It goes without saying that the boom in technology has caused human behavior to alter significantly in the 21st century, with one of the main causes of change being the increased and varied use of the Internet.
The net offers an accessible and simple to use communications portal which allows us to update our ‘status’ or whereabouts to friends and family through sites like Facebook and Twitter, read news as it happens and perform a whole host of other things (of course, compiling a list of the things you are able to do on the Internet these days would be just too difficult). The Internet has also changed the way that consumers buy products and services.
Today, when people are thinking about a new TV, a holiday or are looking for someone to come out and replace a slate on their roof, it’s the Internet that many people will turn to in order to uncover the finer detail – the good, the bad and the ugly, if you will.
For people wanting to use a tradesman for the first time, specific article and information sites, such as Plumbing Articles, British Roofing and Roofing Articles (all related to and providing articles about roofers and roofing) along with more ‘generic’ sites, such as Zen Trades, offer readers an array of useful news, reviews and articles for homeowners. They make an excellent starting point for the layman, allowing you to learn a little about the job you may (or may not) need doing.
For further peace of mind, the growing number of online review websites such as Freeindex.co.uk, Reviewcentre.com and Google Places are offering valuable, customer generated feedback on companies. If you’re looking to bring in an unknown tradesman into your home, they offer a valuable (and well used) ‘heads up’.