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Snowstorm Bolsters Debut Of YardHub Web Platform

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Yardhub, a local web platform using the Uber model to disrupt the outdoor home care market, recently had its official launch. We first wrote about the company in May as a preview, and wanted to see how they’ve been faring. In a happy coincidence for the fledgling startup, YardHub’s initial days of operation coincided with last month’s blizzard—which brought to the site many users in need of snow removal services.

“We really love the snow—the snow is a beautiful thing,” says co-founder and White Plains resident Bill Ralph with a laugh. “Approximately 100 users have registered with the initial launch,” adds James Albis of North Salem, fellow Yardhub co-founder. “We’re also working with 10 different companies in the area—the focus is getting ample coverage in our characterized geography.”

The web platform, which services homeowners in all of Westchester County and parts of Fairfield County, seeks to simplify outdoor home care. YardHub will allow homeowners to schedule outdoor services for their home—including snow plowing, lawn care, pool cleaning, and tree removal, among others—from the YardHub mobile website. YardHub, in turn, partners with pre-screened and insured contractors who execute the service. “The goal is to be the single source for the industry,” says Albis, who notes that YardHub “provides an all-inclusive platform for both providers and consumers.”

“It’s a one-stop-shop for people’s outdoor home needs,” Albis says. YardHub currently offers five categories of service: winter services, landscaping, tree services, masonry, and other miscellaneous services.

Streamlining the process for the service providers is a critical element that makes the platform unique, the founders say. YardHub handles marketing and driving traffic to the providers while serving as a transaction gateway to accelerate the time table for everyone involved.

Yardhub, which only accepts major credit cards, also helps providers receive payment much faster than the current industry standard. “Collecting money is very difficult for [providers],” says Ralph. “Sometimes they have to wait 60, even 90 days for payment; this puts money back in their pocket that week.”

The startup has drawn support from local area businesses. “It really makes it easy for everyone to pay and get paid,” says Samantha Wade, manager of Bedford Mowers Inc. “This helps everything run a bit more smoothly—the sooner companies get paid, we can get paid.”

Yardhub has also established a philanthropic element to its business: the company is giving a portion of its sales to the Northern Westchester Community Center, which provides assistance to over 1,800 families in need. “People feel good that a little bit of what they [are spending with us] is helping people in the community,” Ralph says.

While YardHub’s mobile network is not currently accompanied by an app, one is in the works.  The duo has their site set on launching an iOS app by the spring and an Android version to follow shortly thereafter. 

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