Your new home may also require service professionals for pool maintenance, lawn care, painting and furniture repair. Not sure how to find these local pros? Here are 8 easy ways to find a reliable handyman, plumber and other home improvement professionals in your new city
One of the best ways to find home service professionals is through Angie’s List. The members only website provides an online directory of crowd-sourced reviews, ratings and insights about everything from handymen and improvement services to the best doctors and pet services. Members grade companies on an A through F scale. According to Angie’s List, the reviews come from real customers. Home service companies cannot rate themselves or pay to receive a rating. Angie’s List also labels certain companies as “Certified Pros.” For more information on Angie’s List, check here.
From handyman services and builders to lawn maintenance and carpentry, HomeAdvisor helps millions of Americans find and book the best professionals for the job. Providers on HomeAdvisor have been thoroughly screened and have received verified pro reviews. All you have to do is select a project category that matches your improvement needs and answer HomeAdvisor’s questions. The Organization will provide you with “four pre-screened, local home improvement pros” that match your needs and availability. For more information on HomeAdvisor, check here.
While Houzz is best known for its interior design marketplace, the website offers additional services as well. The website attracts “more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals,” according to Houzz. Users can find everything from electricians and painters to tree services and lawn care through the Houzz marketplace. Each home improvement provider listed on Houzz comes with reviews, star ratings and contact information. They may also list photos and information about various projects they’ve worked on in the past. For more information on Houzz, check here.
Local hardware store
The best way to find a handyman near you? Head to your local hardware store. After all, what better place to go than a store that specializes in home repairs? The local hardware store’s employees may either have helpful recommendations for servicemen in your area or they may even be handymen themselves. Additionally, your local hardware store may have plenty of business cards, paper ads and contact information for contractors in your area.
Haven’t met your neighbors yet? You can still ask them for references and recommendations on Nextdoor.com. The free private social network is designed for residents of a specific neighborhood and its surrounding communities. Neighbors can sign up online using their verified address. Once you’re signed up, simply introduce yourself and ask for recommendations. You can also check Nextdoor’s “Recommendation” category for everything from handymen and roofers to plumbers and pest control. For more information on Nextdoor, check here.
To find and compare experienced home professionals in your area, check Thumbtack’s online marketplace. All you have to do is enter the service you need and your location. After answering a few questions, the service will then share your details with professionals in the area, who will compete for the project. According to Thumback, professionals will then provide you with custom quotes, which will include a cost estimate, customer reviews, business profile, contact info and a personalized message. For more information on Thumbtack, check here.
Have access to the internet? Try visiting Yelp.com to find your next handyman and other home service providers. The popular crowd sourcing website posts user reviews and recommendations for everything from restaurants and shopping to entertainment and services. All you have to do is type in your location and what it is you’re looking for. Yelp will then show you multiple nearby businesses, all ranked by their star ratings. For more information on Yelp, check here.
Word of Mouth
One of the best (if not the best) ways to find a new handyman, plumber, electrician and other service providers is by asking around town for recommendations. Starting a new job? Ask your coworkers for suggestions. Meeting the new neighbors? Ask who they use for home repairs. More than likely, these new acquaintances will be happy to share their thoughts and overall experiences with certain people and companies. Remember: just as important as who they recommend is who they don’t recommend. So listen carefully and be sure to ask plenty of questions.