Moving can be stressful. The process itself is enough to cause anxiety, but even after you’ve arrived at your new destination, sometimes it seems like the work has only just begun. You now need to explore all that your new home has to offer, and that can also become a job in of itself.
As exciting as a new town may be, it can take a little while to establish yourself in your new surroundings. Whether you’ve moved due to a new job or just for a change in scenery, you may find yourself overwhelmed by having to start over.
One such obstacle that can be a challenge is finding reliable services in your new area. But it doesn’t have to be a headache-inducing task. Save yourself time and money by avoiding the “trial and error” approach, and turn to other resources to do the job for you. Here are a few of the ways to find the best services your town has to offer, without pulling all of your hair out in the process.
While still, a large endeavor, moving to a new city has become that much easier thanks to the magic of the internet. When you are in search of local services, online companies such as My Trusted Contractor have been created for this very need. Narrow down the service required by city and even neighborhood and simply filter through the options. Within minutes you can be scrolling through a list of certified and reliable services for any task you need to be completed.
Another online source for service-related research is Yelp, where you can browse the ratings of nearly any business, visit their website, read customer reviews, and gather all other information you might need. Yelp often lists the highest rated businesses first, and if you have more specific needs, you can filter based on price and or open hours.
Recently, Facebook has added a new feature to their site that allows users to ask for recommendations to their friends. The feature will read like a status and list what specifically you are looking for and in what city. Friends will be able to respond with their recommendations instantly. This is a great way to reach a number of people all at once.
Another more recently social networking site is called Nextdoor. The idea of Nextdoor is that it links neighbors living in the same community together. People can chat about a range of subjects, including safety, odd jobs they may need help with, and of course the best local businesses for any service you may need to be completed.
Not only is this a good way to find a reliable service, but you can also end up making connections and forming relationships in the process. Two birds, one stone.
Word of Mouth
Old fashioned? Perhaps. But you can’t go wrong asking people who have lived in your new neighborhood for quite some time. Not only can the people around you give you helpful recommendations, but they can also steer you clear of any less than pleasant experiences they had to go through.
Have you moved to a new town because of school? Ask your classmates or even better, your professors. They will probably have a budget similar to your own and can tell you the best deals. Moved because of a new job? Chatting with your co-workers and bosses to ask them their opinions is a great ice breaker and clever way of establishing rapport.
You want to be comfortable no matter where you live, and that includes having reliable services you can trust. With nearly every market being oversaturated with new businesses cropping up, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume in number. By narrowing down your search using any of the above techniques, you may surprise yourself with how much easier it seems by comparison.