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Angie's List ... worth it?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by imjustagirl, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Never really cared before, but since I'll (hopefully) be a homeowner in two weeks, is it worth paying the $39 annually to join Angie's List? Is anyone on there? Are the reviews that much more trustworthy?
  2. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Not a clue, but wondering the same thing.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I'd rather go with regular word of mouth. Find a friend, neighbor or relative who you trust and ask them.

    That's what we did to find a mechanic, doctor, plumber, handyman, etc...

    The concept of Angie's List is great, but $39 for a year is ridiculous.
  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I have no friends that live within 30 miles of intown Atlanta.
  5. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Check out a home warranty company. I think we use HMS or something like that. It's like $400 a year and if something breaks, they find a local to come out and A) fix it or B) replace it with a new one. I think there's like a $50 charge for each time you use it. So, if your fridge craps out and they replace it, it costs you $50. The coverage we have covers damn near every appliance in the house and a whole slew of other shit.
  6. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I have a warranty. I'm more thinking about things like putting in a fence or having my house painted or getting my driveway redone or finding a lawn care company.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Lawn: Find a neighborhood kid to do it. Lawn care companies charge $50-$60 a week. Where you live it might even be higher.

    The other stuff? Wow, yeah, I would ask as many people as possible or bite the bullet and pay the $39. You don't want to risk getting the wrong person for that stuff because they will rip you off something awful.
  8. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Oops. My bad.

    I'm in the same boat. We're getting our lawn redone next month. I just looked online, found 3 companies, got quotes from all three and chose one. Not sure if it's like this everywhere, but when we moved in, we got hundreds and hundreds of coupons for local companies in the mail. In fact, we still get them. Dealing with everything you're talking about.

    Good luck!
  9. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    There's two alternatives, I think...

    Kudzu.com and daveslist.com. Not sure about that second one, but he advertises on WSB... That may not be his address
  10. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Angie and Dave are both jerks.
  11. jackfinarelli

    jackfinarelli Well-Known Member

    Angie's List is worth it - - - only if you are Angie.

    Friends and neighbors can point you to good sources of homeowner help and steer you away from "bad guys".
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Drive around the neighborhood and if you see a fence or driveway that you like, go up to the door and ask them who did it for them.
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