There are many exciting things about moving to a new neighbourhood, you get to explore many fun facets of your area.  While most of us don’t hesitate when given the opportunity to check out local restaurants, coffee shops, or bookstores, we tend to put off looking for various professionals or service locations until we need them.  This can leave us scrambling at the last minute when we’re leaving for vacation, or have an emergency after hours meeting and need someone to take the dog for a walk.  Consider taking the time, before your first toothache, to chat with your neighbours, explore yelp reviews and create your own personal Rolodex of the best service providers, essential services, and the locations of their offices, in your new area before their services are needed ASAP.

Here’s a list of people and providers you’ll likely want the contact information addresses of to help make your life easier.

  1. Doctor
  2. Dentist
  3. General Repairs person/ handyman
  4. Babysitter(s)
  5. Dog walkers
  6. Pet sitters/house sitters
  7. Snow removal service providers
  8. Plumber
  9. Electrician
  10. Masseuse
  11. Chiropractor
  12. Hairdresser/Barber
  13. Dry cleaner
  14. Laundromat
  15. Tailor
  16. Cobbler/Shoe Repair
  17. Eaves & Window Cleaner
  18. Gardener/Arborist
  19. Neighbourhood watch lead
  20. Furnace/HVAC/Air Conditioning Repair
  21. Building concierge (if applicable)
  22. Painter
  23. Roofer
  24. Tutorial services
  25. Gym/personal trainer
  26. Music School
  27. Library
  28. Post office
  29. Fire station
  30. Police station
  31. Veterinarian
  32. Pet Groomer
  33. Mechanic

If you need some networking tips to help you connect with these professionals, consider reading my post on The Homeowners Guide to Networking.

Are we missing any service providers? Feel free to share your checklist with us!