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Old 08-16-2016, 10:07 AM
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wonder how the newer free home advisor is doing against the established angies list, which used to be pay only
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:31 AM
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The whole concept of angieslist is built on a pile of bullshit. 99% of the companies that are towards the top of the searches on that site pay good money to be there. The reviews are real, but the fact angieslist constantly claims that the contractors don't pay to be there is a flat out lie.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:54 AM
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My understanding is that the contractor also pays home adviser.

The guy who did odd jobs in my old neighborhood had to supply references, and $1400 to get on the homeadvisor list. After he gave them his credit card number, he was on the list about 3 hours later.
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:28 AM
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Angie's started out for the consumer and went to the way of lining her pockets with cash. It is now a advertising site for the cheapest price not the best contractor. The same is happening to Home Advisor.
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It's all a pile of shit.
If a contractor gets too many bad reviews he threatens to sue.
Guess what happens next .
Also every listing I looked at on there had glowing reviews and scathing horrible reviews.
How in hell is this useful ?
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I have had good luck with both. They are a good way to find contractors. You still need to vet the people and set terms you are happy with, just because you use one of these services to find someone does mean an excuse for not doing due diligence.
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Originally Posted by Wavehight View Post
The whole concept of angieslist is built on a pile of bullshit. 99% of the companies that are towards the top of the searches on that site pay good money to be there. The reviews are real, but the fact angieslist constantly claims that the contractors don't pay to be there is a flat out lie.
Exactly, and some reviews are bogus!!! Even some of the bad reviews can be questionable as the person writing the review is not required to ever have received service.

How do I know? As for the bogus positive reviews those can be made by anyone. For example, employees and family

Years ago when I was a contractor a lady left a negative review even though she never received service from my company and Angies List posted the review.

Companies pay good money to be on Angies List for favorable results when someone is looking for a service provider in their area.

Having had first hand experience with Angies List they are no better then the Yellow Pages. You're better off looking at reviews on Google. A quick call to the area BBB is also recommended to see if someone has had any complaints recently.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:20 PM
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tried them both and got tired of all the follow up calls and pressure to write reviews for contractors I didn't even use.
Home Advisor is even worse than Angie's List. Sorry I ever gave them my telephone number because they must sell the numbers to telemarketers. Phone never stops ringing.
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Angie's list is a joke, I will take a picture of the fence along my drive that a "Angie's Top contractor" built.

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Old 08-16-2016, 06:47 PM
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Homeadvisor is a joke. I tried to leave a negative review of a contractor and they would not post it because it violated their rules. No matter how much I cleaned my review up, to the point it was worthless, they still wouldn't accept it.
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You think that's bad, Yelp has em all beat. They are the worst. Any bad review goes straight to the top while any positive reviews get buried under the "not recommended" reviews. Unless you advertise, then magically your bad reviews disappear. It's extortion.
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Old 08-17-2016, 05:32 AM
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i made the mistake of joining Home Advisor. i thought i could pick up some extra (drafting) jobs. they charge by the "lead", which means i would get charged over $30 when someone wanted my service. they told me these "leads" would be vetted, and the people were ready to move forward with their project (they weren't). i complained about the quality of the "leads", and they gave 5 free "leads" to keep me on board. i got one job out of 15. not worth the time or money... most didn't have a clue what things cost, and just had questions, and i would get charged for answering stupid questions. one person asked me "how much does it cost to build a house?". wtf

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AL sucks. We fired 3 of the 4 contractors we received from AL. They had great reviews.
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They're both self serving and unreliable, which is typical in the construction industry. BBB and NKBA can be included in this category. With the advent of the internet, these organizations have proliferated. No license, no insurance..yet owners fall for the cheap price. What happens when someone is injured on YOUR property? How about when they don't pay their material bills and YOU have to pay the supply house?

What's best? Word of mouth recommendations. Anything else is baloney.

Me? I've been in construction for decades. I'm so tired of these unlicensed "internet recommended" hacks competing with me I'm glad I'm scaling down my business.
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AL sucks. We fired 3 of the 4 contractors we received from AL. They had great reviews.
Hell, there isn't a business out there who doesn't write their own reviews, or have a friend write one.
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Originally Posted by Wavehight View Post
The whole concept of angieslist is built on a pile of bullshit. 99% of the companies that are towards the top of the searches on that site pay good money to be there. The reviews are real, but the fact angieslist constantly claims that the contractors don't pay to be there is a flat out lie.
Just got an invite this morning to join a class action Lawsuit against AL. I might get a whole $10 back.

That Company is a joke.
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Originally Posted by marsh wabbit View Post
i made the mistake of joining Home Advisor. i thought i could pick up some extra (drafting) jobs. they charge by the "lead", which means i would get charged over $30 when someone wanted my service. they told me these "leads" would be vetted, and the people were ready to move forward with their project (they weren't). i complained about the quality of the "leads", and they gave 5 free "leads" to keep me on board. i got one job out of 15. not worth the time or money... most didn't have a clue what things cost, and just had questions, and i would get charged for answering stupid questions. one person asked me "how much does it cost to build a house?". wtf

thanks for letting me vent....
My buddy with a plumbing company had a similar experience with Home Advisor. He said he had to pay to be on their list and it actually wound up costing him money instead of making any profit for his business.
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:32 AM
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BBB, word of mouth and search court records for lawsuits. This is how we found builders we are interviewing. Make SURE you ck court records trust me.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Hell, there isn't a business out there who doesn't write their own reviews, or have a friend write one.
at the time I didn't know businesses can have bad reviews removed from AL.


AL sucks so much it is now available for free.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:30 PM
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It seems like most trades on these sites are either new business, unlicensed handyman, or guys that can't get repeat business. I find the trades that advertise the least produce the best quality work. Call the mega companies or franchises and you will get a rookie with a laundry list of bullshit he is trying sell. Nobody can make service calls for 29.99 without the old bait and switch or some snake oil.

Angie's list, Home adviser, are barley a step above craigslist.
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