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Seattle startup offers home maintenance program for first-time homeowners

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Homeowners, particularly first-timers, in six residential communities in Seattle can be part of a proof-of-concept test for a newly-launched company that provides twice-yearly home inspections and a digital platform to create a checklist for home maintenance and upkeep.

The startup, Onder, was co-founded by former Expedia director David Krieger, he told GeekWire, “I’m building a company that solves a problem that I feel personally.” The company CEO recently bought a house in Seattle built in the 1920s.

The company touts push-button solutions for short-term and long-term home needs, preventative maintenance twice a year by a vetted, licensed handyperson who uses a multi-point checklist to spot any concerns, and a dashboard for summoning “there when you need us help.”

Onder offers two membership options: Care (costing $8.25/month, billed yearly) and Care+ (costing $33.25/month, billed yearly.) The “plus” service includes a 25% discount on the hourly fee for a home tech, and a reduced vendor service fee. The company currently works with about 50 service providers.

Krieger said Seattle was selected for its launch because of its concentration of tech workers who are first-time homebuyers. His background includes a decade of experience as senior director of product and strategy at Expedia.

Onder faces competition from several established home services companies. The list includes Thumbtack, HomeAdvisor, Seattle Porch Group, Angi, and Honey Homes.

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