Alliance Commercial Inspections Offers Commercial Real Estate Inspections

LOS ANGELES: Alliance Commercial Inspections ( is offering commercial real estate inspections services for commercial properties in Los Angeles County and adjacent areas.

Robert Gaudreault, President of Alliance Commercial Inspections and a commercial property inspector for 19 years, stated “The most important factor in achieving an accurate assessment of your property is acquiring a competent inspector who has the knowledge and experience to deliver the information you need. We will adhere to ASTM E2018 Standards of Practice (American Society for Testing and Materials) when we inspect the five major systems of the building. That includes the roof, foundation, electrical, plumbing and the HVAC packages, as well as the interiors (windows, outlets, walls, floors, bathroom and eating area), exteriors and grounds. We will also gather information on the structure of the building, the drainage systems and verify whether or not your property is ADA compliant.”

Alliance Commercial Inspections lists their offerings to include:

• Easy to read, comprehensive reports with color photos and Cost-to-Cure on all needed repairs over $3000.
• Reports delivered in a digital format usually within 3 days, depending on size / complexity of structure.
• Unbiased and detailed reporting. Full consultation with inspector and walk-through of the building to review findings and answer any questions.
• The same outstanding professional service we have provided to other large corporations, such as Nissan and Disney.

David Eitches, Director of Charles Dunn Company, Inc., stated “Alliance Inspections has inspected several buildings for me personally. I’m always impressed with their professionalism and attention to detail. I like that we get the report … along with photos, property assessment and Cost to Cure. The report is laid out clear and simple so I can readily get the info I need. Alliance is the best!”

Robert Gaudreault has 19 years of experience inspecting commercial properties, and more than 40 years of experience in the construction field. He has performed thousands of building inspections since 1997. He has been a California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) member since 1998, with its highest certification (MCI) and is a former president of the SGV chapter of CREIA. Alliance Commercial Inspections can be reached at 818-353-2885, and their website is at

Big Trees Inc. Hired For Tree Transplanting in Redmond, WA

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (, a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, has been hired to move and transplant some large trees on a property being developed in Redmond, WA. The trees are currently in the footprint of a large planned apartment development, and once they have been moved to another area of the property, will add peace and tranquility to the property for decades to come.

The property was a former homestead, and two of the large trees are unique. One is a large Japanese Maple, and the other is an unusual variety of Pine. There are also three Douglas Fir trees that are in the 30” tall height range. All five of the trees will be moved to a part of the property that will become a play area, and the tree transplants will provide some shade to the trails surrounding this social area.

The company’s 90” Big John tree spade will be used to dig, transport, and set the trees into their new locations. Additionally, Big Trees is going to be digging and turning the soil from the receiving location, which will help with these trees adjust to their new location. With the soil loosened up, the trees will be able to grow new roots out into the surrounding areas with greater ease and they will have better access to nutrients and hydration.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, stated “Having an opportunity to move these special trees out of harm’s way and into a location where they will continue to be appreciated is such a fun process to be part of. We’re looking forward to stopping in on these trees in the years to come, and seeing them look like they’ve always been in these locations.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc. (, located in Snohomish, WA, in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only can deliver young trees but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at or

Julian Construction: Top 3 Signs You Have a Drainage Problem

Julian Construction, Inc., (, a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, discloses the top three signs that you have a possible drainage problem on your property.

According to Julian De La Torre, founder of Julian Construction, “By discovering any drainage issues early, especially with regular inspections, you can avoid building foundation trouble later on. The issues can be faster to fix, save money, and lots of heartache in the future. It does not take a degree to understand that water in your basement or a mini ‘lake’ in your front yard are signs of drainage problems. However, several other issues are not as clear cut.”

De La Torre gave several of the subtle signs of bad drainage and why to fix these issues now instead of later.

1. Overflowing Gutters

“A tiny waterfall from your gutter is an indication that dead leaves are blocking it. Without taking action this can ruin paint jobs, lead to rotted siding, and even cause structural damage. While you may not need to get gutter extensions for this issues, depending on the damage you could simply need to hire a professional to clear out the leaves. The worst case scenario, if the gutters are improperly sized or pitched, they could need replacing. Even with the most expensive option, it is cheaper than replacing your siding which could eventually lead to foundation trouble.

