Finding a recommended workman is easy with Ratedpeople.
I put a new job on today and that’s why I thought I’d write about my experiences with Ratedpeople. I started using Ratedpeople in August 2009 when I needed some garden clearing work done.
I was new to the area and didn’t know who to trust. Yellow Pages or Google give details of companies or individuals but at that time not as many people were reviewing, so I turned to Ratedpeople – a sort of Tripadvisor for workmen, where tradesmen compete for your job and previous customers rate their experience with a tradesman.
In terms of a bargain, I like Ratedpeople as:
1. You can pick how much you have to spend for a job – of course no one is going to tile your roof …
Just heard from Anthony at ParkatmyHouse about a new service called ChargeatmyHouse. ParkatmyHouse (the company that manages the rental of my drive and provided me with a free electric car charging point) has formed a new partnership with the UK Government and as a result of this partnership, they have over 100 electric vehicle charging points to give away for free (worth £1,500 each).
But I don’t have an electric car. Why would I want a charge point?
1. It’s worth over £1,500 and can add value to your home (installation is also completely free).
2. There are over 20 new “plug in” models being launched over the next 12 months from manufacturers such as BMW, Renault, VW, Toyota, Volvo, Ford and Mercedes. Charge more to electric car owners to park and charge on …
So my niece is just about to complete on a house and she has a plate, towel and a few other bits and bobs….not enough to fill our spare room!
She’s rented for the last 10 years so money is going to be mega tight at the beginning. I asked her to put together a list of everything she needs, and we are going to see if you guys can give us tips on how to get the bargain household items for the best price.
She doesn’t have a budget in mind and will be living on rice and lentils for the first few months. She isn’t keen on second hand stuff and likes quality……..(not too demanding then). She’s in Birmingham and wants space saving items as the house is very small.
When I lived in London, I had a drive and no car. The drive was used when friends popped round as there was restricted parking on the road.
We were right next to the tube. We have since moved and live in a busy town centre – about five minutes walk from the shops. The parking prices in both places are extortionate. Anyway, my nephew rents out his garage in London and makes a pretty packet every month, so I thought I’d investigate renting out my drive.
Lo and behold, there are companies that can help you make money from your parking spaces and manage the rental of your free parking spaces, so if you have an empty drive, allotted parking space or garage at your home or business, you can make money out of …
Now as well as a bargain, I love convenience, so when I found the HOME2HOME service on Facebook, I thought I’d give it a try.
Basically, it’s a closed group that provides “quality professional cleaning and toiletry products in wholesale sizes at household prices delivered free to your door.”
I am based in the Midlands, and I think that this group (currently with 2,400 members) may only deliver to the wider Midlands region, but there must be others like it around the country.
Anyway, you have to ask to join the group and once accepted, you will get their offers in your feed of cheap cleaning supplies and toiletries, and they will also send you a price list of items they have available at the time. These items range from shampoo, washing powder to stain …
We overspent when buying our first house, so needed to scrimp on furniture.
Quality was the name of the game, but doesn’t quality cost?
I had wondered around Habitat (sadly no more) and Heal’s and the furniture was gorgeous, but just too expensive, though we had to have the square extendable table (at full price!).
I decided to go high street and M&S was my first port of call.
The Abbey sofas and Sonoma dining table set were just right. I got in touch with M&S and asked if they had any furniture discount or outlet stores and they told me about Bucks Furniture warehouse in Deptford and another place in north Wales. Sadly the Bucks I knew is no more!
Now Bucks just happened to be a few miles away from our new home, …