Piggybank News

February 23, 2010

You’ve shopped, searched and tweeted online – why not find tradesmen too?

Filed under: Hot tips,Property — nspresources @ 6:20 pm
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Every day more and more exciting tools and applications spring up online as businesses pave the way to make shopping, chatting and reviewing on the web a thing of the norm. If you’ve marvelled at and made use of some of the great ways you can use the internet nowadays such as Twitter and eBay, there’s a new type of online service you might find useful too; an online recommendation service for finding local tradespeople.

http://www.ratedpeople.com is the UK’s largest match making service for customers looking for reputable and recommended tradesmen. They find you up to three recommended tradesmen in your area when you provide details of your home improvement project on their site. Tradesmen interested in quoting on the work will get in touch with you and you’ll be able to choose the best one based on the ratings that they’ve received from their previous customers. Then you can rate them on the job they’ve done so that others can benefit from your experience.

The website is a great way of putting you in control and if you value the importance of a personal recommendation, you’ll really appreciate the ratings that others leave on the site. It’s also useful if you’re strapped for time as you won’t have to spend ages trawling through directories only to find a tradesman you haven’t a clue about and can’t necessarily trust.

The other great thing is that it doesn’t cost you a penny; just make sure that you’re serious about the job you post and that you can give a valid email address and telephone number that tradesmen can contact you on.

(Piggy says “As a landlord myself I use this site all the time to find reliable tradespeople both in my own area and in areas where I don’t have many contacts.  The site does exactly what it says it will do and is a real lifesaver when you need a repair done urgently”)

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