HeyBryan (CSE: HEY), Canada’s version of HomeAdvisor.com, is getting into the smart home market. The company’s free app, which is used to connect home-maintenance experts with homeowners for small tasks around the home, will now have a new service category for smart home installation and repair.
HeyBryan is currently recruiting for installation experts for its smart home category. Services will include installation and repair of:
- Smoke detectors
- Security cameras
- Plugs and switches
Lance Montgomery, CEO of HeyBryan, says, “Smart home devices are no longer niche products — they are going mainstream. While some are fairly straightforward and are essentially ‘plug and play’ items, many do need professional installation to ensure that they are configured correctly and work properly and safely.”
The smart home industry is estimated to reach $53.45 billion by 2022. Today, 27% of Canadians own smart home tech but it is estimated that more than 76% plan to purchase more smart home technology in the next 12 months.
“Smart homes and connected devices have become popular at a unique time in history, where we are seeing consumers move away from getting many of their home entertainment services from the cable companies and instead from online and smart technologies. This has left an incredibly talented group of individuals who can transition their skills to the smart home industry. We are excited to be a part of enabling that transition,” adds Montgomery.
Smart home technology makes it possible to control and monitor connected home technology using apps, smartphones and other networked devices. Some of the most popular smart home technologies are Sonos, Nest Smart Home, Ring video doorbell, Ecobee thermostat and the August Smart Lock. And an increasing number of home devices are capable of integration with Google Home, Echo and Amazon Alexa.
The HeyBryan app is available on both Apple and Android devices. Founded in 2018, the app is named after Canadian HGTV personality and contractor Bryan Baeumler. Payments are processed through the HeyBryan app, eliminating the need for any in-person money exchange. The company does background checks and credit checks on all its installers. Typical tasks booked include handyman services, mounting or installation, furniture assembly, plumbing, painting, cleaning, lawn and yard maintenance, and more.
Entry-level system installation appears to be a growing trend, with Goodman Networks recently announcing a somewhat similar program in the U.S.