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Good work ain’t cheap and cheap work ain’t good.
– Devon Stone, Construction Programs & Results

by Keith Wilder, CGP, CAPS

This is a monthly blog geared to help homeowners address building and maintenance issues. In my world, as a contractor and President of the Tri-County Home Builders Association, I see the need for an educational model on what excellence in building entails – namely to ensure a fair and quality product that is hassle and liability free. This month features why it costs so much to remodel, repair or build a new home.

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Why does it cost so much to remodel, repair or build a new home? I get asked that question many times and every contractor out there knows what I'm talking...

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by Keith Wilder

This month features Universal Design, home building designed for usability, functionality and social inclusion.

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by Keith Wilder


This month’s feature is about the cost of a new home, from simple to extravagant.

If you live in the local area, you can also find this blog in the Silverado Express publication under my monthly column - "Contractor Corner."

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Every time people ask What’s the cost per square foot? I’d like to ask, What’s the cost per pound of a new car? There is such a range of prices in cars and it mostly depends on what features the buyer wants. Do you want stereo or XM? Automatic or manual? Rims or hub caps? These answers boil down to the buyer’s choices which, in turn, will drive the cost. Same with the housing industry… there’s a big difference between a $95 per sq...

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by Keith Wilder, CAPS, CGP

Windows can be one of your home's most attractive features. Windows provide views, day lighting, ventilation and heat from the sun in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill by letting heat out.

Sounds like an anomaly: energy-efficient or repurposed? Isn’t repurposed/recycled supposed to help with energy usage somehow? In relation to the home-building business, repurposed windows generally do not have a place in the homeowner’s house.

Windows are wonderful in our homes, allowing light and fresh air indoors and the pleasure of viewing the outdoors, but windows can cost the homeowner a pretty penny if the facts aren’t on the table. While windows provi...

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March 2016

By Keith Wilder, CAPS, CGP

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February 2016

by Keith Wilder, CAPS, CGP



This is a monthly feature geared to help homeowners address building and maintenance issues, and it’s something I’ve envisioned publishing for a long time. In my world, as a contractor and President of the Tri-County Home Builders Association, I see the need for an educational model on what excellence in building entails – namely to ensure a fair and quality product that is hassle and liability free. This month features your local Home Builders Association and how they are serving you and the building industry.


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The development of conditions under which every American family can obtain good housing is a major objective of national policy. … A high level of housing construction and vigorous community development are essential to the economic and social well being of our country. It is, therefore, properly a concern of this government to insure that opportunities are provided every American family to acquire a good home.

– President Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 1954


Those ideal words of the importance of the home in American family life have been part of national policy for nearly a century, but today homeownership under attack. Legislative and regulatory proposals now under consideration would greatly harm homeowners, home buyers, the housing market and the nation’s economy. That is why it’s important to have a thriving Home Builders Association. I’ve mentioned the Spokane Home Builders Association, or SHBA, in a number of my previous articles. As President of the Tri-County Home Builders Association, a chapter of SHBA, I have come to know how important the Association is, for not only the building industry, but also for homeowners, since the housing industry affects us all. Our local Home Builders Association is a crucial working organization to urge making housing issues on all levels a priority in local, state and national politics.


I get questions about what the SHBA represents, so I’m going to present a summary and attempt to answer those questions in light of our mission for prosperous communities.

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What is the SHBA and what do they represent for our area?


The primary objective of the SHBA is to ensure that local citizens have access to the housing of their choice and the opportunity to realize the American dream of homeownership. As the SHBA and its members have a stake in the quality of life here in Eastern Washington, they actively participate in economic development efforts and give back to our community through participation with local charities. SHBA facilitates business-to-business networking and serves as a resource to the public, providing information and referrals to help people enjoy their construction experience. Their “Find a Pro” directory and Consumer Resources provide a valuable tool to those who are considering a construction project.

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January 2016

by Keith Wilder, CGP, CAPS

This month features knowing your homeowners insurance policy to prevent disappointment, frustration, and devaluation of your property.

Scenario:

Ann and Frank knew the storm was coming and that there was a possibility of damage, but what they didn’t know is if their insurance policy would cover all the reparation costs. After the storm and a phone call to the insurance agent, the couple found out that they only had a quarter of the losses covered on their policy. I would like to tell folks to know their homeowners insurance policy inside and out. Here’s why…


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Insurance is a rip-off until you need it, and when you need that is the wrong time to decide if you have been paying ...

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December 2015

by Keith Wilder, CGP, CAPS

This month features quality contractors and credentials.

Scenario: A Spokane couple bought a vacation home and wanted to fix it up. They hired a contractor who did not fulfill the criteria of quality building methods, including illegal wiring and plumbing. The ordeal ended up costing the couple double to fix the initial contractor’s substandard building practices. This example shows why homeowners should do their homework and check contractors’ credentials.

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Contractors who don’t know what they’re doing give all contractors a bad name. The fact is not all contractors are bad. Most are hard working and are trying to support their families. There are exceptions where...

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November 2015

by Keith Wilder, CGP, CAPS

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This month features the importance of fall winterization and planning.
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