***Please note that this is NOT a sponsored post. I am receiving nothing in return for telling you about this great opportunity and resource other than the satisfaction of passing on very useful information that you can hopefully use!***
Imagine this…you’re a brand new home owner in a new town and it’s the middle of the night. You notice that the hot water is quickly going from hot, to luke warm, to freezing cold so you go to check the pilot light on the water heater–only to find that your hot water is now a small pond in your garage. Who do you call?
Or imagine this…you’ve had a great year at work, your family is growing, and your back yard is the perfect size for a brand new pool. You hop onto the internet and search “pool contractors,” “pool installers,” and “backyard pools,” but you only come up with kiddie pools at Wal-Mart, cleaning companies, and referral sites that you have to pay for.
Finally, imagine this…you’re a residential roofer and you’re just starting out. Your current customers love you and rave about your work, but their immediate circles only go so far and you need to spread the word–but advertising is expensive.
Fortunately, all of these scenarios can be addressed and resolved in one place…Porch.com. With its official launch just taking place a few days ago, Porch is a national, and completely free, home improvement network for home owners, renters, and professionals alike.
Today, neighbors and friends can use Porch to improve their home by exploring neighbors’ projects, seeing what they spent, and the professionals they used and loved. However, it’s important to know that Porch takes its homeowners’ and renters’ security and anonymity seriously, and does not reveal exact addresses or locations on a map.
Porch is a free and social site you can use to improve your home. Explore 90 million home projects including photos and costs, compile scrapbooks of your favorite ideas, and search 1.5 million local professionals that have been used and rated by renters and homeowners like you.
Using Porch is simple. Just enter an address or area to search local contractors, photographs, and projects.
Browse projects similar to yours on Porch, or get ideas on new home improvement projects you may want to undertake. Start a scrapbook of your ideas and find contractors who can do the work along with recommendations from other customers and project costs.
See full profiles of the contractors before you decide to use them to see where their experience and expertise lies, and if they would be a good fit for what you want to do. And all for free.
As a professional vendor or contractor you can submit your profile to Porch by visiting http://pro.porch.com/. Submitting your information is free and you’ll only pay if you decide to opt-in to the additional options and services that Porch has to offer.
Best of all, if you sign up for your free account at Porch right now, you’ll receive $50 off of your next home improvement project from Hayneedle. All you have to do is sign up and then watch your inbox for all of the details.
I’ve signed up and I love what I’ve seen so far. As a new home owner, I’m ecstatic about this resource and can’t wait to do some more exploring! What about you? Do you think you’ll give it a whirl? Let me know what you think–what you love, what you hate, and what could be done better. I’ll be sure to pass the feedback along!
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