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Anybody have experience with Thumbtack?

Discussion in 'Business Management' started by Bwoell14, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Bwoell14

    Bwoell14 ArboristSite Lurker

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    I recently came across "Thumbtack". It seems similar to Home Advisor and other sites looking to be paid to refer customers. Anybody have any good or bad experiences with them?


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    Griff93 ArboristSite Operative

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    There ok. Mostly a waste of time unless you're the cheapest around (I'm talking illegitimate cheap folks). Probably depends on your local market as much as anything. There's a lot of people wanting shrubs trimmed on there it seems that want to put them in the tree work category.
     
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    Bwoell14 ArboristSite Lurker

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    I'm trying it out, mostly because it's free to see what the leads are like before having to pay. Home Advisor rapes you just to see the lead. Thumbtack is also more detailed than Home Advisor.

    Do you submit quotes to the initial lead? I've only responded to one and put N/A and explained I can't give an accurate quote without first seeing the tree. I didn't get a response.


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    The hardest thing with Thumbtack is that it is really set up to give a quote now. It is much cheaper the Home Advisor however HomeAdvisor does take a little more if the leg work out if it.
     
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    Bwoell14 ArboristSite Lurker

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    I've been the first to respond to many requests but don't get any calls back. I've been hired once for a small job. Admittedly, I don't give a price off of a description of "11-20 foot tree in backyard". I always put N/A and explain I'd need to see the tree to give a fair estimate. Maybe I should change up my strategy.


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    D.Co181Inf ArboristSite Lurker

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    I use it with fair success, I completely disagree with @Griff93 . I'm far from illegitimate, but there are those that are. It is a bit rough to bid, N/A bids are pretty much ignored and you are usually subject to giving a rough estimate off a description and then asking for at least pictures. It's frustrating as I've wondered how I didn't get at least a look at many jobs. Thumbtack doesn't ask enough questions, and should make them at least include a picture. I always statey estimate ate just a ballpark figure and that there are many factors that play into cost. Of you play it right, it's a fairly cheap way to get some work. I've define made more than I ever spent on credits. Each area is different. Here it's $40 for 20 credits and between 2-3 credits to send a bid, but you get to read the job before you submit a quote, or just pass if it's not for you. And if they don't view it within 2 days, you get your credits back. My advice, Bid first or second or don't bother
     
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    Bwoell14 ArboristSite Lurker

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    Good points. It's 1 credit to bid in my area. I'll have start putting a price in my quotes and see what that does for me. I agree, there could be more info but Home Advisor is $15 just to see the request. I definitely think pictures should be mandatory too.


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    Home advisor wanted as much as $30 to get a job quote, that was for a job sent only to me and no other companies. I also don't like the $300+ setup fee. Especially considering I've been sent some free previews, and the job requests don't look anymore detailed than thumbtack who h is a fraction of the cost. I told them let me see the job then I'd be glad to pay the fee, I like on thumbtack being able to at least see the job first, then decide if it's for, especially considering I keep getting g requests for landscaping and I didn't even put that down as a service. I don't do paver walkways
     

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