Whether you’re looking for a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter or just a general home repair handyman, there’s a few resources at your disposal that you can use to find a quality, affordable home repair professional in your area. Though this post will have general information, it is specifically geared to home repair services in the California Bay Area, including the following counties:
- San Francisco
- San Mateo
- Contra Costa
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
Yelp can be a useful website for virtually any type of service you’re looking for and a handyman is no different. The nice thing about Yelp is that you can specify the zip code you live in and find numerous reviews and options from others in the same area. One note to keep in mind while using Yelp is that certain “preferred” businesses are highlighted that pay for their service, so the results do need to be taken with a grain of salt. That said, reviews have a large number of user reviews can be useful for finding the right contractor for your needs.
Google Maps can be a very useful too to use when looking for a home maintenance or repairman since it will display results that are in your geographic area. You can also click on the specific business results that are displayed and easily find contact information about them, as well as Google review ratings.
The Better Business Bureau is a nonprofit organization that works for the advancement of trust and transparency on behalf of consumers. It’s also a terrific resource if you’re looking for a well-regarded handyman or home repairman. The BBB uses a letter grade ranking system to help consumers get a feel for which businesses are well-regarded and receive the fewest complaints.
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Among the best websites to find local reviews for any type of business service is Angie’s List. With just a few clicks you can navigate any number of categories related to home repair and improvement and get feedback from real people. Reviews are verified and the site makes it easy to quickly compare competing services to find the best fit.
Home Advisor is another site that can be tremendously helpful when looking for a local option for home repairs. It helps to pin down experts in very specific areas of service, as well as specific cities. One of the major benefits of using this site is that it has a cost assessment tool that helps home owners understand the price range of the repairs they plan to make.
Another great website for finding local services, Thumbtack has profiles of each business listed that includes a short blurb about them and their areas of expertise. Like Home Advisor, Thumbtack also provides a cost range for services, as well as articles about related issues. The site is free to use and makes it very easy to get an estimate from any number of different home improvement professionals.