Porch has announced the national launch of its home improvement network, free for neighbors, friends and professionals to use. This is the first step for Porch in organizing the world's home information to make home improvement easy, connected and delightful. This follows Porch's announcement of a $6.25 million seed round and beta release in June 2013. Pre-launch, more than 100,000 people in limited regions have visited Porch to find professionals.
Today, neighbors and friends can use Porch to improve their home by exploring neighbors' projects, seeing what they spent and the professionals they used and loved. Porch protects the anonymity of homeowners and renters by not revealing address information or precise locations of neighbors' homes on its map.
"Until now, a roof repair, kitchen remodel, or backyard landscaping project has been frustrating and painful because there is no single source to evaluate projects, understand costs and find professionals based on trusted word of mouth recommendations," said Matt Ehrlichman, Porch Chairman and CEO. "Porch is changing this by organizing home project information and providing transparency for everyone across the country to know which professionals have done specific types of projects, at precise costs, for neighbors and similar homes. This is just the start for Porch -- we are committed to adding tools and information to make it easy for everyone to improve and maintain their homes based on their priorities."
Porch has specific data on more than $2 trillion worth of home improvement projects from the past 15 years. Porch also has insight into 75 percent of U.S. homes and 90 million home improvement projects, including dates, cost, photos and service professionals used at a specific address.
Finding a home professional is free, social and local with Porch. On Porch, people can:
- Hire the right professionals for their home: Find professionals that have worked in their neighborhoods, on similar homes and that their neighbors and friends endorse.
- See past projects completed nearby: Be better informed about home investments by exploring all types of projects neighbors have completed from remodeling to home cleaning and associated costs.
- Browse photos and create scrapbooks: Get inspired with beautiful home design photos and create scrapbooks to share ideas with professionals and friends.
More than 1.5 million professionals are on Porch across 250 repair, maintenance, and improvement categories. It's free to join and create a business profile to showcase unlimited work experience and photos, gain exposure to neighbors and friends of past clients and solicit endorsements.