If you need flight information or car insurance quotes, Google makes it very easy to get that info at a moment’s notice. But what if you’re interested in a service that’s much more localized than that? As of now, plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers really only offer business hours and contact information through Google Search, though that may change sometime soon. According to a new report, Google may be working on a service that will allow you to easily connect with a handyman in your area.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, unnamed sources explain that local service providers will be able to upload their scheduling information to Google, giving users the ability to sign up for appointments directly through their search results. Unlike signing up for car insurance or flights, the new service aims to provide an easier way to get in contact with folks in your area. But that doesn’t come without a few hurdles.
Google has been able to implement these services for airlines, hotel chains and insurance companies mainly because they have more employees and nationally-known businesses. The problem with getting local businesses involved is the lack of manpower to feed Google the correct scheduling information in a timely fashion. The service might get off to a rough start, but once a good number of local businesses sign up, it’s easy to see that it has the potential to be quite convenient.
The report suggests that this new service will be unveiled at Google’s annual advertiser summit in May, so we might not have to wait too much longer to get more information.