8 Essential Home Service Pros You Need on Your Team
Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or recently relocated to a new area, finding and building a relationship with the professionals you’ll be needing for regular home maintenance is a must. Here are the eight essential home pros to know.
From making minor repairs to installing shelving and hanging art, it’s nice to have a reliable odd-jobs person around who can handle random tasks around the house. Once you’ve found your perfect jack-of-all-trades, keep a running list of small jobs and schedule them for a day of work as needed.
Even if you prefer to DIY, the odds are good you’ll need a pro eventually. From large interior and exterior painting jobs to niche jobs like refinishing kitchen cabinets, an expert painter can finish the job quickly and with beautiful results. Be sure to shop around when finding your painter — some only handle painting, while others provide a range of services, including color consultation, wallpapering and even drywall repair.
A good plumber takes on hero status when pipes are clogged, but that’s not their only superpower. A trusted plumber is indispensable for installing new fixtures, troubleshooting poor water pressure or making repairs when a pipe bursts.
4. Roofing and Gutter Company
Regular roof and gutter maintenance is key to helping prolong the longevity of your home. (Pro tip: Add yearly roof maintenance to your calendar.) The good news is once you’ve found a reliable roofing and gutter company, you can set up a consistent cleaning and maintenance schedule with them so you won’t have to worry about forgetting ever again.
5. Air Conditioning and Heating Specialist
Similarly, your HVAC system requires regular cleaning and maintenance to run efficiently. Once you’ve decided on an air conditioning and heating pro, they typically handle cleaning out dryer vents as well. Although a simple service, it’s vital for preventing dryer fires.
6. Lawn and Garden Service
While lawn and garden professionals will cut your grass, they can do much more than that. For example, a gardener/landscaper can assist in setting up and maintaining sprinkler systems, trim hedges, prune rose bushes, and take care of seasonal tasks like leaf and snow removal. Another option is to find a more specialized gardener whose forte is designing gardens or creating specific types of landscapes and gardens.
When it comes to adding outlets, installing dimmer switches, servicing ceiling fans, putting in landscape lighting or rewiring the whole house, a licensed electrician is the person to call. They can assist with integrating smart home features as well.
8. Chimney Cleaner
If you have a functioning fireplace in your home, it’s absolutely imperative to have a chimney sweep inspect and clean your chimney at least once a year. Make it happen before you light the first fire of the season. Through regular cleaning, the residue that remains after a fire (creosote) is removed. Otherwise, it builds up and can lead to house fires.