Skip to comments.anyone here ever use Angie's List?
Posted on 08/22/2012 1:19:40 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
Anyone here ever use Angie's List? looking for a sheetrocker to install a 12x16 ceiling.
thus far, CraigsList is full of nuts and shysters and people who think you're crazy for asking for references from prior jobs.
My brother uses Angie’s List and has found good people on it. I use Yelp and found a fantastic plumber there, and also a great car repair service when my car broke down on a trip.
I would also like to know about that site
It seems like an unsustainable market plan
I mean who spend that amount of time looking for contractors?
Yelp is free. I think you ahve to pay for angies list which is insane.
I am a subscriber and have already found it well worth the fee to join.
what’s the fee? I’ve heard the Rush ad, never a price.
I’ve used Angie’s List. We were very satisfied with the work performed (plumbing, painting, tile, sheet rock).
The comments from locals on local businesses were very helpful in choosing a contractor. Also Angie’s List sends out coupons. The coupons are very similar to Groupon Coupons. They are often 30-50% off a normal price for a contracted service.
I also recently received an e-mail from Angie’s List asking for updated comments on several business (if I had used their services) at the request of other homeowners wanting updated comments before hiring the businesses.
As far as I am concerned the basic price for a one year membership was worth the cost.
I’d call a couple of home builders (get some references from your bank) and see who their sheet rock subs are.
I seem to remember that Angies List is an abortion supporter, but I could be wrong...
I think I confused Angies List with Emily’s List in post 9. My bad. Never mind.
I was totally turned off because the site requires you to enter your e-mail address before you register. Then it informs me that it’s a pay service. It would have been nice to know that before I was forced to give away info.
There is a similar service called Service Magic which is for free. I have had excellent results with them.
You are probably thinking of Emily’s List which is an abortion-rights PAC.
have you ever hired a bad contractor? it can be nearly as nightmarish as a bad divorce.
I've never used Angie's List, but Kudzu seems like a similar idea (except it's free) - your neighbors offer reviews of local service providers; you can register (also free ) and add your own reviews.
Another approach is to go to the local drywall supplier and ask them who the better contractors are. I guarantee you they know. Although might not be willing to share.
Go to Yahoo or Google or the myriad of free email places and get an address or two that you only use online for internet or business purposes.
I have about 10 different email addresses I categorize in my usage.
Found a good house painter, electrician and a window and door contractor through Angies List. Well worth the subscription to get verified local contractors in my case. YMMV.
I’d do it myself, but I don’t want it to look like my garage. ;)
I used in Tulsa once. There is a fee. The reviews were dated and when they didn’t get more current for nearly a year, I requested a refund.
I use Angie’s list and am also a contractor listed on Angie’s List. We get quite a lot of business from people using Angie’s list. Many customers also check us out on Angie’s list after they find us somewhere else.
It’s a start. Check with your local clerk of court. You can search criminal records, lawsuits, liens, foreclosures etc.... Quite a few of our competitors have recent mug shots.
I’ve used it in the past, and it was well worth the fee. I found an excellent roofer and even got a $250 discount for telling the contractor that I found him through Angies List.
My relatives have had excellent results with them as well.
a neighbor once hired a lousy, unethical roofer. her roof leaked (during winter) that resulted in water damage and it knocked out the furnace.(pipes froze and then more water damage...)
she sued, the company declared bankruptcy and disappeared. she was in court for 2 years.
what’s the fee? is it yearly or monthly?
It’s a small job, and is easy enough to do, providing you don’t have a 16’ high ceiling or something acrobatic, or studs where they shouldn’t be. You will spend a lot more time looking for a dependable contractor than it will take to rock the ceiling and get it taped and floated. Figure the job at two to four hours tops, and that isn’t pushing it. For something that small a good handyman might be your best bet. A good one should have past and repeat customers who will vouch for him.
Angie’s list can be manipulated by “shills” (have your friends and family post comments for you)
Call your home insurance agent for suggestions
I posted too quick. You might try asking around at some hardware/lumber stores. They know the people who do a lot of work.
“It seems like an unsustainable market plan”
Read the user agreement. IIRC, you agree to them automatically charging your credit card to renew your membership, and authorize them, when the card you gave them expires, to change the expiration date they submit until it hits on your new exp. date. The only way to cancel your membership is via snail-mail. I decided not to bother.
When a website asks for your information first, it is a clear sign that YOU are their product.
