...because home doesn't happen overnight.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Nicole who is approaching the one year anniversary of owning her first home! She has some projects in the hopper which she may hire out for so an Angie’s List membership would be helpful in finding a reputable company.

happy handy hubby day

So not everyone has an HH {HH stands for Handy Hubby here on House*Tweaking} and mine is not for hire. Sorry ladies and gents. Although, I have a feeling HH could make a killing if that’s what he really wanted to do. He’s mentioned it. Maybe someday.

Handy Hubby w/respirator

Today’s giveaway is for the HH-less. Or maybe even the HH-ful who need a pro to help with a large scale project or a project beyond their know-how or a project they just don’t want to do. Been there, done that. Angie’s List is an online resource for service-based company reviews. Only paying subscribers have access to the reviews and can “grade” companies. Basically, it’s the modern day word-of-mouth.

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HH and I have personally subscribed to Angie’s List in the past. It was reassuring to hire a company that others had had a pleasant experience with. We felt like if we were going to shell out the money for someone else to do the work then we wanted to know the work would be done right. We’ve had a few run-ins with companies doing sub-par work and it’s extremely frustrating. We’re usually left with less money, a poor result and either 1) having to hire out another company to fix/finish the job or 2) having to DIY the job ourselves after we previously decided against it. Not fun.

But you lucky ducks have the chance to avoid all that frustration with a free one year subscription to Angie’s List! See entry details below.

PRIZE: a one year membership to Angie’s List

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. phone number. Yep, phone number. One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “NO WHAMMIES!”

DEADLINE: Enter before Sunday, March 24th at midnight EST. One random winner will be announced Monday, March 25th.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since we’re talking projects gone awry…tell me a time when you hired out for a project and received less than desirable results. I’ll go first. HH wanted to build a Man Shed in the backyard of our previous home. He could have easily built the entire thing himself but due to time constraints he decided to hire out for the concrete foundation of the outbuilding. He got three estimates, went with the cheapest one and we got burnt. In the end, HH rallied my dad and a few friends to help him fix and finish the job properly. He paid them in beer. After all, they were laying the foundation to a Man Shed.

169 Comments

20.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! we have no luck with concrete… the guys talk a good game, but it never turns out well!

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20.March.2013

No Whammies!

Awesome giveaway- Angies List sounds awesome. And thanks for the blog! : )

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20.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

When we had our carpet installed in our current place, they ended up destroying our brand new paint job. Ugh!

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20.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I hired a house cleaner to DEEP CLEAN my new house before I moved in (only about 6 weeks ago, so I could definitely use this resource for the many projects!). Sadly, she did not do a great job and my mom ended up cleaning almost as much as she would have had I not hired anyone! I specifically asked for insides of cabinets, drawers, etc….many looked like they weren’t even touched. Ugh.

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20.March.2013

No Whammies!! I haven’t had any bad experiences yet, however I’m sure I’ll get my fair share this summer when my (awful) tenants move out and the house needs repaired!

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20.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I’ve heard great things about Angie’s List – as we continue to work on our house, this would be a great service!!

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20.March.2013

No whammies! We haven’t contracted out for any major jobs yet…I think bc we are too afraid. We have several projects we are currently getting quotes on bit haven’t yet taken the leap. We will probably start with our basement first.

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20.March.2013

No whammies! Luckily we havent had any bad hires…mainly because we havent hired anyone!

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20.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I’m currently getting VERY frustrated at the lack of contact of IKEA’s kitchen installers. They’ve been giving me the run-around for over 2 weeks and keep telling me they’ll call me later and I don’t hear from them for days. I’m 1 step away from installing myself…

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20.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We are working with a well-known pool company trying to repair our pool and nearly 1K later it’s still not working. Did we mention the pool came with our new house. :/

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20.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We’ve only owned our house for a year, and so far we’ve had very good luck with the few things we’ve hired out. We rely a lot on recommendations from friends, but it’s always good to get plenty of opinions.

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20.March.2013

“NO WHAMMIES !” Really need this…single with a lot of repairs that need done! Thanks for the opportunity.

