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If you need to earthquake your home for seismic activity, then you can definitely trust these guys. Matt and his team at Evergreen Seismic are very knowledgeable and do a great job.
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I loved Evergreen Seismic so much that I hardly know where to start this review. I got three bids to retrofit our 1962 home, which has a finished walkout basement and required structural engineering. All three companies were very professional and gave me comparable recommendations. Here’s why I’m so happy that I went with Matt: Quality and attention to detail: Notably, a respected competitor described Matt as “the best retrofitter I know.” During the bid process, Matt answered my extensive questions with sound, thorough information. On site, he was happy to show me the in-progress guts of the work, explaining the rationale and placement of all the hardware, additional framing, and shear panels. He also pointed out places where people sometimes cut corners and educated me on how to recognize correct, up-to-code work. Matt and Nick used high-quality materials, high-quality tools, and every element they added to our home was carefully and precisely placed. Their work passed all inspections without a hitch. Matt even paid thoughtful attention to aesthetic details, like staggering their cuts into our siding for a pleasing end result, and purchasing a color of caulk that would blend into our paint. In all matters of quality, Matt ran a tight ship. I feel safe and secure in our home, having witnessed his expertise and skill. Professionalism: Others have said it, and I’ll say it again: Matt is the consummate professional. He was easy to communicate with and responded quickly. He set clear expectations for any minor distress the siding of the house might incur during the project. He cheerfully dealt with tight spaces and a maddening tangle of defunct cables attached to the side of the house. He and Nick kept a tidy jobsite, cleaning up beautifully at the end of each day and truly leaving the interior cleaner than they found it at the end of the job. They appeared to even be packing out tiny pieces of trash like paper towels from washing their hands, rather than using the trash cans I placed out for them. Matt had to cut an old landline cable that we hadn’t planned to use, and he pointed it out right away and offered to pay to have it reconnected - a high-integrity move. Finally, he spoke very highly of his competitors without exception, which says a lot. Kindness and care: Matt is just a wonderful human to be around. He’s easygoing, straightforward, considerate, thoughtful, warm, and generous with his time. When I met Matt in the fall, I was experiencing a period of high anxiety, and I came to him with a long list of bothersome questions as I was deciding who to hire. Even though he was busy, he went far out of his way to write detailed answers, send me safety data sheets, and chat on the phone with me multiple times. Some of my questions and worries were probably ridiculous, but he treated them as if they were completely reasonable and even welcome. He never made me feel like an annoyance, and his willingness to meet me where I was at, with so much empathy and humanity, meant a lot. Oh - and he and Nick treated my five-year-old as a person worthy of as much attention and respect as an adult, which is rare! With all of that put together, we were so happy we went with Matt and honestly feel kind of bummed that we probably won’t ever get to hire him for anything else. A few final details: Matt’s bid was in the middle of the three we received, but it was within $40 of its closest neighbor, so basically identical. Contracts and payment were all quick and easy. And for anyone exercising extra caution during the pandemic, Evergreen Seismic was extremely covid-conscious. The team was fully-vaccinated and wore high-quality masks for the entire duration of the job. I don’t even know what their faces look like. Even though they were working outdoors in the fresh air with no one else around, they always had a mask around their neck to be pulled up within a moment’s notice when I popped over to greet them. A+!
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Evergreen Seismic recently completed an earthquake retrofit on our home. We chose the company in part because of great online reviews and we were not disappointed. Matt clearly explained the entire process and patiently responded to all of our questions. The work went smoothly and efficiently, was completed ahead of schedule, and the daily cleanup was amazing. Most importantly (for us anyway), the person who sold us on the job (Matt) was also part of the working crew. I wholeheartedly recommend Evergreen Seismic for earthquake retrofitting. From start to finish, this was by far the smoothest construction job we have experienced during the twenty years that we have lived in our home.
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We used Evergreen Seismic to do an earthquake retrofit on our 1979 build home in Kent, WA based upon great customer reviews. We were not disappointed! Matt and his crew were very professional and showed up as promised. We were promptly informed when on one occasion they were a bit late due to traffic congestion. The work was performed to our satisfaction. The daily cleanup was impeccable. Matt was able to answer all questions that the inspector asked to his satisfaction. The Company actually went over and above what the structural analysis indicated was needed (additional bracing was installed). The majority of the retrofit was done on the exterior of the house in pouring rain! However, to our amazement, this did not in any way slow down the crew! A truly professional Company. We can recommend Evergreen Seismic without any hesitation.
