Angie’s List Band of Neighbors provides neighborhood social network
Want to tell everyone on your block about your kids’ lemonade stand or warn your neighbors about a door-to-door scammer? Use the Angie’s List Band of Neighbors free forum.
“It’s a social network restricted to your neighborhood for online conversations between you and your neighbors,” says Angie’s List director Craig Kunkle. “This is a place where you can talk about things that involve your specific community.”
You can share your experiences about landscapers, plumbers, dentists and more; get the word out about neighborhood events and safety issues; and even post if your dog runs away.
Here are some more examples of what you can share via Band of Neighbors:
• Ask your neighbors questions about the companies they hire for services, share your Angie’s List reviews and talk about your service experiences.
• Promote what’s going on in your neighborhood, including yard sales, birthday parties or find neighbors who might be interested in starting a walking group.
• Post alerts about safety issues and find out about recent car break-ins to take extra safety precautions. You can even ask questions about HOA rules.
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Along with posts, Band of Neighbors gives members collective bargaining power when hiring service providers, says Jeff Maurer, an Indianapolis member.
“What I like about it, what I think it’s great for, is leveraging the buying power of my community,” he says. “It enables my household, and my neighbors’ households, to come together and get better value, better quality and better responsiveness from contractors and other vendors.”
The social network helps neighbors share knowledge about issues they might have with their homes because of their similarities, such as common construction trends, problems and challenges, Maurer says. For example, a longtime homeowner in your area might have some tips to share on how they dealt with common irrigation or foundation problems.
“It’s that level of experience and wisdom we can leverage from a community of people who have similar home constructions and similar experiences,” Maurer says. “I’m really looking forward to gaining momentum with it.”