Real Estate – Trusted Techs
If you own a home, then you know issues with inevitably arise. This is an unavoidable consequence that comes with the territory of a “physical asset”. If you are unprepared, or do not have the right resources/vendors when an issue arises, it will compound the problem.
For example, losing heat in the winter = NOT FUN. But, losing heat in the winter + nobody will answer your call for help = EVEN LESS FUN. Having a trusted plumber can eliminate tremendous stress and headache during times like these. Not only will this plumber answer your call and complete the job in a timely manner, they will (usually) not overcharge you. I write “usually” this way because the cost of trade-work is at an all time high… so these days even the current market price can feel like you are being taken advantage of. One thing I will always suggest –> negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. Often times a vendor will reduce price if you ask the right way (hint: nicely!).
On the Real Estate side, this type of trusted network is something I provide to all my clients whether you bought/sold last week or 10 years ago. Having vetted dozens of vendors in each trade through my 20+ years in real estate, I have intimate knowledge of who is reliable. When a situation arises for a client, my first step is to always ask questions to understand the issue. Then, if any basic troubleshooting can be applied I make suggestions. If this does not work or it is not a potentially “simple fix”, then I provide my vendor contact. I also notify the vendor with name of the client reaching out and outline of issue. This helps them be prepared and ready to respond. *Note: I never accept kick-backs from any vendors I recommend. All I ask is they do a good job and charge fair market.*
Long and Short: whether it be a plumber, electrician, handyman, roofer, painter, flooring; etc – having a rolodex of people you can rely on will be a tremendous relief when in a pinch.