A new service connecting homeowners and lawn care professionals launched in Grand Forks in early August.
GreenPal, a Nashville, Tennessee-based company puts local lawn care businesses and customers in touch through a smartphone application. Homeowners list their needs and the day they want their lawn serviced. Participating local companies bid on the job.
“After successfully launching in 200 other markets, we are excited to help homeowners in Grand Forks find reliable, safe and local lawn care,” stated Gene Caballero, co-founder of GreenPal in a press release.
Lawn care companies submit their bids based on Google Street View and aerial images, and any other lawn details the homeowner provides. Customers can choose who they want to do the work according to the service provider’s bid and customer ratings and reviews.
The provider sends the homeowner a photo showing the work has been completed, and the customer can pay through the application. GreenPal takes a 5% commission of the agreed upon fee.
Caballero told the Herald his company has about 20 to 25 lawn care companies signed up to use the application in Grand Forks, though he didn’t readily have company names available. Nationally, he said GreenPal affiliates with 17,000 lawn care companies and operates in 46 states.
Caballero said his company vets service providers by requiring them to submit previous photos of their work and professional grade equipment. Providers also need to have a valid Social Security number, driver's license and bank account.