The Groupon of home improvement

Two things you have probably didn't know about Angie's List: 1) basic membership is now free. 2) it has Groupon-like offers from top-rated providers that can save a homeowner hundreds or thousands of dollars every year on typical maintenance and upgrade costs. Here are two of the many instances where we've turned to Angie's List offers to save us time and money and hassle.

Furnace install

We needed a new furnace. The HVAC company we'd called for service wanted $3,400 for a 80 AFUE Lennox, which has one of the worst reliability ratings in the business, according to Consumer Reports

 
Got a furnace installed from an A-rated provider on Angie's List for less than half a normal quote.

Got a furnace installed from an A-rated provider on Angie's List for less than half a normal quote.

 

I said no thanks. Instead, I looked up furnace offers on Angie's List and found one from an A-rated provider for an 80 AFUE American Standard, one of the best in the business. The cost? $1,550. 

I scheduled installation over Angie's List messaging and got it done. 

Bathroom remodel

When it was time to upgrade our first floor bathroom from bargain-basement Home Depot finishes to a nicer monochrome carrara marble, we found an A-rated provider, BM Remodeling & Painting, on Angie's List that had a fixed-fee bathroom remodel offer. The deal was thousands less, even with an included allowance for materials and fixtures. The owner, Sebastian, was great to work with and his crew got the job done on time to our satisfaction.

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Tips on using Angie's List offers

  • When browsing an offer make sure it fits your job, as add-ons typically come with added charges.
  • If it's a jack of all trades make sure they have glowing reviews for the specific type of job you're looking to do.  
  • Angie's List would not like us to tell you this, but rather than buying the offer via Angie's List, reach the provider directly and they'll honor it. This way Angie's List won't take a cut from the provider.
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