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Mental Wellbeing Becoming Increasingly Important for Construction Workers

December 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Mental Wellbeing Becoming Increasingly Important for Construction Workers

The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on the mental health of nearly everyone in the world. Economic uncertainty, forced solitude and worries about contracting the virus have increased stress levels in most adults. But even before the pandemic, construction workers were particularly susceptible to mental health issues and suicide. More construction workers die by suicide each day than all workplace-related fatalities combined with a rate of 43.5 suicides per 100,000 workers, second only to the mining and oil/gas extraction industry. Following a multi-year initiative to combat opioid misuse in home building, NAHB is launching a new effort focused on member…

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Tips for Landscaping a New Home

October 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Tips for Landscaping a New Home

Finally, the day you’ve been waiting for is here! Your newly constructed home is complete, and you’re happily settling in. But just like clockwork, you’ve now begun thinking about the sporadically-placed sod and freshly-excavated dirt that abounds in surplus around your property. Yep, you’re ready for your yard to become a functional space. Creating a gorgeous landscape also dramatically increases the ROI and value of your home! How are you sure you’re ready to work on landscaping, though? Do you know the right questions to ask? There are a few things to consider before jumping aboard the landscaping train, especially…

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New Virtual Fall Festival of Homes Starts This Friday

September 23, 2020 | Comments Off on New Virtual Fall Festival of Homes Starts This Friday

The Spokane Home Builders Association is excited to present the 16th annual Fall Festival of Homes! The public can tour show homes virtually at spokanefestivalofhomes.com, or on the Fall Festival of Homes app, starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 25. Each home was filmed using Matterport 3D technology for a smooth and easy click-by-click walkthrough. Guests will also learn more about the builder and their home, and will have the opportunity schedule a private home showing according to social distancing guidelines. As always, the Fall Festival of Homes is free to the public. This year’s virtual show will feature…

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Addressing Spokane County Building Permit Delays

August 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Addressing Spokane County Building Permit Delays

Over the last several weeks we have heard from many builders about permit processing delays in Spokane County. That’s why Spokane Home Builders Association leadership recently sat down with Spokane County Building and Planning Department officials to discuss issues and possible solutions to these delays as well as how to increase communication between the county and the home building industry. As with many in our industry, it appears Spokane County government has been hit with numerous issues all at once. From COVID delay to retirements to an influx of permit applications, turnaround time on permits currently sits at 3-5 weeks. While…

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