the resistance to earthquake by enhancing the strength, adaptability and earthquake loads. The strength of the building is generated from the structural dimensions, materials, shape, and number of structural elements.

The resiliency of the building is generated from good detailing, materials used, degree of seismic resistant, and other considerable factors. Earthquake load is generated from the site seismicity, mass of the structures, important of buildings, and degree of seismic resistant. Due to the variety of structural condition of building, it is hard to develop typical rules for retrofitting. Every building has different approaches depending on the structural deficiencies.

Clearly, this evaluation can only be certified by highly expert structural engineers who have long-term experience when it comes to soft story retrofit.

Ordinance 183893 requires the retrofit of pre-1978 wood-frame soft-story buildings and non-ductile concrete buildings. The goal of the said mandatory retrofit programs, is to reduce these structural deficiencies and improve the performance of these buildings during earthquakes. Without proper strengthening, these vulnerable buildings may be subjected to structural failure during or after an earthquake.

The following are the catagories in retrofitting process:

1. Assessment and Analysis

In decision-making measures, vulnerability assessment plays an important role. The purpose of carrying this out is to analyze an existing building to determine the level of risk associated with loss of serviceability and grave damage or collapse. With the risk quantified, wise decisions can be made as to whether the buildings should be retrofitted or replaced.

2. Design of Retrofitting Techniques

The retrofitting approach adopted should consider the degree of seismic resistance required for the buildings. The buildings must be designed to provide enough strength and ductility when subjected to earthquake forces. It should also be noted that the buildings must be designed for a certain acceptable damage level. For school buildings, the buildings must not have structural damage due to earthquake.

The chosen approach is simple and economical to apply. In designing the retrofitting approach, the techniques should be compatible to the skill of the workers.

3. Construction and Implementation

The construction of the buildings should consider duration of construction. The process must be supervised intensively to ensure the quality of works.

Improve the flexural capacity, by casting a new chord member integral with the slab after removing the edge of diaphragm slab and reducing the flexural stress by providing additional vertical-resisting elements.

To do so, a team of highly experienced engineers that specialized in retrofit build and design can provide the most optimized and cost-efficient retrofit solutions. It is always best to get the services of engineering and construction team that provides smart solutions and efficient design and construction techniques. In this way, the beginning to the accomplishment of the projects is fully supported.

A Career In The Fitness Industry As Personal Fitness Trainer?

If you are passionate about nutrition and fitness and thinking of changing career to join the fitness industry, here’s 2 options on how to get started:

  • Go back to school. Earn a degree and study all about anatomy, biochemistry and exercise physiology.
  • Get certified as a personal trainer. Be a certified fitness instructor and earn credibility. Personal training Institute like Florida personal training certification offers program that is built on a proven science-based training. Students will be able to design and implement a safe and effective Personal Fitness Training program specific to each client. With this, nutritional consultation service can be offered.

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The second option was obviously the practical one to take. It costs way less money and faster to complete. A certification can be completed with 3-6 months while an associate degree will take 2 years, and 4 years for a bachelor’s degree.

On the other hand, advantages of getting a degree includes:

  • Opportunity at hospitals’ medical facilities.
  • A chance to coach high-profile athletes or sports teams.
  • If it turns out personal training is not your permanent career path, a degree may open doors to other related careers.
  • A degree program offers a greater depth and scope of study.
  • A degree is more recognized and accepted than a certification.

As for independent personal trainers, getting certification can sufficed. Clients usually don’t look at degree rather reasonably impressed with certification, testimonials and word of mouth of good reputation and personality.

The love for exercising, eating healthy, and the ability to inspire others to get in shape is what it takes to be an effective trainer. The personal traits and skills of a good trainer includes being analytical, motivational, nurturing, organized, patient and persistent.

Entering the fitness industry with the skills, knowledge and hands-on training is a good start next to leading a healthy lifestyle.

Truly, there isn’t one “right path” in becoming a fitness trainer, but there are six things you can do to stand out and set yourself apart from other trainers out there.

What to do

  1. Start coaching now—even if it’s just family or friends.
  2. Get certified—even if it’s a basic entry-level certification.
  3. Become a “complete” fitness professional—someone who understands exercise, but also nutrition and quality movement.
  4. Learn how to coach real people—by focusing on change psychology and connections.
  5. Get business training—so you can take your fitness “pipe dream” and turn it into something meaningful and profitable.
  6. Commit to a career of learning and development—geek out on advanced programs and build your skills and specialties.

Consider A Specialty

Consider which types of clients you mostly enjoy training with. From there, invest in advance and focused education by getting a specialty certification. With this, you will have more to offer and can charge additional fee to clients.

Options include:

  • Athletics and sports: You can help athletes improve their balance, speed, agility, and performance.
  • Lifestyle and weight management: You can work with clients on behavior change to turn around bad habits and develop healthier ones.
  • Medical: With a Medical Exercise Specialist certification, such as offered through ACE, you can work with post-rehabilitation clients who are recovering from conditions such as heart problems, muscle sprains, or orthopedic surgery.
  • Nutrition: With this add-on certification, you can help clients with the diet portion of their fitness goals, giving them specific advice on how they can eat healthily and lose weight.4
  • Orthopedics: You can work with clients who have knee pain, arthritis, or other conditions.
  • Special populations: With this kind of certification, you can work with older adults to help them improve quality of life and maintain muscle mass, or you can work with younger kids to build fitness programs that fit their age and goals.

Most certifying organizations offer several specialty certifications, and you may get a discount if you already have a basic certification.

Overall, whichever path you decided to take, keep in mind to focus on continuity on building and improving your skills to be able to offer the best service to your clients.

Hypnotherapy: A Journey That Starts Within

Hypnotherapy is a form of integrative therapy treatment designed to support well being to help deal with phobias, unwanted habits, stress and tension reduction, pain, and sleep difficulties.

It is not intended to replace conventional treatment but a great addition to empower body and mind and relieve discomfort with the use of effective relaxation techniques.

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During hypnotherapy session, the therapist use words and multisensory images that helps control physical and emotional responses to create a relaxing state that heightened focus for overall well-being. It encourages the body to activate its relaxation response and promote positive behavioral changes.

As per research studies, hypnosis has 93% success rate. It is designed to unlock your unconscious state, and unpack old fears and beliefs.

Feel liberated, activated and awakened by booking a session!


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