2. Dumping Downspouts

“Runoff totaling more than 600 gallons is produced per inch of rain that falls on 1,000 square feet, which equals filling 10 bathtubs completely. Depositing that much water very close to the home foundation can cause foundation damage. This might be handled by getting gutter extensions in order to carry water 5 feet or so from the house. Or, worst case, if your downspouts are too short, which deposits buckets of water near your foundation, it can seep into the walls and put too much pressure on the walls of your foundation, which can lead to them cracking. You may need to excavate the foundation in order to fix everything.

3. Water Stains in Your Basement

“It is important to first determine the size of this issue, especially with regular inspections, by first looking at the location of the water spot to determine if there could be foundation troubles. Surface water at the source is easier to deal with then water that is traveling underground. Stains that are on top of your foundation wall can be from overflowing gutters or surface runoff that is backed up next to your house because the slope of the soil around it is not adequate. However, it is a bigger problem if the stain is an extended line around the basement. This can mean you are looking at a high water mark which is ever-changing based on a fluctuating water table. Gutter extensions may not be sufficient here. You would need an interior drain system and sump pump in order to extract any water from out of the basement.

“Regular inspections can help you avoid foundation trouble,” says De La Torre, who adds that it’s also important to identify the source of the problem, not just fix it.

Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, or You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at

Differentiating Between the 3 Primary Foundation Types

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction, Inc., (, a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, explains the three primary foundation types.

Julian Construction founder De La Tore says “The three primary foundation types are full basement, slab-on-grade, & crawlspace. They are each used in varying conditions and depending on the local market.”

1. Full Basements

“This type of foundation has footings deep below the frost depth of the region as well as eight-foot walls that surround a four-inch, very thickly poured, concrete slab.

2. Slab-on-Grade

“Slab-on-grade is a type of foundation that’s essentially a poured concrete slab at grade level. It offers itself as the home’s primary living area. In warm places, slab-on-grade foundations are particularly common if there is a good chance of high water tables, like in Florida.

3. Crawlspaces

“Crawlspaces are the most common foundation within some parts of the Midwest and even in the Southeast. Footings will be placed under the frost line but there is barely enough room for a person to crawl in there. It is important to know that while this foundation tends to include vent openings in order to stop the buildup of extreme moisture, it can typically backfire as the moisture is able to soak into the house’s framing, which can lead to rot and failure in the structural integrity of the building. It can even host pollutants like mold spores in the living space of the home. To assist with these issues, it is important to insulate and seal the crawlspace with a barrier of polyethylene vapor, or possibly a concrete slab.

Julian Construction founder De La Tore says “It is imperative to understand the various types of foundations and to speak with a foundation expert before deciding which type of foundation you would like for your house. Even after you have picked your foundation, take care to regularly inspect your foundation for signs. If a problem is caught early, it can usually easily be fixed. The longer you wait, the more you have to spend on repairs”.

Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at or Earthquake Retrofitting

By Julian De La Torre

Scientists recently discovered a significant tear in the Earth’s crust that could lead to significant earthquakes and tsunamis throughout the Ring of Fire. The Ring is an area of the Pacific Ocean that includes the West Coast of the United States.

Earthquakes can cause serious damage to a home. Earthquake retrofitting is one of the best ways to protect your structure and prevent injuries when the ground starts to shake.

The purpose of retrofitting for earthquakes is to prevent a building from collapsing during seismic activity. A retrofit will help fortify a home and increase its resistance to ground motion. Studies show that homes that have been retrofitted will have less earthquake damage than structures that haven’t been reinforced.

There are several ways to do earthquake retrofitting for a home. One common method is house bolting, which secures a building to its foundation. During the Northridge earthquake, many of the buildings that slipped off of their foundations and collapsed were not bolted to their foundation. If you live in a home that was built prior to 1950, there’s a good chance that it is not securely attached to its foundation. House bolting can fix this problem and minimize future earthquake damage.

