A new handyman service, Upkeep Charlie, launches this week in Asheville and Greenville to tackle “honey-do” lists in both cities. Co-founders Stephen Hahn and Mark Liu both participated in the Iron Yard accelerator, Hahn in 2013 and Liu in 2012.
Upkeep Charlie customers can buy services in two- and four-hour increments, with lower rates for additional hours if needed.
Liu said the handymen the company uses are paid “extremely well,” which has made for a large applicant pool from which the company can choose the best candidates. Staffing is also influenced by how workers have been rated by customers. He said they expect customers to use the service infrequently but regularly, with long lists of chores.
Liu and former partner Roger Wang had brought their amateur sports tracking app, Leaguevine, to the 2012 Iron Yard accelerator cohort. They sold Leaguevine to Chicago-based 8to18 media in January and Liu moved on to Upkeep Charlie, which went through the Iron Yard this year.