I wouldn't touch a deal like that. I want to deal with local
contractors directly, not thru some sales outfit in God Knows Where.
Can you imagine trying to deal with an Internet company if there were
problems with the job? Good luck!
Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers if they can recommend someone
to do the work you want done.
Actually, after Service Magic came to us to try to sell us on the service,
as in advertising with them and becoming a listed contractor with them, and
paying their outragous prices..(you dont pay, the sucker contractor does) we
I had a customer that needed some work done and it was related to work thta
we simply dont do. I put in a request, and was promised the old, "4 to 8
bids in 24 hours" deal, and I got 2.....and it took 5 days for them to get
in touch with me.
No..they suck, and as a contractor, I will not have any part of them.
I got a bid via Service Magic. Should be called Service Bullshit. The guy
only wanted to quote for doing more than I asked him to, and came up with
a nice round number ($2,000) with no breakdown of parts/labor. I got
another quote for less than half.
Jedd Haas - Artist
email@example.com (mike-in boulder) wrote in message
I used Service Magic to find a plumber for a very simple problem -
just a badly clogged drain. They have an online review service for
their contractors, so it's like instant referral-checking.
I was contacted by four plumbers in less than 8 hours. All of them
were capable of doing the work, two were available on the night I
needed to have it done. Of those two, one was an independent plumber
and one was a company. The company quoted me almost double the price
of the independent, who was not charging me extra for an evening
I went with the independent. He and his partner were polite, careful,
and efficient. In and out, cost was good, service and responsiveness
from all four companies was excellent.
Obviously, this was a very minor service need, but I would use
ServiceMagic again to find a contractor for a larger project.
I know, I sound like I work for the company, but I really don't :)
ServiceMagic does not charge the customer anything; it sounds like
they make their money by getting the contractors to buy in to their
I've used it too.
Unfortunately I didn't go with any of the people that called me, mostly
because of price - too expensive.
I wanted to purchase what I thought were the best vinyl windows, then have
them installed for me. One guy said no thanks, three others were pretty
responsive. One guy wanted $500 just to replace a sill (that didn't need
replacing). One guy wanted to cut my asbestos shingles with a circular saw
(and make me feel guilty for exposing him to "asbestos), and one guy, well -
he was just too high. As for the asbestos guy - the solution was just to
wiggle the shingle, no cutting needed.
They pay a nominal amount *after* they elect to download the prospective
customer. Maybe $20 I think he said. Maybe not even that.
So you are weeding out those guys that are "fly by night" knocking on your
door on Saturday mornings. That's the best thing.
One thing about Service Magic. It does not cost the homeowner anything to
get a contractor out, but the contractor pays just to get the chance to come
out to look at your job. He (or she) pays SM regardless if they get the job
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