Homes can also be retrofitted by bracing the wall between the first floor of the home and the foundation. These walls (cripple walls) are generally the weakest part of a structure. Structural-grade plywood is typically used to increase their strength.

If you’re worried about your home’s ability to withstand seismic activity, ask an expert foundation contractor to inspect your property. Any issues that are found should be addressed immediately. For West Coast residents in particular, it’s imperative that you take the necessary steps to make your home as strong and earthquake resistant as possible. An increasing number of studies now confirm that a major quake will hit the area sometime in the near future.

Julian De La Torre, expert in Los Angeles earthquake retrofitting, house leveling & foundation contractor and inspection (Los Angeles) and founder of Julian Construction ( in Los Angeles, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more house bolting (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years ( Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company & its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction and Los Angeles earthquake retrofitting at
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Brite Smiles Dental Care Asks if You Got New Front Teeth for Christmas

APPLE VALLEY, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (, in Apple Valley is wondering if you’ve been wishing for new front teeth like the little girl in the classic Holiday song: “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”:

For some people, it’s exactly what they’d like to have – a new whiter, brighter and more beautiful smile. It’s a lot easier than you think.

Surveys tell us that the first thing people notice about someone is their smile. There’s an incredible amount of beauty that can be restored to a smile simply by adding new front teeth. People walk out of a dental clinic with a new confidence and pride in their appearance. They are more outgoing, friendly and often seem to have a better outlook on life.

Dr. Dennis Simmons, founder and director of Brite Smiles Dental Care stated “January is a great time to do cosmetic dentistry. It can start with whitening – because Brite Smiles runs a special on teeth whitening through February, 2017. You can whiten to the desired color and then add new perfectly shaped and sized front teeth that match the new color of your smile. It’s an incredible makeover. Give it as a Valentine’s Day to yourself or to your sweetheart.”

Brite Smiles has given many patients a beautiful smile in 2016. Dr Simmons has been doing cosmetic dentistry for 40 years.

Dr. Simmons stated “It’s time to get that winning smile you’ve always dreamed of. Try adding more aesthetics to your life and to your smile by seeing your dentist in 2017. We consider it our mission to change people’s lives by making them more comfortable with and proud of their smiles. All dental problems can be totally handled with high-quality dentistry. Too many people just accept a non-optimum situation with their teeth. We urge them to get their teeth handled and it’s probably easier than they think.”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then he has participated in over 3000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders, and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on orthodontics services and options from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit, or call 952-891-8484. Enhancing Your Landscape with Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Many of the trees used in landscaping are ornamental trees with interesting features such as bark, leaves or flowers. Even the shape of a tree can enhance a landscape’s appearance. Landscape trees can also be used as privacy trees, to create shade, or as a backdrop for other environmental elements.

Before purchasing trees for your landscape, find out what type of soil you have on your property. Soil requirements can vary from one tree species to another. Also consider the drainage and the depth of the soil when deciding what trees are best suited for your planting environment.

Other factors that you should pay attention to include the tree’s height and diameter when it reaches maturity. Tall trees can interfere with power lines. Pruning can help maintain the tree’s height, but it can also impact its natural shape. Avoid planting trees with low branches next to driveways, walkways or other traffic areas. And make sure that a tree that bears fruit is not placed near pools, fountains or other types of water features.

One way to find out what trees will grow best in your area is to take a walk around your neighborhood. Look for healthy trees that thrive throughout the year.

Develop a landscape plan before making any purchases. To reduce the financial impact of buying a large number of trees all at once, implement the plan in phases.

When you do buy a big tree, make sure it is in good health. Look for good bark, a straight trunk, firm but pliable leaves, as well as well-distributed branches with proper spacing.

Trees can add significant beauty to a landscape. They can also increase the functionality of the space. A big tree arborist can help you choose big trees best suited for your landscape and make sure your landscape plan will work.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (, (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree landscapes at and for more tips on trees for privacy and landscaping go to See our video at and connect with us on Facebook at

Crowder Law Center Settles Fraudulent Transfer Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, CA: Los Angeles Attorney Douglas A. Crowder ( and the Crowder Law Center recently settled a fraudulent transfer lawsuit on which they had worked since 2014.

