Building TradesUp: Innovative App Development Strategies with Flutter

June 26, 2024 | Pulsebay

Working with Trades Up: A Journey of Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Success

Working with Trades Up has been a fantastic experience for our team. Here’s a detailed look at our journey:

Initial Challenges

  • Project Takeover: We inherited the application from a previous developer who had left the client with a bad experience. This meant we had to work with an existing tech stack, which fortunately aligned with our expertise from other projects.
  • Understanding Existing Code: Our developers had to thoroughly understand the existing codebase, identify any loopholes, and tidy it up. This was the most time-consuming part, taking about four months.

Development Process

  • UI Redesign: We completely redesigned the user interface to improve interactivity and clickability.
  • Feature Enhancements: We added new features, improved security, and incorporated additional chat functionalities.
  • Team Effort: Our dedicated team consisted of a project manager, two back-end PHP developers, two front-end Flutter developers, and the director, all working collaboratively to transform the application.

Key Achievements

  • Successful Turnaround: Within four months, we successfully revamped and launched Trades Up, much to the excitement of both the client and our team.

Trades Up: Unique Selling Points

  1. No Success Fees: Unlike competitors that charge up to 27% as a success fee, Trades Up does not have any success fees, making it cost-effective for users.
  2. Mobile Accessibility: Trades Up is a mobile application, eliminating the need for customers or tradespeople to use a website or computer.
  3. Real-Time Chat: The chat functionality allows for real-time communication, enabling users to ask questions, share property images, and receive real-time quotes from tradespeople.
  4. New Zealand Made: Trades Up is a locally developed application, designed specifically for Kiwis.
  5. Indexed Listings: In the initial months, tradespeople can get their businesses indexed at the top of the listings based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  6. Verified Trades: All tradespeople, whether sole traders or companies, undergo basic verification before being listed to ensure reliability and trustworthiness.


Our experience with Trades Up has been rewarding. Despite the initial challenges, our team’s hard work and dedication have resulted in a successful product launch. Trades Up stands out in the market with its cost-effective, mobile-friendly, and reliable features, providing significant benefits to its users.

We look forward to continuing our journey with TradesUp and achieving even greater milestones together.