Homes & Gardens

If everything else fails!

Yell was launched in 1996 as an online business and consumer site providing directory services, business information and shopping facilities via the Internet. It contains a comprehensive listing of businesses – over
1.7 million in the UK – to make locating a product or service supplier easy. And since October 2000 it has included the listings in the Yellow Pages.

The search facility could not be easier. Simply enter what you are looking for, or the company, and add the location. The list provided also has location maps. If all else fails in your search for the elusive tradesman or the right piece of equipment, just Yell!

HomePro was set up in 1999 to provide consumers with a reliable place to find reputable businesses. To appear on their database trade professionals must allow HomePro to take the name of up to 10 referees at random from their work files. And once they have gained a listing on the service, each new job is rated by the homeowner.

The site has a number of distinct areas.

Twenty-four-hour call out is exactly that. The rates are confirmed when you call, and the site claims that the 1,900 professionals on their system handle 85% of call outs within 24 hours.

In other circumstances, Find-a-Pro offers three ways to find your tradesman. You can enter the desired trade and postcode. You can use the national help line, or you can use the WAP Directory.