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Moving to a new city is exciting. It’s also slightly overwhelming sometimes. If you’re someone who’s lived in one town for a long time, you probably have a long list of contacts with people and businesses that can help you when you’re in a bit of a pinch. Some of those contacts may be able to be carried over to the new city with you, but more than likely, you’ll have to find new business and services to help you when things don’t go exactly to plan. Your oven might stop working, and your air conditioning might go out in the middle of a hot sweltering day. Don’t worry; there are plenty of ways to figure out how to find a repair specialist near you when your heat pump starts sputtering. Here are a few different ways to find the resources you need.

1. Write a list of repairs that you require for your home.

The first thing you should do when you start looking for a repair specialist is to take the time to write a list of all the repairs that you will need to have done on your home. Writing a list of the repairs you need can help you decide what needs to be prioritized and handled first. This list can also give you a better idea of what type of repair specialist you should look for. You might be able to find a repair specialist that can fix most if not all of the repairs needed on your list. Writing this list also helps to give the repair specialist a better idea of if they are qualified not for the job when you go over your repair plans with them.

2. Use word of mouth.

People often underestimate the power of a good old fashioned word of mouth connection. One of the best ways to get great recommendations on any service is word of mouth. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving to the south or the north. Someone will know someone that might be able to help. Try asking your neighbors or coworkers for recommendations. There’s always a chance that they may have dealt with the same repair issue that you are dealing with.

3. Do an internet search.

These days you can find pretty much anything on the internet. With a quick search on your preferred search engine website, you may be able to find the answer to all of your problems. Try googling a repair specialist in the city and area that you live in. Look up the companies near you and check out their reviews from previous customers. Make sure you write down the names of the ones with the best reviews down and give them a call to see which one works best with your budget.

4. Try your local hardware store.

Even if you don’t plan on fixing the repairs that you need fixing on your own, it may be a good idea to go down to your local hardware store and ask for help. The hardware store employees will probably be used to the questions you need to be answered, and they may have a few recommendations on hand for customers to choose from. These employees may be qualified repair specialists as well. It can’t hurt to give this a try; you might even be able to pick up other things that you need for your house while you’re there.

5. Get everything in writing.

When you do settle on a repair specialist, don’t forget to get everything in writing. You probably want to have a detailed account of all the work that your repair service specialist will be fixing in your household. Contracts help you and the repair specialist if things don’t go as planned. Even if everything goes correctly, you should probably have the agreement on record for your future reference for several reasons. You might need this work to be on record to use as a tax write off in the future.

Finding a repair specialist in a new city doesn’t have to be a headache. It can be as simple as you make it if you put your mind to it.

Pauline McDonald