...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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“NO WHAMMIES!”

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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I love Angie’s List! I have been subscribed to them for quite some time now. I’ve found everything from plumbers to a lady doctor. ;)

When we took on our home’s reno, we went with a recommendation of family, and it just did not work out how I wanted things to. After that, every time we did another project, to Angie’s List I went…and I never had a problem since.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

Unfortunately I have no HH, and had a basement redo that enclosed my hot water heater with not enough room to remove it for replacement but to cut into a new wall!

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21.March.2013

No Whammies!
I’ve been interested in subscribing since we just moved to a new state and a new house. It would probably be really helpful as we get settled.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

we have had pretty good luck so far, but it is almost crippling the amount of research I do before hiring anyone. Angie’s list would be much more helpful and quicker!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!!! I do have a HH but he’s really very good at just not completing everything in a project, so we have a bunch of little things that need to get done.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We had three contractors come and look at our unfinished basement but so far only one of them came back with a quote. Angie’s list would be so helpful in allowing us to find decent contractor!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
No scary stories yet because I haven’t hired a contractor yet. Hopefully with the help of Angie’s list I’ll never have a scary story!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!! I have so many projects around the house that are unfinished, all because I don’t know who to call! Angie’s would be great!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! – I’ve been thinking about subscribing – this would be great!
Thanks for the giveaway!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! The site looks interesting! We’re not big into the DIY game yet, but I’m sure this will be helpful if we ever need it down the road! :)

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!!! I’ve been thinking about joining Angie’s List for a while now, so this would be great! Unfortunately, we’re never in a financial situation to hire out our projects, so I (thankfully) don’t have any horror stories! However, after watching “Holmes on Homes” on DIY/HGTV, I know the value of a good tradesperson!

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21.March.2013

No Whammies!

We’re looking to buy a bigger house soon and it’d be nice to have a reliable source for work we might not be able to handle ourselves.

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21.March.2013

No whammies!
We’re about to list our home (work-related move this summer) and have more than several projects to tackle in next few weeks… I bought a handyman service special off LivingSocial–DON’T DO IT!–and it was a two-month-long ordeal just to get through to them to make/confirm an appt; an appt for which they never showed and now they won’t call back/all I get are voicemails. So yeah, Angie’s List would be fabulous now, and later, when we reach our new destination, hopefully summertime. Great pics, btw!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

Just bought our house last year so we haven’t had any bad experiences yet… here’s hoping that trend continues!

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21.March.2013

No Whammies!!!! I’ve always wanted to try Angies List!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

Our new home could use some love, and although we DIY alot, some thigns are better left to the professional.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!!!

We had a brand new tub installed with wonderful tile work only to find out that the tub was leaking and had a HUGE water stain on our ceiling!!!

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21.March.2013

No Whammies! We haven’t hired out for much of anything yet!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!! I just bought my house last June and thankfully haven’t had any bad experiences yet. But the things that have needed to fixed or done so far my boyfriend and I have done ourselves for the most part.

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21.March.2013

No Whammies! This would be for my parents- lifelong DIY-ers out of necessity. We live in an apartment so there isn’t much need except to get our couch cleaned. For work however we recently jammed our garage gate, and the guy who showed up said before he started that there was an $180 minimum on any service. My boss approved so the guy got on the ladder to the mechanical box, hit the “reset” button, climbed down and handed us a bill for $180. Robbery!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

Ironically, we are going through this right now. We hired painters to paint our first floor, normally we would do it ourselves, but time was an issue. Long story short, the painters did a poor job, and now we are currently in a dispute with them, which is taking even more of our time than if we had just done it ourselves…plus, we will end up repainting their mess…a double whammy, lesson learned. :-(