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20.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

Never had to hire out before – but only because we haven’t gotten around to starting any of the projects we have planned on the house yet. We have found some “interesting” “upgrades” around the house that the previous owners hired out for…. I’ve been keeping photographic evidence, it’s that good. haha

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20.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES. I need all the help I can get…

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20.March.2013

No whammies! We hired a contractor to lay wood floors for us in Sept. He warned he wouldn’t be able to get to it until right before Christmas. He called last week and said he needs another month! In the meantime, my husband laid the floors, we sold the house, and moved across the country. http://www.moveon.org

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20.March.2013

No whammies!

I’ve never hired a contractor (yet) because I’m a renter, but my landlord has definitely hired some shaaaaaaady people who have done some shoddy work — one group replaced drywall in our kitchen without telling me first OR putting down any dropcloths. Our ENTIRE APARTMENT was covered in a film of dust. Even my dog had dust on him. Nightmare.

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20.March.2013

“NO WHAMMIES!”

We hired a company to clean our ducts. They ended up breaking our furnace, and when I complained, they send a repairman who had NO idea what he was doing. The guy seriously spent the entire day trying to fix it. Then tried to bill us for not being able to fix the furnace that the company that hired him had broken.

In the end we spent $3800 on a new furnace.

Though a different company. ;)

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21.March.2013

No whammies! I don’t have a handy hubby!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

My husband and I almost always DIY everything, so we haven’t hired many people, but with baby #2 coming any day now, we are thinking we might start biting the bullet and paying for some of the more dreaded projects!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

My husband and I do the majority of our DIY (ok, who am I kidding? He does most of the work, not me!) so thankfully no horror stories to report. We are planning to hire a company to take down our 100 year old beech tree out front, however, and fingers crossed that nothing goes wrong!

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21.March.2013

No Whammies!

I hired a handy man to change out a bathroom faucet and he took over 4 hours until he told me he just couldn’t get the faucet installed and left. I was left with bathroom sink and no faucet and had to get a plumber out to finish the job. Bummer.

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21.March.2013

No Whammies! We hired a contractor, on the recommendation of a coworker, to hang siding. After 6 months it still wasn’t complete and he MOVED out of town!!! It took almost an entire year to get him to finish the job. We learned an important lesson: NEVER pay in full until the job is complete.

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21.March.2013

No Whammies!

Haven’t had any contractor horror stories yet, but am in the middle of buying a house from the 20s (knock on wood), so this would be a great time to have help getting it right!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
When we bought our house, we had a new roof put on. We’re still getting flats from all the stray nails those guys left strewn about.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! Our new house is trying to defeat me! Could use some good referrals!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

Pay someone to fix something at our house? Ha! My husband is too into diy for that :coughcheapcough:

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

How timely! I’ve just been looking into Angie’s list. We’ve not had much done to our house, so no bad stories to tell other than a roofer trying to convince us we had hail damage (2nd opinion proved otherwise), but we’ve got several things to be done, so a membership would be very helpful!

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21.March.2013

No whammies!

We hired a brick restoration company to do some tuck point work on our 100 year old house. The guys showed up, sat in their can smoking for an hour (I was home on maternity leave), then did a pretty shoddy job. Luckily, I hadn’t paid, so I called the office and said I wouldn’t pay until it was done right. In the end, they made it right, and the next crew did a great job.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We hired a company to finish our basement a few years ago. They made a HUGE mess and then didn’t even finish a part of the bathroom correctly. I wish we would have looked on Angie’s List!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!! I often get so frustrated with subs who don’t listen to the whole issue, I wait way too long before trying to get the job done.

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21.March.2013

What a doll your hubby is!! You are a lucky woman (& I don’t even need the ANgie’s List deal…just felt the need to comment. WOW!!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! When trying to get work done at my father’s house we had the dreaded contractor that spoke a good game but would not do the job on time, and once it was “completed” it was still poorly completed. Totally frustrating!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! Please, no whammies.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We had a guy replace a gas heater in our attic extension . . . he tried to seal the hole the old heater left to the outdoors with CARDBOARD . . .

