Not everyone is experienced or knowledgeable about plumbing repairs or can confidently wall mount a flat panel display. Home repairs and renovations can be terrifying when considering all the possible expensive mishaps and mistakes. In certain cases it's better to be safe than sorry and hire a professional. Finding the right person for the right job for the right price used to be a combination of word of mouth and using the phone book. Now it's all about launching an app, snapping a photo of your problem, and getting a quote near instantly!
RepairPal: Auto Repair Expert
Not everyone is a trained mechanic, so when it comes to taking an automobile to a trained professional, I highly recommend RepairPal as a first step to getting back up and running. Whether it's for a roadside breakdown, or the investigation of a peculiar sound emanating from your engine, RepairPal can be used to send your car's model/make/year information, a repair query, and then in turn offers feedback about what the issue might be, alongside a repair estimage, and even helps locate the right local mechanic for the job.
Free - Also available for Android
Redbeacon Home Services
Redbeacon Home Services is a subsidiary of Home Depot, and accordingly the app delivers an efficient way to find quotes for home repair jobs from the phone. Simply take a video of the problem or job you'd like done, and Redbeacon will analyze and create a list of potential contractors or companies, as well as their going rates. Once the best candidate is chosen, Redbeacon will also help schedule them, and sees the job through to completion.
Free - Also available for Android
Home Improvement & Remodeling
Similar to the Redbeacon Home Services app above, this app allows users to upload a photo to communicate the exact home modification job or repairs needed, and then connect with qualified professionals (general contractors, landscapers, plumbers, electricians, etc) who will respond with their quotes. No meetings, stressful calls, and most definitely no fuss.
Free - Also available for iOS
Yelp isn't just great for finding restaurants nearby. Using location services and specific search criteria, Yelp can also be used to find local plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and other home improvement professionals with a database of information that may pertain to your specific problem. Each entry is complete with Yelp's usual array of information, including address, contact information, and perhaps most importantly, reviews from previous customers.
Free - Also available for iOS / Windows Phone
Left: Find Home Services - Right: Yellow Pages
Find Home Services
Whether it's a plumber, electrician, painter, or locksmith needed (or even just a hardware store), Find Home Services specializes in finding businesses specializing in the home needs for Windows Phone users. With the aid of GPS, users can search a wide range of establishments specializing repair. User submitted reviews and photos, alongside a database connected to Foursquare, Google, and Nokia further supplement the information provided.
Scouring a real phone book for local home repair businesses is becoming a rarity, and that's because it's way easier to use a phone's location services and intuitive search filters, to seek the aid of plumbers, electricians, builders, painters, and others for household repairs. The long-trusted Yellow Pages directory is now an app, providing users with over over sixty million listings of potential business phone numbers, websites, addresses, photos, and reviews.
Free - Also available for iOS / Android
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