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  1. Jennifer Riley Simone
    September 25, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    The rise in price -oriented home improvement sites like Zillow Digs and Porch perpetuate the idea that what home remodelers do can be scaled to a commodity. Your point about quality vs price is very important in the decision about who to hire. As a full service design/build remodeling firm, it would be unreasonable to compare our prices to a one-person contracting outfit. Yet these sites that emphasize price leave out those service details. I applaud Houzz.com for leaving out the costs of projects, and focusing on design and function. Also, I believe the number of neighbors who would be willing to share with the internet what they paid for their remodel is limited – therefore limiting Porch’s model. Before signing up, contractors should consider if they want to support the philosophy behind these kinds of sites.

    • Darren
      September 25, 2013 @ 9:05 am

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Jennifer!

      The pricing component is going to be a sticking point on the contractor side for sure. And who knows what Mrs. Jones is going to do, is she going to inflate the price to make it more “expensive” or go the other way and talk about what a great deal she got. Either way, contractors will have to contend with that aspect of the platform if they want to play.