Engaging tradies can be one of the most unpleasant parts of renovating but we’re pleased to report that there’s a game-changer in town. Like Uber for homeowners and renovators, the recently launched TradeSearch web app allows you to connect with qualified tradies in real time and on demand. Not only can you find out their availability instantly, you can also check out the quality of their work and their hourly rates too. We love!!
The app is ideal for those needing someone fast (ie. a flooded bathroom), but we love the transparency factor also – not only does the app help you immediately find a tradie that is close by and who can work when you need them, you can also find out their hourly rate in an instant. The review feature is great too as you can check out tradie ratings and compare trades by photo, service description, qualifications and hourly rates before securing a price that fits within your budget. It’s obviously a much more efficient way of engaging contractors than spending all day on the phone.
“When you hire a contractor, you’re engaging a stranger to come to your house. If I were overseas, and my wife who is at home needed someone straight away, I could hop on to the app, input what I need, and pay the person I choose. My wife wouldn’t need to do anything except open the door,” says the TradeSearch web app developer Joseph Mancuso.
The app is used to make bookings and secure payments too. Payment options include PayPal, stripe, credit card or cash and the app tracks the trade’s time spent on site which allows you to verify charges before making payment. Like Uber, payment is made instantly so it means tradesmen don’t have to chase outstanding bills either. It’s a win, win!
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