As is so often the case, Hinged, was born of necessity.
In 2010 Tye Schlegelmilch and his growing family packed up and moved from New York City to a newly-built house in the idyllic town of Westport, Connecticut, for the usual reasons: more space, good schools and a piece of the American dream.
What they didn’t anticipate was the ridiculous amount of time it would take to maintain their new home and property.
As he and his family settled into their new life, between his daily commute to New York City and staying involved with his three young sons, Tye found it nearly impossible to devote time to finding and hiring contractors, scheduling them and paying them, much less keeping track of what needed to be done and when. Pressed for time his biggest investment was being neglected.
Tye realized that while a house doesn’t come with an instruction manual, maybe it should. He put on his MIT-trained engineer’s hat and turned to the veteran builder who built his home, Bill Green, and they brainstormed a sophisticated and intuitive digital solution where you can organize, maintain and repair everything in your entire home – in one place.
Together, Tye and Bill built Hinged: a cloud-based, online platform where homeowners can easily find, hire, schedule, and pay vetted, insured professionals, all at the touch of a button. They added features for “virtual neighborhood” chats, ideas and projects and included the ability to track spending, tax related home expenses and insurance.
The result? A smarter and easier way to manage your home and property.