June 25, 2014 (Golden, Colo.)—Today HomeAdvisor reaches a significant milestone of 15 years in business. Launched in 1999, HomeAdvisor has grown from an Internet start-up to a company with global reach. HomeAdvisor is headquartered in Golden, Colo., and has operations in Lenexa, Kan., Evanston, Ill. (Craftjack), Canada (HelpedBy.ca), France (123devis.com and Travaux.com), the U.K. (Servicemagic.co.uk), and the Netherlands (Werkspot.nl).
In 1999 HomeAdvisor, then called ServiceMagic, was launched in Golden with a staff of less than 50. Five years later, in 2004, ServiceMagic was acquired by IAC, a leading Internet and media company comprised of more than 150 brands. In 2008, ServiceMagic reached 10 million users. In 2012 ServiceMagic rebranded as HomeAdvisor and is the largest consumer-facing Internet company to successfully switch the brand and domain to date. Today HomeAdvisor employs 1,200 people globally and has been named a Top Workplace by The Denver Post for the second year in a row.
“This anniversary is a milestone that all employees, past and present, can proudly celebrate,” said HomeAdvisor’s CEO Chris Terrill. “The success of the past 15 years is a result of the dedication of our employees as well as HomeAdvisor’s commitment to innovation.”
All HomeAdvisor employees receive medical and education benefits including access to health and wellness programs and tuition reimbursement. HomeAdvisor’s office features on-site fitness classes, recreational sport teams, game rooms, bike rentals and a basketball court. Additionally, HomeAdvisor provides development and community programs, such as volunteer opportunities and quarterly lunch and training sessions.
HomeAdvisor connects homeowners with pre-screened service professionals, in addition to offering comprehensive tools and resources for home projects at no cost to homeowners. In the past 15 years HomeAdvisor has connected more than 30 million homeowners to the company’s network of over 80,000 professionals for their home projects. Service professionals undergo a criminal and financial background check and are customer-rated and customer-reviewed.
HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering resources for home repair and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowner projects to the nation’s largest network of over 80,000 pre-screened, customer-reviewed home improvement professionals. Homeowners can make informed home project decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring reviews from homeowners who have actually been connected with the service professionals they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects coast-to-coast; Home911, offering dedicated 24/7 emergency home repair support; DesignMine, providing inspiration and collaboration for remodeling projects; as well as robust home tips and project planning tools. Access to all of the site’s features 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).
Contact: Brooke Gabbert
Senior Director, Corporate Communications