TrueLocal.com.au has launched a new feature called ‘Get Quotes’, which allows consumers to post details of a job or service they need.

Powered by ServiceSeeking.com.au, the Get Quotes feature can include anything from painting and decorating to wedding photography or tax returns.

Businesses can then pitch for the job, as well as quote a price, from which the consumer can choose the tradie/company that best suits their needs. The service is free for consumers and businesses pay a small fee for providing a quote.

Chief executive for TrueLocal John Allan said the feature will be helpful because consumers want to be able to find good businesses quickly and easily.

“Many want the option of either searching or calling a business directly, but others want to post their job online and have businesses come to them. The launch of Get Quotes on TrueLocal ensures we now cater for both types of consumer,” explained Allan.

The launch comes as a study conducted by research company Core Data found 95% of respondents would like the ability to make informed decisions and compare multiple businesses online before selecting a provider.

The survey of more than 1,200 people conducted in August 2009 also found the majority (91%) of respondents said the ability to provide one brief for a job online would make life easier when seeking quotes.

Also the survey specified that 70% of respondents were willing to spend less than an hour looking for good trade service providers, and price (37%) was ranked as the most important factor overall when selecting a service provider closely followed by reputation (33%).