A fraudulent transfer is where a debtor sells or gives away an asset (such as money, real estate or equipment) with the actual intent to hinder, delay, or defraud a creditor. In this case, the debtor, prior to filing a bankruptcy, gave several pieces of real estate to a family trust, and was then unable to repay her debts, including substantial loans from former friends.

Crowder Law Center was hired by two creditors, then later by the Trustee appointed by the Bankruptcy Court, to file an “Adversary Proceeding” (a lawsuit which is part of the Bankruptcy proceeding) to “avoid” (meaning set aside or nullify) the transfer of real estate to the family trust. The goal was to have the properties taken out of the family trust and put back into the debtor’s name, so that the Bankruptcy Trustee could take the properties and sell them for the benefit of the creditors.

Douglas Crowder stated “The debtor and the family trust both put up a strong defense, hiring two good law firms. But the case ended up settling, which allowed the creditors to get repaid a lot more on their loans than they would have if the real estate transfer had been allowed to stand.”

Mr. Crowder has been practicing debt relief and other areas of law in California since 1989. Those interested in more information on the Crowder Law Center can contact Mr. Crowder’s office at 213-325-3040, by email at, or on their website at Repairing Stucco

By Julian De La Torre

Stucco is a type of plaster that is used in commercial and residential structures to coat wall surfaces and molding. It is made from Portland cement, sand, lime and water.

Because of its strength and durability, it can be applied to exterior as well as interior walls. When used for exterior work, it can withstand many different types of weather conditions, as well as pests. Moisture can also penetrate and pass through stucco, which prevents rot. Stucco is also extremely low-maintenance, and resistant to fire and rust.

Many different types of materials can be coated with stucco, including brick, stone, concrete, metal, wood and adobe. The color of stucco can be changed by adding pigment. Different textures can also be created to make stucco look like wood, brick and stone.

Stucco is usually applied to a surface in one, two or three layers. It’s applied wet, and then left to harden. When three layers are used, the first layer is applied with a trowel and then scratched for the second layer. The third layer is the finish coat.

Stucco, oftentimes, needs to be reinforced with plastic or wire mesh to prevent movement.

Similar to other types of building materials, stucco can become damaged over the years. Common problems associated with damage include chipping and cracking, and tiny holes can also appear.

If the stucco on your wall is starting to deteriorate, get it fixed as soon as possible. Water can penetrate cracks and holes, which can end up causing damage to the rest of the building and result in more costly repairs.

The damage may also be a sign of foundation issues like settlement. A foundation repair expert can find out what is causing your stucco problems, do the necessary steps for fixing foundation cracks, and also alert you to any other structural situations that may need to be corrected.

Julian De La Torre, expert foundation contractors in Los Angeles, house leveling & foundation repair Los Angeles and founder of Julian Construction (, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more home foundation inspection, foundation repair (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years ( Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company & its workers under your home.

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Julian Construction Offers Home Foundation Replacement

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction, Inc., (, a foundation construction and repair company in Los Angeles, offers full home foundation replacement services.

Foundation replacement involves removing the entire current groundwork, putting in fresh wood forms and pouring new concrete, reinforced with steel rebar. Most homes in California do not have a basement, which makes the foundation replacement process that much easier for residents.

There are many reasons why a home would need full foundation replacement. Some homes were built without a concrete and steel foundation, while others were made of un-reinforced masonry, that of brick or stone. In some cases, the original concrete was made of poor quality materials or has been badly deteriorated over the years. If you live in a pre-1930s home, the foundation most likely needs replacement.

“Full foundation replacement can be scary for a home owner. It helps to hire a company like ours that has lots of experience with foundation replacement. Plus, today in most cases, you can continue to live in your home while the foundation replacement process is ongoing. And finally, our company offers financing, which can make the whole process easier,” Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction says.

The company has produced a video explaining foundation replacement:

Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at and