Jiffy Seeks to Uber-ize Home Repair in Toronto

Jiffy app icon

“If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.”

These are the immortal words of Red Green. And sadly, I’m not at all handy. I can change a light bulb or unclog a toilet but beyond that I need someone who knows what they’re doing. Finding that person has proved quite the challenge—friends who have handymen all seem to live out in the suburbs and my downtown peeps seem content to let their condos slide into a state of disrepair.

Am I suffer the same fate? Not anymore. If you live in Toronto and need a handyman, there’s now an app for that!

The list of services offered by Jiffy is staggering:

  • Appliance Repair
  • BBQ Cleaning
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Duct Cleaning
  • Electrical
  • Furniture Assembly
  • Garage Door Repair
  • Gas Services
  • Handyman Services
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Home Inspection
  • Junk Removal
  • Lawn Maintenance
  • Locksmith
  • Mobile Auto Detail
  • Mobile Auto Service
  • Mobile Tire Change
  • Moving and Delivery
  • Painting
  • Pest Control
  • Plumbing
  • Powerwash
  • Snow Removal
  • Window and Eaves

All services are available through the Jiffy app or web site. Here’s what the app looks like:

Jiffy service detail

After signing up for an account you can browse the available services and tap on any one of them for details. The rates may seem a bit high but I live in a condo so I’m used to being ripped off for repairs—I’ve been charged a lot more than what you see here by our sketchy on-site maintenance guy.

Jiffy service order

On the next screen you enter the details of your service order, and then you’ll be connected with a vetted service provider who, just like an Uber driver, will be held accountable for their work. This feature alone makes Jiffy very compelling.

When I get a free afternoon (and a green light from the girlfriend) I’ll do a test drive of Jiffy and report back. Oh, and one more thing: You may have read that Jiffy is offering a one-time free snow removal service. That promotion is no longer available, most likely due to overwhelming demand.

Fellow Torontonians can download Jiffy for Android and iOS. Everyone else can check out their web site.

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