Once upon a time companies like Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor served a purpose and served it well. Sadly that just isn’t the case any longer.
As an established and successful kitchen & bathroom remodeler in Crofton, MD, we are no stranger to these lead generating businesses. We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. If there is one thing you remember from this article, we hope its that you don’t waste your time and money with these failing companies.
It really is too bad. Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor didn’t start off being terrible decisions for connecting homeowners and contractors. But somewhere between then and now, somebody screwed it all up. We think if you dig deep enough, it probably has something to do with money and how much these giant corporations wanted/needed it.
We don’t want to waste time strolling down memory lane reminiscing about the good ole days of AL and HA, so let’s jump right in to what you will now probably experience if you decide to use Angie’s List or HomeAdvisor. In just one word, to sum it all up, we say… bad. Bad is what you’ll get if you use Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor.
Why so bad?
In just a couple minutes, preforming an online search, you can find reports of Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor connecting their customers with felons, unlicensed, uninsured, and inexperienced contractors. CRAZY, right? Adversely, if you search the homepages of Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor, you’ll see words like “prescreened” and “qualified professional”. Check out this article from local news station WRAL of North Carolina from November of 2018.
If reviews are what you seek (and we assume you are if you’re contemplating using Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor), check out the reviews FOR Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor. Horrible!
The reason people use these sites is to get connected with a local professional. Chances are if you’re looking for a service professional, its because you want to hire a local service professional. To add insult to injury, many homeowners pay these unqualified “professionals” before they realize they were connected to the wrong person! Ouch.
In today’s world, data is king. Your name, your phone number, and even your home address is attractive data to BIG business. Do you like spam emails, unsolicited robo-calls, or a mailbox full of junk flyers? If not, you may want to think twice about filling out that free membership form.
So what’s a homeowner gotta do to find the right kitchen & bathroom contractor for the job?
For starters, do your own research. Scroll past the Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor search results and see who else is investing in their online marketing. Advertising online isn’t cheap. Take a few minutes to see what local businesses are established and reinvesting in themselves.
Social media can be another great tool for finding the right professional. Check out Google reviews. As of today, businesses can not pay for google reviews.
But just don’t stop there. After finding a contractor or service professional, be sure to ask for references. Inquire about how long they’ve been in business. Do a license search to make sure that professional is legally qualified to handle your project.
Here at Morgan Building & Remodeling, we have been helping customers in our community since 2006. We’re excited to hear your ideas and share our experience about how we can transform your kitchen or bathroom. We are more than happy to put you in touch with a long list of happy customers. If you are in the Annapolis, Odenton, Millersville, Crofton, Severna Park, Davidsonville, and Gambrills, or surrounding areas, drop us a line! We’d love to hear from you.