Rating Methodology and Affiliate Disclosure

Updated: April 1, 2019

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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.

Price Ratings

A company’s price rating is a relative score that compares the price of its products or services to its peers that we’ve reviewed. The prices of products and services are based on our independent research. Each dollar sign represents an objective tiered amount of money, depending on the category of the product or service being reviewed. The average price range for a product or service in the industry is designated by three dollar signs. One and two dollar signs indicate that the company’s prices fall into a range below the average by a certain tier, and four and five dollar signs indicate that the company’s prices fall into a range above the industry average by a certain tier.

Price ratings for home warranties are calculated using prices published by the warranty providers as well as those published by objective third-party reviewers when a primary source is not available.

House Method mattress ratings

House Method mattresses ratings are awarded based on a weighted 10-point scale that scores mattress manufacturers on shipping cost, return cost, length of trial period, length of warranty, use of environmentally responsible materials, customization availability, and number of choices available.

House Method home warranty ratings

House Method home warranty ratings are awarded based on a weighted 10-point scale that scores home warranty providers on BBB rating, length of coverage, service fees, national availability, workmanship guarantee, coverage exclusions, and whether warranty holders can choose their own repair technicians.

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.

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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