We started by introducing Angie's List to you, and now we're going to talk about how much it costs. Yes, Angie's List (www.angieslist.com) is different from similar other review websites in that some of its functions cost money to use. This article will outline what is free and what isn't, and how much you will have to pay for the non-free parts.
For the most part, Angie's List is not free to use. You can register your business for free, and look for deals from local businesses for free. However, using Angie's List to view information and ratings for local businesses, and write company reviews yourself, will cost you money. If you're looking for websites where you can review and hire companies to help you with home improvement without paying extra money, give Thumbtack.com a try.
The amount of money that you have to pay to join Angie's List depends on two things. The first is how long you want your subscription to last. The second is the tier of service that you want. Angie's List has three tiers of service -- Basic, Plus, and Premium -- each offering a different suite of features.
A basic plan gets you access to reviews and ratings for local consumer and automotive services, exclusive discounts when shopping for Angie's List Big Deals, and a guarantee that you'll get a fair price from any business that you look up a review for.
1 Month: $3.75
1 Year: $10
2 Years: $16
3 Years: $21
A plus-tier account expands the reviews and ratings that you can see to include health and wellness businesses. In addition to the features that the basic plan offers, you also get priority customer service over the phone, the ability to see reviews of business outside of your local area, a guarantee that any company that you hire through Angie's List will do the job right. You also get a $15 discount off of your first purchase on Angie's List Big Deals.
1 Year: $30
2 Years: $45
3 Years: $58.50
4 Years: $66
A premium-tier account offers all of the main features of basic-tier and plus-tier accounts. In addition, you can get Angie's List customer service to step in if a dispute arises between you and a business that you hired through Angie's List. You also get a digital subscription to the Angie's List magazine, which includes the highlights (and lowlights) of businesses in your area, consumer protection advice, and a few do-it-yourself tips. Finally, you can take $50 off of your first purchase through Angie's List Big Deals.
1 Year: $60
2 Years: $84
3 Years: $108
4 Years: $120
Whether or not Angie's List is "worth it" is very subjective. For the most part, it will depend on how many people you know (or who know other people) who are recommended for getting done the work that you need done. It will also depend on how many good or bad experiences you've had when hiring local help.
If you have a small personal social network that doesn't include many handypeople whom you know or can be recommended by friends, the Angie's List (www.angieslist.com) might be worth it in order to find someone trustworthy to do the job you need done. It may also be worth it if you haven't had many good experiences with hiring local help in the past, possibly because you weren't aware of a business's reputation before you hired them.
That's the skinny on what Angie's List costs (or doesn't cost)! In our next tutorial, we'll review its pros and cons before showing you how to use it.
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