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I looked into this, and the fee turned me away. We are going to have to gut and redo our bathroom, Its almost 60 years old and the plumbing needs to be replaced. When I went on and inquired, I have then gotten 2 emails with a 40 percent discount off the fee. Still thinking about it.
Price seems steep to me too, but if I were doing the whole bathroom or some major work on my house, it might be worth it. We had a contractor just come out and redo the tile in our shower. He did such a lousy job (partly our fault for hiring him--he was way below what everyone else quoted; so that should have clued us in). But I wouldn't want to have to go through that again. Having an agency go to bat for you when you do get lousy service might be worth the "insurance"/fee.
I have looked into Angies list in the past, but I didn't really have any project where it was worth joining. I think I would join though like you said if I had some big project that I was working on. I do like the fact that the contractors are not the one paying to be on Angies list, it keeps it more real in that you know they are not just saying someone is good because they paid them to say it.
We've belong for several years now. It DOES pay off if you're doing projects on your house, but not so much if you're not. Any time we get ready to do anything from hiring a contractor to finish our basement, hire a painter to do our interior, or even just hire a carpet cleaner, we'll look at the reviews on Angie's List to get recommendations and then they'll have a discount code. We have been very pleased with everyone we've ever used from them. But if you're not doing anything as I said....then you're probably not going to recoup your investment. We don't use the health services...only the home services.
I know a family that has used Angies list and has been happy. We are not currently doing any work to our house so we don't need contractors. However, in the past a great resource for good contractors is a reputable local realtor. Realtors are always having people who need to repair things on their house before closing or have people who need to fix their houses up to get them ready to sell. We got our lawn care company and cleaning service from a realtor friend. My in-laws go their pool company, cleaning service and yard company from the realtor who sold them their house. A nice bonus is that the realtors are usually happy to give you the names of reputable tradespeople because it is a way for them to talk home values with you. They can advise you what improvements to make that are in your best interest and also great for re-sale.