Angie's List Bridges Gap for Those with Long-Distance Eldercare Needs and/or Vacation Homes

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Responding to member demand, Angie's List has launched a new service that enables members in one city to easily find trustworthy contract help across the state or across the country.

Add in the responsibility of looking out for your elderly parents and their property back home or a vacation home, and it's easy to get overwhelmed.

Responding to member demand, Angie's List has launched a new service that enables members in one city to easily find trustworthy contract help across the state or across the country.

"It's already hard for most of us to keep up with all the maintenance our home and property demands while also keeping up with our families and personal lives," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "Add in the responsibility of looking out for your elderly parents and their property back home or a vacation home, and it's easy to get overwhelmed."

"With our new service, zip codes no longer matter. Members can now easily find a handyman they can trust to take care of Mom or Dad back home in Philadelphia. They can find a good and reliable cleaning service for their Miami condo - all without having to leave their own home in Chicago," she explained.

Angie's List is designed to help homeowners quickly find reliable local service providers in more than 280 categories of service ranging from home and lawn care to child and pet care and other personal services. Before this new service, members were given easy electronic access only to local service providers in their home area.

Now, for a nominal fee, members can add markets to their home-city membership and gain full access to local service providers in other areas of the country. Consumers may sign up or expand their current memberships at http://www.angieslist.com.

Hicks, who regularly meets with members to check on how Angie's List is working out for them, said the new service is among the top request she hears from Angie's List members, regardless of which city she visits.

More than half of Angie's List members responding to a recent poll said they are looking for ways to alleviate worries over meeting a long-distance elderly relative's household needs. Nearly 20 percent of Angie's List members own second homes more than 100 miles away from their primary residence.

  • 33 percent of those already helping an elderly relative said they are concerned about the condition of their loved one's home.
  • 25 percent say they spend vacations taking care of odd jobs for elderly relatives who live more than 200 miles away.

"A member in Indiana recently told me how much he worries about his elderly parents in Florida because Dad just isn't able to cut the grass anymore and he wishes he could find someone he can trust to do that kind of work around the house," Hicks said. "This service offers immediate relief to the 10 million Americans in the Sandwich Generation who are caring for young children as well as elderly parents; we're happy to offer it."

Nationwide, Angie's List currently offers more than one million reports detailing the performance of local service providers in 124 cities. Reports were submitted by members who used those service providers in those cities. On average, Angie's List receives about 15,000 new reports each month.

Angie's List is where consumers turn to get the real scoop on local contractors and companies in more than 280 different categories. Currently, more than 500,000 consumers across the U.S. rely on Angie's List to help them find the right contractor or company for the job they need done. Members have unlimited access to the list via Internet or phone; receive the Angie's List magazine, which includes articles on home improvement and maintenance, consumer trends and scam alerts; a monthly newsletter with even more information and coupons; and they can utilize the Angie's List complaint resolution service. Get more information and consumer tips at http://www.angieslist.com.

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