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
This would be for my parents also. My Mom and Dad live in a house that was built in 1875, and my family purchased in 1896. When my Parents moved in about 5 years ago they decided to take the “breeze way” and truly build it in, so they hired a guy to take a wall out and frame in the outside walls. They were so rough and didn’t look sturdy at all. My Dad ended up framing and hanging the doors exterior doors himself, and they had to have the header replaced and all of the trim work re-done, so they never have finished the interior of the walls in the breeze-way, and it looks kind of “lofty” with the exposed 2×4’s.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
Worst hire ever was a company to fix a broken sewer line, that they refused to admit was broken despite video evidence to the contrary – ugh!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We’re very DIY around our house, so the only people we’ve hired were an electrician and a roof repairman. Both did a good job, but we felt like the price was a little high. We’ve been wanting to try Angie’s List for a while but we weren’t sure if it was worth the money. Exciting giveaway!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!! As a single mom I appreciate the idea of Angie’s List; with limited funds, a full-time jog and an aging house, I need someone I can trust. thanks so much

HH is a keeper btw, in case you needed a reminder, but somehow, I don’t thnk so. ;-)

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We are coming up on the one year anniversary of owning our first home, so we’ve never actually hired anything out! We do have some bring projects in the works (painting the house and building a deck) and are torn between true diy, hiring it out and a combo of hiring some out and doing some ourselves. This would be perfect for us to make sure we didn’t get burned.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
No major problems yet but getting ready to build a house so I’m sure they are on the way.

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21.March.2013

“NO WHAMMIES!”
I’ve got some projects that are just too big — and my own HH has his plate full with our other projects!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! There is a major kitchen remodel in our future….

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

I’ve been thinking about Angie’s List forever-cant believe I have not signed up yet! Love this!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
Angie could really help me out, never tried her but I would like to.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

In the early stages of planning an addition to the house so checking out feedback on Angie’s List would be helpful as we talk with contractors.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

Single woman. Need some painting, new floors, etc. The problem in my area is getting someone to actually show up to see what you want and to follow through with sending an estimate. The last time I called a company I had used before and learned it had changed hands. The guy came out, we talked about everything I wanted to do and I never heard from them again. Phone call wasn’t returned. It’s really hard to find someone to do small jobs.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! No major problems so far. Hopefully it stays that way!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES – I have so many projects – it would be great to use Angies’s List for referrals.

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21.March.2013

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All but one contractor/electrician/carpenter/whatever we’ve used in our home has been an absolute bust. We’ve been over charged, given incorrect information, and even had things broken. Apparently our contractor radar is broken. :o\

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21.March.2013

“NO WHAMMIES!”

I had an electrician come to repair a light on my front porch…the light is fixed, bu the doorbell isn’t working!

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21.March.2013

No Whammies. I loved that game show. lol I hired a company to clean my air ducts. Supposed to be $50 plus a free dryer duct cleaning. They charged me over $700 AND broke the ignition switch in my ac/heater unit. Didn’t bother to tell me they broke it either. Never again.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

I’m a renter, but buying our first house. The previous owners paid $30k for a new sewer line about a year ago. When we scoped the line as part of our inspection, the sewer guy said the original company didn’t fix the grade issues so it’s a craptastic job. Worst part is, he said he would charge $15k for the same job (and would have done it right). So the sellers got ripped off and didn’t even get the job done right. We’re hoping they can get it fixed for free (not an issue now, but may become one down the line).

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21.March.2013

What a stud-muffin HH is. ;)

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We hired someone to refinish our hardwood floors in our last house before we sold it. The guy we hired was the friend of an acquaintance who was in the business of floors. He did a horrible job, we paid him upfront so that he could purchase supplies, etc., big mistake, he then asked for more money after messing up royally! We hired a professional company after that, who did a great job, extra work, proper clean up, and they even cost us less! lesson learned indeed.

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21.March.2013

No whammies!!
We had a roof that took 8 weeks longer and cost $12000 more than anticipated. We did not know the huge price increase till we were invoiced. Maybe he should had said something while it was going on.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

I love Angie’s List, but our previous owners had a “new 30-year architectural roof” put on. Their contractor didn’t even tell them it was a 3rd layer. ugh.. Our inspector said we could get maybe a few years out of it… sweet… then by late fall with the excessive amount of rain.. we had water coming through the plaster ceiling EVERYWHERE… literally one of those ‘oye with the poodles all ready’

So as new home owners we used Angie’s List to find a contractor to do our 3 layer tear off, patch job, new gutter system (to eliminate leaking problems) and new lifetime architectural shingles. Yay! Won’t hire another one without Angie’s. And now we just have to fix all those water damages..

