HomeBuddy

A next-gen iOS solution for a subscription-based home services marketplace app




Background

Millennials report difficulty in finding reliable and affordable contractors for home services. My team and I were asked to build an innovative home services eCommerce marketplace that connects millennial renters and homeowners to local home service professionals.

Research Objectives




1. The Process


We used the Double Diamond Process in this project:



2.  Discover


Exploratory Research
Based on the 2017 CORGI HomePlan survey:

Key Trends
 Key Competitors


Survey & User Interviews


Demographics

Key Survey Findings
  • Quick onboarding process and price comparison between service providers were listed as the most important things when using an on-demand platform for the first time.
  • Mobile as the preferred device.
  • Respondents claimed they feel comfortable making in-app purchase
  • Users expect to see ratings and reviews when looking for the ideal home service professional.
  • The problem with existing on-demand home services include professionals not showing up or being too late, poor quality of service and charging more than the estimate.

Key User Interview Findings
  • Interviews subjects want the ability to contact professionals before a job is carried out.
  • Users would like to have a platform in which they can have a video consultation with experts and then decide if they would like to fix the problem themselves or if they want to hire someone to help them.


We then conducted affinity diagram sessions to synthesize survey and user interview results, as well as identify trending insights and themes.



3. Define


Our team started the converging process by brainstorming, iterating and finalizing a variety of impactful design principles to guide our project that are supported by our research findings.

Problem Statement
  • Who?     The hard-working millennials
  • What?    Need a convenient, cost-effective, safe and reliable way to find and book on-demand home service professionals
  • Why?     Their lack of time and DIY knowledge.


PersonaOur persona, Lauren Brown, embodies our primary target user. We then built out a journey map for Lauren.







4. Develop


Research Artifacts Our team implemented ideation and conversion methods. Our final artifacts, which can be seen below, visually communicate our team’s brainstorming process and outcomes.

Storyboard, Six Thinking Hats, and Mind Map





5. Deliver


In order to show and align the structure of the application as well as its content, taxonomy and functions, our team created an app map.

App Map



WireframesAt the same time, our team designed some concepts to solve the problems listed above, such as a premium membership flow to create loyalty and retain users, video consultations feature in which users can assess what service needs to be done and how much it will cost and finally a niche booking flow offering services such as beauty, cooking, and dog walking with easy ways for communicating with the service provider. Usability Testing on the Mid-Fidelity Prototype We conducted usabilty testing for our mid-fidelity prototypes to gather feedback and iterate on our design.




6. Final Deliverable


Our team has spent time ideating and challenging ourselves to think outside the box. We were ultimately able to focus on key functionality, innovative features, and user flows that best address the problem statement, which can be seen in our final mid-fidelity prototype.


After our team finished the project, I decided to bring it to life by creating a high-fidelity concept that embraces the design principles developed during the ideation phase - Friendly, Conversational, Trustworthy, Convenient and Transparent.



Future Recommendations
  • Further usability testing with a high-fidelity prototype
  • Muilti-device support (currently only iOS)
  • Strategic partnerships with Video Call Platforms (i.e. Zoom, Google Hangouts)
  • Referral Systems for professionals/users