Video: Must-Do Home Repairs

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Gordon Giesbrecht

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I also agree with most of the above, and would like to add that they are particularly useless to those of us who are fully or partially deaf. Please use text.

Sue

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Thank you for providing the content of the video in text. I hope this is a permanent policy, because I don't usually have time to watch a video. I usually read whatever text is there and move on. If you always do this, I won't miss so much. (Or maybe I haven't missed as much as I thought.)

Barbara Brock

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I see no point in signing up for a Big Deal with a B-rated company. Perhaps their failure to get "A" rating is why they offer Big Deals!

Agree that having to look at a video, instead of a written list of priorities, is a waste of time - and often I can't even see the video!

Celia

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Very annoying indeed! Give us a text list at least! The video is ridiculous and insulting.

Elaine Crittenden

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A solution:
Tell your webmaster to put in the thingy that the info is a list or a video. Then people can just click Delete when they don't want to see a video.

B

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What a waste of precious time. Won't be watching videos to see a todo list!!! Time to get my money back.

Jenny

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Agree with all the above. Waste of time.

AlixMB

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I finally had tikme to read this newsletter, then clicked through only to find a video?! Baby's sleeping right next to me, so I can't have sound on. Just give me the list of home repairs in text. Clicking through to junk, and leaving this message, has wasted valuable time I could have spending finding USEFUL information.

Mary ellen

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DITTO! I don't want videos unless they are demonstrations.

Beth

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Agree with comments. We pay for this? What happened to info we could use? That I was willing to pay for. Endless advertising emails not so much.

Karen

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I'm kind of relieved to hear that so many people hate finding videos where quickly readable content should be. The web is so saturated with them that I thought it was just me.

Annie

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I agree with everyone about videos, but it is not because I don't have time to watch it. We really wouldn't be leaving these notes if we were that pressed for time. The point is that we are adults and are perfectly capable of scanning material for those items of significance to us. Videos are good for one thing: demonstration. We don't need a video to provide us with some talking head telling us what THEY decided we don't know. ANGIE'S LIST - Please use videos judiciously!

Doris

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Ditto - I was expecting a list. I did not / would not watch a video on this subject. Hope this is a lesson learned for angie's List.

Gardening

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No time for video! Customers want interesting information that we do not already know; don't discount our knowledge and please, we don;t have tme for videos!

Reader

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Yes! The Web is sick with "Video Poisoning"...

Diane Kniskern

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From the photo, I thought #1 was going to be, "Wash the dishes."
Agree with most comments above - not planning to renew.

Dissappointed

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What a waste of time. Angie please don't put out garbage videos like this anymore

Robert

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Seriously? Just put the useful text into the email, don't waste my time coming to your site to watch a video. I subscribe to save time and hassle, not to put up with it from your site.

Yank

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couldn't find list & saw comments about video, so didn't look at it

Gail

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same as all above. i am not watching a video. not somewhere i want sound.

Marty

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Ditto to all. Angie's List, you are slipping badly.

j e murph

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If Angie's list is having trouble finding decent web writers, I will be glad to be of service.

M.J.

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PLEASE no more video

David

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GIve me the text. I don't care if the video is there are not.

Phyllis

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A List please, that's what I was expecting and wanted.

Ella

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Please use text. I won't watch the video.

Jim

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All this whining! (though I agree). Anyway, here's the list since you don't have time to watch but have time to post.

1.Check your roof
2. Fix leaks
3. Caulk cracks
4. Electrical hazards
5. Seal drafts
6. Change HVAC filters
7. Inspect your sump pump

You're welcome.

Al

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Agree with the previous comments, I'd rather see things that are useful as opposed to self-promotional. If you must produce a video, at the very least provide an actual list that can be printed out and actually used. If this happens again, I'll unsubscribe.

dee

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Agree with the others that it's pointless and a waste of time to watch a video in place of reading a list. Not at all appreciated, didn't watch it.

Jeff

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Videos a usually a waste of time. Please drop there use unless there is a actual advantage in using them.

David

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How I hate to say "Me, too," but there is no alternative. Finding a video when I expect a list does not make my day better or help me take care of my house.

Dude!

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I don't like the videos, either.

Whate I ESPECIALLY don't like is being duped. Please WARN users that there is ONLY video content to your link.

Update Email Preferences or Unsubscribe from "Featured Service" Emails

UNSUCSCRIBE

Done.

Elizabeth

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I agree with the comments above regarding video information. This is good information and could have been communicated more effectively in writing.

Annoyed User

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Agree with all the common sense folks posting about your bad web design. LIST should be in print, not as a video. Videos are for hands-on teaching of a How To...

carol

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I can agree with the others I PAY Angies list so I wont have to put up with spam. Shame on yall!

Rob

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What they said. No video please. Keep this up and we won't click to follow-up on the email.

Kathy W

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DITTO!!!! I don't have time to waste on videos! Please re-email subscribers with a link for a list (as promised) or an article that I can skim! It will only take Angie's List sending a couple more links for videos, with no additional information, before subscribers stop using this previously excellent resource!

LIZ

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I agree with the others. PLEASE stop consuming our time. We kpined Angie's list to make out lives easier!

Kathy

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ditto all of the above. Video?? A list would have worked best.

Kay

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I will not watch a video to get information--I want something I can print out--in fact, I'll probably not look at future "tips" from you if this is all I can expect. Make this easy not "entertainment".

Dave

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I agree this is most annoying; video is the wrong medium for a list duh.. I did not watch. Give us a list that we can scan in 10 secs.

teigh

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I clicked on the link, noticed the video, and went hunting for the list. What I found was 80 million comments expressing exactly what I was thinking...A VIDEO?????

teigh

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I clicked on the link, noticed the video, and went hunting for the list. What I found was 80 million comments expressing exactly what I was thinking...A VIDEO?????

Mike

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Have to add my agreement to the others. The aspect of Angie's List that made it worthwhile was it felt like I wasn't being sold something, just getting quick valuable info about specialists when I needed it. In the last year it's grown into something entirely different. As others have said, a short list would have sufficed.

Norman

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Having read the long string of articulate, well-reasoned criticisms (with which I agree), I am impressed with my fellow subscribers, if not the service itself.

John Robb

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I don't have time to watch videos. If you are too lazy to transcribe your material, maybe I don't have time for Angie's List any more.

Debbie

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Another vote for no video when quick text will do. Not everyone has lightning-fast broadband...

Marti

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I'm another who wants a written list, not a video. Save video for what can't be explained in writing.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.