Curbio vs. Other Concierge Home Improvement Companies

Curbio and other concierge home improvement companies offer “new” experiences in pre-listing home renovations. Whether you’re a real estate agent or a homeowner, you probably know that pre-listing renovations are daunting. Companies like Curbio intend for services to alleviate common pain points for real estate agents and their clients and typically defer payment for pre-listing improvements until homes are sold. But is one better than others at reducing the chaos and stress rightfully associated with home renovations?

With various concierge home improvement options on the market, we get a lot of questions about how Curbio differs from its competitors. While Curbio and other concierges are similar at first glance, our robust services differ significantly from others. Let’s break down those differences so that you make a confident and informed choice when you’re preparing a home to sell.

Curbio vs. other concierge companies: the key differences

There’s a lot riding on the decisions you make regarding pre-listing renovations. REALTORS® know that the overwhelming majority of today’s home buyers want move-in ready homes. So, there’s no way to avoid pre-listing updates and repairs if your goal is to meet the demands of the market.

Ensure a smooth renovation and earn the best prices at sale. Curbio is the best partner to agents across the country and the only company in its league offering completely turnkey solutions. Here’s how:

Differentiator #1: Our relationships with general contractors

Experienced agents understand the headaches of consulting with and hiring general contractors. They spend endless hours cobbling together a team of several independent GCs. Renovation stress is real yet renovations are pivotal to success.

Curbio: The biggest differentiator is that Curbio is the only company of its kind with licensed and insured general contractors on every single one of its projects. Our dedicated project managers and general contractors are full-time Curbio employees. We know and trust our team to complete jobs seamlessly and skillfully.

Other concierge companies: Other companies do not employee licensed general contractors directly. In fact, every one of our competitors utilizes contracted workers and often select them from existing home improvement networks (like Angi and HomeAdvisor). The onus is on agents and their clients to vet contractors. Disjointed service and project management cost agents precious time and energy, from driving to and from project sites, consulting, selecting and ordering materials, coordinating the schedules of multiple contractors, and chasing them down for updates.

Differentiator #2: White-labeled brokerage services

Large brokerages offer in-house concierge services to meet the needs of their clients and mitigate the stress of pre-listing home improvements. The ultimate goal is to list and sell homes profitably. Many times, brokerages white label services to save on time, expenses, and other resources.

Curbio: We customize white-labeled services to meet the needs of large brokerages. Curbio enables brokerages to offer authentic, branded concierge services. From logistics to marketing strategies, we deliver an integrated experience to our partners and their clients.

Other concierge companies: Agents who use a brokerage concierge service (whether white-labeled or truly in-house) take on additional responsibilities and sacrifice hours managing projects. Furthermore, each concierge has its own set of limitations and inefficiencies. These pervasive challenges hinder the success and bandwidth of brokerages and agents.

Differentiator #3: Scope

Almost 80% of homes in the U.S. are at least 20 years old, while 40% are at least 50. Very few buyers want to purchase fixer-uppers, which means that a lot of aging homes need extensive updates to meet the demand of today’s buyers.

Curbio: From basic repairs and touch-ups to whole-home remodels, Curbio works on projects big and small. Further, we never tie minimums or maximums to our deferred payment model. Our services include virtually anything necessary to get home move-in readys. Services includes HVAC repairs, roofing, mold remediation, plumbing, electrical work, kitchen and bathroom updates, moving, storage, painting and more.

Other concierge companies: Most concierge programs have an upper limit on the scope of pre-listing updates. These mainly programs tackle small projects like minor repairs, painting, flooring and staging. Agents have recommended smaller “refresh” projects for decades because they are profitable. That said, some homes need more extensive work. Many companies simply won’t do complex renovations.

Differentiator #4: Payment

Pre-listing renovation is essential because of the enormous potential to increase profits. However, homeowners don’t always have the money to invest in updates. though it requires an initial investment. Financing is the biggest barrier to pre-listing home improvements for most homeowners. Real estate agents know that and prioritize home improvement services with flexible payment options.

Curbio: Curbio defers payment on every project to make its pre-listing concierge services accessible to sellers. We don’t check credit or charge added fees or interest. Payment for our services is due after agents and homeowners complete sales. Accordingly, the payment model is an easy pitch for agents and accessible to every homeowner. We offer a simple pre-listing home improvement solution, no matter their sellers’ financial situation.

Other concierge companies: Deferred payment is so important. Most people would say it’s a qualifier to of any concierge program. Some concierge companies charge an additional fee for the services (Redfin Concierge bumps up its listing fee from 1% to 2%), and others require payment within a certain timeframe.

Differentiator #5: Efficiency

Time is money and general contractors are notorious for using substantial amounts of both. In order to keep business moving and to meet homeowners’ timeline goals, timeliness and efficiency are critical.

Curbio: Our purpose is to maximize profitability and minimize stress for homeowners and agents. As a matter of fact, we complete projects 65% faster than traditional contractors, relying on simple tech to streamline the entire process. From the steady stream of communication with clients at every project milestone, to the expertise that helps you maximize seller returns and minimize stress, Curbio makes every decision and step more efficient.

Other concierge companies: With a variety of unvetted, contracted workers and oftentimes no central point of contact or project manager for renovations, efficiency can be a wild card. The process may be chaotic if multiple parties are hired for a variety of repairs and improvements, which can impede timing.

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Curbio’s Concierge Program is Built for Agents

Imagine a world in which you feel comfortable suggesting repairs or renovations necessary to get a home sold quickly and at your clients’ target list price, address home inspection repairs without delaying time to closing and help your buyers tackle pre-move-in updates—all without sacrificing more of your time, chasing down contractors and worrying about quality (or whether or not your contractors are licensed and insured).

That’s the world Curbio is creating. Through the use of technology, we’ve built a streamlined home improvement process for Realtors®. We take on projects of any size, and our full-time project managers handle every aspect of the job. Your project manager will keep you and your clients in the loop via the Curbio app, giving you the peace-of-mind you need. Finally, like concierge programs, we defer payment for all projects and don’t charge any fees or interest.

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