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!!
We hired a decorator for some ideas and color schemes for our new house. I told her that I really didn’t like the “country” theme in decorating. What did we get for $400 of design services? Country themed house design and colors. Yuck. I just started reading blogs (like yours!) for good ideas. :)

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
I purchased my first home in September of last year so this would come in handy as my
1940s cottage has some quirks! Thankfully no contractor horror stories to date (and I’d like to keep it that way!).

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We’ve gotten burned on repairing dry wall on a ceiling. It was damaged by a leak from the second story that occurred while we were doing the home inspection—the upstairs tub flooded because the inspector wasn’t paying attention!! The inspector covered the cost of repair and was profusely sorry, but his repair guy did shoddy work. We had to fix it ourselves a few months later.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We try to do everything ourselves, but had to hire out some parts of kitchen remodel. Not everything went smoothly, for sure!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

We haven’t hired out too often and the only incident that comes to mind was one our propane company sent out an inspector for what was to supposed to be a “free” inspection that ended up costing us money. He made me such a nervous wreck when he was in the house because he completely appeared to have no clue what he was doing (e.g., turning on all four burners on high and letting it run and saying he’s never seen it do that before).

P.S. I think HH = hunky husband in your case. :)

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

We are having a hard time making the step to hire anyone to help… maybe this will help!!!
thanks

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I actually don’t have any horror stories…yet! However, we just purchased a house and I am more than overwhelmed at the amount of people you need to hire on a regular basis, not to mention major repairs or renovations. This service would be great!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

Thankfully, we don’t have any bad experiences yet but that’s probably because we’re renters. We definitely use Angie’s List for everything else, though. Finding a dentist, a car mechanic, mover’s, etc…

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21.March.2013

“NO WHAMMIES!” we once had a guy come to check out our chimney that once he showed up I was pretty sure was going to kill us. Such a scary dude! Luckily, he turned out to be a very honest guy, ha ha! Just a good reminder to always have someone else home when I meet a contractor!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We hired a plumber to snake our toilets and within one poop we were clogged again! Darn kiddos!

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21.March.2013

“NO WHAMMIES!” We hired movers to pack and move our apartment when we bought our house last year. One of the movers used the restroom in our new house and clogged the toilet, which immediately began to overflow. He DIDN’T TELL ANYONE and just went back to moving stuff so by the time one of the other movers found it the bathroom was a huge mess and it was spreading to the room below via a hole in the floor behind the toilet. I was super pissed, not because the toilet had clogged but because the big jerk didn’t tell anyone so that we could deal with it immediately. We ended up getting about $500 back from the company.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
My hardwood floor re-staining was a less than desirable process due to the poor communication from the guy doing it. Floors turned out good, but not great.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We just hired a guy to help reno our laundry room. I come home from work and find the cabinets installed… off center. Wha?! Why is there a 3 inch gap from the wall on the left side and a 1 inch gap on the right? He totally meant to do it in the center, I saw the pencil marks where the cabinet should have been, but it just didn’t end up that way. Sigh. Also, when working on upgrading the plumbing, he installed the washer faucet box a bit too quickly after soldering on the new spigots. Now the faucet box is all melted and warped. Double sigh.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! (I loved that show as a kid – didn’t you?)
We had a leak in our shower in a rented house in Germany. We told the property manager and “Otto” came out to fix it quite promptly. However, he really didn’t do much even though I’m sure the mold problem was pretty obvious. After some scraping and painting, he declared that it was “all he could do.” I learned later that the property manager wouldn’t authorize a real repair for the leaking shower plate that he’d installed himself. so he could pocket more money from the owner. Awesome. Pretty glad we moved soon afterwards.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

I’m actually in contract to buy my first house, so most of my projects have been minor furniture or decor related endeavors. That’s what would make this contest so great — so we don’t get ourselves in over our head to start!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I hired an AC guy who came out and had to come back two or three times just to get it working because he didn’t have ‘the right part’ when he came out the third time he got it working, but accidentally fried the programmable thermostat, and just replaced it with an unprogrammable one.

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