June 7, 2015 (San Francisco – DevCon.) – HomeAdvisor announced today the development of the first local home services app for Apple Watch™. This app will be the first available Apple Watch app to help homeowners instantly connect to available local, screened, and rated home professionals for home repair and improvement projects. The HomeAdvisor Apple Watch app uses HomeAdvisor’s Instant Connect technology to connect homeowners directly with a pre-screened home professional by phone to book an appointment or estimate.
To use the app, homeowners simply utilize Apple Watch voice dictation to request a professional and are instantly connected to a screened and rated home pro for more than 500 types of home projects. Homeowners can view the professional’s ratings and reviews while talking to the professional about their project. Professionals in the HomeAdvisor network are background-screened and customer-rated and reviewed.
“The app builds on the convenience of Apple Watch to instantly connect to the pros in the HomeAdvisor network,” said HomeAdvisor’s CEO Chris Terrill. “Our Instant Connect technology uses an algorithm based on the user’s request and the professional’s availability as well as historical activity to create the highest possible connection rate.”
Current features of HomeAdvisor’s Apple Watch app:
•Connects homeowners with a professional by phone in under a minute by using a simple two-step process. Homeowners indicate what type of professional they need, and then the app uses HomeAdvisor’s Instant Connect technology to connect the two on the phone.
•Helps homeowners save time and alleviate stress by facilitating an easy connection with qualified professionals. The connection rate for HomeAdvisor’s Instant Connect technology averages 82 percent.
•The homeowner’s customer profile and project request are factored in to connect to the best available home professional for the job. Apple Watch currently defaults to a static Yelp Directory based on their user’s location for finding local home professionals, which doesn’t take into account a professional’s availability and the homeowner’s specific project details.
HomeAdvisor’s app for Apple Watch is part of HomeAdvisor’s suite of free tools and resources to help homeowners complete home repair, maintenance, and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s ProFinder technology matches homeowners to the company’s network of screened pros, True Cost Guide provides the average price of home projects based on real homeowner data, and Instant Booking allows homeowners to schedule appointments online prior to seeing pricing information.
The app will release later in 2015. For more information about HomeAdvisor, visit HomeAdvisor.com.
Jody Privette Young
HomeAdvisor.com is a local home services marketplace providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance, and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s marketplace lets homeowners view average project costs coast-to-coast, find local pre-screened home professionals, and instantly book appointments online. Access to all of HomeAdvisor’s resources is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).
Apple Watch is a trademark of Apple Inc.