Porch's new app helps you find a plumber or electrician in under a minute
Need a plumber? There's an app for that.
Often, new services and apps seek to cut out the middleman and connect consumers with the people they want to work with directly. Sometimes, though, it's helpful to have a third party in on the transaction. Porch, which Digital Trends has previously described as a Carfax for houses, launched its first mobile app today, and it bills itself as a “Concierge,” connecting homeowners and home-improvement professionals.
The Porch app, which is available for iPhones, has three ways of putting people in touch with professionals. First, a representative can listen to the details of your project and determine whether a carpenter or contractor would be the best fit for remodeling your home office into a puppy playground. If you know you'll need a landscaper to help put in that moat you've been meaning to build, the app's Pro Dial dials verified professionals using an algorithm until one picks up, a process that generally takes under a minute. Finally, for the old-school, there's a Pro Search option, which lets you take control of finding the perfect interior designer who can help you transform your apartment into a ski lodge.
These options don't cost the homeowner; instead, Porch charges service-providers a transaction fee and offers them premium options, according to Seattle Times.
Another feature, which is currently in beta only in Seattle, is the Porch Booking option. Professionals — whom Porch has put through background checks and are insured, licensed, and bonded— are available for small jobs, like painting and carpet cleaning, at hourly rates negotiated by the company. A rating system ensures the professionals' work remains high-quality. If the professional you hired messes up your castle moat and drawbridge, your neighbors will know about it.
This article was originally posted on Digital Trends