Porch, a Seattle-based startup, could change the way homeowners access the plethora of information on home improvement projects around the country. The company launched last Tuesday, and according to CEO Matt Ehrlichman, Porch will give users broad and specific access to the available data on building and home improvement projects, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal. Here’s how it works.
The firm charges businesses $35 per month to create a Porch profile to compare their rates with the rest of the market, view competitors’ projects, and create a portfolio of work for potential clients. Website access is free to homeowners and renters who want to browse the vast collage of approximately 90 million projects in 75 percent of U.S. homes over the past 15 years, according to Porch.
As the company website states, “Porch is a place where neighbors and friends meet to share home projects and professionals they love.” Ehrlichman touts that the company has “organized a massive amount of data” that will enable people to be “smarter and more educated, and make better decisions on how to improve their home and who to hire,” according to GeekWire.com. Using collective data from professionals and homeowners, Porch aims to inform and inspire those who are navigating the process of construction and renovation.