Global News - Story by Mike Brown
"...a handy site about handy men and women, a site to help navigate homeowners in the direction of a reliable contractor. It seems to be an online match made in heaven."
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Anchor - Derrick Oliver: “They can be daunting and expensive; home renovations. Well, there’s a new national web site that gives home owners, those in need of a contractor, the opportunity to post their job online; whether it’s a leaky faucet or a new roof. The contracting firm can bid on that job. You might call it a handy site about handy men and women, a site to help navigate homeowners in the direction of a reliable contractor.
As Global’s Mike Brown explains tonight, it seems to be an online match made in heaven.”
Mike Brown: “It’s the age of do-it-yourself. Big Box stores for everything you need, for the handyman or handywoman. But, what if that’s not you or it’s a job beyond your skills?
It means going through the Yellow Pages in search of someone who does that type of work. But now your search may be over! A new web site called Handy Canadian.com has them come to you.”
Max Sheppard (interview quote): “…and within a matter of minutes it’s automatically matched up to our data base, to all the available contractors within that particular service area.”
Mike Brown: “You simply sign up for the service, then each time you need a job done you can fill out a step-by-step questionnaire outlining the services you require, and wait for the quotes to come in.
While the site offers advice to customers, it’s still a case of ‘buyer beware.’”
Max Sheppard (interview quote): “…and it’s up to the homeowner to do the screening process…”
Mike Brown: “We’ve all got a story about that contractor we called who just never called back. The idea with Handy Canadian.com is that you get two motivated parties coming together. So you’re not waiting for that guy named Joe, who never shows up.”
Rod McNaughton (The Worx, Property Service): “They want the work, but then they get a little work in, and if it’s a little beyond the scope of what they usually do, they just walk away from it.”
Mike Brown: “The Worx, Property Services Company is building a fence for a woman who found them through the site. The contractors pay $35 a month to be registered; that connects customers directly to them.”
Rod McNaughton (the Worx, Property Service): “We can tell right away whether it’s something within the scope of the work that we do, and then we can set it up to have it done.”
Mike Brown: “When using the service you may get multiple bids for your job. But, it’s not just about cost. You can choose what’s most important to you: price, quality, appearance, or time.
“All of a sudden that ‘to do list’ just got a little more manageable. For Global News, this is Mike Brown reporting.”
Anchor - Derrick Oliver: “And again, the
web site is Handy Canadian.com.”
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