Local service helps homeowners find reliable contractors.
So you want to remodel your kitchen…but you don’t know a single, reputable
contractor. Or you want to repaint your house, but none of the painters are
returning your calls. Or you’ve just moved in…your roof is leaking…and you don’t
even have a phone book. Where do you start? Who do you call? If you’re a smart
consumer, you contact The Home Improvement Network, a free contractor referral
service that services all of Chicagoland, including all the north suburbs and
the city of Chicago. Whether you call in your project, or submit it online, you
will get connected to several reliable contractors – all established,
pre-screened, local area contractors eager for your business. And yes, all this
is free for you, the homeowner.
“What’s the catch?” you ask. There is no catch. The Home Improvement Network was
established in 1998 to fill a void in the home improvement industry…to provide
reliable and available contractors to the homeowners that need their services.
The Home Improvement Network connects reputable contractors with qualified
customers, and the service is unique to the Chicagoland area. While there are
other contractor referral services, most of them are national and
internet-based. They can’t necessarily evaluate contractors first-hand, or offer
the level of personalized service that The Home Improvement Network can.
Pete Thomas is the owner of The Home Improvement Network, and he carefully, and
personally, evaluates all of the contractors that service this area. Each
contractor is interviewed in person by Pete, references are verified, and proof
of current insurance is obtained before any contractor can become a member of
the service. In addition to being reputable and reliable, each contractor must
have a reasonable level of availability and must pledge two assurances: to
service ten homeowners a month…and to return all phone calls. In return, the
membership contractors pay a monthly fee based on the amount of referrals they
receive from the service. Membership contractors do not raise their costs or
fees because they use The Home Improvement Network, and The Home Improvement
Network never receives a percentage of any projects their contractors complete.
Since 1998, over 15,000 homeowners have used The Home Improvement Network to
find quality home improvement professionals for their next interior or exterior
project. Armed with an abundance of dependable and available contractors in the
area, Pete often exhibits at local home improvement shows to meet local area
residents that may need his service. You may have personally run into Pete at
The Home Improvement Network booth at the Lincoln Park home show at DePaul
University in May, or at some of the other home improvement shows this past
Spring, including at the Arlington Race track in March.
To date, there are over 225 contractors in The Home Improvement Network, many of
which cover the northern, western, and southern suburbs for the vast majority of
home improvement projects, including decks and brick-paver patios, kitchen &
bathroom remodeling, roofing, handyman work, and more! Maybe you are looking to
install a new floor? If so, then Wendel Stahl of Romanian Flooring, based in
Niles, is ready to give you a free in-home estimate for your project. Perhaps
you tell The Home Improvement Network that you need your kitchen, bathroom, or
basement remodeled? Then Kitchen and Bath Corner Inc. located in Park Ridge,
would likely be calling you to schedule an appointment at your convenience.
Whether it is smaller handyman projects via F&G Remodeling on the north side of
Chicago, or landscaping and brick-paving services by Landscape 21 out of
Glenview, there is a Home Improvement Network contractor available and ready in
all of Chicagoland to give you a free estimate right away!
“There is a great deal of distrust between consumers and contractors,” says
Pete. “A lot of it is simply lack of communication.” The Home Improvement
Network staff talks with each of the homeowners so they can understand the full
scope of the project. Then they can match them up with the right contractors for
that type of job. “We only refer contractors who have the capacity to take on
new work. Construction is still largely a mom-and-pop industry, which means a
contractor can only handle so many projects at once. When they’re already busy,
they tend not to return phone calls. Finding a good contractor doesn’t have to
be a negative experience,” explains Pete. “Our job is to take the headache out
To inquire about receiving free estimates for your next home improvement
project, or just to get more information about The Home Improvement Network,
please call toll-free at 1-(800) 553-1810, or submit your project online at
customer service representative will contact you right away!