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Helpful Resources

Homeowner resources. Helpful resources.

From weatherization grants, to tool sharing, and everything in between, here are some helpful homeowner resources.


Consumer Finance Information

  • National Consumer Law Center: Information on surviving debt, predatory lending, identity theft and credit card rights.
  • Office of the Attorney General: File a consumer complaint, learn about scam alerts, lemon law and just about anything related to you as a consumer.
  • Better Business Bureau: Research a contractor or business before you hire so you will know whether they have a good reputation for their work.
  • Washington CPA Society: Find financial literacy resources including understanding your taxes and guidance on personal finances.
  • Helpful information on making a budget and keeping track of your spending through a free, easy-to-use money management program.
  • A great resource to help get track and manage your financial life, it's a free, easy-to-use money management program.
  • BankOn: A Seattle and King County partnership of banks and credit unions offering free or low costs accounts, financial education and classes for managing money.
  • StartZone: Highline Community College offers free tax preparation and advice to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • United Way of King County: Check this site during tax season for free tax preparation for individuals.
  • This comprehensive guide cuts through the jargon to give homeowners a resource that they can understand. From learning complicated terminology and identifying coverage gaps to lowering premiums; this resource covers all of the home insurance basics that every homeowner - especially new homeowners - need to know.
  • El Centro de la Raza: They offer Financial Literacy Courses including one-on-one foreclosure counseling, default intervention, loan modification, credit counseling, debt negotiation, money management, predatory lending prevention, and financial planning.


Home Repair Services, Rebate Programs and Hiring a Contractor


  • HomeWise: Weatherization services through the City of Seattle.
  • Rebuilding Together Seattle: Offers free home repairs to qualifying low income homeowners who are elderly, disabled, families with children or veterans.
  • Community Power Works: Program to help Seattle residents make energy-efficient improvements to their homes through rebates and low interest loans.
  • Seattle City Light: Energy conservation tips, discounts on lighting, appliance rebates, shower-head discounts and more.
  • Seattle City Light: Learn how to take advantage of a $1,500 rebate from the City of Seattle to upgrade your heating system to a more efficient ductless heat pump.
  • Seattle City Light: Information about how a solar energy system can work in your home.


Improving Your Home


  • Fixr: This website provides cost guides, comparisons, and term cheat sheets for hundreds of remodeling, installation and repair projects.
  • Habitat for Humanity Stores: The Seattle store carries recycled home improvement materials and the Bellevue store focuses on home decor resales, and their newest location in Auburn is their largest store yet!
  • Re-Store: Non-profit store that features recycled building materials.
  • Phinney Neighborhood Association: The PNA has a tool lending library, referrals for contractors or tradespeople, how-to manuals and reference books and WellHome classes.


Improving Your Yard


Health and Safety

  • EPA: Learn how to reduce lead hazards when remodeling your home.


Community Resources


Information on Community Land Trusts