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 30, 2019

Sometimes it can be the littlest things that make a world of difference.  That certainly can be true when making home a safe place to live as we grow older.

Getting rid of a throw rug, adding a grab bar or installing an outside light, are just a few of the things that can prevent falls, saving a lot of pain, hassle and money! We are going to enumerate more of those practical improvements today, but first we will review a little from last week.

In that blog, we talked with Kathy Jones, an information specialist at the Aberdeen office of the Olympic Area Agency on Aging. She gave us lots of good information about how changes in the physical environment of the home can often transform it into a truly viable option for people to live in safely as they age.

A great source of information and details about a variety of programs such as the Medicaid in-home care program called COPES and a newer program called “Tailored Support for Older Adults,”  the Olympic Area Agency on Aging also provides som...

March 25, 2019

For most of us, like Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.” However, as time goes by, the very place that has provided cozy comfort for years can become inaccessible or even hazardous, because our bodies and abilities can change as we age.

Lately we’ve been talking to lots of people about access ramps to their homes. That got us thinking that we were long overdue to write a column about safely aging in place.

OLYMPIC AREA AGENCY ON AGING IS A GOOD FIRST STOP

Around here, the Aberdeen office of the Olympic Area Agency on Aging is a great first step to find out what programs, information and  resources might be available to help you or a loved one stay safely at home.

We talked with Kathy Jones, an information specialist there, about the various government programs available to help people stay in their homes as they age.

To get the details, it’s best to call the Olympic Area Agency on Aging yourself. The number is (360) 532-0520. However, we will give you a brief overview of what Kathy...

March 19, 2019

Typically we start writing about spring cleanup jobs this time of year, but with our recent snow, we suspect we aren’t the only ones who aren’t quite ready to dig into spring chores.

Besides, in the last two weeks we’ve talked about the importance of building inspectors and discussed if buying a fixer upper house is a good fit for you. So today, we’re advocating that you hire a home inspector before buying any house you’re seriously considering as your next home.

Think about it, if you buy a used car you might kick the tires and check out the interior, but if you’re not a mechanic, you often hire a trusted mechanic to take a deeper look before you invest.

A house is an even greater investment! Yet many people don’t think to hire an expert to “look under the hood.”

We highly recommend that if you plan to take advantage of the low interest rates and lower prices around here to buy a house, you spend a little money to hire an inspector for his expert opinion.

   

INSPECTING A HOUSE

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March 12, 2019

Is buying a fixer upper house right for you? It’s no secret that you can get more house for your dollar in Grays Harbor than nearly anywhere else in the state! Hoquiam was recently listed as the fifth most affordable city!

Interest rates are still low, too which may help you to consider buying a house!

The down side is that inventory of “for sale” properties is currently low, giving sellers a potential advantage. That fact might entice some buyers who wouldn’t normally consider a less expensive “fixer upper,” to do so.  Frankly, not all “fixer uppers” are created equal; nor are all new homeowners equipped to be fixer-uppers!

How do you know which repairs you can handle? How can you tell the difference between a diamond in the rough and a money-pit? We hope to shed some light on the topic today.

DISCLOSURES REQUIRED

Did you know that sellers and realtors are required to inform a potential buyer of any “material facts” they know about a property? This would include any information that could...

It’s been ages since we’ve talked about the importance of building inspectors. So today is the day!  And you can’t talk about building inspectors without mentioning the importance of building codes!

BENEFITS OF BUILDING CODES

Codes were created because public safety is a top priority for government agencies. Building any structure in a uniform manner assures you, as well as future owners or contractors working on it, that certain conditions will exist. Building up to today’s code may even help lower your insurance rates.

One of the earliest known building codes was simple. If the house you built fell down and killed the homeowner, you were killed. Simple! Today’s codes are a little more complex and can seem about as ever changing as the tax laws!  That is one of the areas where your local building official can really help you.

OFFICIALS ARE GOOD RESOURCE

Some people think of building officials as adversarial and hard-to-please – so many rules and so little tolerance for creative building pr...

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