#HomeAdvisor: Easy Home Improvement For Busy Families

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Between parenting, wifing (is that a word? lol), homeschooling, careers and just everything in between, I’m often surprised that we manage to keep the house still standing. There are so many little projects around the house that we’ve been meaning to get to, but time and resources usually put them on a back burner. And as we outgrow our current home, the list only continues to get longer.

This is why I was so excited to learn about HomeAdvisor. Listen up moms (and dads…and really anyone that owns a home)! This online service literally takes the guesswork and headache out of all of your home improvement needs. When I say all, I really do mean all. From landscaping services, to organization, to maid and carpentry services, they have got it all covered. This really is easy home improvement for busy families.

I’m someone who generally likes to get direct referrals from people I know whenever I need any type of service, be it at home or otherwise. So I was a little skeptical initially to book a home improvement service directly online. But here are a few things that put me at ease:

1. Super easy selection process

As soon as you log on to HomeAdvisor.com, you are asked to enter the service that you need, and the zip code in which you need it. And even after picking your service (in my case, carpet cleaning), it breaks the category down even further. So there’s a separate selection for carpet installation, carpet cleaning, carpet repair, and even carpet cleaning onsite/offsite.

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2. Budget research made easy

Looking for a pro for the home improvement service you need is just a few clicks away. I didn’t want to just book an appointment without knowing what the cost was going to be. The last time we were quoted for carpet cleaning, it was well over $500! So being able to see not only what the estimated cost would be, but also what most homeowners spent on the same service was such a great tool to have! We ended up paying $135 which was below the average cost.

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3. Immediate access to reviews

Once you’ve decided on your budget, you can then go in and book from the list provided, or start a new search based on what improvement you need around the house. Being able to have and see the reviews right there before booking, made me much more comfortable with the process.

4. Easy booking

As soon as I decided on the pro in which we were going to book, I had the opportunity to have them call me immediately to book the appointment, or have them e-mail me the contact info and I could call them at my convenience. I chose the former, so as soon as I clicked on the option, my phone rang and I was able to book my appointment right away (with a real person).

We chose carpet cleaning because it was the most pressing need we had at the moment. With all of these children in the house, it’s a wonder we haven’t had to completely pull it out and start from scratch yet.

Home Advisor - BEFORE carpet clean - momsncharge

 

Home Advisor - AFTER carpet cleaning - momsncharge

I tried to get as close to the original lighting/position as possible with the before and after pictures. Overall, I was extremely pleased with the HomeAdvisor service, and can’t wait to use it again. This momma is ready to book an organizer and maid service on the next go’round 🙂

Now, with all that said, I also want to be as transparent as possible. While I absolutely LOVED this online service and will definitely be using it again, I’m not so sure that I would book the pros that did the actual work. They were great at initial contact and leading up to the appointment. But on the day of, I was disappointed in the fact that they showed up over an hour late and weren’t as professional as they had led me to believe. I did, however, complete a review on the site and shared with the HomeAdvisor reps who apologized on their behalf.

If you are anything like our family with a laundry list of home improvement projects to do around the house but no time to do them, I would highly recommend checking out HomeAdvisor and letting them do the work for you. And the next time you get tired of asking hubby to take care of something around the house, you can use this as your secret weapon and just get it done yourself (it’ll be our little secret).

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever used a service like HomeAdvisor or what service would you book if you used this service?

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    Nadeen
    June 26, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Sounds life a great website. I think the reviews are the most important. I don’t hire anyone without having a recommendation or good reviews. It’s good that you can also see the prices. Your carpet looks great!
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    Olivia
    June 26, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Wow this is really cool! If I owned a home I would definitely look into this, they did a great job with your carpet as well. It’s nice that they put everything there for you very simply, seems like a very user friendly site which is always important!
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    Kita
    June 27, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    I am very very skeptical about who I hire to come into my home people are so shady these days and you always see signs in Atlanta where people will come and do stuff for little or nothing. Glad there is a reputable website to get some things done that’s on the up and up
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    Stacie
    June 27, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Now this looks like an easy way to find a contractor. It can be hard to find someone that does good work and is trustworthy.
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    Holly
    June 27, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    I will keep this in mind for when I get a home. Reviews are very important. Will have to bookmark for future use
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    Nicole Brewer
    June 28, 2015 at 4:12 AM

    This is a pretty cool website, glad to learn about it. I’ll keep it in mind when I’m back in the market. Reviews and opinions of others is king!
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    Michellette "MimiCuteLips" Green
    June 28, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Ive not used a service like this before. I like the set up and the quick quote. I’m a review kind of person so I like that I can see what others had to say.

    I will give them a try.

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      Christine St.Vil
      July 3, 2015 at 4:13 AM

      I had never used a service like this before either Michellette, but I’m so glad I gave it a try!

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    LaShawn
    June 28, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    This looks like a great way to find a contractor! I’m so picky about who works on my house! I can’t wait to check this out because we need some work done!
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    LaChaya
    June 28, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    This is awesome! Living in a new city it’s difficult to know which contractors to trust. I will definitely be trying out home advisor for our next home improvement project. It’s always good to have access to reputable professionals!
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      Christine St.Vil
      July 3, 2015 at 4:12 AM

      I agree about that trust factor LaChaya (even in an old city lol). Glad to hear you’ll try them out and that this was helpful for you!

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    Julian (@BoldFearless1)
    June 29, 2015 at 3:06 AM

    I had only heard of Angie’s List before you wrote this post. It wasn’t completely clear if you had to pay for access to the reviews/listings before you could book an appointment. I’ll definitely have to check it out in the future because I have dealt with some unscrupulous maintenance folks in the past.
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    Tyra
    June 30, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    This sounds great for everyone! I need to get tile floors and grout cleaned up and buffed. Thanks for the inspiration to get on it, since summer is a good time to get all of that stuff handled.
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      Christine St.Vil
      July 3, 2015 at 4:11 AM

      Yes indeed Tyra! Be sure to post some pics when you decide to do it. We will definitely use them again 🙂

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    Vashti (veepeejay.com)
    June 30, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Aww, I’m sorry that your initial experience wasn’t as great but your carpet turned out great. I agree reviews are so important. This is a really awesome service that will certainly save on time.
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      Christine St.Vil
      July 3, 2015 at 4:11 AM

      Thank you Vashti! The pros still outweighed the con so I can’t complain 🙂

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