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

My husband and I are buying a house, and while he claims he’s handy (he helped his grandpa convert the basement into a bedroom/bathroom about 15 years ago), but I don’t exactly trust him to know what he’s doing. It would be nice to hire people that are experts and have good reviews!

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21.March.2013

No Whammies!

Thanks so much for this giveaway! I would have loved Angie’s List when the roof blew off our house and caused a horrible flood of rainwater that our contractor took 3 months to fix, until we eventually gave up and finished the repairs ourselves.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! Trying to fix my mom’s house is definitely a project. I’ve been burned by contractors several times! I have never used Angie’s List, but I have heard rave reviews from this site. I would love a years subscription to Angie’s List.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES

We got burned using a friend or a friend to install sheet rock. We had to hire another person to finish/fix it. And years later, just between you and me I think it looks crappy.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

My HH often leaves finishing touches undone b/c he gets busy with other things. It would be great to hire out for the next big project so I don’t have to worry about those finishing touches! ;)

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!! We moved into our new house 18months ago and have slowly been updating and repairing everything the previous owners never touched after building it. Needless to say, it’s just about everything. Angie’s List would really help us out!! Thx.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES

About to move to a new state – will need to build a whole new network of contractors!

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21.March.2013

No whammies! Pool companies are notorious for bad service and the one we hired was no exception. Before breaking ground, they had us call the call-before-you-dig people to mark our lines, but neglected to tell us this didn’t include propane lines. So of course they hit a propane line about 15 minutes after they started digging. Long story short, they blamed us and refused to pay the $600+ to fix the line. And by then we had already forked over a substantial amount of deposit money (think $17K) to them as part of the contract, so we were stuck with them. Still very much regret going with that company.

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21.March.2013

No Whammies!
We have done a full 5 year remodel around here, so have several contractor stories! The best story has to be when we hired a paving contractor to do our circle drive. Spent hours designing the drive and put lots of money down- never saw the contractor again! We went with a paving company who received rave reviews in Angie’s List and was hired for all local jobs in our town. Could not be happier with the results!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

We hired a drywaller to put a ceiling in our kitchen (we ripped that sucker down for some new lighting). Afterward you could see the type/mud lines and after it was re-done you could still see them but not so much…..no one else would ever notice but boy o’ boy did it drive me to the edge. Needless to say, we try and DIY most everything, even if it takes more time we know the job will be done right.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We had the sewage back up in the basement and called a guy to come out. Obviously he didn’t do a good job, because we had to have someone else come out a couple months later for the same problem.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

Nothing so far since we have not hired a lot of contractors, but when we DIY’d a drop ceiling removal and installation of a real ceiling we found that there were 8 junction boxes daisy-chained across our kitchen ceiling. What the… the contractor who converted the old factory into condos in the 80s must have had some serious issues. We hired an electrician to fix it and he was very good.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We have about 8 ash trees in our yard that provide us with much loved shade and privacy. We hired a guy a few neighbors had used to treat the trees. He promised to come back in a couple of months to check the trees. Turns out he cheated us and several neighbors by not treating the trees correctly and he never came back. We actually got angies list right after this and LOVE it. Our new tree guys are fantastic.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

