From Dean on July 2nd, 2007 in CalFinder News
Whether you are a Web surfing enthusiast or not, you undoubtedly know that CalFinder is not the only online service matching consumers with contractors. There are many online entities claiming to provide contractors on a national basis for a range of home improvement services.
Home improvement projects can be quite costly and stories of unscrupulous contractors are common. But, how does one determine which companies to trust? Actually, the answer is simple — by carefully reading the fine print. The Web sites for these companies, some well known, others not so well known, are actually quite telling if you take time to analyze their content.
While CalFinder focuses its resources as a strong local company, a number of online contractor referral companies purport to be national. But, if you read the fine print, you will often find that services are only provided in certain metropolitan areas scattered across the country. This means that their service areas and specialties are spotty at best.
CalFinder’s rich local resources for consumers seeking contractors in every major home improvement category have been developed over time in a deliberate and concentrated way, not on a catch-as-catch-can basis.
The main function of many companies is to provide a varied range of advertising vehicles for contractors. Other companies’ business model is to charge the contractor a fee to be listed on their site, without paying sufficient attention to whether that contractor is truly qualified or reliable.
In contrast, CalFinder’s business model is “consumer-driven” while many other companies seem to be in the business of generating leads for contractors while incidentally providing a service to consumers. Amazingly, some companies even charge the consumer for service, including one major one that advertises heavily.
When checking out one contractor on perhaps the best-known national home improvement Web site, incredibly, that company only had two satisfied customer ratings, one rated the company as 3 out of 5; the other rated it 4 out of 5, for an average of 3.5 out of 5. That is far from reassuring!
CalFinder has not only spoken directly and personally with the individual owner contractor, but also with a minimum of 3 of that contractor’s previous clients and vendors. And it should go without saying that CalFinder checks to ensure that the contractor is licensed and insured and/or bonded, with more than ample experience in his specialty. But, for some companies, that’s all they require!
Significantly, CalFinder is the only company devoted to locating contractors for consumers that provides a carefully spelled-out pledge. In fact, CalFinder also enumerates the important criteria of a “CalFinder Contractor” — quality workmanship, fair pricing, availability for your questions, happy customers and vendors, clear contracts and agreements, and friendly service. And it adheres to extensive screening criteria for its contractors.
A careful comparison makes abundantly clear that when seeking qualified, reliable, professional home improvement contractorsa, all you need do is visit www.CalFinder.com.