Facebook debuted its Facebook Marketplace service in 2016. The service allows users to add their for-sale items to the list or look for items that they can purchase. In 2015, the social media allowed users to buy and sell items using Facebook Groups. Recently, it adds home services, thereby, moving to Angie’s List category.
In a blog post, the company introduced its new tool that allows users in the US to look for the right professional for a certain job. And it’s starting with home services.
According to Facebook, most Facebook users are asking for some recommendations about home services using the platform. Millions of users asked their friends for suggestions about home services, such as plumbers, contractors, and house cleaners.
These home services will appear on Facebook Marketplace. The company gathered its data through its partnership with Porch, Handy and HomeAdvisor.
This partnership allows the social media giant to access thousands of professionals. It enables its users to view the professional’s reviews, location, and ratings.
And if you are looking for a home service, you can request a quote directly through the Facebook’s tool without having to leave the site. Your quote must have a proper description of the project. In that way, professionals can respond properly. The home service professional can communicate with you via Messenger.
Challenger to Craigslist, Angie’s List, and Amazon Home Services
The latest category is one of the expansions for Facebook’s Marketplace, which is now a viable challenger to Craigslist. This new service is also a rival of Angie’s List and Amazon Home Services.
Angie’s List is a popular website for people who are looking for a professional who can perform home repairs and projects. Amazon’s Home Services has the same solutions, like yard work and construction, as well as house cleaning.
However, it isn’t Facebook first time to provide and dig into the home services market. In 2015, this social media site introduced a local business search service. It allowed users to find local businesses and organizations that met their requirements. However, it was not a success. For Facebook, it was more of an experiment.
The Home Services of Facebook Marketplace lets you search for highly rated services used by individuals who are living nearby.
It’s vital to choose the right service provider, even for home care. Unfortunately, it’s a lesson that most people learned the hard way, Each time you mention a home repair project, the people you speak with know of an ideal person who can help you out. But they didn’t mention that such person was their nephew or brother.
However, home repair requires excellent skills to prevent getting adverse results. For example, you may need to have your leaky faucet fixed. If the plumber has sub-par skills, he can plug your pipes, thereby, causing more problems in the future than what you have planned on.
To lower the odds of hiring a person with sub-par skills, you can start by reading an honest review. For decades, most consumers consulted Angie’s List to find unbiased reviews of some local services. With the introduction of Facebook’s Home Services, consumers can further investigate the skills of the professional.