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Ex-stockbroker takes on trades with Logajob

A new Kiwi website is out to ease the hassles of homeownership – in particular, finding reliable tradespeople.

A new Kiwi website is out to ease the hassles of homeownership – in particular, finding reliable tradespeople.

It's not the first website of its kind, but founder Tonya Callebaut says Logajob offers features beyond what sites like Builderscrack currently do.

The basic premise revolves around connecting homeowners and tradesmen. Callebaut came up with the idea for Logajob after becoming fed up with unreliable tradesmen. The former stockbroker says she wanted to create a service which would provide legitimate and honest ratings of services provided.

Homeowners upload details of jobs they need done to Logajob, while the system notifies qualified tradespeople about projects via daily text alerts that match their skill sets.

Users can then review quotes at their convenience and once the quotation period is up, accept and reject bids – this allows all tradespeople equal opportunity to make an offer on projects, Callebaut says.

She says quotes can only be selected through the Logajob site, in order to maintain the integrity of the process.

Once jobs are completed homeowners provide feedback about both the quality and reliability of the work done. The comments are displayed on the profile page of each tradesperson, which also allows them to advertise themselves with images and links to their own websites.

Currently it is free for tradesmen to register on Logajob and free to post jobs, although a success fee is charged per project.

According to Callebaut, homeowners have saved as much as $5,000 on a kitchen and $3,000 on a deck through Logajob.

“Logajob will take the work out of your search and the search out of your work.”