Seattle startup reveals predictive home maintenance service

Ashley Michael, remaining, and Patrick Opie, co-founders of Welcome Household. (Welcome Residence Pictures)

A new Seattle startup desires you to set down the hammer, rake or whichever other tool you may well use to do get the job done at house, and in its place decide up your mobile phone and send a textual content.

Rising from stealth mode, Welcome Home is a predictive property servicing support which can help arrange contractors and timetable neighborhood bargains. Every Tuesday, end users are alerted to a deal obtainable the next working day, this sort of as yard cleaning, window washing, vehicle detailing and much more. The enterprise can also aid random work, these as the hanging of a tv.

Welcome Home’s co-founders are Ashley Michael, a longtime actual estate and house administration professional, who is serving as CEO, and Patrick Opie, a tech veteran who beforehand began Scout9, a system that allows guidebook people as a result of the several levels of pet ownership.

“Everyone is just so active,” Michael explained about the inspiration for setting up her very own corporation.

Tackling a to-do list or figuring out who to get hold of for aid can be too much to handle for house owners, she reported. Welcome Home bases its predictive maintenance product on seasons, geographical spot, neighborhoods, sorts of properties in all those neighborhoods, and much more.

Welcome Property runs weekly house upkeep specials and facilitates conversation with a “house manager” through textual content messaging.

The business not too long ago wrapped up a examination pilot the the Seattle neighborhoods of Magnolia, Queen Anne and Madison Park where they realized, amid other points, that homeowners generally postpone even the most basic servicing jobs. The startup needs to be the middle human being whose career it is to uncover the finest contractors at the best price.

“It’d be best to have 20 homes in a neighborhood that are on a regular basis opting into the different discounts,” Michael reported, “and also support them with responsibilities that could possibly not be on the offer circuit.”

Rather than develop an app, Welcome Property facilitates interaction with its “house managers” via textual content. For instance, leaves piling up? Deliver a text to that supervisor to start out the method for obtaining them cleaned up.

Welcome Dwelling can make money by getting a compact percentage of the rate paid out by buyers to contractors for any companies. Right now the enterprise is not charging contractors any cost to be related with its weekly bargains as it seeks to inspire individuals contractors to deliver the finest support at the best selling price.  

A number of tech firms have experimented with to deal with house repairs and products and services. Welcome Property says it requires what it phone calls a “more predictive and proactive approach” to residence upkeep than businesses these types of as Porch, TaskRabbit or Thumbtack. Michael identified as competitors’ strategy “reactive,” that means when owners have a will need they look for out a service provider. 

“WelcomeHome brings residence companies to the doors of house owners in a very practical, enjoyment, and economical way,” she said. 

Michael named Seattle a tough market place for commencing a property solutions enterprise owing to the price tag of labor and components. But even as other startups and tech businesses encounter the financial uncertainty of a downturn, she’s optimistic about acquiring up and managing in Seattle.

“I feel that a ton of individuals are pulling jobs or not picking to do residence remodels or there’s just a minimal bit of a change going on in that industry,” Michael reported. “So it is a superior time for us to have a good deal of company providers to opt for from and bring far better promotions.”

Welcome Residence, which employs just Michael and Opie, has lifted some pre-seed funding from investor Tihan Seale, but it did not share precise quantities. Other than Seattle, the startup programs to operate in Phoenix and then Denver.