Ever want to hire someone to put in a walkway, need to visit a new doctor, or have to call a plumber in a hurry, but don't know who to choose?
When we moved here, I would just pick someone out of the yellow pages or off Google -- until I found a better (and quicker) way.
Angie's List is a membership site of people who have used businesses near you -- and have given feedback about their experiences.
You can find out if a dentist is always running late, or if an electrician shows up smelling of alcohol.
You can also discover a wonderfully creative landscaper that you had never heard of before, a roofer who goes beyond the call of duty, or a mechanic who spends the time to show you why your car had that problem and how to prevent it in the future. It's all there.
I have used Angie's List for several years now and have had a very good experience with it.Angie's List is really helpful if you:
Angie's List probably won't work for you if you live very far from a city (although you can call their office to see what sort of coverage they have for your area). Also, they will put you on automatic renewal unless you contact them beforehand to arrange it differently.
I live right near a major city and plan to use their service for a while (I signed up for the five year deal and saved a bunch of money), so it's worked out great for me.
The quality of the reviews on Angie's List (in my view) is a lot higher than those of the free
sites. Since we own
a home, have kids, and have pets, it's worth it to us to be able to go one place and quickly get a list of companies to work with.
Disclosure: I get a small commission if you choose to join Angie's List from clicking on one of these links. This won't change the price you pay but will help me cover the costs of running this site. Thanks!