Another new company is hoping to use the Internet to pair homeowners with contractors, hvacr technicians and other service professionals. Colorado-based ServiceMagic.com lists almost 500 common home services, from window installation to home remodeling. The web site works by having consumers select the type of home service desired, then enter in his or her ZIP code to find contractors registered with ServiceMagic in the area.
The web site is programmed to ask visitors a series of qualifying questions such as the project's budget, size and time constraints to give the contractor as much information as possible and help meet the customer's needs. Within 24 hours, the customer is sent via e-mail a list of three qualified, licensed and pre-screened professionals who are able to start on the project immediately. The service is free to consumers.