The Home Depot has acquired Redbeacon, an online home services platform connecting consumers with contractors for their home maintenance, repair and remodeling needs.
Currently, users request a service on the Redbeacon website, such as house cleaning and home repairs, and the site matches the request with a service provider in the customer’s area. Quotes are sent to the user, and appointments for the service are booked through the Redbeacon site.
The site and service were launched in 2009 at the TechCrunch 50 Conference.
“One of the things that sets Redbeacon apart is the sophisticated algorithms we’ve developed to match consumers’ service needs to local providers who are best qualified for the job,” says Aaron Lee, Cofounder and Software Engineering lead at Redbeacon.
The site began serving the San Francisco Bay area at launch, and then expanded into Seattle/Tacoma in September 2010, Washington D.C. in early 2011 and San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta in late 2011.