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Fake Yelp Reviews

John Keeley, a professor of market and advertisement, made a study that should make online review followers wary about believing them.

If you’re going through Yelp reviews to choose where to go out or eat, you’re likely to be misled or even conned, says Mr Keeley, author of a recent study showing that at least 36 percent of the reviews are fudged or bias. The research concluded that the worst offenders are restaurants  trying to negate negative write-ups, that chain restaurants are the least likely to make fake reviews, and that restaurants take the low ground by posting damaging reviews for establishments who are in the same area and competing over the same customers.

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Picking the right contractors

When you are looking to improve your home and need help, you will get prices from various contractors. It is important that you pick the right contractor for the job. Do not base it solely on price. Make sure that firstly, you decide what exactly what you want before you call any contractor. Drawing it up helps you visualize it. Make bullet points over any concerns you might have or any particular things you might need clarification on.

Get at least 3 contractor quotes. For example we recently had our driveway done in Long Island, we called in 3 different contractors and ended up picking the contractor who was not the cheapest but had everything needed. The Long Island Asphalt Contractor was Classic Paving.

Make sure to see previous work on all 3 contractors and make sure to check out any reviews you can find out about them online. Try to see that they are long term in business and if they follow up on any repair work as sometimes repairs are needed. Get license numbers from them to see if they are licensed to perform work at your home in the area.

Once you have done all the footwork and there is still more than one contractor, you can choose on price or on your gut instinct. I prefer gut instinct as some people you get on with better than others. Its important that you get along with your contractor as they will be at your home for a few days and you want a good atmosphere. This helps every job turn out that little bit better as a contractor will put in an extra effort to clients they like

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