I've debated whether to sign up with Angie's
List and/or Home Advisor as a contractor, but
have no idea whether it would be useful. I'm
curious to hear about anyone's experience,
as a contractor or as a customer, with any
Not a contractor but I subscribed to Angie's list earlier this year and
found its a real PITA on the user end. It spams you two or three times a
day. I am seriously considering adding it to the bozo bin.
If you look something up they wait a week or so and then start dunning
you for a reference on the business or any allied business you may have
From what I've seen on their site, the listing/reference for most seems
pretty vanilla. Waste of money. Glad I got a super deal on it through
Groupon and paid only nickels on the dollar. I won't be renewing at the
end of 3 years or whatever.
A lot like advertising in the local bargainhunter rag. You get all
the "customers" looking for a deal -and the ones NOBODY can satisfy.
Unlike the bargainhunter rags, they'll badmouth you across the
Admitedly, they are not ALL that kind of customer - but do you need
ANY of them???
You might get 20 real happy customers and one of the "others" - - and
you are done like dinner.
Last summer I wanted the shingle roof replaced on my house. I signed
into Home Advisor one morning around 10:00 and with in a couple of hours
I had 4 calls. I set up appointments for them to come out and give an
estimate. All showed up at the time they said they would (not all at
the same time). I got estimates and they ran fom about $ 7000 to almost
$ 20,000. I went with the next to the lowest as I liked the sales pitch
the man gave and the shingles had a longer warrenty.
The roofers showed up on time and seemed to do a good job. We have had
lots of days of high wind and none have blown off.
Also I asked about gutters while the estimator I went with was here as
his price was low enough I could do both and had gutters put up. Two
men showed up on the day they were suspose to and no problems there
While I have not had any more work done I usually get some email from
Home Advisor about once a week. May be able to get it stopped, but have
not tried, but no phone calls (telemarkers) from them.
It can pay to advertise and I guess you need make decision as to what
you get in return for your advertising dollar.
My brief look at Home Advisor a couple of months ago did not list any of
the roofers I knew that had good reputations and did a lot of work in my
area. When I looked at Angie's list many years ago most of the
contractors were far removed from the area. I would not use either to
find a contractor.
Back around the turn of the century, I asked the local building inspector for the name of a reputable roofer. While he wouldn't/couldn't answer,
a day or two later I had a roofers business card stuffed in my door. Roof company did an excellent job, no leaks yet.
And once you find one honest contractor, ask them for referrals for other building trades. These guys often know each other and know who the
jackleg crooks are.
I used Service Magic (now Home advisor) a few times.
For furnace repair, window repair, and roofing.
I was satisfied, but there are pluses and minuses for contractors.
The roofer actually wasn't currently signed up with them but they
were still pestering him. Don't remember the exact details.
As I recall the contractors were putting out 20 to100 bucks for the
referrals, depending on the work requested.
They weren't too happy when they lost a bid.
I actually asked some of the losing bidders how they felt about using
the service. Most were just resigned to it as a cost of doing
business, so the roofer was an exception.
Keep in mind you have to be fast coming out to bid.
Each time I used the service the phone started ringing immediately, as
the guys got texted on their cells.
How do you choose a good referral service?
I generally hire contractors via "word of mouth".
Which contractors do people I know have good experience with?
Most of the time I go with a company that is right in my own neighborhood.
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