HomeWise In The News!

The Wall Street Journal
It took Therese Cvetkovich only about a week to find an interior designer, after an email exchange with [HomeWise Referrals], a home-design referral service in Alexandria, VA. The designer she picked. . . redid three bathrooms for Ms. Cvetkovich for $40,000. “I have a life,” says Ms. Cvetkovich, a pediatrician in Arlington, Va., with a 13-year-old son. “I didn’t want to sit down and interview a bunch of people. When I found this Web site, I thought, `This is perfect.'”
Reprint from The Wall Street Journal, 20 May 2005, “The Home Front: Blind Date With the Drapes Guy”, by Sally Beatty, Section W, page 8.


“It is a big red flag if a contractor insists that you pull the permits,” says Debbie Farson of HomeWise Referrals.  “They may not be licensed – a requirement to pull permits.  They may not want responsibility for the project – the permit holder is considered the general contractor.”  Shady contractors may also insist you don’t need a permit for a job.

Washingtonian Magazine, March 2011, “If Your Walls Could Talk”, by Sherri Dalphonse


[This local company] offer[s] . . . referrals to remodelers and repair people they’ve screened. . . . . Formerly called Home Solutions Connection, it was started in 2002 by Debbie Farson. . . . HomeWise checks licensing, insurance, complaint histories, and customer and trade references to come up with a list of reliable contractors; it also relies on customer feedbck and site inspections to made sure contractors continue to do good work. The service is free to homeowners. . . .

Washingtonian Magazine, March 2011, “Where Can You Find a Good Contractor?”


Debbie Farson’s company provides free referrals for homeowners to contractors who have passed her screening—she checks references, licensing, and insurance. Her listings include contractors who can take on anything from small plumbing problems to major remodeling. Contractors pay a commission to [HomeWise Referrals].

Washingtonian Magazine, May 2005, “Need A Handyman?”,  by Kim Forrest.