Rating Methodology and Affiliate Disclosure

By Emily Porter

What We Do

We believe everyone should be able to make decisions about their home with confidence. While our site doesn’t review every home products or services company in the market, we’re proud that our reviews and recommendations are objective, independent, straightforward — and free.

So how do we make money? Our content is free to you, the reader, because we may earn a commission when you click or make a purchase using our site. This may influence which products we review and write about (and where those products appear on the site), but it in no way affects our recommendations or advice, which are grounded in thousands of hours of independent research. We sometimes offer premium or additional placements on our website and in our marketing materials to our advertising partners but our partners cannot, and do not, pay us to guarantee favorable reviews of their products or services. If you choose to click on the links on our site, we may receive compensation, which then funds our operations.

The analyses and opinions on our site are our own and our editors and staff writers are instructed to maintain editorial integrity. Our brand, House Method, stands for accuracy and helpful information. We know we can only be successful if we take your trust in us seriously!

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Ratings Methodology

We aim to update our ratings on a systematic and periodic basis and to disclose the date of most recent review on pages where the rating appears. House Method considers our weighted scale to be proprietary, but we have provided the criteria used in scoring each company, organized by industry below. As we publish more comparative product reviews we will continue to updates this Rating Methodology to ensure we provide transparency to our readers.

Home Warranty Ratings

At House Method, transparency and trust are our most important values for the reader. That’s why we took the time to create an objective rating system and score each home warranty provider according to our methodology. Our team spent hours on the phone speaking to representatives from each home warranty company to get information right from the source.

Our rating system involves a weighted, 100-point scale that scores home warranty companies on the following criteria:

  • Plans (10 points): Do they provide a variety of plan options? We looked at the number of plans each company offered and the flexibility adjusting the plan.
  • Prices (20 points): How reasonable are the monthly fees and service fees in comparison to the industry average? We compared the costs of each company to competitors.
  • Coverage (20 points): How many items are covered in each plan? We looked at the number of items each company covers.
  • Customer service (10 points): How is the customer experience when calling the providers? Based on our phone calls, we were able to judge each company’s customer service.
  • Trust (20 points): What do customers rate the company? We looked into what customers are saying about their experience with the company.
  • Nationwide availability (10 points): How many states does the company cover? We found the number of states covered by each company.
  • Unique perks (10 points): Does the company offer discounts or cover special items? We looked for perks offered by each company that sets them apart from the competition.

Pest Control Ratings

Our research process involves a multi-step process to get real insights into the customer experience for each company. We contacted each pest control company directly, spoke to representatives via phone and online chat (if available). This helps us better understand the company’s treatment offerings and customer service. We also take into account BBB accreditation and what customer reviews say about each company. Additionally, we fact-check and update company data regularly to ensure accurate and up-to-date information. 

We developed a 100-point rating system to numerically compare the companies to each other on the following factors:

  • Plan options (35 points): Companies that offer more plans and flexibility on services to address specific issues were given a higher score. 
  • State Availability (5 points): Those that offer coverage in fewer than 45 states were deducted points for availability. 
  • Trustworthiness (10 points): This is based on whether companies have money-back guarantees, service guarantees, and additional satisfaction assurance measures.
  • Customer Service (30 points): We considered accessibility (including on weekends and holidays) of technicians and customer support. 
  • Additional Benefits (20 points): Companies that offer further conveniences such as an app, comprehensive resources, and other benefits were rated higher. 

Affiliate Compensation Disclosure

This Affiliate Compensation Disclosure is provided by House Method, together with its affiliates, including, without limitation, both mobile and online versions of our websites (collectively, referred to herein as the “Site”, “we” or “us”), and is provided for the purpose of disclosing House Method’s financial relationship with affiliates, advertisers, sponsors and other third parties that appear on the Site (collectively, referred to herein as “Affiliates”), pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission’s Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising, 16 C.F.R. Part 255.

We’ve posted this Affiliate Compensation Disclosure since House Method sells and thus receives monetary and other forms compensation from Affiliates for various advertising, sponsorships, insertion orders and promotional campaigns that we feature on the Site. Thus, there is paid connection between some of the products or services mentioned, reviewed or recommended on this Site and the Affiliate (i.e., the owner of that third party product or service). If you ultimately decide to purchase such a product or service mentioned on the Site, House Method may receive additional compensation from that purchase from the Affiliate.

Further, the Site posts or otherwise promotes content, including editorial content, which may feature third party products and services (the “Affiliate Products”) and which may link to third party owned and operated web sites where you can purchase Affiliate Products. If you click on a link to an Affiliate’s Product on the Site and then follow the link to purchase an Affiliate Product on the Affiliate’s web site, House Method may receive compensation from the Affiliate offering the Affiliate Product. The content featuring Affiliate Product(s) may not always be identified on the Site as paid or sponsored content and the compensation that we receive from Affiliates may influence what content, topics or posts we make on the Site and where they are posted.

Also, you may see third party ads posted on the Site. Each time you click on such an ad, we will receive compensation from the third party advertiser, even if you do not purchase something from the third party.

Our Top Priority

Transparency to you, our reader, is our top priority. Even though we may receive compensation in connection with your purchase of Affiliate Products as outlined above, we still seek to provide our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, and experiences as they relate to the products and services that are featured on the Site.

Every effort has been made by House Method to provide true and accurate statements in regards to any and all products or services mentioned, reviewed or recommended by House Method on this Site.

Should you have any questions, comments or concerns and would like to receive an answer or ask a question prior to purchasing any product or service mentioned on this Site, you can contact us at legal@housemethod.com.

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