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anyone here ever use Angie's List?
me | 8-22-12 | turbo z

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.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: angies; drywall; list; vanity
thanks in advance, TurboZamboni
1 posted on 08/22/2012 1:19:44 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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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.


2 posted on 08/22/2012 1:23:03 PM PDT by Kipp
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To: TurboZamboni

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?


3 posted on 08/22/2012 1:23:34 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: TurboZamboni

Yelp is free. I think you ahve to pay for angies list which is insane.


4 posted on 08/22/2012 1:25:09 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: TurboZamboni

I am a subscriber and have already found it well worth the fee to join.


5 posted on 08/22/2012 1:25:55 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

what’s the fee? I’ve heard the Rush ad, never a price.


6 posted on 08/22/2012 1:34:28 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


7 posted on 08/22/2012 1:36:50 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: TurboZamboni

I’d call a couple of home builders (get some references from your bank) and see who their sheet rock subs are.


8 posted on 08/22/2012 1:40:42 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I seem to remember that Angies List is an abortion supporter, but I could be wrong...


9 posted on 08/22/2012 1:45:01 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

I think I confused Angies List with Emily’s List in post 9. My bad. Never mind.


10 posted on 08/22/2012 1:46:41 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


11 posted on 08/22/2012 1:48:12 PM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

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.


12 posted on 08/22/2012 1:49:33 PM PDT by StevenFlorida
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To: Mr. K

have you ever hired a bad contractor? it can be nearly as nightmarish as a bad divorce.


13 posted on 08/22/2012 1:50:04 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni
Might I suggest a free alternative? I use Kudzu.com for looking-up local providers, most recently to choose a new family dentist when our previous dentist retired. Check the link for a list of the locations that they cover and see if there is someone in your area.

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.

14 posted on 08/22/2012 1:55:00 PM PDT by GizmosAndGadgets (The Tree of Liberty is thirsty!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

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.


15 posted on 08/22/2012 1:55:49 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: TurboZamboni
looking for a sheetrocker to install a 12x16 ceiling
That's a pretty small job ... probably not worth jumping through a lot of hoops for.
Look in the Yellow Pages and get three estimates. Or ask your neighbors, friends or relatives.
Lowes, Home Depot, etc., will give estimates too.
Any new housing developments in your area? Check on-site with the sheet rockers and maybe they'll fit you in on a Saturday for a decent price.
16 posted on 08/22/2012 1:56:09 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: BubbaBasher

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.


17 posted on 08/22/2012 1:56:27 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


18 posted on 08/22/2012 1:59:18 PM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: oh8eleven

I’d do it myself, but I don’t want it to look like my garage. ;)


19 posted on 08/22/2012 2:00:54 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


20 posted on 08/22/2012 2:03:43 PM PDT by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: Mr. K

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.


21 posted on 08/22/2012 2:22:34 PM PDT by No Socialist
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To: TurboZamboni

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.

Mark


22 posted on 08/22/2012 2:30:33 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

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.


23 posted on 08/22/2012 2:38:19 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: absalom01

what’s the fee? is it yearly or monthly?


24 posted on 08/22/2012 2:42:29 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


25 posted on 08/22/2012 2:48:29 PM PDT by pallis
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To: TurboZamboni

Angie’s list can be manipulated by “shills” (have your friends and family post comments for you)


26 posted on 08/22/2012 2:49:53 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: TurboZamboni

Call your home insurance agent for suggestions


27 posted on 08/22/2012 2:50:20 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: TurboZamboni

I posted too quick. You might try asking around at some hardware/lumber stores. They know the people who do a lot of work.


28 posted on 08/22/2012 2:50:33 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Mr. K

“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.


29 posted on 08/22/2012 2:51:56 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: BubbaBasher

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.


30 posted on 08/22/2012 2:53:46 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: TurboZamboni

$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.


31 posted on 08/22/2012 2:54:20 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


32 posted on 08/22/2012 2:55:31 PM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: TurboZamboni
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.

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.

Mark

33 posted on 08/22/2012 2:55:44 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: SJSAMPLE

you ever been featured on that America’s Funniest Home Videos show?

my cartoon bubble has Dorf (the Tim Conway character) on a roof.


34 posted on 08/22/2012 2:57:54 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


35 posted on 08/22/2012 3:00:46 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: G Larry

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.


36 posted on 08/22/2012 3:01:57 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Mister Da

thanks for that...sounds as hit or miss as CL.


37 posted on 08/22/2012 3:09:59 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: oh8eleven
"Check on-site with the sheet rockers and maybe they'll fit you in on a Saturday for a decent price. "

Better have a good home owner's policy if one of the workers gets injured.

38 posted on 08/22/2012 3:13:21 PM PDT by Godebert (No Person Except a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


39 posted on 08/22/2012 3:13:26 PM PDT by siamesecats (God closes one door, and opens another, to protect us.)
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To: TurboZamboni

What’s to prevent competitors from giving lousy reviews of each other?


40 posted on 08/22/2012 3:17:02 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: siamesecats

good idea. I may also post a note on the church bulletin board.


41 posted on 08/22/2012 3:19:19 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: BubbaBasher

“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.”

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.


42 posted on 08/22/2012 3:53:56 PM PDT by BobL (If you're afraid of guns, get yourself a wife that isn't)
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To: TurboZamboni

YES! I’ve used several companies found on Angie’s List.


43 posted on 08/22/2012 6:03:39 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: Lizavetta

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.


44 posted on 08/22/2012 6:14:23 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


45 posted on 08/22/2012 7:25:10 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: TurboZamboni

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


46 posted on 08/23/2012 5:58:35 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Mister Da

I can’t believe how much money Angie’s list must spend on advertising- their commercials are all over the place


47 posted on 08/23/2012 6:01:53 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


48 posted on 08/23/2012 6:22:40 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: BubbaBasher

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.


49 posted on 08/25/2012 9:39:38 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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