What is CWHBA?
Since 1955, the Central Washington Home Builders Association(CWHBA) has served as the leading not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to residential construction and remodeling in Central Washington. CWHBA works with government, public, business and community organizations in six counties – Yakima, Klickitat, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan – to protect every family’s right to home ownership.
CWHBA helps to connect members to other members and to those looking to hire a professional. Finding the best professional for the job, and making sure they hold up to scrutiny, can be a real challenge. The CWHBA can help!
Search our directory at cwhba.org and choose from over 600 professional members who are dependable, ethical and experienced. Visit cwhba.org – where being able to quickly locate a reputable builder or home improvement company is as simple as CWH.B.A.
Make the most of your investment. Confidently choose a proud member of the Central Washington Home Builders Association.
How CWHBA Works For You
Building a home is the dream of many, and it’s a dream that requires significant planning and investment. What most consumers who want to build a home don’t realize is that there is a plethora of rules, codes, laws, and regulations that contribute to the ultimate cost of building their dream home. That’s where the Central Washington Home Builders Association’s (CWHBA) advocacy efforts benefit the consumer.
CWHBA has a dedicated staff that works closely with local governments and other organizations to enable a homebuilding process that is predictable, reasonable, and affordable. Serving as a resource and cooperating with planning commissions, city councils, county commissions, regional planning organizations, and other local entities that impact the process and cost is a priority for CWHBA.
We all know that it’s not just local governments and policymakers that impact cost though. That’s why your local association works closely with the industry state and national associations as well. CWHBA partners with the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) at the state level to have a voice not only with the legislature, but also with the many state agencies. At the national level, CWHBA partners with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). While there is much to watch at the local, state, and national levels, this 3-tiered approach to advocacy has proven to be efficient and effective.
Building a home should not be a daunting or cost prohibitive venture. CWHBA’s member builders are among the best in the business and, with the help of CWHBA’s advocacy efforts, strive to make the process as simple and affordable as possible for all who act on the dream of building their own home.
FOR THE PUBLIC
Here’s a secret—CWHBA is far more than a list of building resources. We are your insider’s guide. We help you assemble the team behind your dream, guiding you to the trusted, vetted and local professionals who will bring your home dream to life.
- Online directory: A list of safe, reliable and professional general contractors, remodelers, developers, architects, excavators, plumbers, electricians and financial institutions to complete your project.
- Articles and photos: Get inspired with tips, ideas and how-to articles to navigating the building process.
- Events: Mark your calendar to see exciting new trends and ideas in person and talk to the experts who make it happen.
- Answers: Peace of mind is nice. Call us for fast, reliable answers and resources to guide you through every building step.
BUILDING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
When we say we’re a who’s who of the local building community we mean you too! Members join because we offer an unmatched community and deep resources. We use our collective power, influence and brand recognition to help you grow and manage your business.
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CODE OF ETHICS
The philosophy of the Central Washington Home Builders Association is that:
- Home ownership can and should be within the reach of every American family.
- American homes should be well-designed, well-constructed, and well located in attractive communities with educational, recreational, religious and shopping facilities accessible to all.
Some of these include:
- Adding more space
- Upgrading cabinets, counters, appliances, and fixtures
- Creating a floor plan that’s customized for your lifestyle
- Improving energy efficiency with new windows, doors, insulation, and climate control systems
- Increasing the resale value of your home
SO HOW DO I START LOOKING FOR A HOME?
STEP ONE: Getting Prepared – Everyone has some specifics in mind for their new home. Now is the time to make a list of your “must-haves” and your top priorities.
STEP TWO: Secure Financing – Understand the different mortgage types and which one might be the best for you. For first time buyers, a great place to start is the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.
STEP THREE: Find a Home – As a first-time buyer, you’ll need guidance, advice and help several times during this process. A good real estate agent is a seasoned professional who can help every step of the way.
- One of the most important things to remember is that you are responsible for certain routine maintenance items to keep your house functioning properly. These tasks tend to be relatively simple. For instance, many types of heating and air conditioning systems contain filters to remove dirt and dust from the air. A home owner should change these filters when necessary.
- Cleanliness is a factor that will make your home last longer and work better. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to clean it with a substance that does not scratch or damage the finishes.
- On the outside of your home, make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.
- When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if your roof begins to leak after six months because of faulty workmanship, your warranty would cover that. If you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs. Also, some items, such as appliances, may be covered by manufacturers’ warranties and are not the responsibility of the builder.
- You should fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait to read your warranty until a problem arises. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.