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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The Grays Harbor County real estate market got off to a great start this year! In the first quarter, it took the top spot for the annual percentage change in the number of home sales of the 15 Western Washington counties.

Encouraging home ownership is one of the goals of NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor, so from time to time we like to share information about what’s happening in the local real estate market. Also, with the spring and summer being popular times to buy and sell houses, we thought we’d give you an idea of the current real estate climate.

Compared to the first three months of 2018, all of the 15 counties were down in sales, but Grays Harbor was by far the smallest decrease at 2.6 percent down. (For comparison, Mason County was down 10.3 percent, King County down 10.6 percent, Thurston County down 12.2 percent,  Pierce County down 14 percent and San Juan County down a whopping 32.3 percent.)

There is some speculation that very poor weather in February impacted the market the firs...

With summer nearly upon us, this is a great time to make sure your deck is both safe and beautiful.

DECK SAFETY FIRST!

The first point of inspection should be the way the deck is fastened to the house. What you want to see is the hex-heads of bolts staggered along the deck’s rim joist, which is attached through the siding into the rim joist or framing of the house. If you only see nail heads, you will want to consult with your contractor or building official for a complete deck inspection. The installation of lags or bolts doesn’t have to be expensive, but there may be other things that need to be done.

For example, decks built closer to saltwater tend to have more problems and sooner. That salty air makes anything made of metal deteriorate more quickly. These can be metal saddles imbedded in the concrete pier blocks holding the support posts; joist clips holding each joist end and of course, nails. Even treated wood can fail, especially where the deck boards are nailed into each joist. T...

As we’re edging ever closer toward summer, we want to give you a down and dirty list of spring cleaning tasks that will give your house a good once over. We have organized them into inside and outside chores, so no matter the weather, you can knock out a few of these soon!

We think you should start by opening the windows and doors for a few hours -- pick your day well. This will take the stale smell away and also let out trapped moisture. In addition the extra light and fresh air help kill spores. Here are more chores to get your house clean!

  

INSIDE CHECKLIST

  • Wash the inside of the windows.

  • Dust around the window frame and the blinds. Clean out the window tracks where mold, dust and dead bugs accumulate.

  • Test your smoke detectors. If you missed doing this at the switch to Daylight Savings Time, take a moment now to test your smoke detectors. Make sure they have fresh batteries.

  • Pull all appliances away from their footprint. Move your stove, refrigerator, freezer,...

The calendar says summer is around the corner. And some days the weather even agrees!

While we talked a lot this spring about the various spring cleanup days – the free days to dump your unwanted junk at the LeMay Landfill – we haven’t said too much about what other chores you ought to do to get your home ready for the summer! So, here we go!

ASSESS WINTER’S IMPACT

The seasonal cold, rain and wind of winter, along with the associated mold and mildew can take their toll on your home. So, take one of these bright spring days to assess the damage of winter.

Homes in this climate need to be repainted about every four to seven years depending on the type of paint used, the quality of the prep work, the type and condition of your siding and trim, and how close you live to the salt water, among other things. 

We recommend annually treating the whole house with 30 Second Cleaner from a garden-type pump sprayer, a light scrubbing with soft brush on a pole and a good hose rinse. Be sure to follow dir...

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