These three big on-line home service referral companies are competing for your clicks.
Redbeacon: Part of home services giant Home Depot. Free to customers, who submit projects and receive four bids from pre-screened service providers. Home Depot pilot program is in progress in the Bay Area and three other locations. Also has mobile app. redbeacon.com
ServiceMagic: Touts a speedy response from more than 80,000 pre-screened contractors. Free to customers. Contractors pay for leads. Name will change to HomeAdvisor (homeadvisor.com) later this month. Suite of mobile apps includes Home911 for emergencies and HomeSavvy for home maintenance alerts. servicemagic.com.
Angie's List: A big stable of contractors rated by consumers. Costs $29 a year in the Bay Area for a list of consumer-rated home repair service companies and auto repair services, or $46 for those services and an additional list of health care providers. Also publishes monthly magazine. About 1.5 million paid households, 3.5 million reviews on 970,000 service companies. Also offers call center and mobile app. angieslist.com
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