The Nuts and Bolts September 26, 2013

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A little DIY, FYI…

Technology is awesome. It’s the bee’s knees. For home improvement people, technology has made it easier than ever to get the job done right. But while some aspects of home improvement take advantage of technology, many others do not. Sure I can download that level app to make sure my shelves are straight, but can’t we do better?

Maybe we’re looking in the wrong direction. Instead of trying to integrate digital progress about the craft of DIY into our hands, why not use the technology to bring the home improvement community closer together?

I recently stumbled across a company aiming to do just that. Porch is a Seattle based startup looking to transform an abundance of home improvement data into an easily manageable interface for people looking to hire pros when the DIY process becomes too much.

The concept is simple enough. You need a home improvement pro, but you have no idea where to start looking. Log onto the Porch app and input your location information (the company has assured strict privacy guidelines). You can then define what type of home improvement project you need done – which will then take you to the map screen.

Main interface for Porch app
You’re greeted with a clean and inviting interface.

Looking through a map of your surrounding area (similar to that of a GPS navigation screen) you’ll find dots pinpointing home improvement companies near you. But it doesn’t stop there. You can also view pictures and read reviews from people who have used their services.

Main interface for Porch app

In so many industries, consumers have the ability to communicate their experiences to each other, recognizing the good from the bad and helping quality companies build a strong reputation. With the Porch app, home owners finally have the same ability to open up the dialogue beyond the companies to other home owners who have been there and done that.

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