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New Online Program Helps Consumers Find Reputable Home Improvement Experts

New Online Program Helps Consumers Find Reputable Home Improvement Experts

Published: 07/04/2010 by Patsy Hamilton is a website providing an interactive program to help consumers find the home improvement help they need. It is now available for use in your area.

Using the program is absolutely free. There are no hidden fees and you won’t be bombarded by spam after you sign up. Here’s how it works.

Once you enter the site, you will see one button for the homeowner and another for the contractor. Click on the homeowner button to begin.

The registration process is simple, comparable to the kind that you use at other websites. You create a username and password. The only required information is your real name and your e-mail address.

There is no need to worry about the security of your personal information. If you want, you can enter your address and phone number, but that information is not sold to or shared with other websites.

Once you are registered, you are ready to enter your project. You should include as many details as possible in order to get accurate bids from contractors.

You can browse the website to get an idea of what kind of details to include. For example, one customer needed a wall removed from the interior of his home.

The details he included were the height and length of the wall, as well as information about replacing the flooring underneath. In a matter of hours, he had a dozen different bids on his project.

It’s something like E-bay only in reverse. Instead of the bids going up hour by hour, they go down.

Some contractors might contact you by e-mail (or phone if you provide that info) in order to get more details about the project before they bid. They don’t want to cause you problems by making an inaccurate estimate.

One of the reasons that this type of service has not been available in the past has to do with the contractor’s need to “see” the job. But, if you provide enough information, it is possible for them to come up with a price.

Because the contractors are competing for your business, you can expect to save money. You are likely to get several bids on your projects.

Then you can compare the reviews the contractors have received from other consumers. You can visit the contractor’s websites and call them up if you would like more information.

Instead of posting a project, you can use the website to compare the profiles of contractors in your local area. It’s a really easy way to do your research before you hire someone.

You will find all kinds of contractors at Electricians, carpenters, plumbers, pool builders, landscape specialists, carpet installers, interior decorators and more are just a mouse click away.

Patsy Hamilton is a home improvement journalist at

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