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Exceptional service from Evergreen Seismic. I met Matt at an info session on seismic retrofitting hosted by the city of Seattle. It took me a year or so to reach out to him. I was impressed form the start. Matt was more than willing to coach me on doing the project myself, if I wanted to take it on. But in given the complexity of our project, I preferred to hire Matt and his crew. They did a great job, and even did some prep that I was supposed to do but couldn't because of a recent back injury. Very straightforward, informative, and considerate service. I'd hire Matt again without hesitation.
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Matt did the seismic retrofit of our single-family residence back in January when we were finishing our basement. I cannot speak highly enough of him and Evergreen Seismic. Matt has undoubtedly been one of the best contractors we've worked with. He's an excellent communicator and really goes above and beyond on all fronts. He does what he says he's going to do, when he says he's going to do it, and finishes when he says he's going to finish, all at an extremely competitive price. He's knowledgeable of seismic retrofitting and has a very streamlined process nailed down. If you are thinking of doing a seismic retrofit, Evergreen Seismic is DEFINITELY the way to go!
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Matt and crew performed a larger earthquake retrofit project for us that took the entire month of May. The project involved building out a new foundation /wall to connect between posts on the back half of the house to prevent lateral shear, as well as all of the hardware to attach the rest of the house to the foundation. We had a similar experience to the other positive reviews here - Matt has a truly exceptional work ethic and clearly takes a lot of pride in his work, and expects the same of his crew. Matt is very knowledgeable and was more than happy to answer all of our questions. Communication and timeliness were well above par from start to finish, and they were also competitive on pricing (slightly lower than other bids of the same scope). They were a pleasure to have around the house (actually, outside the house, because they were able to take off the siding and do the work from the outside, while a competing bidder was planning on going inside to remove drywall), and were always available for questions. A nice extra touch was that they installed new insulation in 2 of our walls which was not part of the fixed price bid (another reason we went with Evergreen - no risk of cost overrun). Thanks Matt and crew, truly appreciate your work!
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Evergreen Seismic did an outstanding job on my retrofit. They fit my project in right away, provided a clear and thorough bid and scope of work, and completed the project on time. Absolutely a pleasure working with them. Highly recommended!
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They completed a four day earthquake retrofit professionally and in a timely manner! They were kind and considerate about my property and space. The finished walls look very nice - things were put back as best as forty year old siding can be. Befriending the dog - bonus points.
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Matt is the most honest person I have worked with in my 20 years of managing homes! He won't miss any detail on any job. I am so grateful for the day I saw his vehicle parked in front of my neighbors' house. He has an amazing knack of projecting the feeling that you are his favorite and best customer. OK, I'm going to still convince myself that it is true! Even if you won't be purchasing earthquake insurance, you will most certainly sleep better at night. Thank you, Matt, for choosing the right carreer.
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Matt with Evergreen Seismic was a pleasure to work with and exceeded expectations from the beginning. He worked with us to develop a plan to stay in budget while being flexible with timing and coordination of work performed. His work was thorough and exceeded minimum standards to ensure the job was done right. He also took the time to answer questions before, during, and after the job and was open and honest about all aspects, even offering up resources to research and follow-up with his recommendations. Matt was also willing to listen and consider alternate ideas and got back to us in a timely manner. Matt is one of the best in the business for performing seismic retrofit work. This was reinforced when a competing bidder asked who we went with for our retrofit work and, when I said Evergreen, he said “good, Matt knows his stuff and is the only other company out there I would recommend”. 5 stars, thanks for the great work Evergreen!
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Just finished up my retrofit with Matt from Evergreen Seismic. 100% the best experience i've ever had with hiring someone to do work on my house. Extremely knowledgable, considerate, friendly, and he worked non-stop and got the job done faster than expected. I initially called him because his review were fantastic and I understand why. 10/10 just call Matt and I guarantee you'll be happy you did!
