Household services are an in-demand and growing sector with cleaners, gardeners, plumbers, electricians, and other specialists all on speed-dial.
You do have then on speed-dial, right? If you don’t, then think about this – we can all face disasters in our home from time to time. It may be plumbing problems with smelly drains, electrical issues with errant appliances, or even some urgent painting and interior decorating because you forgot you had the in-laws coming to stay.
However, it can seem daunting to find the right company and service for the job you need handling. Which is why I have put together this quick and easy guide to help you out in your time of need. Your welcome 😉
Do Your Research On-Line
If you can’t get a recommendation from someone you trust then online is the next best resource. The internet has a vast array of information at your fingertips. Yet we can still be afraid to take to Google or Bing and search out websites for companies that can help us. Simply doing a search online will bring up a website, and from there you may be able to check out testimonials, services and even costs for basic jobs.
For example, if you needed a plumber in Adelaide, then you google search ‘Plumbers Adelaide’ or check out a website like electricalandplumbing.com.au. Websites like this will be full of information for the job you need doing.
Online searches will bring up reviews and other platforms on which some of these companies will advertise. Check them out and don’t settle for the first result on your page. Often people can be caught out by not doing enough research into the costs and services people can provide.
Another useful site is Houzz because you can easily find household services in your local area.
Use Social Media To Check Recommendations
If in doubt, go to your social media accounts. A lot of companies have their own pages these days itemizing status updates, website information, and costs. For example, Facebook pages even have a section where people can review that business. Check out facebook.com/help for more information.
These will be real life opinions so read through to check whether this company is worthy of your business. Sometimes you may find that a business has the odd bad review so make a judgment on how many good versus how many bad before disregarding them completely. It could be someone with a grudge or even a competitor trying to tarnish their good name.
Another way to utilize social media is to update your own status asking for recommendations from your friends and family. You will find that you get many responses and sometimes people tend to recommend the same business providers. This is normally a great recommendation to start with, but you can also trust the people who are offering you the tips.
Check Out The Accreditations
Many household services businesses like plumbers or electricians need to be accredited with certain societies and government laws. Ensure you are using someone reputable by checking their status with relevant accreditations for your city, state, or country.
If you use household services a lot then you probably have a trusted list of your own suppliers. Consider sharing recommendations or writing a testimonial on Facebook, their website, or on one of the search engines like True Local.
The best marketing is word-of-mouth and your household services suppliers will really appreciate it.