Wondering if you should get your roof replaced? On Hometalk, you can take a picture of your damaged shingles and get feedback from other people, including professional contractors who can give you a quote. Launched in 2011, the online home improvement community recently did a little housework of its own, with a slick new interface and a few new tools.
Much like Pinterest, Hometalk lets you upload a picture or a video and post a quick description of your project. But here, the idea is to take a picture of things in your own home rather than pulling images from another website.
You can browse through other members’ posts for inspiration, either by selecting a topic like “bathroom” from the left-side navigation, or by using the search bar at the top. The other members have all kinds of interesting issues ranging from “I want to switch out the sink for a single basin, but I have been told by a couple of plumbers removing the old sink would probably break the granite” to “Does anyone know what this flower is? It was the last one left at my favorite nursery. They told me the name and I immediately forgot!” You can filter through them by pictures, questions, or both. From there, you can share your findings with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, or email.
The pictures can all be saved onto a clipboard, which is helpful for documenting different phases of a project or for showing an issue from multiple angles. Many users have created clipboards to show off their beautiful renovation projects, which seem to inspire – and slightly intimidate – the rest of the community.
Hometalk is also a way for contractors to reach potential customers. They can set up a company profile with pictures of their previous work, and then join the discussion by answering questions or providing quotes. The site is run by Networkx, a lead-generating site for contractors that’s based in New York City. Like most social networks, Hometalk has a “like” system, so members can reward the companies for good work and help each other out with their feedback.
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