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Knowledgeable person - worked hard and in good time to put together a custom retrofit to keep our 115 year old house safer. Love all the images and educational info that is on the website and also given to explain the situation. It was very awesome to have such responsive info. Did the work faster than planned/expected and was even able to fit us in earlier due to a cancellation. Very personable crew and appreciated working with them during the pandemic - masks worn during meetings and on work days he would email us at the end of the work day.
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The owner, Matt Robinson, travelled a long way, including a ferry, to look at the house, gave me a bid on a seismic retrofit, got plans from a structural engineer, got permits, and did the work in a professional and efficient way, and the work was approved right away by the county inspector.
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Matt retrofitted my house up to modern earthquake standards. He had the lowest bid and was very easy to work with. He responded to emails, adhered to coronavirus safety protocols and was very pleasant. He took pride in his work. He had my project custom-engineered, even though i think he could have gotten away with a generic, one-size fits all engineering approach. My project had to be done in stages. he was very accomodating of that. I highly recommend him.
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Enjoyed the quality and service so much I've used them TWICE. Once for an earthquake retrofit. Another time for a post and beam replacement. Recommend.
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Matt and his team did a fantastic job. They communicated clearly, completed the work on schedule, and passed inspections without any issues or concerns. They made sure to take care of our home and were clear about the changes they were making. Overall, fantastic work!
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Matt did a great job with the new sill anchors we needed for the addition that was made to our house that did not have them originally - also with the tension ties and sill repair in our garage. He communicated well through the process - and has the experience and knowledge necessary for installing epoxied sill anchors well. I would definitely recommend Evergreen Seismic for seismic retrofit needs.
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We were referred to Evergreen Seismic from our neighbor who had used them for retrofitting their home and we will be doing the same. Matt was friendly and professional, did a great job with our seismic retrofit, was on time, on budget and a great communicator. I highly recommend Evergreen Seismic for a retrofit.
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Matt has done retrofitting work on my house and it was a great experiences. I am very satisfied with the process and the results. He's a man of his words. He always show up by scheduled time. If there's anything like bad traffic Matt would text me ahead of time. He has the desire for high quality of his work. I could tell by noticing how carefully he protected the working area like carpet, windows and anything surrounding. Retrofitting is engineering and science. Many of those metal parts of various sizes and shapes I have no idea what they're for and how they should be correctly installed. When I asked Matt would go to depth and explain to the greatest details how they work. I feel like a half expert after the work is done. lol... Matt really listened to my questions and concerns. When I pointed to him the insulation didn't look like what it was like before the work was done he came back, fixed it and confirmed with me if it was good. Sure it was. When I pointed to him there's location in the crawl space which maybe can use an extra bracket ( I actually wasn't sure if it's needed as I'm just a half-expert :-) ) he said "why not" and installed not one, but two brackets! I was quite impressed by how serious he's about customer satisfaction. Lastly for the quality of the work, his price is good. I mean really good compared with the other quotes that I got. Matt does most of the work by himself (which is a good thing) and doesn't have all sorts of overheads associated with hiring people and managing a team. I think that allows him to offer the competitive price. Overall I believe I made the right choice by have Evergreen Seismic doing the work. My life as a homeowner would be much easier if all the contractors that I have used are like Matt. :-)
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Matt and his team did a great, efficient job at our earthquake retrofit. The estimate was prompt and the work was completed in a timely manner and passed inspection. Really happy with the job and it's wonderful knowing that our building is in good shape should there ever be a major earthquake here. I would recommend Evergreen Seismic to anyone looking for earthquake retrofitting on their home.
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Matt did an excellent job—came and gave us a quote in a timely manner, explained what he would be doing to stabilize foundation. Permitting took a minute due to covid, Matt completed all work in one day and left the basement clean, bolts, plates were all very neatly and securely installed.
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My experience with Evergreen Seismic, specifically the owner Matt, was exceptional across the board. It is rare to find a contractor that is excellent at every step in a job process, but Evergreen is one of those rare finds. Excellent communication, quality of work, professionalism, integrity and value were all part of the package.
