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Australian-based service marketplace for home services Oneflare has launched an iPad app which it says is designed to minimise the friction involved in planning a house renovation and finding the right worker for the job.

The iPad app follows Oneflare’s launch last year of its app for iPhone.

The company claims the new iPad app – connecting consumers to over 40,000 tradies - is the first end-to-end home improvement app launched in Australia, allowing homeowners to plan the redesign of their house through the Scrapbooks feature of the app.

According to Oneflare founder Marcus Lim Scrapbooks is best described as Pinterest for home improvements and streamlines the planning process of a house design, as well as the sourcing of reliable labour for the job in a seamless end-to-end process.

And, here’s how the iPad app works:

  Step 1. Homeowners can use Scrapbooks to create an online scrapbook of images to plan their home improvement project

Step 2. Once they’re happy with their plan for redesign, customers post the job they need, along with pictures of their Scrapbooks designs, and wait for quotes from local businesses to arrive within 24 hours

Step 3. Customers compare and hire the best value worker, and manage the job, all through the iPad app

Step 4. Customers complete the payment through the app.

Lim says launch of the app for iPad follows the success of Oneflare’s iPhone app launched late last year  -- and downloaded over 5,000 times – and he suspects the iPad version will be an equal or greater success.

According  to Lim, over 2,500 users are already planning their home improvement projects on the Scrapbooks feature of the iPad app, and over 2,200 interior designers and builder jobs have been booked in the first six months of this year.

“Scrapbooks is like Pinterest for home improvements. We already have thousands of users planning their home redesigns and the feedback from those early users has been tremendous. The iPad app streamlines the entire home renovating process, saving people time and allowing them to get on with more important things.

“No one wants to spend hours online, on the phone or flicking through the Yellow Pages, looking for a good quote. It’s a lot easier to post a job on an app, and receive quotes from different workers in your area.

“For businesses, the Oneflare app provides timely, pre-qualified leads when workers are on the move.

“Businesses are no longer chained to their desks. The new Oneflare app empowers businesses and their employees to quote and accept jobs whenever and wherever they like.”

The Oneflare iPad App can be downloaded free from the App Store.

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Peter Dinham

 

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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