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Angie's List - July 13, 2011, 09:55 AM

Anyone else use it besides Turkish?

Sara and I are working a list of some home repairs, both interior & exterior, so I decided to sign up for a year membership with Angie's list. They have everything from carpenters to carpet cleaners to painters to doctors, dentists and physicians. You can sign up for one city (major metro area) or multiple cities, for an extra fee. Other Angie's List users provide feedback on their experiences with the companies, so find one you like with some good feedback and give them a shout.

I called a place in Sterling about replacing our garage door, all hardware and opener. Just for mentioning Angie's List, we get a discount on the garage door and also a free opener keypad outside. They're coming to do an estimate Friday, but it sounds like it's going to be about $1,000 for the whole she-bang.

Just talked to a place in Leesburg this morning about having some exterior wood replaced and painted due to wood rot and also spoke to them about replacing the front entry door & sidelights. Guy I spoke with said he could come out today for an estimate, but that doesn't work with my schedule, so he's coming tomorrow morning.

So far, Angie's List is proving to be very helpful at finding reputable companies to contact for getting specific work done.


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July 13, 2011, 10:01 AM

Thanks for the review. I have always had good luck with Servicemagic.com but, I like options.

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Anyone else use it besides Turkish?

Sara and I are working a list of some home repairs, both interior & exterior, so I decided to sign up for a year membership with Angie's list. They have everything from carpenters to carpet cleaners to painters to doctors, dentists and physicians. You can sign up for one city (major metro area) or multiple cities, for an extra fee. Other Angie's List users provide feedback on their experiences with the companies, so find one you like with some good feedback and give them a shout.

I called a place in Sterling about replacing our garage door, all hardware and opener. Just for mentioning Angie's List, we get a discount on the garage door and also a free opener keypad outside. They're coming to do an estimate Friday, but it sounds like it's going to be about $1,000 for the whole she-bang.

Just talked to a place in Leesburg this morning about having some exterior wood replaced and painted due to wood rot and also spoke to them about replacing the front entry door & sidelights. Guy I spoke with said he could come out today for an estimate, but that doesn't work with my schedule, so he's coming tomorrow morning.

So far, Angie's List is proving to be very helpful at finding reputable companies to contact for getting specific work done.
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July 13, 2011, 10:14 AM

Service Magic is like shooting a shotgun into the trees in that they distribute your information to a ton of different contractors and you get flooded with calls.

As a contractor, the service is relatively worthless because you have to call 10 leads before you get one on the phone.

The Angie's list platform requires that the client contact the contractor for their information and scheduling of an estimate.

The client has more control over the process in the case of Angie's List and the reviews tend to be a bit more accurate as it is a pay for service.
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have had great success with Angie's List, always been very professional and provided top notch contractors


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July 13, 2011, 05:20 PM

Chris, lemme know about your front door. We need to get ours replaced (just the slab, not the entire jamb), so would be interested in seeing how much it would run.


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July 13, 2011, 05:57 PM

I'm a small business owner and have a 100% rating on Angieslist and Washington Checkbook. We don't advertise,all of our business comes from those two websites.


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July 13, 2011, 06:43 PM

I have a question about Angie's List...you have to pay to use it right? Can only people who pay leave comments? I always wondered, what are the chances of enough people in the immediate area being members AND happened to have used THE small contractor I might be looking at?


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Just talked to a place in Leesburg this morning about having some exterior wood replaced and painted due to wood rot and also spoke to them about replacing the front entry door & sidelights. Guy I spoke with said he could come out today for an estimate, but that doesn't work with my schedule, so he's coming tomorrow morning.

So far, Angie's List is proving to be very helpful at finding reputable companies to contact for getting specific work done.
Castle, let me know how it works out. I'm in the market to have the bottom of my bay windows replaced due to wood rot as well as have my whole exterior trim repainted.


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Chris, lemme know about your front door. We need to get ours replaced (just the slab, not the entire jamb), so would be interested in seeing how much it would run.
Yep. Will do. I think our door is steel, and it's rusting thru on the bottom. No bueno. Plus, the seals around the sidelites are shot, and back when Jack n Jill were young, they used to gnaw on the wood trim around the door. So that's why we're replacing it all.

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I have a question about Angie's List...you have to pay to use it right? Can only people who pay leave comments? I always wondered, what are the chances of enough people in the immediate area being members AND happened to have used THE small contractor I might be looking at?
Yes, you have to be a member to leave comments. And it's not really limited to the "immediate area". It's based on major cities, so for us, it's DC. Then you can refine your search to particular cities, I believe. I just went in to the section I needed work from (Exterior - Painting) and found a bunch of places with great ratings, looked at their locations and chose a few.

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Castle, let me know how it works out. I'm in the market to have the bottom of my bay windows replaced due to wood rot as well as have my whole exterior trim repainted.
Will do, I'll keep the thread updated. Had the first contractor out this morning to gather info for an estimate on our wood rot replacement and painting. Super nice guy, very informative, didn't seem to oversell, and said he'd have an estimate over to me this evening or tomorrow. He also told me they're about 2 weeks out for work, which isn't an issue for me.


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July 14, 2011, 10:35 AM

Please post up your experience through the whole process. I have some stuff I really don't want to do myself at home.


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Please post up your experience through the whole process. I have some stuff I really don't want to do myself at home.
We have several projects we're going to have done.

1) Exterior wood rot replacement & repaint, and other misc. exterior paint touch ups

2) Garage door replacement - everything from the door to rails to springs to opener

3) Entry door replacement - including sidelites & transom

4) Deck replacement - our deck is showing signs of it being 15+ years old. Quite a few warped boards, etc. We're probably going the Trex route.

Depending on funds, our money tree harvest, etc, we may then move to the kitchen and have our counter tops done.

I'll do my best with write-up reviews after each project.


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Awesome post, probably the BEST non sportbike post for the year!


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chris, check out my FB page. I just changed out my deck to TREX. so i got costs, places to buy etc..

My FIL and I did the work, but I have one guy that is good.

I can fill you in on the 3 trex model types you can get...etc


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Anyone want to let me borrow their AL login? I am think about becoming a member.


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