Established challenger websites such as Checkatrade are facing a challenge of their own from a new home services price comparison site, which is set to shake up the sector.
HaMuch.com, a new company devised by established entrepreneur Tarquin Purdie and backed by sponsorship from numerous components and supplies businesses used by plumbers and electricians, is forcing the sector to make finding a tradesperson a completely transparent process.
The new site lists more than 10,000 tradespeople across the country, including many in Newcastle and the surrounding areas, and unlike other websites includes their prices per hour and per day upfront.
It also contains a feature allowing customers to make contact with the tradesperson, through the website to check availability without making an appointment or commitment.
HaMuch.com lists tradespeople providing services in the following categories: Plumbing, heating & drains; electrical; building; joinery; decorating; removals; mechanics; gardening & tree surgery; locksmith; cleaning; air conditioning; pest & vermin removal.
Tarquin Purdie has become established in the sector through his respected marketing business Tiger Data, which provides communication between manufacturers and tradespeople who use their products. He has provided the know-how and a significant slice of the launch investment. He has also teamed up with leading component businesses, including Danfoss, Drayton, Franke, and Grundfos, which want to add value to their relationship with tradespeople by providing them with an effective portal to secure work and communicate with customers.
Tarquin Purdie, founder of HaMuch.com, said: “People in Newcastle deserve to have a transparent and efficient way to find tradespeople. Older websites that have dominated the market for years do not one of the most important pieces of information; the price of a job. HaMuch is now addressing this issue.HaMuch is now addressing this issue.founder of HaMuch.com, said: “People in Newcastle deserve to have a transparent and efficient way to find tradespeople. Older websites that have dominated the market for years do not one of the most important pieces of information; the price of a job. HaMuch is now addressing this issue.
“Existing portals have been challenger companies in their time, but they have quickly become the establishment and need a new competitor to move the process forward for customers. Finding a tradesperson should be as straightforward as booking a flight or a train, and there is no reason why full transparency can’t be the industry standard. It is vital that the experience is as seamless as possible for everyone involved.”
Tarquin added: “HaMuch.com is entering the marketplace with more than 10,000 tradespeople on the site, and more registering every day, so customers can be confident that they’ll be able to find the perfect local tradesperson for their needs.”
HaMuch.com’s official partners include:
- Delta Dore
- Pegler Yorkshire