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6 reviews
1625 K Street, NW 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20006, US
Tel: (800) 213-7283
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mikem1172
1 review
1 helpful vote
1/31/19

Checkbook claimed that there were 14 reviews of my business (although suspiciously none were available for viewing) and a cumulative 1 star rating. Its just a scam designed to boost ratings of businesses that pay them off for a good rating. Completely false and unreliable.

jamess215
4 reviews
10 helpful votes
2/15/18

Too bad people are no vetted on this site. Checkbook has many bad contractors with glowing reviews.
I think they prey upon the elderly.

terrym126
1 review
2 helpful votes
6/12/17

Interested in getting a subscription, read a review from a satisfied customer except the upgrade charge for additional features which one is led to believe is included as part of the subscription. Did she miss something? Am I

peterm159
1 review
0 helpful votes
12/16/15

After getting 4 estimates for a new roof on our house and shop we went with Summit Roofing Contractors and are happy we did! They were professional, punctual and the guys were great. Highly recommend Summit Roofing!

rs63
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
12/18/14

Checkbook.org is an independent service provider review organization that provides reviews and ratings of many service providers, from auto mechanics to Wood Floor refinishers.

They provide three levels of review - "Ratings", "Comments", and "Advice"

For a "Rating" article, they perform a survey, measuring quality and a baseline "price" index- which illustrates the pricing of a particular service relative to other service providers -they obtain estimates for a number of services, and then create an index price, using "$100" as the index. A provider that's listed as being "$90" will generally be 10% below the area average. They also include a survey "quality" ranking - that is, the number of respondents who rate the firm as "excellent" for quality of work.

Generally, these ratings include an "advice" article about the service provider type - how to contract with a provider, do's and don'ts, that kind of thing. The most useful thing is the searchable table that lists local providers, their reputation for quality, and their index pricing.

"Comments" are a consumer-driven "comment" board where people can recommend/review specific companies, and can be a useful screening tool. Access to the "Comments" boards are free.

"Advice" articles are basically articles on how to contract certain service providers, or how to "do it yourself", etc - it generally doesn't include the "price and quality" rankings because the nature of the business doesn't lend itself to that type of evaluation.

Access to the "ratings" and "advice" articles require a subscription, currently $34 for two years. At least in the past, you could purchase individual reports. A subscription provides access to the articles on the website, and includes a printed magazine

I first encountered and used checkbook several years ago because I was contracting to have a fence replaced, and the quotes I was getting seemed high, and the contractors seemed pushy and a bit skeezy. So, I bought a report from checkbook for like $3 on fence builders, found a local firm with a good reputation, and saved $1800 over the previous quotes I'd received.

I've been a subscriber since, and have no doubt they've saved me a lot of money and stress over contracting with service providers. Hiring firms that overcharge you is bad enough - hiring firms that don't show up, do shoddy work, etc is even worse.

Checkbook only operates in certain geographic areas - but if you're a homeowner who lives in one of their service areas, definitely recommend you check them out (no pun intended) - I know they've saved me far more money finding and selecting contractors than I'll ever pay for their subscription.

In fact, just a few weeks ago, I put in hardwood flooring from a local store I'd have never considered without their reviews - it came in almost $2500 less than Home Depot's quote, and nearly $1000 less than the best quote I'd gotten before.

Tip for consumers: You can access "Comments" without a paid subscription.

norrish25
1 review
9 helpful votes
1/22/14

I'm surprised this is the first review. This review is based my experience over 2 years ago. This is a good site with valuable and extensive reports and ratings on service providers, plus insightful articles to use as shopping guides. It's a must have for the educated consumer. After joining however, I was aggravated when they site tries to upsell me to a larger more encompassing membership. To get all the industries listed on their site you have to upgrade. I was furious; to think that a consumer protection and advocate service would use this type of ploy. I believe there was a grace period to cancel and the upsell was a fair price. The rub is the marketing and sales tactic they use to get you to buy. You could end up spending 25-50% more than what you expected to get what you thought you were getting all along, whatever the price was.

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