Wichita Area Builders Association Site Map

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    The Wichita Area Builders Association is a not-for-profit tax exempt association founded and  dedicated to benefiting home builders and other persons and firms engaged in related businesses and  professions in Sedgwick, Harvey, Butler, Sumner, Cowley, Harper and Kingman Counties of the state of Kansas. Read More more»
  • Why Join?
    • Become a Member
      As an affiliate of the Kansas Building Industry Association and the National Association of Home Builders, the Wichita Area Builders Association is the largest and most active trade association of its type located in Kansas and is engaged daily in activities that both protect and promote the best interests of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other providers of services in the housing and light commercial segment of our industry … more»
    • Services & Programs
      A Trade Association is an organization for mutual benefits which substitutes knowledge for ignorance, rumor, guess and suspicion.  It tends to substitute research and reasoning for gambling and piracy, without closing the door to adventure or lessening the value of prophetic reasoning. A strong, active association is the only answer to our industry problems, for certainly they cannot be solved by individuals alone.  The strengt… more»
    • Join WABA Today
      If you desire to receive further information regarding membership opportunities with WABA or just want to send us a question or comment, please fill out the following information and click on the submit button at the bottom of the form. more»
    • Links
      For your convenience WABA has provided you with some helpful links to other web sites we feel are either fun or resourceful to your business. National Association of Home Builders Wichita Chamber of Commerce OSHA more»
  • Home Buyers
    • Home Buyer Info
      Thank you for visiting the Wichita Area Builders Association web site. We are happy to provide this service for you and hope that it will be helpful to you in your endeavors. If you need more information and have any ideas for improving the efficiency of this site, please contact us. Thank you and happy surfing! Who's Who in Building Selecting A Contractor Selecting a Builder Tips for Home Buyers Tips for the Home Owners Home Owne… more»
    • First Home Financing
      Buying your first house can be very exciting, but financing your home purchase can be a daunting experience. In both cases, do your research and shop carefully to ensure you find exactly what you want and need.  Deciding how much to spend on your home and which type of mortgage will work best for you — as well as understanding the settlement process — can be confusing. However, there are many sources that can help you ge… more»
    • Energy Efficiency
      More and more, home buyers are looking for ways to incorporate home technologies that increase the long-term value of their house but also provide convenience, safety and comfort. These days, energy management tops the list of desired features in new homes, according to the results of a consumer preference survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The survey polled more than 2,300 recent and prospective ho… more»
    • Aging In Place
      Aging in Place means living in one’s home independently regardless of age or ability. How big is Aging in Place? 89% of people 50+ wish to remain in their own homes indefinitely (AARP). 75% of remodelers have seen an increase in requests for aging in place work (NAHB). 60% of remodelers already perform aging in place work (NAHB). Over half of all 55+ households rate their current home a 9 or 10 out of 10 (American Housing Sur… more»
    • Adding Home Value
      What are the Best Ways to Add Value to Your Home?   Which home remodeling projects are the best ones for those looking for a solid return on their investment — and higher profits come selling day? Americans spent over $114 billion on home remodeling in 2009, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  Remodeling is expected to outpace new home building in about 10 years. But all home remodel… more»
    • Who's Who in Building
      Builder or General Contractor The buck stops with him or her in construction projects. The general contractor secures bids for all work and materials; hires, coordinates and oversees subcontractors; files for permits and arranges for inspections; and generally makes the final decisions in all construction-related matters. Building Inspector One or more local officials who oversee and regulate every phase of residential construction. Re… more»
    • Selecting A Contractor
      Every year hundreds of families in the Greater Wichita Area are taken advantage of by disreputable individuals or companies who represent themselves to be reliable, reputable contractors.  With that in mind a task force consisting of representatives of the Wichita Area Builders Association, the Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors Association, City and County officials, trade union representatives and representatives from the Dis… more»
    • Selecting A Builder
      Are you shopping for a new home?  Start by shopping for a professional builder first.  Whether you are buying a townhouse, a detached home in a subdivision, or a custom-built house, the construction quality of your new home will be determined by the quality of your builder. Start your builder-search process by calling your local home builders association, The Wichita Area Builders Association.  They can give you the names … more»
    • Benefits of Buying New
      Prospective home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new. Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or condominium often cite energy-efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors driving their choice.  But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that aren’t so obvious.  B… more»
    • Tips For Home Buyers
      Because the purchase of a home can be the biggest single investment of a lifetime, it makes sense to consider all information that might be pertinent to your home buying decision.  This information provides a straightforward, easy-to-understand format that includes basic information as well as references to other resources that also can be helpful. New Home Subdivisions New home subdivisions are frequently referred to as "state of … more»
    • Tips for Home Owners
      You've finally done it - you've just moved into your brand new home. The smell of fresh paint still permeates the air. You're likely consumed with unpacking, setting up furnishings, rearranging, decorating - energized by the blank pallet you have to work with. But once you've signed the thick pile of closing documents, the moving trucks have left and everything is neatly in its place, what do you do next? It's time to get a handle on the … more»
    • Home Buyer's Glossary
      As you start shopping for a new home, you may encounter some unfamiliar words and terms. The following glossary will help get you through the maze of buying a home. Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM) - Loan with an interest rate adjusted according to movements in the financial market.  Many offer lower-than-market initial interest rates that rise only gradually for the first few years. Annual Percentage Rate (APR) - Annual cost of cred… more»
    • Related Links
      For your convenience WABA has provided you with some helpful links to other web sites we feel are either fun or resourceful to your business. National Association of Home Builders Wichita Chamber of Commerce OSHA more»
    • Home Maintenance Quiz
      Home Maintenance Quiz  It’s the weekend and you have a whole list of household chores to do. Oh, we know you’d rather be golfing or playing tennis or watching TV, but keeping your home in good shape is important. Your home may be the biggest investment you will ever make. Taking good care of it with regular maintenance is necessary to maintain its value and ensure it will provide a comfortable, safe shelter for you and y… more»
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  • Home Builders Care
    Home Builders Care is an initiative of the Wichita Area Builders Association designed to provide support to the Kansas community through involvement with civic organizations and special projects that contribute to the betterment of the lives of citizens in our community. If you are interested in donating to Home Builders Care, please contact Lori at the Association office at 265-4226 or lori@wabahome.com. Recent Community Involvement … more»