LESLIE: Barbara in New York is looking to get some remodeling done. How can we help you?
BARBARA: Yes, I’d like to know how to hire a contractor to do a complete renovation of my kitchen. I live in a New York City apartment that I own.
LESLIE: OK. Well, actually, I mean it’s good that you’re calling us in advance because some people tend to not ask the right questions and not do enough research when it comes time to hire a pro and they end up with a bad experience and that’s not the case we want you to have. So generally what we would recommend is ask your friends, ask your neighbors, ask people that you are familiar with who’ve had home improvements who they might recommend. But there’s actually an online networking website called Angie’s List and it’s A-n-g-i-e-s List; Angie’s List. And what they do on this website is anybody who’s ever used any type of service professional can go onto the website and write a review about this pro; so now you can look up different recommendations in your neighborhood for a contractor, for a painter, for anybody who does any sort of service contracting. And they’re not allowed to go on and pad their review. It’s sort of – it’s very regimented to make sure that it truly is user-friendly and it gives you the best sort of advice as to who folks in your area would recommend as well.
BARBARA: Well, that sounds wonderful. I’ve never heard of that before.
TOM: It’s a great service. Barbara, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.