New site helps students find home, auto careBy Brittney Knox | 08/30/2011 1:10am
Students looking for assistance with home and automotive repairs should be aware of a new website, Zambooki.com, that enables them to seek estimates from various service providers for free.
Jacob Jones, co-founder of Zambooki.com and graduate student at the University, said when the idea of launching the website was being tossed around between him and a friend, they wanted to make sure it had a name that people would remember.
“The idea came from a discussion myself and the co-founder of the website had when he was wanting to find out how much it would cost to get a room painted in his home,” Jones said. “At this point he was just looking for prices, and then we decided to make a website that would help with this problem.”
The website offers the names of contractors that assist in areas of home repair such as additions to one’s home, landscaping needs, painting and electrical problems.
“Additionally, there is an auto component that is solely for the purpose of finding contractors for auto repair,” he said. “It is not for looking to buy or sell a car.”
Jones said it is also free for the businesses listed to be featured on Zambooki.com. He estimated that there are currently between 80 to 100 contractors from West Alabama listed on the website.
“We list the contractors and upload their credentials for people to see what type of contractors would be completing the job for them,” he said.
Jones said the Zambooki.com’s motto, “Don’t just get a list, get the job done,” is also their goal.
Lauren Horn, a resident of Northport, Ala., said she used Zambooki.com to find Williamson Contracting Corporation in Brookwood, Ala., and said the contractor showed up on time and completed the job in a timely manner.
“The cost was the same as quoted on the website, and I would recommend this contractor and website,” she said.
Jones said he feels that college students should be aware of the Zambooki website because it gives them a list of contractors so they can find the best one at the cost most appealing to them.
“I think Zambooki.com allows people to find a list of contractors that are open and transparent,” he said. “They can find legitimate contractors at competitive rates.”