John Lewis is to expand a trial of a brand new home improvement and maintenance service across Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Taunton from 12 September. The initiative, called ‘Home Solutions from John Lewis’, which has already been trialled in Milton Keynes, enables customers to book decorators as well as plumbers, electricians and gardeners online who have been selected and approved by the retailer.
Customers can request a fully qualified, professional tradesperson via the Home Solutions app, website, or customer call centre. After selecting the job that needs doing, customers will be shown a variety of time slots when the work can be performed. Having chosen a suitable time, customers are then matched with an available trade professional who can be booked and paid for via the Home Solutions app, or website. Customers will be given a one year guarantee on the work.
Tom Athron, Group Development Director at the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘As a trusted retailer of home products our customers often ask us if we can help them with tasks in their homes. We are delighted to be expanding our trial and have taken a lot of care to find professionals who will deliver service to the standard that people expect from John Lewis.
A spokesman for John Lewis told P&D News “We think it could be attractive to tradespeople because they get access to our large customer database, they get paid within 5 days of completing the job and no paperwork needs to be created as John Lewis does it all for them. Additionally all customer information is generated digitally”.
“The local trade professionals taking part in the initiative have all undergone a rigorous recruitment process which includes interviews, background checks, viewing of previous work and an induction to John Lewis customer service standards”.