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For those considering a seismic retrofit, I highly recommend Matt Robinson’s firm, Evergreen Seismic. Matt and Evergreen Seismic specialize in seismic retrofits. Accordingly, Matt’s initial assessment of work to be performed was well-informed by substantial experience, sound understanding of relevant codes and the permitting process, and accurate anticipation of what would likely be required by the structural engineer given our circumstances and requirements. While explaining and developing his proposed Scope of Work and bid, Matt responded quickly to questions and concerns; and his flexible approach enabled him to focus on meeting technical requirements while also addressing our specific requests and desires. The resulting fixed price bid, which Matt rigorously adheres to, was appropriately focused and thorough, as well as highly competitive. Matt clearly takes pride in his work and as he does most of the work, our retrofit benefitted substantially from his continuous presence at the work site. In addition to being guided by permit documents designed by a reputable structural engineering firm, Matt’s work is performed with competence, efficiency and a sound understanding of what building inspectors will eventually approve. It is further characterized by obvious care and skill in dealing with wood siding as well as a focus on minimizing disturbances and maintaining a safe and clean work site. To summarize or reiterate, I fully expect Evergreen Seismic to carry out any seismic retrofit project on the basis of a knowledgeable and competitively priced bid; with an approach that is a professional, conscientious and quality-conscious; and in a manner that is punctual, responsive and friendly.
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I gave 5 stars to Matt because of the foll reasons - 1. Priced 40% lower than 2 other competitors providing exactly same service. 2. Excellent paperwork. We received permits within 2 weeks. 3. Very professional at work. Kept me posted on the progress along with his arrival and departure. Finished the project 1/2 day sooner than expected. 4. Very calm and composed in the worst of situation. 5. Educated me on the importance of retrofitting and the exact process.
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I had a great experience with Matt retrofitting my home. He was very knowledgeable and professional. He was very patient with all the questions I had. He went the extra mile to take care of my house as if it were his own. His price was very fair when I shopped around for quotes. Highly recommended.
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We hired Evergreen Seismic to do a seismic retrofit of our home and we are very happy with the outcome (but of course we are hoping it will never be tested!). Matt Robinson was punctual, conscientious, and always communicated with us throughout the project. We chose Matt over a competitor because Matt's plan for our home aligned with what we had learned in our research, and we found the Bay Area Retrofit website particularly helpful in that regard. We believe we got an extensive amount of retrofitting for a competitive price, and we would certainly recommend Evergreen Seismic to others.
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I am really happy with the seismic retrofit that Evergreen Seismic recently did on my house. Matt is very professional, trustworthy and was quick to respond to any questions I had. The work was done very efficiently and for a fair price. I would definitely recommend Evergreen Seismic to anyone looking to have their house retrofitted.
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Matt was very knowledgeable, skilled, professional and personable. He was also very helpful, answering my questions and concerns and making recommendations when appropriate. I highly recommend him.
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We recently had Evergreen Seismic retrofit our 1922 home. I would rate the job 10 stars if I could. Their price was competitive, they were always responsive when we needed to communicate, and they even finished the project ahead of schedule. They were punctual, professional, and patient. We had many questions during the process, and Matt explained each step so that we were comfortable as the work progressed. Matt worked closely with a structural engineer to determine the best solutions for the home’s seismic vulnerabilities. A combination of hardware (to bolt the mud sills to the foundation) and shear walls (for strengthening the existing structure) were utilized. From start to finish, Matt & Caleb did meticulous work. They were exceptionally careful when removing and then replacing the existing lath & plaster, and exterior shingles. The finished dry-wall work was just as perfect as the rest of the project. We would highly recommend Evergreen Seismic if you are considering a seismic retrofit. We cannot imagine you could find a better company for your project.
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Some delays with permitting, but totally not their fault and kept us up to date on all the delays. Got started the week after the permit was issued and were finished within the week as estimated. Work was done as expected and on time. They were very neat and cleaned up everything at the end of each day. Quotes were on par with others that we got, decided to go with evergreen because they were a smaller more local company.
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Evergreen Seismic just completed our seismic retrofit last week. Throughout the process Matt and his helper Caleb were communicative, friendly, and great to work with. It’s not ideal having people in your house banging away all day for a week but this is inevitable with a retrofit and Evergreen made it as painless as possible. They cleaned up every day and made sure we had access to things like the washer/dryer for the evening. I got bids from three outfits for the work and Matt’s was in the middle (they were all pretty close however) but I felt like he was the most on top of the specific conditions of our house and caught a couple things that the other companies missed. He knows the permit process inside and out. He also went the extra mile on a couple of items, which I really appreciated. Evergreen uses a subcontractor to install earthquake shutoff valves for the gas meter and the sub was equally great to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these guys to friends and family.
