Denver, CO (PRWEB) October 13, 2008
BestContractors.com, a web-based community connecting homeowners with pre-screened service professionals, introduced new features designed to give homeowners a more intuitive and informative experience as well as provide service professionals with additional tools to boost their presence on the web.
One of the new features launched is BestContractors.com's "New Project Wizard". The wizard guides homeowners through a simplified process to request bids and submit the details of their projects.
"Homeowners have told us that describing their projects can be an intimidating process," said CTO and founder Mark Henninger. "They don't know all the trade terminology and aren't always sure about measurements and available materials. So we've made this process more like completing an easy questionnaire instead of a lengthy and detailed business form. We also added contextual tool tips explaining why we ask every question."
Also launched were re-vamped "contractor showrooms", informative virtual profiles which contain photos, ratings and company information for each member service pro. Homeowners use these showrooms to choose pros to bid on their project. Service pros can now include even more photos to show off their skills and workmanship. A new five-star rating system provides a quick summary to homeowners of each contractor's past performance.
To help service professionals increase their web presence and exposure, BestContractors.com launched the "Extended Showroom". This expanded version of the contractor's profile displays additional service area and skill set information, along with extensive homeowner reviews. The Extended Showroom will make member service professionals searchable through major search engines.
"Good pros are on the job site doing what they do best, and we're doing what we do best by helping them gain more exposure and connect with a larger audience of qualified homeowners," says Henninger. "They can now use their extended showroom like a home page and direct clients to it to find out more information about their company."
The launch of these new features is another key part of an aggressive and strategic growth plan. The company continues to introduce its service to new markets across the United States and expects to complete a nationwide rollout in the near future.
Since 2005, BestContractors.com, Inc. has provided homeowners the tools necessary to research and choose reliable home improvement professionals. Each service professional on the site must meet strict qualification requirements, including Better Business Bureau standing, current licensing, adequate insurance coverage, and other critical factors. Combining this unbiased listing of high-quality service professionals with informative articles, product marketplaces and contextually-specific search technology has created an information-driven community that redefines how the home improvement industry does business.
Vice President, Marketing