Google Hires May Signal a Move Into the Home-Services Market

Google Inc. has hired part of the team at Homejoy, a house-cleaning startup that is shutting down, signaling that the Internet giant may be interested in the home-services market.

Homejoy, started from an idea in 2012, specializes in home cleaning and other related services and has operated in cities including Seattle and Philadelphia. Using the company’s application or website, users can book cleanings at their homes after entering information such as a ZIP code, a time and payment information.

The startup will close July 31 and is no longer accepting new appointments, the company said on its site. Inc. this year began a service that puts users in touch with home-repair professionals, and Yelp Inc. has a similar offering.

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