After relocating, you will have to start life all over again. That means finding all sorts of people to provide you with basic services. Remember how difficult it was to find a great hair salon in your last town? What about an honest and trusted mechanic?
Worry not. Follow these 10 suggestions that will help you find the right people after you move:
1. Check for People’s Haircuts
Instead of trying a number of hair salons every month until you find the right one; you should just check other people’s hair.
Asking your neighbors, friends, or coworkers where they got their haircut is a clever way to find the best hairdresser in town.
2. Ask around
Search for “key people” who know everyone in town and you will quickly start setting a network of people who know other people.
It’s like a domino effect.
Ask your hairdresser if she can refer you to a good handyman, chiropractor, mechanic, or just about anyone else.
3. Lawn Maintenance
Chat with your neighbors and ask them who’s doing their yard. Have them recommend you which companies are good and, equally important, which ones you should definitely avoid. The next time you see a sweaty crew trimming somebody else’s lawn, go over and ask for a quote.
4. Search for Healthcare Centers
When moving to a new town, there are three vital services you should always find: a doctor, a dentist, and a good hospital nearby. You can ask your local Facebook friends or office mates for suggestions. Also, remember to ensure all of these services are covered in your health care plan.
5. A Reliable Auto Mechanic
Finding a good auto mechanic is difficult. Friends, coworkers, and neighbors can also guide you on this one. Ask which places are just going to rip you off and which ones they’ve used for years. Even with referrals, it might also be a good idea to check reviews on sites like Yelp.
6. Fellow Parents Can Be Very Helpful
When it comes to childcare, fellow parents are your best friends. Ask your hairdresser, coworkers, and fellow parents at the playground to get the scoop on the best babysitters in town.
7. Pet Sitters
As you may have noticed, chatting with the people around you is the best way to find good service providers.
This also applies to your pets.
Chat your neighbor to find reliable dog walkers if you have to travel without your pet.
Other good places to search for referrals are veterinarians, dog parks, and pet supply stores.
8. Locate a Handy Man
If you’re a very busy person and don’t have the time to clean the gutters or install new lighting, consider asking your neighbors for reputable contractors, handyman, and electricians.
9. Find Friends that Share your Interests
Getting to know like-minded people is most likely one of the hardest things on this list. Finding service providers is easier because all that matters areend results, but setting a new network of friends can be trickier. Whether you have progressive or conservative views, Facebook is a great tool to find locals that share the same interests as you. If you don’t find any groups of people with the same passions, you can even start one on your own!
10. Get to Know Your Surroundings
Being the new kid in town, you should start searching for familiar places where everyone knows your name. Ask people about their favorite bars, jogging trails, coffee shops, and parks. When you start looking at familiar faces every day you’ll start feeling more grounded and secure in your new location.
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