We’re not alone when it comes to having to get quotes for jobs that need doing. I hate it. When we first moved in to our house, we needed to get a washing machine plumbed in because the elderly people that were living there didn’t have one. Not at all – not even the plumbing for it! Thankfully my parents were able to take in laundry until we got it sorted, but it meant finding a plumber. I took control of the hiring, mostly due to my husband’s inactivity, not his lack of expertise. The plumber I hired seemed a bit stoned, he overcharged for a simple job, but we do still have a working washing machine, so he did something right. Is there an easier way?
Using Apps to get quotes and hire professionals
I’ve tried other apps which work by getting only trusted traders (you know the one), with some success. Bidvine is a new site that covers much more than just plumbers, I was challenged to use the service and look for a photographer in the London area.
How to use Bidvine
The process is simple, you can sign up quickly and easily, then search for services in your locality. You answer a few questions so they can find the best people for you. You can be quite specific, for example for my photography quote I asked for a photographer who could do candid, professional shots. If you left it more vague you may get more results. They then text you and email you with quotes and basically bid to be of service to you – I liked that, it meant they would try and give you their best price. You can then review the quotes and take a nose at the companies, then hire one that best fits what you had in mind, be that the best price, fitted your brief the best, or the person that ‘spoke’ to you the most.
My results from using Bidvine
I asked for quotes on a Thursday evening, I was informed by Bidvine that I’d get a response by Monday evening, but in reality they came through before then, with the first one coming in the next morning and the last one coming in over the weekend. I got 5 quotes back in total. I’d set a price I thought was reasonable and they generally kept to it, 2 were slightly over. They provided websites and offered more information. You can also see reviews of the people or company and you get their contact details. It’s more than a simple directory, because you get the quotes directly to you, not just the contact. On your dashboard you can see all your requests and quotes at any time, and raise a new one whenever you want. I found the service easy to use and I liked the amount of quotes I had and the prices were within budget. The layout is clean and I think once more and more businesses sign up, we may all be using it in the future.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.