We had to replace the roof on our 150+ year old Italianate Victorian, and we hired a roofer to take off all layers of the old roof, make any needed repairs of the existing decking, and then put down a new rubber roof. It took them weeks to do it, and then when we had the roof inspected by the city, they wouldn’t pass it because the roofer had neglected to include some very important joint space to allow for expansion and contraction of the roof through the seasons. Despite several phone calls to the roofer, he never took care of this, and we will have to pay someone else to install it so we can pass inspection, hopefully before the rubber on the roof tears! We, too, are still cleaning up garbage and nails they left behind as well.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES
I hired a furniture re finisher and they charged over 2000. and three months later it started flaking, they wanted to charge me again.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We just recently had a HUGE headache right at the end of our master bedroom/bathroom remodel. We ordered custom glass for the shower, I stayed home from work the day he was supposed to come. He didn’t show up until 9:30 pm to just drop off the glass (we refused to have him work that late). He came back on Sunday morning to find one of the pieces of glass was broken so it couldn’t be installed. He then promised it would come in on Friday. It didn’t, of course. He FINALLY installed it yesterday (2.5 weeks after original date). It’s still not usable as he didn’t bring the right sealant and needs to come back today. Let’s hope he gets it right this time….

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

We had our brand new carpets washed after an unfortunate incident and the guys somehow put two holes in the carpets! Thankfully they paid to replace them.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! Never been burned, nor had the chance to be, because we are in the process of buying our first house! The place we’re looking at needs a kitchen upgrade and a whole host of other projects, which I’m excited for. So this would be an amazing prize!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We hired a friend who is a mechanic to fix our car and ended up paying $600 just for his time. He couldn’t find out what was wrong with the car but still expected to get paid. It turned out the problem it had was a $200 fix. We no longer speak to that “friend”.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES !!

I once hired a guy I had my eye on to paint my huge deck. The paint job was a tad costly, the paint didn’t wear well at all, and the guy never asked me out either!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
In our last house we hired a contractor to remove a single (hinged) door & put in a double French slider. We paid up front for the supplies & he decided to “save us some money” & purchased a returned door that Home Depot had lying around. He installed it & said he’d be back to finish up the trim piece to make it functional…& we never saw him again! That damn door leaked EVERY time it rained & would never slide properly. Sad part is (aside from the $$ lost!) I have a HH myself &, had he not had one foot out the door on his way to deploy with the USN, he’d have done the whole job himself! He’s retired now, thankfully, but drywalling is still not his thing so we’ll need to contract that out! :(
P.S. my HH has a matching bruise on his thumb that your HH is sporting! It’s, pretty much, constant! ;)

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We’re getting ready to hire someone to build built-ins for us and I am nervous as heck about getting burned!

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21.March.2013

No whammies!! We’re new to the home ownership thing, and luckily we haven’t had a bad contractor so far.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

A tiling project in the bathroom…disaster!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

We had to hire out to fix some electrical. Our next project is paving the driveway… help!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I’m lucky to not have any horror stories. I guess my only complaints have been with the move-in cleaning (paid for 2 hours with no furniture in the place and they didn’t even wipe down the drawers) and deep carpet cleaning (ended up looking like it was just vacuumed – my rented rug doctor later took out the stains they left)!

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I’m retired and no HH ~ need assistance lots of times so this would be awesome.

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! Love angies list – no handy hubby so this has helped me in the past

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21.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!!! I’ve been wanting an Angie’s list subscription – here’s hoping I win! :)

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21.March.2013

No Whammies!New city, need the help!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! NO WHAMMIES! We haven’t had a terrible experience but only because we have been too scared to hire out. We refinished all the hardwood floors and painted every interior surface on our own these last 6 months. We did hire a plumber for new drains and copper plumbing but her was highly recommended and did a fantastic job! I wish he knew electrical. This giveaway is awesome. Thank you for the opportunity. Love your style!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! HH-less here and in serious need of recommendations. Have had one too many bad experiences, don’t really want to relive them if you know what I mean. And since the one contractor I could rely has disappeared, I could really use Angie’s List to find a replacement. Thanks for the really useful give-away!

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22.March.2013

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We hired the husband of a co-worker and that just didn’t go well at all. Had to fire him, and stuff just wasn’t done right. That’s about the time we first subscribed to Angie’s List.

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We had someone clean our air ducts. Afterwords I decided that they had done nothing that I couldn’t have done. Not worth the money.

