Business & Tech

This company wants you to be able to call a plumber like you’d call an Uber

Almost every transaction has gotten easier in the age of the smartphone, but getting someone to respond quickly to an emergency home repair remains difficult.

If you don’t have a trustworthy plumber, electrician, or general handyperson on speed-dial, finding a reputable professional, and scheduling an appointment remains time-consuming and expensive.

But one Canadian company that is making its US launch in Boston is trying to make the experience as simple as calling an Uber or Lyft.


Jiffy on Demand joins services like TaskRabbit and Handy in trying to streamline the home-services business, but says it works only with licensed professionals.

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It says it offers 31 services, ranging from lawn maintenance to electrical work.

And on Tuesday Jiffy will announce that it has raised $2.4 million in new money from venture capitalists.

That follows the Toronto company’s recent announcement of its US beachhead in Boston, where it has hired former Boston College and semiprofessional hockey player Dave Spina as general manager.

The company has already hooked up several hundred customers here, compared with 30,000 in its other markets. But chief executive Ryan Shupak said the region offers a chance to grow quickly.


“The area’s regular need for property and yard maintenance due to seasonal changes along with the challenge of finding a reliable trade professional on the fly also presents an opportunity to serve an unmet need,” Shupak said.

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