Pull out the gardening gloves, the workbench and the vacuum cleaner. Wednesday marks the first day of spring. That means it is spring cleaning time.
Sometimes you need help completing those household projects. Check out homeadvisor.com .
The site helps you find reliable and local contractors who can help out with cleaning, landscaping and roofing.
It's easy to use. Simply choose the type of project you need assistance with. Next, enter and verify your contact information. You can either do a live chat online or a representative will call you.
From there, an email containing up to three company recommendations will be sent to you. All you have to do is pick one.
The companies are notified so they may call you to offer a quote.
What I like about the site is they do a lot of the hard work for you.
They do background checks on the companies they recommend and they also have a $500 guarantee.
That means if the company doesn't follow through on its promise, then that money is supposed to go toward helping get the job done right.
Also, there are ratings from other customers so that helps with credibility.
Another nice thing about the site is it gives you an idea of what you can expect to pay for different projects and also what to look for when hiring a contractor.
For example, say you're looking for someone to help you organize your home.
The site shows you the average national cost, plus costs in your local area, and an article showing you what to expect.
There's even a section for emergency repairs where homeadvisor.com will help you find contractors who are on call.
Happy spring cleaning!
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