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ServiceWhale home improvement platform expands to DC

The startup aspires to be “the Amazon for home improvement projects.”

The ServiceWhale platform. (Courtesy photo)

In March 2015 an online marketplace for home improvement jobs launched in Trevose, Pa., with Philly as its home market. Now, ServiceWhale has expanded its services to D.C.
The idea behind ServiceWhale, which already operates in New York in addition to Philly, is simple: there should be an easier way for homeowners to find the best deal among contractors willing to take on home improvement projects.
Using an online marketplace-style interface that the company likes to compare to Amazon, customers can simply enter a ZIP code and answer some questions about their job to get quotes from local vendors. Long gone are the days of hours spent searching and calling around, looking for a good deal.
What’s more, the service is free for homeowners. Contractors, on the other hand, pay a 10 percent commission when they book a job through ServiceWhale.
D.C. is just one of ServiceWhale’s new cities — the company also announced its expansion to Boston, Oklahoma City and Denver at the same time.
ServiceWhale has raised $2.5 million to date, and, as Philly has previously reported, splits its team of 15 between a marketing and sales team in Trevose and a tech team in Russia.

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