Pro.com has launched a new mobile app, which will help home improvement experts manage job requests on the go as traffic begins to increase on its marketplace.
Since launching in May, the company says home improvement specialists have priced over 100,000 projects, ranging from hanging a bathroom mirror to remodeling a million-dollar home. The Seattle-based company declined to say how many of those bids resulted in jobs, but said that the bids alone were worth $250 million.
With warmer weather approaching around the country, Pro.com is expecting to see requests increase. The app is designed to help contractors manage that uptick, by giving them the tools to view inbound job requests and reply to them from their phone.
Pro.com is led by Matt Williams, the former Digg CEO, Andreessen Horowitz entrepreneur in residence, and long-time Amazon employee. Pro has raised roughly $18 million in capital from from Madrona Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Bezos Expeditions (Jeff Bezos’ personal investment firm), and others.
Pro.com tries to match customers with the appropriate contractors based on a number of attributes, including ratings and proximity to the job. Pro.com receives a commission on work completed, but does not charge individuals or companies for searching or being listed on the marketplace.
For now, the app, which is only available on iOS to begin with, is targeting professionals — not consumers looking for contractors.
In that way, it’s different than the app launched by its cross-town home improvement rival, Porch. In December, Porch launched an app for homeowners that allowed them to arrange to have work done on their homes. An additional service, called “Porch Booking,” allowed some customers to schedule and pay for small repairs and maintenance projects through the app.