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ServiceMaster, Yahoo! Real Estate to Offer Online Scheduling of Home Services

July 18, 2002
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 2002--The ServiceMaster Company, a leading provider of home maintenance and repair services, today announced it has signed an agreement to provide Yahoo! consumers the ability to schedule and purchase home services through the newly created Home Service Center on Yahoo! Real Estate.

Through this agreement, visitors to the Yahoo! Real Estate homepage will have one-click access to home services such as lawn care, pest control, heating/AC repair and cleaning services from ServiceMaster's leading companies, including TruGreen ChemLawn, Terminix, American Residential Services and Merry Maids. Yahoo! consumers will have access to ServiceMaster's online functionality to manage the maintenance and improvement of their home in one centralized location. ServiceMaster's online network allows users to find local home service providers, get free estimates, and schedule service visits online or via a toll-free number.

"Consumers are continually looking for easier ways to find reliable home service providers. This agreement with the most trafficked Internet destination expands the reach of ServiceMaster's trusted brands to the homeowner population of the Yahoo! network," said Charles McCusker, President of The ServiceMaster Home Service Center, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The ServiceMaster Company. "Additionally, this agreement is indicative of ServiceMaster's strategy to develop new distribution channels by aligning with leaders in key online and offline markets."