Finding Local Service Pros When You’re New in Town
We’ve all been in this situation before. You move to a new city or a new home, and something breaks — you have a plumbing issue, the gutters on your house aren’t draining, or the electricity stops working and you can’t figure out why. Now you are left with a list of questions:
How am I supposed to find local service pros to fix this problem?
Where is the best place to look for local service pros?
How do I know if the local service pro I plan to hire knows what they are doing?
Finding Local Service Pros In The Yellow Pages
In some not-so-distant past, people would have looked in the yellow pages. Need a plumber? Find the list of plumbers in the “p” section. Need an electrician? Look up the electricians in the “e” section, or under a specific name if you happen to know the name of a company you would like to use.
So what’s the problem with the yellow pages? Well, you can find lists of local service professionals in the yellow pages, but there is no way to know which service pro that is listed there is the best or most reliable. All you get is a list of businesses, all of which advertise that they represent the best option. So what do you do? Ask a friend or family member for a recommendation.
Asking For Recommendations
Asking for recommendations is a good option if you are trying to find local service pros, but there are a few problems with this method. One is that it requires knowing people who have used local service pros, and specifically the type of service pro that you are looking for. Of course if you just moved to a new city, you may not know anyone in the area whose opinion you trust. Second, it requires that whoever your contact recommends to you did a good enough job for your contact to feel comfortable recommending them to you. People care a lot about how their house looks and how it functions, and they should, so what does it take to get that A+ recommendation?
Today there are review sites like Yelp where you can go to get reviews of different businesses, but you have to trust the opinions of total strangers who may not have the same opinions as you. They also may not have the background required to give an accurate assessment of the work that a local service pro provided to them.
Trying To Find Local Service Pros On The Internet
The internet has enabled a seemingly endless supply of websites, and some of these websites are owned and operated by service pros. Most people head to Google first. Unfortunately, anyone can create a website for their company and write whatever they want, so finding service pro websites through a Google search might not result in a competent person to fix the problem. This process is especially difficult if you don’t have any experience in the industry, because you likely won’t know what characteristics to look for in a service pro.
So how am I supposed to find a reliable, skilled service pro if all of these options just leave me guessing and hoping I choose the right one? Thankfully, OneBook wants to become that one stop shop where you can find the best local service pros in your city.
Popular Service Platforms
Platforms like HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List, and Thumbtack were developed in order to try to point people in the right direction and help them find what they need. These services allow people to search and find service pros from a variety of different industries and represent the first generation of service pro search services.
Find Local Service Pros With OneBook
OneBook is the next generation version of these services, and its easy-to-use platform sets it apart from the rest. OneBook is a peer to peer marketplace where you can find hundreds of local service pros that specialize in every different type of service profession. All service pros on OneBook have been vetted through a business verification and background check process. Now you can find local service pros and hire them without worrying whether you made the right choice or not.
OneBook also offers an app where you can easily filter your search based on service ratings, location preference, professional level — expert, skilled, or beginner, or by pricing. With OneBook’s app, both the search process and the scheduling process are designed to be simple and fast.
OneBook makes it easy to hire service pros. Are you ready to find the perfect service professional for your needs?