The Washington Post Paves the Road to Service Alley

Residents of the Washington, D.C., area in need of home-care professionals can now take a stroll down Service Alley, a new online marketplace from The Washington Post.

Service Alley allows users to find, research, and contact local home improvement resources, as well as to keep records on contractors and view other users’ favorites. Logging in with Facebook allows users to see recommendations from friends.

The site is organized into three categories: Inside the Home, covering bath and sink, designing and decorating, drywall and insulation, locks, piano service, pest control, remodeling, and windows; Outside the Home, which focuses on concrete and paving, decks and outdoor structures, drainage, excavation and demolition, solar energy, and trees and shrubs; and Cleaning Services, including carpet and upholstery, ducts and vents, gutter cleaning, hazardous removal, pressure washing, and window cleaning.

The Washington Post director of new digital ventures Tim Condon said:

Service Alley is something Washingtonians need. We’ve created a trusted, comprehensive marketplace of D.C. home-improvement providers, all for free. We all want to be able to trust the service providers who work in and on our homes. Service Alley allows you to see which contractors your friends have used and recommended, and even keep track of those providers for future use. We’re always thinking of ways to provide our readers with useful tools, and we’re excited to launch Service Alley.