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Commercial real estate to get better quality contractors from Kluje

Press Release   •   Dec 17, 2015 10:02 +08

For immediate release, Singapore, 17th Nov ’15Kluje.com, the award winning service for homeowners to find renovation professionals, will expand to take on commercial real estate contractor projects.

Kluje will make it easier for property managers of offices, F&B stores and retail outlets to keep track of their renovation projects. While there are many competitors in the home renovation market across Asia, Kluje is the only business that is disrupting the commercial real estate space.

With a proven track record, the business is expected to scale rapidly as it has already started operations in Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand. To move even faster, Kluje is in partnership talks with global real estate services providers Savills and Colliers to handle their renovations regionally.

"Like the residential market, it is very difficult to find reliable contractors. Contractors and property managers alike indicated that there is a definite need for an online solution for the commercial industry with ratings and improved service," says Andrew Esmonde-White, CEO and founder of Kluje. "We estimate the market to be even bigger than the residential market due to the size of the projects, making it a billion dollar industry throughout Asia."

Kluje Commercial's service empowers property managers to post their ‘requirements' for free. Vetted and qualified contractors view them and up to 3 will 'bid' on it. These contractors will then provide a 'quote' and the property manager selects the best one. Typically, such projects can range from $30,000USD to $500,000USD.

Kluje Commercial also offers a "Concierge" service. Kluje will appoint localized consultants to each project to ensure excellent work is delivered and in a timely fashion. This is especially handy for expatriate property managers in non-English speaking markets.

After two years of operating, Kluje now has an impressive list of contractors to offer services for every renovation need. The categories of minor and major works include space planning, interior design, reinstatement of space, security solutions, and furniture installation.

Besides being a matchmaker of property managers and contractors, Kluje creates a ranking system for contractors. Currently, with no industry benchmarks for contractors, it is often a game of chance when hiring one. Relying on user feedback and reviews, Kluje separates the wheat from the chaff.

As part of Singapore's leading venture builder, Sugar, Kluje has an established advisory board and many experienced technology leaders. With that, Kluje is built to be secure in financial standing and technological scalability.

"With commercial real estate rental prices rising in the region, Kluje is in the right place to tap into the multi-billion dollar renovation industry," says John Fearon, Co-Founder of Sugar. "As one of our portfolio companies in the middlemen services space and we are excited on Kluje's expansions plans"

Kluje plans to continue its aggressive attitude on private/commercial properties and bring it further into the region.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Peter Yu, Publicist, Sugar Ventures, peter.yu@sugar.sg, +65 9003 5608

Additional information on Kluje:

Amongst its accolades, Kluje.com was the winner for SEA for Start up of the Year at Talent Unleashed 2014 - judged by Patrick Grove, Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. Also, Singapore Business Review chose the startup as one of the Top 20 Hottest Startup for in 2014.

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Andrew Esmonde-White

CEO and Founder

A 10-year veteran in home renovations with vast experience in many aspects of the industry, Andrew has been CEO of UK companies specializing in home renovations – Propertytask and Ezzies. As co-founder of kluje.com, Andrew is able to provide professional advice for contractors and homeowners alike.

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Kluje is part of Sugar Ventures

Founded by prominent serial entrepreneurs John Fearon and Dr. Mark Hon, Sugar Ventures is a venture builder that crystallizes ideas to change the world. With dedicated teams operating in Singapore, Washington DC, Cape Town, Hanoi, Bangkok and London, Sugar’s portfolio of startups includes apps and marketplaces such as Kluje, MeetDrinks, PreIPO Club, SOML, Forth TV and VoiceMap.