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Old 02-13-2018, 08:50 AM   #21
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This video popped up on my youboob suggestions tonight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FedJ3E6dqEc
Sue them bastages. And yeah and she's "just doing her job"

I had to laugh when she said it's the number one place to work in CO ( yeah, in yuppie Boulder ).
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Old 02-22-2018, 10:54 AM   #22
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Sue them bastages. And yeah and she's "just doing her job"

I had to laugh when she said it's the number one place to work in CO ( yeah, in yuppie Boulder ).
They did a different video talking about glassdoor.com employee reviews on working for HA. Tons of drugs beer and crazy stuff during work time. No wonder why it's the best place to work. It's them having a party on contractors money while poor boiler room callers hate getting the job of lying to customers while middle management parties with their favorite pet employees.
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They did a different video talking about glassdoor.com employee reviews on working for HA. Tons of drugs beer and crazy stuff during work time. No wonder why it's the best place to work. It's them having a party on contractors money while poor boiler room callers hate getting the job of lying to customers while middle management parties with their favorite pet employees.


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Old 02-22-2018, 04:09 PM   #24
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I know a few people that have done pretty well with Homeadvisor but most people have not. I think you can get leads and business but the cost is high, the close rate is low and the overhead to chase the leads is huge. My window replacement business does not used them. Never has. Never will.

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I can't get them to quit calling me.
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I can't get them to quit calling me.
Given that they 1. won't take "Go to hell" for an answer and 2. refuse to obey federal law and put me on their Do Not Call list, I just block their numbers.
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I'm planning to join this group nextt week any suggestions be or yay or nay. I would love sum feed back I been starting & growing my buisness since june last year. But been in the concrete field ten yrs plus framing & everything else
HA has been awesome to my company. It cost money to make money. My phone is starting to ring on a daily basis. From customers i have done work for in the past. But i also send out post cards to every lead i have gotten from them in four years. Most of the time i get more work from the customers i miss or old ones i got from my mail list.
Advice control your leads stay active check the numbers wrong numbers they will refund you. Wrong address you get a refund. You have poor sales people you get nothing.
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I fell for it earlier this year, spent $35 and got a lot of bid requests for either work I had not selected or it was so far out of my way I would've lost money just driving back and forth... So I decided to give a few blind bids, for those unfamiliar with the term that means bidding the job without looking at it. For that to work I had to wait for requests for jobs I was really familiar with and that wouldn't mean a huge loss regardless (read: under $100 labor). I gave reasonable quotes, not a one closed but each one of those quotes cost me.

Follow-up my butt, there's nothing to follow up on if a customer has 'read' the quote and simply does not respond. I do not believe in "high pressure" sales tactics. If the customer doesn't want it I am not twisting their arm.

Because of the low price range I only spent a few dollars of the $35 but quickly decided for the amount of time and trouble they can just keep the balance (which from what I gather they won't have any problem doing) and I'll get on with life, have a nice day.

It was only about now that I realized HA was formerly known as Service Magic, once that hit me I knew instantly that company had developed a really bad reputation. They once got a real hard rashing over on a rather popular forum that at one point had over a million registered users, and part of the reason (we suspect it was the reason) they changed their name to Home Advisor.

Lessons learned:
A pay for LEAD system is just ripe for abuse, always has been, always will be.
There's no other way, it's no better than the old pay-per-click search engines.
Home Advisor is no exception.

Here's the easiest way I can put it:
If you just paid me $2 for a lead I can have a friend call you and that fulfills my end of the bargain... Better yet I can pay some "work from home" folks on another business web site (of mine) where I have people sign up to complete various tasks $1 of that $2 to 'complete' a quote application which is sent to you!
I can even scour the web daily for 'negative' content such as this and then pay folks to post up their 'good' experiences... Certainly I have to guess it works for certain business models such as "change order specialists," unfortunately that kind of business model does not even remotely appeal to me.

Their numbers are on my blocked caller list.
Oh yes, and thank you for your business!

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Since I turned my leads back on after the winter HA has been surprisingly great this season. Last few years they were a PITA with bad leads but i made money using their service so dealt with it.

I've actually closed my last 4 leads in a row and 6 out of first 13 this season I'm really pleasantly surprised with them so far this year. I think the simple service type of business's do better with this service. The fact that I live in a very populated area helps too.


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I have had as of late a bunch of other General Contractors use HA to find crews. Problem is, I only work directly for homeowners in my reside business. That is the biggest sticking point with me.
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I'm fairly happy using Home Advisor. I used Service Magic about 8 years ago when I had my business in Minnesota. Took a 5 year hiatus in Alaska, and now I'm fresh to the Puget Sound area and getting mack on my feet as a general contractor.



Yes, you need to call your leads right away, yes it's expensive, and yes they do send you some useless crap. However, my experience this go around has been much easier to get credits for crap leads. I'm also getting more direct leads (which cost more) so I'm not automatically fighting 3 other contractors to win the job.


I have some decent sized jobs that I'm pretty sure I'll be closing on due to Home Advisor. I don't do cheap work and I am telling everyone I meet that I probably won't be the cheapest option. Just because they found you on Home Advisor doesn't automatically mean they're looking for the cheapest route.



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