Finding contractors (or businesses) to come to your home and do a job, so that you can then pay them money for said work, is a lot more difficult than it sounds.
Today, for example, we got our carpets cleaned. The process involved calling a list of places found on Google, comparing price quotes and trying to make sense of it all before choosing the right team for the job.
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ServiceWhale has a better solution. Instead of tracking down contractors, getting bids, and having to speak on the phone to actual people, you can just grab your smartphone, answer a few questions and let the app do the rest. To use it, you just have to answer a few questions about our job. Once complete, it returns custom quotes that allow you to browse prices, negotiate, and lock in an appointment without ever leaving the app.
“Our service takes the guesswork out of home improvement,” said ServiceWhale CEO and Founder, Dmitri Saveliev. “We are doing for home improvement projects what Amazon did for retail, it’s all about simplifying the service and offering transparent pricing.”
Saveliev isn’t being hyperbolic on the Amazon comparison, either. The app offers a lot of the features you choose Amazon for when there’s a retailer down the street. For example, the customer ratings. ServiceWhale offers up aggregated reviews from Yelp, Google and others to let you choose a contractor like you’d choose a set of headphones on Amazon.
You can also save multiple projects, much like Amazon’s wish list. Or, there’s a feature Amazon doesn’t have — the ability to name your own price. Now, you can tell a contractor how much you’re willing to spend, and let them figure out if it’s worth the time to do the job.
ServiceWhale has the potential to make life easier on anyone. Personally, if it saves me the effort of picking up the phone and dialing, I’m all in.
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