Amazon strives to make it as easy as possible to order pretty much anything online. That includes music, movies, food, gadgets and now plumbers as well. The company’s latest endeavor, Amazon Home Services, lets you quickly hire a professional for anything from home improvement to private tutoring to goat grazing with just a few clicks.
The new service seems designed to challenge work-for-hire sites like Task Rabbit along with Craiglist’s massive job listings, and Amazon already has a few clear advantages. First, the company promises to hold your hand through the process and protect you in case something goes wrong. Second, every worker listed on Home Services will be “hand-picked” and will have passed background checks.
It’s also an obvious fit for much of what Amazon already does. You can order a new TV, computer or shower head online, but you may need a professional’s help installing it. Now you can order that without ever leaving the site.
Amazon Home Services is live, though it’s only available in some areas with a varying concentration of service. For now, only New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle boast a high amount of coverage, while much of the U.S. is listed as “medium” or “light” coverage by Amazon.
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