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.
- General Repairs person/ handyman
- Dog walkers
- Pet sitters/house sitters
- Snow removal service providers
- Dry cleaner
- Cobbler/Shoe Repair
- Eaves & Window Cleaner
- Neighbourhood watch lead
- Furnace/HVAC/Air Conditioning Repair
- Building concierge (if applicable)
- Tutorial services
- Gym/personal trainer
- Music School
- Post office
- Fire station
- Police station
- Pet Groomer
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!