Porch has sponsored an internet listing with my name. When you click on my name to contact me, you are sent to their web site, or given their phone number. The customer and job information intended for me, (a lead gained by advertising I paid for), is then offered to me for a fee, and shared with 4 competitors. I don't respond to the leads from Porch. Porch.com essentially steals work from me or charges me for a lead they got from my advertising.
At this time, I have been unable to make any contact with Porch by phone or internet. There seems to be no avenue to undo this situation.
Porch sends you, and 4 other contractors the same lead. If a contractor does not respond to their notice, they contact another so that the customer will always have 5 bids to choose from. All five contractors pay them a fee for the same lead, and then compete for the job. Most contractors who resort to Porch for work are not very well established and work for less than market. A winning bid will be a low bid. You pay for the lead, win or lose. If you win the bid, your earnings are meagre.
A fellow contractor told me he responded (and therefore paid for) 23 leads. Only one of these leads was an actual person with a working phone number or email.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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