Get to know your service providers

When it comes to the companies that provide services for your home, the better the relationship you forge with them, the better the service you will get. We’re not talking about wining and dining the man who fixes your air conditioner Calgary residents. Not that kind of relationship. What we’re talking about here is the act of finding the kind of service providers you can trust and on whom you can depend to get the job done quickly, efficiently and at an affordable cost. Working with the same providers time and again is a mutually beneficial arrangement for you and for the service provider.  They get steady business from a good customer, and you get service from experts who know your home and with whom you are comfortable enough to ask questions, etc. It’s a win-win!

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When it comes to hiring a service provider such as Clearview Plumbing, the two most important things are reliability and trust. You need to be able to say with virtually complete certainty that the service providers who are working in your home are trustworthy. Will they show up on time, every time? Will they get the work done when they say they will? Can they be trusted to be left alone in your home? The only way to truly answer these questions is to test them with some degree of regularity. If you use a service provider once and then never use them again, you’ll never know if they are reliable. (Unless of course they don’t meet your standards the first time, in which case they have not earned a second chance).

One of the best ways to find a service provider with whom you can forge a long-term business relationship is through word of mouth recommendations. Follow the advice of trusted friends and family members when you are looking for a new service provider for your home. These people are your best resource for honest recommendations (and warnings!) when it comes to the professionals they have hired. Ask them questions about the professionals they’d recommend (and those they’d recommend you steer clear of). What did they like/dislike about them? How did they conduct themselves? Were they professional? Were their rates affordable? These people are your family and friends!  Just as they will be honest with you in their answers, you can also feel free to ask them questions to get the straight goods, the types of questions you may not feel comfortable asking someone you don’t know as well.

Once you have narrowed down the list of potential service providers to just a few, call each of them. Interview them over the phone and get a feel for their answers. If they seem rushed or annoyed by your questions, look for another provider. If they are patient, friendly, and willing to answer all of your questions, that’s a very good indication that they are the service provider for you. When it comes to hiring people to work in your home, you can never be too careful.


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