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Any reliable review sites?

Discussion in 'Local Services' started by RobUSA, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. RobUSA

    RobUSA Well-Known Forumite

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    I'm wondering if there's a site that is reliable for reviews and the like, rather than companies just posting testimonials on their own websites.

    Where Ia mm there's something called Angies list, but I'm not sure if there's a UK/Stafford equivalent.

    I'm looking for a general handyman service. Found a couple but unsure if they are any good.
     
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  3. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    There are things like Checkatrade, but I would not be making decisions based on reviews from things like that - your own gut feelings and the opinions of people that you know are much more reliable.
     
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    That would be better, harder to do at a distance mind you.
     
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    There is this, which I have used once or twice: Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Trader Register

     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I don’t think any trades I use are on Checkatrade. Last time I spoke to one of them about how I got quotes for our electrics before I turned out we lived next to a sparky (this was when we first moved into our house) they said that all the good trades don’t need it, they work by word of mouth and have too much business to worry about such things
     
  8. Gramaisc

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    That is absolutely it - but, as @RobUSA says, it's a bit awkward with an ocean in the way.

    People who are 'good' often spend a lot of effort in avoiding publicity, enquiries can take up a lot of your time, and a surprising proportion of people can get quite arsey when you aren't prepared to take on their job.
     
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    Amen to that.

    @RobUSA what are you looking for a handyman service for? As you’re across the pond is this for rental properties you own or something like that?
     
  10. RobUSA

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    My interest is for family members whoa re still in sunny old Stafford.

    Over here I pay for a subscription service which is a big review site. (About $13 a year I think) But it's funded by people wanting work done, not wanting to work, so I have a bit more confidence in it.

    There was some controversy about rankings a few years back but I've found it pretty good.
     

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