Tuesday, 22 March 2016 16:53

Hipages launches ‘Uber-like’ app for tradie payments

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A new app has been launched by Australia’s on-demand home improvement marketplace, hipages, which will allow payments to tradies with frictionless WhatsApp-style messaging and Uber-like payments.

According to hipages, Australians pay for around $130 billion in home improvement services annually and the new app will finally offer users payment choice and a great user experience in this market – and customers now also have the option to pay tradies using credit cards with a single tap on the app.

Hipages claims is #1 website for finding and hiring tradespeople, with over 70,000 registered and verified tradies on the platform, and over 80,000 jobs posted per month.

Following its recent 25% investment round from News Corp, hipages says it is rapidly innovating to make finding and booking a tradie as easy as booking and paying for an Uber.

David Vitek, co-founder and CEO of hipages, says up until now, hipages has been the easiest way to find, hire, and rate the right tradie for any job around the home or office. “As of today, you can pay for the service directly through the app, chat with tradies instead of playing endless phone tag, and have a frictionless process from start to finish.

“It’s faster and safer to book any job around the house now. There are already 100,000 messages each month between users and tradies in the app, making quoting and scheduling much quicker for anyone. Tradies can even quote based on descriptions and photos without a site visit, making the process more efficient through smart technology.

The payments feature is powered by Australian company, PromisePay,  meaning any credit card can be integrated into your hipages account in seconds. PromisePay powers fast, safe and simple online and mobile payments everyday via marketplaces and platforms around the world.

“We’re always looking for new ways to make home improvement better for both tradespeople and customers,” said Vitek.

“Integrating payments with the PromisePay platform is a great way to make it faster, simpler, and more secure. hipages will also automatically issue a receipt of the transaction for peace of mind.

"Whether you are looking for a plumber, electrician, painter, builder, cleaner, gardener, or any other home improvement professional, this is the easiest way to pay your tradie right from your smartphone.

“This is just the beginning. We see a world where you can easily pay deposits in escrow, schedule monthly payments to the gardener, apply for loans, and more, all with just the tap of a finger.”

Vitek also said that:

•    Nearly two in three (60%) tradies do not currently accept credit cards, because the technology to do so is cumbersome and expensive. Australians want an easier way to pay a tradie that gives them more choice. This ensures trust, security, and fast confirmation with every payment

•    There are already over 1.5 million Australians using hipages, with a job posted every 29 seconds. People are no longer relying on that old fridge magnet to find a tradie, or worse yet, the giant pile of yellow coloured pages. Instead, they are benefiting from verified reviews, on-demand connection with tradies, and speed of communication to find the right tradespeople.

The updated app is free and available on the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a 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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