11:49 AM Wednesday Sep 15, 2010
The building industry model is steadily changing thanks to former Waipukurau resident Jeremy Wyn-Harris.
He is the founder of internet site builderscrack.co.nz where homeowners can advertise jobs they want done and tradespeople in the area can respond. The householders can provide a feedback rating on the builder when the job was completed.
Tradespeople have the opportunity to respond to any negative feedback. Wyn-Harris, now of Wellington, said the focus on attracting the right kind of tradespeople, who were eager for work, had paid off.
“We know it is working well because 99 per cent of customers state that they had a positive experience with builderscrack, with tradespeople rated 3.7 out of 4 on average for workmanship, and 3.4 out of 4 on average for communications,” he said.
“Most jobs receive interest from three or more tradespeople within less than a day.”
He started the site three years ago and while the building industry had been in decline the site had grown rapidly.
More than 5000 jobs had been posted, several thousand users joined and more than $5 million of work had been completed.