I noticed an odd – but interesting – new category listing on Amazon recently: Amazon Home Services. There, you could order a variety of home improvement and repair services, such as faucet installation, sink replacement, thermostat installation, power outlet relocation, water heater leak repair, and many more – in the same way that you can order tools, supplies, electronics, and anything else Amazon already sells.
There are few services currently available in my area, but that is likely to change as more contractors, private companies, and self-employed tradesmen jump on board.
As of now, there is already a wide range of in-store and in-home services that customers can shop for. You can see the full list here, although not all of those options are available yet. That’s the “selling services” portal for interested service providers.
If you’re a homeowner, this should simplify the research and hiring process. Amazon says that top-notch professionals and companies are only included in the program by invitation only, and they are also offering a “happiness guarantee” where they’ll stand behind the services provided by their handpicked pros.
You don’t have to be a homeowner to take advantage of the new program either. Some of Amazon’s proposed services include auto and bike work, computer and electronics work, TV and home entertainment setup, and things like that. They even have listings for at-home math, yoga, and music lessons.
And if you buy any $99+ service by April 13th, 2015, Amazon will throw in a $20 gift card. Seems like they want to really drive interest to the new program.
If you’re a contractor, this could present an interesting opportunity for seeking out more business. It looks like there are a couple of hoops to jump through, but nothing major. To apply for an invite, there’s a questionnaire where they ask for your basic business info, and there’s also a required field for 3rd party reviews such as on Yelp or HomeAdvisor.
- Apparel and Jewelry
- Bicycle Services
- Business Services
- Consumer Electronic Services
- Education and Classes
- Event Services
- Health and Beauty
- Home Improvement
- Home Services
- Motorcycle Services
- Performance Artist
- Pet Services
- Professional Services
- Yard Services
What do you think? Is this a great development, or a plan that’s bound to flounder?
If you ask me, this has great potential, but the program’s success is going to be largely dependent on Amazon being able to sign up enough professional service providers nationwide. Right now, there are only a handful of services available in my zip code, with most being provided by the same company.
Amazon has had many other trial programs in the past, such as a contractor supply shop where they once offered limited building supplies and a jobsite delivery option. Now, that program seemed to morph into something simpler where it’s just another way to invite you to sign up for a business account.