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3rd November 2006

HomeWise.ie shortlisted for the Golden Spider Awards
HomeWise.ie has been shortlisted for the Golden Spider Awards 2006 in category "Best Website Launched in 2006". Awards take place in the Burlington Hotel on the 23rd of November.

The eircom Golden Spiders are widely regarded as the Oscars of the Internet Industry and were established 10 years ago - to reward excellence in design, functionality, creativity and innovation in Ireland's internet industry.

25th October 2006

HomeWise.ie at The Ideal Homes Show 2006
HomeWise.ie attends the Ideal Homes Show in the RDS Thurs 26th Mon 30th of October.

Please drop by and see us at stand R4.





14th September 2006

First Time Buyers Show 2006
Thanks to everyone who visited the HomeWise.ie stand at the First Time Buyers Show on 9th & 10th September, and especially those who entered our draw.

The winners were:
  • Thai relaxation treatment / massage from 'Thai Time Day Spa' - Claire Phelan, Waterford
  • ModelRooms Design Kit - Judy Dunne, Dublin
Congratulations and thank you for entering our competition!

12th September 2006

August's Competition Winner
July's winner of the Thai Massage for reviews and ratings is:
Brendan McPhillips, Cork.

Remember the more ratings and reviews you do, the greater your chance of winning and more importantly the more information available on HomeWise.ie to help your fellow users choose quality services in your area.

5th Sept 2006

First Time Buyers Show 2006
The First Time Buyers Show 2006 takes place Sat and Sun 9th and 10th of September. It is the only exhibition where you will find all the suppliers to buy your first home in one place at one time:
  • Estate Agents
  • Mortgage Companies
  • Solicitors
  • Life Assurance Companies
  • Surveyors
  • Home Insurance
  • Builders
  • Removal & Storage
  • Home Services (phone, electricity, gas, etc)
  • Interior Designers
  • Landscapers
  • The Champagne!
OPENING HOURS (both days) 10.00am to 6.00pm. Click here for more details.


2nd August 2006

July's Competition Winner
July's winner of the Thai Massage for reviews and ratings is:
Emily Murphy, Kildare.

Remember the more ratings and reviews you do, the greater your chance of winning and more importantly the more information available on HomeWise.ie to help your fellow users choose quality services in your area.

2nd July 2006

June's Competition Winner
June's winner of the iPod shuffle for reviews and ratings is:
Jim Nolan, Waterford.

Remember the more ratings and reviews you do, the greater your chance of winning and more importantly the more information available on HomeWise.ie to help your fellow users choose quality services in your area.

10th June 2006

May's Competition Winner
May's winner of the iPod shuffle for reviews and ratings is:
Julia Cortina, Cork.

Remember the more ratings and reviews you do, the greater your chance of winning and more importantly the more information available on HomeWise.ie to help your fellow users choose quality services in your area.

5th May 2006

April's Competition Winner
April's winner of the iPod shuffle for reviews and ratings is:
James Grimes, Bray, Co. Wickow.

Remember the more ratings and reviews you do, the greater your chance of winning and more importantly the more information available on HomeWise.ie to help your fellow users choose quality services in your area.

11th April 2006

SSIAs to drive home improvements spend
63% of Irish homeowners, questioned in a recent survey at the Myhome.ie Spring House & Garden Show, have searched online for home improvement related products and services in the last 12 months. With SSIAs about to mature this year, that spells good news for those in the Irish Home Improvements sector.

More than 90% of those surveyed plan to spend money on home and garden improvements in 2006. Top of the list for spending is building with 51% of respondents planning to either extend an existing house or to build a new house, the garden came next with 37% of respondents planning to improve their gardens followed by interior decorating or refurbishing an existing house at 33%. Other popular home improvement projects included decking (18%), kitchens (12%), attic conversion (9%) and adding a conservatory (6%).

These results coincide with other recently published figures on predicted SSIA spend which show that home improvements is one of the leading categories for planned spending second only to purchasing a new car.

6th April 2006

March's Competition Winner
March's winner of the iPod shuffle for reviews and ratings is: Deirdre Kenny, Longford.

With over 1000 reviews now in place we would like to thank everyone for taking the time to rate and review home & garden suppliers and services.

Remember the more ratings and reviews you do, the greater your chance of winning and more importantly the more information available on HomeWise.ie to help your fellow users choose quality services in your area.

22nd March 2006

Press Coverage for March
March has been a busy month for HomeWise.ie in the press.

The launch of HomeWise.ie was covered in a number of national newspapers including the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent, the Examiner, the Irish Mirror, and the Irish Star on Sunday.

We also received a lot of radio coverage, with headline news coverage on NewsTalk 106, mentions on Tipp FM and Beat FM. Both Ray Darcy and Matt Cooper also featured HomeWise.ie in their shows on Today FM.

In addition, we appeared on ElectricNews.net in their news roundup for the 14th of March.

14th March 2006

Launch of HomeWise.ie at Myhome.ie "Spring house & garden show" at the RDS
Irelands new home and garden search engine, will be formally launched in Ireland on St Patrick's week-end. Founded in 2006, HomeWise.ie already lists more than 50,000 home and garden suppliers, services and tradespeople with ratings & reviews from users.

The official launch of the HomeWise.ie will take place at the MyHome.ie Spring "House & Garden" Show which will be held in the RDS from 16th to 19th March.

Call by to see us at stand J6.

13th March 2006

1,000th supplier reviewed
1000's of customers use HomeWise.ie everyday to chose home & garden suppliers and services, now with over 1000 reviews on HomeWise.ie, your decision is easier as more and more suppliers & services are rated & reviewed by users.





10th March 2006

New mapping feature launched to help you find suppliers
Do you know where to find a "home or garden" retail outlet. Now you can go to the supplier in question and see where they are located.

To see an example of it in action, just visit A1 Kitchens.







2nd March 2006

Message boards system launched
Do you have a question related to home & garden, whether it is related to building a new house, renovating, DIY check out the customer discussion boards on HomeWise.ie. If your question hasn't already been asked, simply register or sign in to add you question. Other users will help you out with your answers. If you want to share your knowledge and experience you can answer questions posed by other users.

14th February 2006

iPod Competition Announced
Every time you review any home or garden supplier or service on HomeWise.ie, your name will be entered into a draw for an ipod shuffle. So the more reviews you do the greater your chance of winning.

At the end of each month all corresponding names will be entered into a raffle and winners will receive their prize.



6th February 2006

Quote Request Feature Added
Customers can now select a supplier or service in their local area and request a request for the product or service they require.

Simply register, choose your supplier, click on "get quote" and complete the details.

Be sure to go back and rate and review the supplier if you go ahead and use them.

January 2006

Customer Reviews added to site
HomeWise.ie is not only a directory, it also applies the "word of mouth" theory to the Internet. So if you are looking for a supplier or service, check reviews & ratings from other users.

If you have used a supplier or service yourself, user the search tool to find them and rate & review that supplier or service based on your experience, enabling fellow homeowners/users to benefit from your experience. If you don't find a supplier or service you have used, complete the suggest a supplier form and we will add them to our listings.




December 2005

Soft launch of HomeWise.ie
After much work, the initial version of HomeWise.ie has gone live. With over 50,000 suppliers HomeWise.ie aims to be the premier Home & Garden resource for the Irish market.