March 04, 2009 14:05 ET

Long Island Website Changes the Way Homeowners Find and Hire Contractors

SYOSSET, NY--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - FindAPro, Inc. announced today the beta launch of their website, an online community for homeowners to find, review, and hire home improvement professionals. With the launch of the site, homeowners from Long Island, NY are able to browse profiles and read reviews on local home improvement contractors, free of charge.

"We formed the company to change the way homeowners hire contractors by bringing visibility and accountability to the world of home improvement. We provide our users with independent reviews, pictures, and information so they are able to make educated decisions before they hire," said Justin Rattigan, Chief Executive Officer of currently lists more than 1,000 ratings and reviews on over 350 contractors, instantly becoming the most comprehensive resource available for finding contractors in on Long Island, NY. Home improvement companies that apply for and pass a comprehensive background check and verification process earn designation as a Certified Pro on the website.

"While there are many trade organizations that certify professionals in their specific trade, is proud to offer the only home improvement certification program that spans across all categories of home improvement," said Rattigan. "We call references, check with suppliers, call other contractors, conduct background checks, verify business filings, check with consumer affairs, verify insurance, check the BBB, and scour the web to make sure we only certify reputable professionals. If we have any doubt that a contractor is not reliable and reputable, we will not certify them."

The company's business model is formed around a lead referral program that it is launching later this year. Homeowners will be able to visit the site and select Certified Pros to bid on their project. Participating contractors will pay for each qualified lead they receive from the site. is a division of American Consumer Shows, the largest producer of Home Shows in the United States. For more than 30 years, ACS has been focused on helping homeowners find reputable contractors at over 50 home shows across the United States each year.

"The home show is a great source of new business for contractors, providing more qualified leads and a higher return on investment than any other advertising source," said Craig Gitlitz, CEO of American Consumer Shows & Chairman of "Launching is a way for ACS to deliver even more business to our customers since they will receive qualified leads 24 hours a day, 365 days a year instead of only during Home Show events."

About the company: is an online community for homeowners in Long Island, NY to find, review, and hire reputable home improvement professionals. is the online division of American Consumer Shows, the largest producer of Home Shows in the United States. More information is available at

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    Justin Rattigan
    888.395.PROS x706
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