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22.March.2013

no whammies! this would be an awesome gift considering we are started a kitchen remodel in the next month and still need some contractors! we hired a tile guy once and he dumped his leftover mastic in our yard on a pile of gravel. (no idea why.) we had to break up his mess with a sledge hammer!

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22.March.2013

NO Whammies!! I could really use an Angie’s List membership because it seems every time I break down and hire out it is always a disaster. Even with extensive research. Angie’s List sounds like a lifesaver!

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22.March.2013

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OMG – my first bathroom gut, back in the day when I didn’t think much about design or diy. The man that did the work assured my his wife did all his wallpapering & misc finishing work. So I bought wallpaper & let her at it. It was only the upper half of a very small main bathroom.
Would you believe she wallpapered AROUND my shower rod. That had to be harder than removing a few screws and just slapping the stuff on the wall. She also left blobs of glue in the lower corners!
LAST time I hired out anything for years, started loving the diy life and never looked back.
But I do need some electrical outlets installed in my kitchen, don’t have that kind of know how & my go to – dad – is out of state for a few months.
Sure could use that subscription ;-}

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We hired out to have a new exterior door put in. We asked him if he would cover up the bottom of the door with a quarter round to help cover up the flooring edge/where the door didn’t meet the floor. When we arrived home, we found he had purchased and installed a flimsy flat decorative egg and dart molding all around the door, including the base. Not only did it look crazy wierd, it started cracking almost immediately. Sad thing is…. it’s still there after 7 years.

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
We hired out to have our siding redone along with all new windows and doors and loved the contractor we met with and he ended up doing a great job with our windows & doors and had an elaborate plan for making the siding awesome. Well the big box company we went through had to ‘be fair’ to the other contractors and let another one do the siding – let’s just say we were less than pleased and still have a few things to fix that never got done properly.

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES we have a hard time getting people to show up. I guess it’s a blessing. If they really don’t want to do the work. I need some electrical work done. Just would love to have some one reliable.

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! My most recent was an HVAC fix…wish I’d just asked my friend for a reccommendation from the begining!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! we’ve actually had a good run with people doing work on our house, but were very frustrated when the company that installed our new natural gas boiler decided to get out of that part of their business a couple years later. thankfully, there’s still one outfit in town that services old hot water radiator systems and their associated boilers and pumps.

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22.March.2013

No Whammies!
We had a couple windows replaced years ago and the one in the bathroom is crooked. It works but it is definitely slanted. It’s time to get another couple windows replaced and I really need a good company!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

We were so excited to have our old Douglas fir floors sanded down and refinished after discovering them under the carpet in our new house. However, the contractor worked quickly instead of taking the time to do the job right. We also later found out that he used low quality products without our knowledge. Less than two years later, the floors are terribly scratched with visible sanding marks. I wish we had known about Angie’s List at the time!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We haven’t had much experience with this yet but we are moving into our new house in 2 months so I’m sure this will come in handy!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I’ve always been interested in Angie’s List, but never had enough projects to justify trying it out (nor was I sure how active it was in my area). We have several big projects coming up, and with a 6 month old, we’re definitely looking to hire out!

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22.March.2013

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I always find it challenging to use family for project. You want to support their small business, however, if you aren’t happy with the results it’s hard to tell them. We had tile floor installed by a family member and the grout job was not his best work (it was done by one of his employees). Everyday that I walk on the floor I’m frustrated by the uneven grout lines!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We had a deck built….got several estimates, cheaped out, and have been sorry ever since!

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22.March.2013

No whammies!

Hands down, it was the roof replacement that took an ENTIRE year and ended with an enormous leak! That was our last house; our current house is now in need of a new roof – Angie’s list would probably be a very good idea… !

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22.March.2013

“NO WHAMMIES!”

