Atherton residents — and others — can now access information on every single remodeling and construction project that has taken place over the past ten years through BuildZoom’s Permit Mapping project. The map can be accessed here.
This is the first application of its kind to provide homeowners with details on every home improvement project in their neighborhood, including a summary of the work, how much it cost and who did the work.
People simply key in their address and can instantly see the details of what’s happening to homes in their neighborhood. Additional features allow users to filter by project type (e.g. electrical, solar) and cost. Through the map, people can also learn about the contractors who have worked in their neighborhoods.
The Permit Mapping project is part of BuildZoom’s broader initiative, to improve the consumer experience in the remodeling and construction industry. According to BuildZoom co-founder David Petersen, “Our mission is to collect the world’s information on remodeling and making it accessible and easily digestible for the public.”
Added co-founder Jiyan Wei: “We built the application so that if you’re walking down the street and see a new deck on a house, you could use the app to find out who built it. While we thought that would interest consumers, we’re getting quite a bit of interest from realtors and insurance adjustors as well.”