BTW privacy policies are 100% worthless in bankruptcy. You name and contact infor is easily sold with no restrictions by trustees.
$35 a year, I think,
My wife signed up.
I used them for my concrete contractor and now I’m looking for a guy to patch the ceiling from where I fell through the roof while installing a ventilation fan that I should have had a contractor install in the first place.
Yep, sold my car quickly, a few years ago.
Also, just selected my Roofer based on AL Reviews AND BBB rating.
Roofing starts Friday, so no results to report.
Read several reviews, because it’s easy to get whinny consumers. Larger number of available reviews helps too.
she sued, the company declared bankruptcy and disappeared. she was in court for 2 years.
That's exactly what I was afraid of. Just searching the BBB & county and state databases for "bad contractors" isn't enough, since they have a habit of declaring bankruptcy and then coming back under a different name. This happened to my cousin, and they really screwed up her home, costing nearly $40,000 just to fix what they screwed up! She and about 8 other families have been fighting the guy in court now for about 4 years. They've been very happy with everyone they've since found through Angie's List.
you ever been featured on that America’s Funniest Home Videos show?
my cartoon bubble has Dorf (the Tim Conway character) on a roof.
A while back, I went to Angie’s list looking for a plumber.
Angie wanted my email address & $25 up front, with no indication that she had ANY plumbers listed for my city. I’m not paying $25 for her to tell me she can’t help me.
Now, I get junk mail from Angie weekly despite repeatedly asking to be removed from the mailing list.
Angie’s list is a scam, IMO.
it’s amazing how many people cannot comprehend a CL ad.
I state what I need, how much I’m willing to pay, and my criteria.
they reply with 1 of the 3 criteria:
I need references.
I need price.
I need time frame.
you’d think I was asking them to land the Mars rover.
thanks for that...sounds as hit or miss as CL.
Better have a good home owner's policy if one of the workers gets injured.
I would also suggest checking with the Pastor of your Church. They seem to know what everyone does for a living. When you see them in church every week, I doubt you would have a problem with them.
What’s to prevent competitors from giving lousy reviews of each other?
good idea. I may also post a note on the church bulletin board.
“I was totally turned off because the site requires you to enter your e-mail address before you register. Then it informs me that its a pay service. It would have been nice to know that before I was forced to give away info.”
I had the EXACT same reaction a number of years ago, and I’m still angry about it. You spend a bunch of time on their site, as they draw you closer and closer, then they say, out of nowhere PAY UP!!!! I left them then, and never came back.
YES! I’ve used several companies found on Angie’s List.
I saw a handyman on Angie’s List I used through my realtor and he was TERRIBLE. Unfortunately, if you give a bad review to a company, Angie’s List will reveal to the company who gave the negative feedback. I didn’t write anything because I live alone and the guy ended up really, really creepy and a druggie. He’s definitely someone I don’t want a possible confrontation with. I’ve complained several times to AL about this but to no avail.
I want to say fifty a year, but can’t recall at the moment. just go to the web site, it’ll give the details.
i have used them to find electricians, roofers, a paving company for a new driveway...but they have lots of other categories.
Oh yeah- I have had MANY bad contractors- I used to own 14 apartment units so I always looking for reliable people to work- out of about 50 contractors I used, there are only two that I still call back on a regular basis
I had one morong who wanted to charge $800 to put in a hot water heater- after he started the job he told me it would be more expensive and would cost $1,100.
I told him he was basically going to spend about 4 hours of time putting in a unit I could buy myself for $230 and so what was the extra cost for? If he could not do it for the price he gave me then take his stuff and go.
So the dumbass hooked up the hot water to the toilets
Fortunately he left his toolbox there- I told him to fix it if he wanted them back and gave him only the tools he needed until the job was finished
I can’t believe how much money Angie’s list must spend on advertising- their commercials are all over the place
It would have been a great one.
I have a ranch-style house with a low roof and my insulation is that white cellulose they spay all around. SO, I cannot see the joists very well. I was almost there and my foot slipped and went through the ceiling into the den.
My daughter was napping directly under me and she screamed and shouted some expletives for which she was forgiven. She and the couched were covered with that white insulation.
I did the same thing the other day, put in my email and then went to next page about paying. I was surprised - no where do they say that until... So I didn’t proceed. Next thing I get is an email from them. They are dishonest, I hate dishonesty and sneaky tactics.
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