New Zealand on-demand home services platform Goodnest has raised $1 million in its latest funding round, with the investment set to be put towards the startup’s mobile and web platform as well as more online services.
Founded in 2014 by James MacAvoy and Richard Humphries, Goodnest offers a range of home services including cleaning, plumbing, electrical as well as lawn and garden work. Goodnest’s cleaning services including home cleaning, end of tenancy cleans, window washing, carpet cleaning and mould removal.
Investors in the latest funding round include Phil McCaw of Movac; Richard Abbott, early Trade Me investor and former chairman; James McGee former commercial manager at Trade Me; and Trade Me founder Sam Morgan.
MacAvoy said the funding was an “exciting milestone for Goodnest”.
“In 2014 we started cleaning a few homes for friends and family and today we perform thousands of jobs every month thanks to hundreds of talented cleaners, handymen (and ladies), electricians, gardeners, and plumbers around the country. This investment allows us to accelerate growth and take the hassle out of finding tradespeople,” MacAvoy said.
“Our vision is to transform how Kiwis get stuff done around the home. Consumers can make a couple of taps on their smartphone to tell us what they need and the appointment times that suit them and then we handle the rest – we find a great tradie, make sure they turn up on time, seamlessly handle payments, insurance, disputes and everything else so consumers don’t have to.
“Our happy consumers rate their experience and we ensure that the most efficient and friendliest tradies are the ones we send to the next customer. If you want a grumpy tradie you will need to use the Yellow Pages and phone around a bit,” he said.
The new Goodnest board consists of Bain Hollister, co-founder of ClearPoint, as chairman together with Sam Morgan, James MacAvoy and Richard Humphries as directors.
“We’re super excited about the team and investor base we have assembled and we’re now expecting to work hard, grow fast and in a couple of years we should have a pretty significant business in what is a huge market just in New Zealand,” said director Sam Morgan.
The company currently operates in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Dunedin and is planning to expand into more services and cities across New Zealand.