Angie’s List Bringing Handymen to Indy Neighborhoods
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 12, 2014) – Still ignoring that leaky outdoor faucet, those pictures that need hanging or that loose gutter? You know they’re not going to fix themselves.
But what if they did?
Angie’s List is making it seem that way with a pilot program in Indianapolis that’s designed to help homeowners get the help they need while also eliminating time lost to travel between jobs for service companies.
Dubbed “Handyman Thursday,” the program takes the hassle out of hiring by literally bringing highly rated service providers to specific neighborhoods for the day. Angie’s List works with consumers to schedule, complete, and pay for projects that have been lingering on their honey-do lists. Projects could take as little as an hour or more.
If there are more projects than can be fit in one day, Angie’s List will schedule for the next Thursday until all the jobs are done – and done well.
"We’ve all been there,” said Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks. “We see the handyman or service truck in the neighbor’s driveway and we mentally kick ourselves because we know we need that work done, too, but haven’t made time to call.”
The Handyman Thursday program, currently being piloted in neighborhoods in the Carmel, Fishers and Westfield areas, has already branched out to Flowerbed Friday and Gutter Cleaning Wednesday.
“The biggest challenge handymen and other local service companies deal with is down time as they travel from job to job,” Hicks said. “By scheduling jobs in the same neighborhood, we greatly cut down or eliminate that lost time and pass the savings on to the consumer. It’s a great deal for everyone.”
Angie’s List is using its Band of Neighbors social network to gauge demand and pinpoint neighborhoods that need work performed. If you’re interested in having a Handyman Thursday in your neighborhood, you can leave a message on your Band of Neighbors wall or text “HANDY” to 43744. Band of Neighbors is open to all consumers at no cost.
When there’s enough interest in one neighborhood, Angie’s List will contact homeowners, who can then explain what they need done and when. Angie’s List takes care of the scheduling, working with the handyman to coordinate what materials will be needed and how long the job will take. Offering flexibility to homeowners with tight work schedules, handymen are available from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Angie's List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 2.8 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.