January 21, 2018

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Find Your Next Contractor With Home Advisor Today! Across the country, people are looking for contractors every day. When the shower quits working, it's time to replace a window, or you'd like to repaint your house, you need a contractor.

Where do you turn to find a good, qualified contractor? Finding the right contractor to repair or improve your home can be a stressful event. We've all heard of contractors that perform badly on the job and leave homeowners in the lurch.

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5 stars
Home Advisor

HOME Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Home Advisor is a top notch contractor referral service. At no cost, you have access to a database of over 80,000 quality contractors across the nation. If you're in need of a home improvement or repair, Home Advisor should be your first stop.
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4.5 stars
Angie's List


Angie's List has a strong history of offering a large database of contractor and doctor reviews so that customers can make informed decisions on who they hire as their service providers. In business since 1995, this company has grown into one of the top providers of authentic contractor reviews. Customers can count on over 60,000 new reviews each month.
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4 stars
Service Live


Service Live offers a free database of over 30,000 independent contractors. A user friendly website and strong BBB rating make Service Live a good choice for your home repair needs.
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3.5 stars


Networx started in 2004 and works to provide customers access to a free database of contractors as well as articles on home improvement projects. The size of the contractor network is not disclosed but we know they have relationships in many of the larger cities of the U.S.
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3.5 stars
Quality Smith


Quality Smith provides a clean and easy-to-use database of contractors. However, we had issues finding any contractor in some of the zip codes we tested. Quality Smith has a long history of doing good business but might not meet the needs of every homeowner.
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3 stars
Cal Finder


Cal Finder offers a short list of contractors and a limited list of repair and remodel options. We did like the current BBB rating but didn't find much more we liked at Cal Finder. Read More... Visit

2.5 stars
KGR Contractors


KGR Contractors didn't impress us. The charge for an estimate and the lack of forthcoming website information were concerning. We also didn't have a good feel about the lack of BBB rating.
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2 stars


Handy is not your typical contractor locator site. This company specifically targets providing help with household cleaning and light duty chores. Handy is new to the marketplace and thus far hasn't had a great response to their customer service staff. Read More... Visit

1 star
iHome Experts


iHome Experts wasn't what we expected. We found the real purpose of their business to be questionable when we called to speak to a representative. The lack of a BBB rating and short tenure were also red flags.
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Continued from above

Today, many people use home repair and improvement referral companies to minimize the stress of finding a reliable contractor. These referral services can be a great way for you to feel confident in your search for a professional contractor.

However, not all contractor referral companies are the same. Before you jump online to find your next contractor, consider the following:

  • Database. How large is the database of contractors? Does the service offer contractors across the nation or is it limited to only specific areas?
  • Cost. Who pays for the referral service - the homeowner or the contractor? Are contractor quotes and bids free of charge?
  • History. Does the company have a long, reliable history of supplying quality contractors? What's the current Better Business Bureau rating of that company? has reviewed and ranked the best contractor services available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right contractor for your home project!

Contractors preparing proposals for Linn County health building

CEDAR RAPIDS - While construction association officials and lawmakers scrutinize Linn County's recent lease-purchase agreement for a new public health and youth development services building, the process is moving forward. Several local contractors ...

Published:  Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:08:00 GMT

In China, outside contractors give GM a big hand on the plant floor

LIUZHOU, China -- Inside General Motors' assembly plant in this southern China city, many workers wear the red-and-yellow uniforms of DHL, the global logistics company. The DHL employees work side-by-side with GM workers handling the flow of parts within ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:26:00 GMT

Contractors face greater uncertainty as shutdown looms

Though all personnel working in and with the federal government struggle to figure out what will happen to them if the government shuts down Jan. 19, contractors face the added uncertainty of what their companies will do with them if they cannot work on ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:02:00 GMT

Red Cross to roll out welcome mat to contractors and their families

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The American Red Cross in Europe is trying to erase the difficulties many contractors and their spouses face in integrating into their new communities on the Continent. The contractor's life is often not an easy one.

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:03:00 GMT

Impact of a shutdown on contractors means lost wages, project delays

Government contractors are often overlooked when it comes to the threat of a government shutdown. And as the most current threat becomes more and more real, many are waiting for guidance from their agency customers. "We are hearing there is a lack of ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:32:00 GMT

Peabody puts ID placards on all contractors' plow trucks

PEABODY - It's much easier now to identify the 100 or so private contractors who plow snow for the city - they have a yellow placard on the tail-end of their trucks. The magnetized placard, which is 8 by 16 inches, reads "CITY OF PEABODY ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:42:00 GMT

Intelligence Community Contractors Gain Whistleblower Protections

The Senate's approval on Thursday of a controversial six-year reauthorization of the National Security Agency's surveillance authority means that contractors in the intelligence community will regain protections that encourage responsible whistleblowing.

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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