It is an understatement to say that e-commerce has changed the game — it’s turned consumerism on its head and transformed the shopping experience.
The thing is, people usually associate online shopping and e-commerce with browsing for clothes and other accessories. What is particularly substantial, however, is how e-commerce has changed the game for home maintenance.
Gone are the days that you had to have someone physically come to your house to wire or plug something in. Need to change your furnace filter? Nowadays you can visit an online exclusive store like Purefilters.ca to order your filter, get it delivered, and swap it in all by yourself.
With YouTube providing anyone and everyone with the tools to become a handyman, people are doing things themselves because, well, they can! All they have to do is order what they need online, have it come to their door, and set things up themselves.
This cuts out the middleman, provides a sense of independence and removes the need to rely on someone else’s time and skills. Now, you can take as little or as much time as you require to complete the maintenance your home needs.
These are the main ways e-commerce has changed our approach to home maintenance:
It comes as little surprise that, according to Sleeknote, 21.8 percent of our population shops online. You can’t put a price on the convenience of having something sent directly to your door whether it be a pair of jeans, a furnace filter, a lamp, or even baseboard.
No matter how you look at it, e-commerce makes home maintenance a lot more cost effective. It lets you cut out the middle man and makes it possible to surf the internet for the best price.
Additionally, a lot of online companies have online coupons or specials that help you save even more money off of your purchase.
The thing about physically going into a hardware store or having someone bring their materials to your home to fix something, is that sometimes what’s needed is just not available. How many times has a worker not had the proper part to fix something in your home, or their part didn’t fit your specific model of dishwasher, furnace, dryer etc.?
With online stores, you can custom order an item to ensure that the right part gets sent to your house. It’s a level of convenience that can’t be beaten. Who wants to drive from store to store to find the exact item you need when you can browse and purchase from the comfort of your home?
Let’s be honest, half the time you avoid going to a store just because you just don’t want to talk to anyone.
The same thing goes for calling someone to do maintenance or fix something in your home. You’d rather not deal with a stranger and, quite honestly, don’t feel like paying someone to do a task that may not even be that hard.
Doing your own maintenance comes with a sense of independence. You also get to pocket whatever money you would’ve spent on hiring someone to do the job.
E-commerce has given us the convenience, tools and independence to replace anything and everything in our home from filters to light switches — you can’t put a price tag on that.