NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor contributes to the community conversation on housing issues through a weekly column in the Daily World titled "Nailing it Down."

 

 Since 1999, the "Nailing it Down"articles have been published in the Daily World and other countywide weekly newspapers. NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County has collaborated with local newspapers, elected officials and local experts to publish articles covering hundreds of topics.

 

 

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March 28, 2018

My wife and I were born and raised on the Harbor. After earning our bachelor's degrees in 2016, we decided it was time to come home. The only problem was, the housing market and the homebuying process in general seemed to an impenetrable mess. 

We weren't sure how much house we could afford, or who to ask. We didn't know whether we should talk to a bank or realtor first. We didn't even know what our credit scores were. As millennial's entering the market for the first time, we felt totally lost.

On top of all this, we carried more student loan debt than we care to admit, and I struggled paying medical bills related to my lifelong battle with auto-immune disease. We had seen friends our age and income level successfully purchase houses in the area, so we knew we could do it. We just didn't know where to start. 

NeighborWorks Grays Harbor turned out to be the answer to all our questions, and indeed, our prayers. We signed up for housing counseling, and NeighborWorks housing counselor J...

It’s officially Spring Cleanup time!

  

We gave you some warning a few weeks back that now’s the time to begin to start tackling both inside and outside spring cleaning chores – as well as planning ahead for any major projects.

  

Now we’re happy to pass along that once again many of the area’s municipalities are sponsoring a free Spring Cleanup days at the LeMay Transfer Station or bringing the containers to you.

  

Each has a little different arrangement, so make sure to read about your area.

  

It’s been a few years now since Grays Harbor County has sponsored a cleanup for all those out in the county instead of in a city.

Unfortunately for those of you, out in the county, that is still the case – no paid for cleanup day. However, still consider using the fresh spring weather to give your place a once-over and gather up your usable – but not needed by you – stuff to sell or donate.

  

Then, for as low as $10.46 for up to 200 pounds (or if you have lots of stuff it costs...

Even the birds seem to know it – It’s building time. Or, getting close to it. If you have plans for a remodel or repair, perhaps to add a deck or patio, this is the time of year you should be thinking ahead to preparing for that project. Maybe you “just” plan to hire someone to paint the house or fix the roof.

  

When it comes to successful relationships with contractors a clear description of the work and a written contract head the list.

  

Last week we hit some of the high points on the formal relationship with someone you hire to work in your home. Today we’re going to talk more specifically about the written contract. Once again we’ll mention that we are not attorneys and don’t offer legal advice. That being said, think of us as an experienced neighbor who has worked with a few contracts over the years.

  

PUT IT IN WRITING

  

Besides your name and address, a contract should name the construction company, all of its owners, all pertinent addresses, phone numbers and th...

Spring is a great time of year to begin your home fix-up or remodeling project. If you need to hire a contractor to complete your project, you’ll want to get on their schedule as soon as possible.

  

Once the decision is made to add that garage, remodel the kitchen, replace the deck, or put on a new roof, most folks want to jump in and get ’er done. Unfortunately and too often, they jump in without a written plan or the management tools to assure success.

  

We respectfully submit the following advice about reducing risk by using written scopes of work, hiring legitimate contractors, and using written contracts.

WHOM YOU HIRE MATTERS

Grays Harbor has plenty of solid, talented and trustworthy builders. However, we do hear evidence of some who are neither trustworthy, nor competent. If you hire the wrong person or company you can risk losing your money-even twice, precious construction time, and sometimes even your house when things go wrong.

ALWAYS HIRE LICENSED, BONDED INSURED

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Although recent flurries of snow might not agree, it’s still true: Spring is on the way.

  

Now that March is here, we’re just weeks away from spring’s official start. And, with the unpredictability of weather this time of year, we thought we’d give you some things to consider adding to your To Do list, because you never know when you might have the perfect weather presented to you. It’s best to be ready.

   

Last week we gave you our list of inside chores to tackle.

  

Today we’re giving you some for an outside checklist.

  

Soon, we will pass along the Clean-up dates for a free trip to the LeMay transfer station that is offered to many communities in our county.

 OUTSIDE CHECKLIST

  • Wash the outside siding and trim of the house with 30 Second cleaner. Follow directions. We loan pump sprayers and long handle brushes for this job.

  • Wash the outside of all your windows. Use a gallon of hot water and a half cup of suds-free ammonia. Rinse very well with the hose.

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