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Matt was a consummate professional throughout this project. From the start, Matt demonstrated a great deal of knowledge and also came in with the lowest bid. Matt was able to schedule our retrofit fairly quickly, and did a great job executing with a minimum of disturbance during the project. If you're looking for a seismic retrofit in the Seattle area, I highly recommend Evergreen Seismic.
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Matt was a pleasure to work with. He was on time, answered all our questions, was efficient, worked around our limiting schedule, and within our budget. He left our house clean and was minimally disruptive. I'd highly recommend him to anyone. I also recommend getting your older homes retrofitted too! Our home is small, only 1200sqft, but I had the unique perspective of being in Christchurch, NZ right after their earthquake years ago and I saw many similar houses that had slid off their foundations. Matt has given me piece of mind that I've done everything I can to protect my home, for a reasonable price. Thanks Matt!
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I started searching for a Seismic Retrofit for my home back in October at the Home Show. I talked to the big guys. Then I started shaking the bushes among other regional retro-fitters and several times, Matt's name came up as he had worked for them over the years. I gave him a call and he just happens to be up the road from me. We hit it off right off the bat. He was straightforward with the whole project, provided a detailed bid and stuck by the contract thru and thru. When Matt suggests getting a Northridge Valve for your gas line, get it! Very worthwhile cherry on top for the safety of my 107 year old house. He started the work on a Tuesday and completed it by Wednesday....then we had a 4.6 on Thursday night! Do not hesitate to do this project with Matt. It gets done and on budget.
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Evergreen Seismic did a great job for us from start to finish. Because we were combining earthquake retrofitting with residing and window replacement, it took us a while to make decisions and look at all the options. We really appreciated Matt's patience with us and careful attention to detail to come up with the best engineering solution. Then, he was able to schedule it right away (fortunately, during some nice weather in June). The work proceeded quickly and he got rid of all the demo materials right away so that we could comfortably live at home even while all the work was taking place. We are excited to have gotten this done BEFORE residing. Thanks, Matt! I would recommend you to anyone.
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Matt could not have been better to work with -- he is incredibly professional, provides affordable prices, and is extremely responsive and friendly. We were also told by someone who works within the industry that Matt is the best in the business. I would highly recommend anyone considering a seismic retrofit to go with Matt and Evergreen Seismic.
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Highly recommend Matt if you are looking to retrofit your house. His work is of the highest quality, he tailors his services to your needs, his fees are competitive, and he was excellent to work with. As a quick background, I work as an architect, so I'm familiar with building trades and permitting in Seattle, and Matt has got this thing figured out. If your house is on a CMU foundation, especially, Matt is your guy. There's a good way and a bad way of retrofitting CMU foundation walls, and Evergreen Seismic is one of the only shops in town with the capability to do it the right way. Matt takes the time to understand your needs, and can customize his approach to save you money and hassle whenever possible. Very happy with the quality of his work, I don't think you could do any better than to go with Evergreen Seismic for your retrofit.
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Matt was great to work with - he answered all of my questions in detail, was respectful of my time, and left his workspace spotless at the end of every day. I highly recommend him to perform a seismic retrofit.
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We had an excellent experience working with Evergreen Seismic. In exploring the project we received several estimates from local retrofit companies. We chose Evergreen Seismic because of Matt's (the owner) ability to assess our home, thoroughly answer our questions and fully explain the process. During the 5 days of the project Matt and his assistant frequently communicated with us about their progress. To avoid tearing apart our finished basement Matt proposed removing siding and doing the work from the outside (except for our unfinished garage). We were so impressed with how well the project unfolded. Matt seems to really care about the quality of his work and about his customers -- during the project he even fixed an issue with our fence that we'd had for years (this was not a part of our contract but we really appreciated it). We highly recommend Evergreen Seismic if you seek a high quality, thorough and caring company.
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I would highly recommend Matt and his crew for your retrofit job. He is professional, honest and on time. He provided us with an estimate and said even if he needed to go over the amount estimated that he wouldn't charge us more, and he kept to his word. I was surprised how fast they completed the job and how good it looked afterwards when they replaced the siding. Thanks Matt!
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