How many times a week do you get asked for a name of someone you trust? A painter who gets the work done neatly. A plumber who won’t disappear mid-job. A lender who can handle a complicated financial situation.
Real estate agents are trusted resources for more than listings. You know all the local home service professionals, too. And whether you keep them in a spreadsheet, your phone contact list or your Reloladex, here are the local vendors you should have as your base of trusted sources to share with current and former clients, or anyone you want to be of value to.
Who are the most important vendors to have in your referral network?
Make it easy to share your list of trusted vendors
Great contractors are hard to find. And homeowners will work with an electrician or a general contractor once or twice a decade. Real estate agents work with each of them monthly, so you know who will deliver on their promises.
Sharing those vendors is the second part of providing value. Folks may ask you for a vendor one on one, and you can deliver contact information that way.
Here are convenient ways to share your list of trusted vendors with your sphere:
Embed your Reloladex in your email signature. With a simple link such as Need a vendor? Check my network! Or something to that effect, you can make it easy to for anybody you’re in contact with to find a trusted home service provider.
Embed your Reloladex in your Facebook business page. The Reloladex is always updated with the contacts you add, so you know your latest sources are always available. You can send a link to your Facebook Business page tab via Facebook Messenger or other ways, sharing a one-stop list of
Verify your vendors to keep everybody safe
You may have worked with a vendor a dozen times with wonderful results, but one mishap may call the vendor’s credentials-- and your own -- into question. There are ways to make sure you’re never in doubt about your referrals.
- Verify that the service provider's license in your state is current and there are no complaints against them.
- Inform the client of the date on which the agent last verified the service provider’s licensure status.
- Provide the client with the electronic link to the service provider’s licensing record information.
Every time you provide a referral to a home service provider, whether it’s a house cleaner or a home inspector or an interior decorator, you’re being valuable. You’re proving your expertise. And you’re showing your clients new, old and potential, that you know local!