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Growing a Strong Local Economy, Together.

Because of you, we’ve created more than $1.3 million in jobs for small, local contractors in 2013.


Handyman Portland, Handyman Seattle, Home Repair

Scott Fouser, GruntWorks Founder

As 2013 comes to a close and the holidays set in, I have been reflecting on months past and those lying ahead. The thought that comes to mind the most is gratitude.

Thank you to our loyal customers.

I can speak for the entire GruntWorks Home Services team when I say that we are grateful for our clients who entrust us with the care of their homes and businesses. Because of you local handyman, home repair jobs are being maintained and created, local families are being enriched, and local schools and charities are furthering their missions.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with terrific service providers.

They continue to provide quality services at reasonable prices and treat our customers with kindness and respect. We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in their businesses.

We are grateful for the shareholders in GruntWorks Portland.

Due to their support and belief in the overall mission, we have been able to embark on a bold plan to change the way business integrates within a community. And, since GruntWorks Portland is owned by the local community, we are able to share the company’s success with the people in the community who help make it successful. Pretty cool concept.

We believe the future of business lies in the past.

Andy Griffith meets George Jetson. Combining the neighborly principal of helping our neighbors and enhancing the community while utilizing the best in available technology. It’s both social and sustainable. Rewarding, regenerative and socially conscious.

Thank you so much for being part of this journey! Please have a happy and safe holiday season and prosperous 2014.

Need help prepping the guest bedroom for holiday visitors?

GruntWorks guest bedroom decorating tipsThe holidays are just around the corner, and along with the gifts and festivities, there are usually overnight guests, too. Are you ready?

How will you make room for Aunt Ida and Uncle Joe when your guest bedroom is being used as a storage unit/island of lost toys/half-finished home gym?  And what about your dream of turning it into an inviting retreat? Relax. This article will get you going in the right direction of making your guest bedroom guest-ready.

Step One: Clear the clutter.

Remove everything but the essentials, and put fresh linens on the bed.  (No clutter, just dull? You’re a step ahead.)

Step Two: Evaluate. 

Do guests have a place to hang and store their clothes?  Do guests have a place to sit down? Is there room for a nightstand or table next to the bed? Is there enough lighting? Does anything need to be repaired or finished before guests arrive?

Step Three: Dream!

Define your wants. Browse design magazines and websites for ideas (check out the hundreds of ideabooks on for inspiration).  Make a list of the things you’d change to make your guest bedroom as cozy, sophisticated and functional as you imagine.

Step Four: Get serious.  

Define your needs. What’s feasible in your time frame (will the paint dry before Aunt Ida arrives)?  What’s feasible for your budget?  Make a list of what truly needs to done.

Finally: Call GruntWorks. 

As your Personal Home Assistant, we take all the time and effort of planning a project off your plate. Whether you want to repair plaster, put up shelves, paint the room, remove or hang wallpaper, build a storage bench, reconfigure a closet, install blinds or curtain rods, lay carpeting, refinish floors, change a light fixture or replace windows–whatever you need, we coordinate the job, from checking references to getting bids to setting appointments.

Booking GruntWorks to take care of everything…  now that is a gift.