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22.March.2013

“NO WHAMMIES” The one time I hired someone to clean my house, preparing to sell it, I had a written list for her…she did everything, but the list! Maybe house cleaners are offended by list, lol! The same day I had window cleaners and they did a FANTASTIC job. So at the end of the day, it averaged out!
If I win can I give the prize to SUE? :)
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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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! Haven’t had any hiring-out home related disasters YET. I’m closing on my first place in a couple weeks and here’s hoping I can keep it that way!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES. . well we had our house painted last fall. The first problem was that the painter fell off the ladder about 30 minutes into the job and had to leave. He ended up having knee surgery. Came back 2 weeks later (he had an assistant fortunately) and finished the job, but we had to help. And they didn’t even finish everything. And my husband had given him our home owner’s insurance info (even though the fall was the painter’s fault). He wound up making a claim (cost insurance 2K) and now we have a higher premium. Did I mention this was a painter my husband found and claimed would be cheap. . . didn’t quite work out that way.

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I haven’t had any bad experiences with our condo yet but our complex did hire a company to replace all of the siding, roofing and gutters a couple of years ago that quickly went from uber friendly and helpful initially to not finishing the project or returning calls by the end. And it was a 1.2 million dollar job. Not cool.

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

I’ve had no issues with contractors yet. I’ve been lucky!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
I am closing mn a house in may and will need all the help I can get!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
What an awesome giveaway!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We did have a crappy experience with a painter who tried to convince me that our contract to paint all of the house, porch, deck and trim did not include our deck railing. He just didn’t want to do the tedious hand work required to paint all of the banisters. Why would I want everything else fresh and cleanly painted, but leave all of the banisters mildewy grey (when they are actually painted white under that mildew). Whatever.

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22.March.2013

No whammies! I hired a person to make window treatments for my new home. One of the valances was made incorrectly and I had to give it back to be redone. The flaw was so obvious that I couldn’t believe it was missed by the seamstress and interior decorator.

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22.March.2013

No whammies! I need a great painter! This would be awesome since we cannot hire HH!

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! We haven’t had any bad experiences because my husband is too untrusting to hire someone! Maybe Angie’s List will put his mind at rest…

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22.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I am hoping to avoid any undesirable results by using a service like this when we begin building our new home in the next few months. I could really use Angie’sList as we plan to contract out all the work.

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23.March.2013

“NO WHAMMIES!”

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23.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I had a less-than-pleasant result with brick guys who did a sloppy, though problem-solving, repair, and then tried to charge me $100 more than their bid.

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NO WHAMMIES! We have a need for a plumber every so often mostly to run new drain/waste/vent lines and have had terrible luck keeping one. We are currently on our third one so we’re hoping we found one we can use again. We just hired them to run DWV for 2 new bathrooms and got quotes from $1000-7500!

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23.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES

I got burned by a flooring installer recommended by a salesman at the flooring company. One criminal prosecution later, I got my money back and took my next recommendation from the detective who investigated! Angie’s list would have been easier and avoided the detour.

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23.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!! We had an issue with a concrete installer. They put off correcting the mistakes until they were closed for the winter. Then when they finally came out in the spring, they said we were now over the time limit. Angie’s list sure would help. Thanks for the giveaway.

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23.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!

We one hired a furnace guy to come and clean our furnace. He was downstairs all morning, and I walked in on him as he was peeing down our basement drain!!!! Yes. Classy. Freaky. Disturbing!!!

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23.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! Had to have a bridesmaid dress altered, and they just couldn’t figure it out.

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23.March.2013

No whammies!! Thankfully no contractor problems just yet!

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23.March.2013

No Whammies!

We are closing on our first home in two weeks! Angies List will definitely come in handy when we start to renovate! :)

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24.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES! I would love a one year membership. We had our shower tiled for only $100 and had to pay twice that to have someone else come in and regrout it – after we spent hours removing the faulty grout job. Lesson learned.

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24.March.2013

No whammies!!

We haven’t contracted out any major jobs yet. Just carpet installation which went smoothly. We are thinking of redoing our kitchen though and would love to use Angie’s List for that!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

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No whammies!

I actually haven’t had the pleasure/pain of hiring out any work, but we need to soon- so an Angie’s list subscription sure would be nice!

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24.March.2013

NO WHAMMIES!
Dammit!

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24.March.2013

NO WHAMMiES!:-)

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