In today’s on-demand world, you can get pretty much anything delivered to your door. But the convenience of on-demand extends beyond ordering lunch or getting an Amazon delivery in less than a day. Several startups are bringing services to the “Uber for X” model, with everything from dry cleaning to hair stylists available with the tap of a button.
And another on-demand service startup launched recently to make ordering painters more efficient, and it just expanded to Chicago.
Paintzen, a New York-based startup that has raised over $9 million in venture funding, officially brought its on-demand painting service to Chicago Monday. Paintzen provides on-demand home and office painting services, allowing customers to find, book, and pay for painting online.
The startup’s platform can provide customers a quote based on their location and size of the job, and send the paint and a crew to their door. Paintzen eliminates the need for a walkthrough before hand, and aims to make the process of painting your home or office more efficient, CEO and Co-Founder Michael Russell said.
Paintzen started as a spin out from Russell’s previous company MyClean, an on-demand cleaning startup that’s still live today. The company was getting a lot of interest from offices who wanted painting services along with cleanings, and in October 2014 Paintzen was born.
“We started researching painting and we realized it was a massive $40+ billion market opportunity in the US alone,” Russell said. “We noticed there wasn’t much technology supporting the process of getting a quote or booking a painter online.”
Paintzen, which also operates in San Francisco, New York City, Boston, and Washington DC, launched a partnership with Benjamin Moore in November to become its official paint supplier. The startup works with local painting crews in each market.
For home painting jobs, Russell said prices vary by city, but living spaces cost around $350 for paint and labor, with bathrooms around $200.
Businesses can upload blueprints or floor plans to get a quote, and are then connected to local painting contractors. The startup says it has done more than 1,100 office paintings, including spaces at General Assembly, Angel List, and Tech Stars.
Russell said the startup is aware that not everyone needs a painting crew to complete a paint job, especially for home owners, and Paintzen is working on a DIY feature that just sends customers the paint and a link to a step-by-step video.
The company, which raised a $7.2 million Series A in September, plans to expand into other markets across the US, Russell said.