Do you still use a phone book to find home contractors? If so, I don’t really blame you. Home improvement services aren’t exactly the easiest thing to find, even in the age of the Internet, and when you do find a contractor you like online, you still have no idea how good, cost effective and reliable they are. To help you out, we checked out some well known services that help you with your home fix problem.
These services don’t help you find the right handyman but some also give you interior design tips, inspiration for bedroom design and do it yourself house fixes.
Amazon recently ventured into Services. Amazon Home Services is just one of them. There are a lot of things I like about Amazon Home Services; for one, it offers a wide range of services to choose from. They offer Pest Control, Home Improvement, House Cleaning, Moving, Assembly, and Handyman Services. Each service is neatly packaged with a $ value attached. And then there are custom services. Under custom service you simply fill out a form to the best of your ability giving the details of your project and its sent out to contractors in your area for a free estimate.
Amazon Home Services however takes your default mailing address’s postcode (that you can change on the go) into account to show you the services that can be delivered in your area. You still get to see other providers too, however you cannot see their quote (so if you’re thinking you’re going to tell your only available handyman that John Doe over in Missouri charges less, forget it). You can also read reviews from actual customers to get a sense of the home contractor and the quality of service they offer. The entire payment and delivery is handled by Amazon, except that in this instance they deliver a service.
Not everything is perfect with Amazon Home Services though. For one, it is more expensive than simply finding a contractor though a Google search. For instance, I found a home contractor willing to install a TV mount for $150 through Google, but the only one on Amazon Home Services costs $200. Granted, that’s probably because Amazon also makes a profit from the service. So if you are willing to part with a convenience / peace of mind fee, they’re okay.
The service is also quite limited at the moment; even in the US. When reviewing the service, I saw that they didn’t include a lot of the services in my area. For example, it shows that there are no stores that do iPhone screen repair (yes I know it isn’t home repair, but I had to look for something I knew for certain) in my area, yet I know of three right off the top of my hand. It’s clear that Amazon Home Services has partnerships with some providers and it doesn’t account for everything in each area.
Simple Amazon Interface
Wide Range Of Services
Pay Through Amazon
Does Not List All Local Providers
Limited service for smaller areas
Houzz specialises in three areas: home decor ideas, finding home professionals including contractors and selling products (like IKEA). Houzz is also probably one of my favourites from this list, probably because I could actually find providers from my (and other) small areas. That’s certainly the biggest benefit of this site. It also has tonnes of great ‘How to’ articles on ways to spruce up your living space on your own (something my wife will absolutely love). Houzz is also widely available and specialises in 11 countries.
Really the only con of Houzz is the lack of pricing information. I know it’s not a big deal to talk to home design professionals and home contractors about prices, but I would just like to know what I’m getting into before I make a phone call. Here, Houzz caters to those in need of a redecoration or a home improvement project than an urgent need to find a handyman to fix your dishwasher.
Lots of Options
Articles On DIY Projects
Mobile Apps for iOS and Android
Actually Helps Smaller Areas
Available in 11 countries include United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Spain and Italy
No Pricing Information
MyBuilder is a unique site because it is one of the only sites on this list that strictly deals with finding contract workers to fix your home. In fact, one of the things I love about this site is the way it functions like popular freelance platforms like Elance and Upwork. On MyBuilder, you post a job you need getting done, MyBuilder then sends it to select tradesmen, they bid on your job, then you pick one and they do the job. It’s really that simple.
What sets MyBuilder apart from other bidding websites is that it only allows tradesmen on their platform after they have undergone a vetting process. This is to ensure the highest quality possible in their workers and increased job satisfaction with homeowners. MyBuilder also sends alerts to potential tradesmen who can agree or decline to work on the job for you. Once the job poster shortlists a trademen, the site charges a fee (depending on the job size) to the trademan and shares their contact information with the homeowner. On average there are 1 or 2 tradesmen shortlisted for each job posted but it can go upto 5 depending on the size of the project.
The only downside to this website is that it is only available for people in the UK. It would be great if they expanded to other geo locations each with its own local team to vet experts in various specialities.
Contractors Come To You
Easily Readable Satisfaction History
Carefully Curated List of Contractors / Tradesmen
Limited to UK only!
So thats the short list of places online to help you easily find people to fix your home. It just ultimately depends on where you live and what you are looking to pay. The sites above are obviously the best, and it just goes to show that the internet can help you find anything. Is there a service you use, or used before? Let us know.