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How We Rate and Review Providers

House Method’s overarching goal is to conduct in-depth and unbiased evaluations of reputable home services companies for every article we publish. From there, we work to transform those findings into an accessible and empowering resource for homeowners, renters, landlords, real estate professionals, and other readers alike.

At the helm of our research process is a rating system used to assign any featured provider a numerical grade based on different categories, depending on the service. For example, we take different factors into consideration when grading home warranty providers, gutters and gutter guards, and moving companies to name a few. All supporting information used by our in-house research team is pulled from factually accurate public data sources, verified policyholder testimonials, and anonymous homeowner experience surveys. 

Here is an overview of our overall composite rating system and what each level, from zero to five stars, indicates:

★★★★★ Outstanding 

★★★★☆ Excellent

★★★☆☆ Average

★★☆☆☆ Below Average

★☆☆☆☆ Poor

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 below, 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.

Read our detailed methodologies for each category:

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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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.

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