NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor contributes to the community conversation on housing issues through a weekly column in the Daily World titled "Nailing it Down."


 Since 1999, the "Nailing it Down"articles have been published in the Daily World and other countywide weekly newspapers. NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County has collaborated with local newspapers, elected officials and local experts to publish articles covering hundreds of topics.



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February 24, 2020

 If you have plans for a remodel or repair of your home – perhaps you hope to add a deck or patio, enlarge a room or replace the roof – this is the time of year you should be preparing for that project. Maybe you “just” plan to hire someone to paint the house or install new flooring.

When it comes to successful relationships with contractors a clear description of the work and a written contract head the list.

Last week we hit some of the high points on the formal relationship with someone you hire to work in your home. Today we’re going to talk more specifically about the written contract. Once again we’ll mention that we are not attorneys and don’t offer legal advice. Instead, think of us as your experienced neighborhood advocate who has worked with a lots of contractors and written contracts over the years.



Besides your name, address and project address if different, a contract should name the construction company, all of its owners, all pertinent address...

February 16, 2020

Is this the year you are going to remodel the kitchen, add a bathroom or add a garage?

If so, you’ll want to think ahead and begin planning that project now. For one thing, if you need to hire a contractor to complete your project, you’ll want to get on their schedule as soon as possible!

Once you decide to enlarge the living room, add a bedroom, replace the deck, or put on a new roof, most folks want to jump in and get ’er done. Unfortunately and too often, they jump in without a written plan or the management tools to assure success.

We’ve overseen many such projects over the years and have some advice we’d like to share about reducing risk by using written scopes of work, hiring legitimate contractors, and using written contracts.


Grays Harbor has plenty of solid, talented and trustworthy builders. However, we do hear evidence of others who are neither trustworthy, nor competent. If you hire the wrong person or company you can risk losing your money, precious constr...

February 10, 2020

The avid readers of this column know that we are currently on an energy-saving kick having spent the last few weeks talking about various energy-saving (and money-saving) programs sponsored by the Grays Harbor PUD.  We are continuing along in that same vein today, but concentrating on manufactured homes.

The Grays Harbor PUD is offering rebates to customers who purchase Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured (NEEM) certified homes that are installed in the Grays Harbor PUD service area.

Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured homes are Energy Star certified homes that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes meet or exceed the same strict energy saving standards to which site-built homes are constructed. They typically cost a little more to buy, but because of their energy-saving abilities, the PUD offers rebates.


 Here are a few features of a NEEM home:

  • They have increased insulation levels in the ceiling, floor and...

February 3, 2020

When it comes to gaining comfort and cash, as well as having an environmental conscience, there’s nothing like making your home more energy efficient!

We’ve been talking the last few weeks about a variety of energy-saving programs offered through the Grays Harbor PUD, and we’ve got more to talk about today!

Last week we discussed the various rebates available for energy-saving appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers and heat pump water heaters. But did you know that the Grays Harbor PUD also offers rebates for heating system and weatherization projects for qualifying homes? That will be the focus of our column today.

While the no-cost ductless heat pump program that we’ve discussed recently requires residents to meet income eligibility, the energy efficiency rebate program – like the appliance rebate program – does not. However, we still strongly suggest you talk to Melinda James-Saffron, the director of the PUD’s Power and Energy Services, or her crew...

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