Sunday, November 23, 2008

Choose “smart”: It’s not WHO you know – it’s who THEY know

You’ve heard the contractor horror stories.

When it comes to big ticket repairs or remodeling, home owners can be at the mercy of unreliable or unethical businesses.

Homeownership is expensive. In a typical year you can face thousands of dollars on improvements.

Here’s what we’ve done around the house over the past year:

Driveway repaving $3,000

New paver walkway $1,500

Custom cabinetry $2,200

New ceiling fans $ 450

Deck refinishing $ 300

Interior design $4,000

Oil burner maintenance $1,500

Considering how quickly these costs add up, the value of a trustworthy contractor is clear. So, how do you find them?

Word-of-mouth is the most trusted source of consumer information. Each of the seven contractors I hired were recommended via word-of-mouth. And because of their top notch service I have recommended each of them to others.

Do you want to get the most value for your home improvement dollar? It’s easy.

If you’re already a Member of just invite a few of your trusted local businesses to connect with you. While you’re at it invite a few of your friends and neighbors. You’ll be amazed at how your “Connection Engine” grows.

With you Connection Engine working for you, you won’t need to rely on luck. You’ll have more peace of mind – plus you’ll benefit your favorite charity each time you use the network.