DAD secures £2m seed funding to help Britons “fix up their homes”

New 'video visit' service aims to connect young professionals with experts on areas such as DIY, plumbing and electrics

A new service which enables users to get expert home repair advice via a video call has launched this week, supported by £2m in seed funding from strategic partner; domestic home repair company HomeServe.

Founded by Ben Wynn, DAD is an app which intends to stop consumers “having to endure expensive call-outs or waiting for plumbers, electricians and handymen to turn up at their home”.

Instead, users can download DAD on their smartphone and start a ‘video visit’ whereby they would speak with an expert in home repairs who would then help to fix or diagnose the problem – from a broken door handle to a broken boiler.

The start-up intends to target a user base of busy young professionals – the millennial generation – and says that all of the “experts” on its platform are vetted and heavily screened.

On the investment, Richard Harpin, group CEO at HomeServe, said: “Investing in DAD is a no brainer for us.

“DAD has excelled at building a robust network of experts making this a viable business model. This coupled with the strong DAD brand means this team is already leading from the front. As one of the businesses in this area it is important we keep our fingers on the pulse and explore business models and technology like this.”

 

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