Have you heard of Bidvine? I hadn’t, until recently. It’s basically a website that connects customers with interested, available and qualified local professionals, to help you with pretty much any lifestyle project. So we’re talking cleaners, plumbers, dog walkers…you name it.
When we moved house in January, our garden was big and barren. Well, technically gardens plural, as we have a little square out the front too. We had a lovely lawn, and some very hardy bushes, but other than that it was a typical English garden ball-deep in winter.
Slowly, a few little flowers started to peek through and everything started to look a touch more green and exuberant. Then – along came March and WOAH that garden turned into a jungle. A beautiful jungle, of course, but by Christ there were a lot of things growing. Blueberry bushes, camellias, magnolias, roses, daffodils, and a lot of unknown flora that I keep having to ask my stepmum about.
(Please don’t eat that bush, poppet. Gentle hands in the jardin, remember?)
We’ve never had a garden of this size before and we quickly realised it takes a fair bit of caretaking. Now, I love pottering around and there’s nothing nicer than ambling about deadheading some plants on a summer evening, with 75ml of gin in hand. I don’t want to remove all of that pleasure. But, once a month, it would be good to have some regular planned maintenance on the Mouse Moo Meadowland. So when Bidvine contacted me about their website, I thought I’d take a look and see if I could hire a gardener..
It’s a really straightforward and clean website, which definitely makes a difference when you’ve not got masses of time and you don’t want to trawl through swathes of faff. You start by entering the category of service that you’d like along with your postcode, and it populates a set of more detailed descriptions for you to choose from. I selected “Gardening Services” and was taken through a series of simple questions about whether I wanted a regular contractor, a one off project, the size of the garden, whether I wanted the gardener to supply plants, etc.
You’re then taken through to a screen where you join as a user, and your requirements are fired off into the digital ether for relevant business to quote for the job, based on the information you’ve given to Bidvine. You’re free to choose the one who is right for you – it’s incredibly easy and all the legwork is done on your behalf. As well as their website, Bidvine have a great app for checking the status of your job while you’re on the go.
There are so many services on the website, too – as well as being super useful for domestic stuff, I think you could plot out an entire children’s party or social event purely by using the site. If you have a project coming up, big or small, I’d definitely recommend taking a look.
-SJW June 2017