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An on-demand handyman option for Florida homeowners prepping for Hurricane Irma

Homee handymen James Asmundo and Ignacio Carjaval install plywood over a Tampa Bay resident's window on yesterday. Homee, a Tampa-based compamy, is an platform that allows on-demand maintenance and repair services via a smart phone app. [Company handout]
Homee handymen James Asmundo and Ignacio Carjaval install plywood over a Tampa Bay resident's window on yesterday. Homee, a Tampa-based compamy, is an platform that allows on-demand maintenance and repair services via a smart phone app. [Company handout]
Published Sep. 7, 2017

If you can't find someone to help put up plywood at your house quickly, there's another option. Homee, a Tampa-based on-demand property maintenance provider, says it ready to help Florida homeowners prepare for Hurricane Irma.

The app allows users to request services including boarding up windows, relocating heavy objects (such as deck chairs), trimming low-hanging branches and assisting with other hurricane-related issues. The platform says it is often cheaper and faster than traditional home repair or maintenance service providers.

Homee, which launched a year ago, has more than 850 verified providers in the Tampa Bay area, with contractors also in Orlando, South Florida and metro-areas depending on availability. The platform says there is "no shortage of labor" with a 200 percent increase in daily volume, said Doug Schaedler, CEO of Homee. Previously, Homee has completed thousands of jobs in the Tampa Bay with an average 28-minute wait for assistance, Schaedler said.

Homee says customers will not have to worry about a price surge since each contractor agrees to a predetermined rate. Handyman rates range from $25 to $54 an hour, depending on location.

To download the app: search 'Homee On Demand' in the app stores or visit www.homeeondemand.com.

Contact Tierra Smith at tsmith@ tampabay.com or (414) 702-5006. Follow @bytierrasmith.

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