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Conserving Energy When Your House Is Full

The cold weather is near, and we’re not all used to experiencing it in quarantine. By mid-day, energy use in the home is up by up to 30%, according to bbc.com. With the added stress of working, learning and living together, how do you stay comfortable and keep the cost of your bills down at the same time? These practices allow you to regulate energy efficiency as conditions change. Read more

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2020 Home Trends for These COVID Times

These days we are forced to use our home for more than just living between work and school. Our homes have become an office, school, quarantine headquarters, and more. The longer we shelter in place, the smaller and smaller our living quarters seem to be. But, you don’t have to let the walls close in on you. Take the opportunity to make your home functional for these COVID times that many have prognosticated will be with us for a while.

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Home Exterior TLC

With warmer weather in sight and a focus on outdoor activities, it only makes sense to take a look at the exterior of your home and determine which outdoor projects you should tackle. Check out the following ideas intended to increase curb appeal and raise your property’s value. Whatever project(s) you decide on, simply Make a Request on GetAssist to connect with local contractors for the job!

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Catch Your Home Up to the 21st Century

 

Although we’re not very far into the 21st century, many changes and trends have arisen since entering the 2000’s. Home trends, especially, have taken a modern turn when it comes to elements of technology and design. Ready to explore some simple ways to catch your home up to the times? As always, just Make A Request on GetAssist for professional help from local experts!

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Host the Hottest Holiday Party with GetAssist

The holidays can evoke some stress, especially if you are the host of a much-anticipated gathering. This year, kick back and enjoy the party alongside your guests with a little help from GetAssist! From invitations, to organizing, to preparing your home and providing yummy food, GetAssist’s incredible features are designed to help tackle each task. Let’s make your holiday party wishlist come true!

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DIY Project Issues

To DIY or Leave it to the Pros?

Contrary to popular belief, “Do It Yourself” projects might not be the best route to take. In fact, we’re learning that DIY projects can even decrease the value of your home rather than increase it. That’s why GetAssist encourages you to err on the side of caution and leave it to the professionals! Simply Make A Request on GetAssist for help from nearby pros.

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Spiff Up Your Garage with Help From GetAssist

 

Before we head into a new time of year, it’s a great time to spiff up your garage. Below are some ideas to consider that go beyond simple decluttering. As always, no matter the breadth of your projects, just #MakeARequest on GetAssist to connect with local experts for the job!  

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Make Life Easier With These GetAssist Features

 

At GetAssist, we strive to always offer innovative yet easy-to-use features for our members. Through our mission of encouraging individuals to Connect With Purpose, it only makes sense that we equip them with the necessary tools to do so! Take a moment to check out some of our latest features.  Read more

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Six Simple Outdoor Trends

It’s the season for spending time in the beautiful outdoors. For many, our own properties are a safe haven that provides nearly all we need to enjoy the warmer months. However, there are always ways to enhance our most beloved spaces. Are there any aspects of your home’s outdoor environment that could use a refresh? Check out these simple-yet-impactful ideas to get in the revamping mindset, then Make a Request on GetAssist to connect with top local pros to execute your projects flawlessly! Read more

Hire Local to Help Your Community Thrive

While big names and large chain companies tend to saturate the markets they’re part of, they don’t always offer the best value, nor do they offer the best service. These companies are able to push their names to such an extent due to advantageous marketing budgets, making it more likely for them to capitalize off folks who “buy into” their tactics. Don’t be one of the individuals that buy in; Instead, help give small local businesses a voice! Pay-it-forward and strengthen your community by hiring local small businesses for whatever your needs may be, as this is going to be your best bet for the many fruitful reasons below. Remember, all you have to do is Make A Request on GetAssist to be connected with LOCAL small-business professionals that truly and genuinely know how to best serve your needs!  

Health of Local Economy

Thanks to data gathered by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), we know that 54% of grocery shoppers prefer buying locally sourced food because they want to support farmers and other producers in their area. The same holds true for homeowners opting for small, local contractors for house projects and beyond. Hiring from your local talent pool signals to your customers and clients that you’re a true citizen of your area, according to Forbes. In addition, your investment goes straight back to the community you reside in! It is vital for everyone to do their part in investing in their community’s economic growth and assist in enhancing the overall well-being of its laborers. Whether you need a handyman for a quick and easy project, or a small army of professionals for a larger project, your needs will be met and surpassed when you make a request on GetAssist to be connected with your choice of top local pros for the job.

Strong Relationships & Network

When you hire a local pro from a small business, you’re helping them build their clientele, thus benefiting both of you equally. While you have peace of mind from a job well done, they gain more exposure and another potentially long-term client. Sure, the project is still an expense, but it’s exceptionally worth it knowing you’re helping feed a family’s stability as they grow their beloved business. Most importantly, through these strong relationships, you know exactly who to contact if future issues arise! Perhaps you will depend on the great services of this individual for many years to come.

We’ve provided some simple tips that will help enhance your relationship with your preferred local professionals. If you’re happy with their services, be sure to:

  • Leave them a great review
  • Call them after the project to say just one more “thank you”
  • Tell your friends! Word of mouth marketing is extremely valuable for small businesses in your community.
  • Let them know you would be happy to provide a testimonial or have your project serve as a case study

Personal Touch of Community

When you reside in the same community as the individual you embark on a project with, you have a connection right out of the gate that will help foster trust throughout the project and beyond. At GetAssist, we believe that hiring nearby small businesses is the most logical, worthwhile route when scouting out professionals to tackle a job. By investing in local talent, the notion of a strong & thriving community remains at the forefront. Further, when you are part of the same community, you have a joint understanding of the local culture, initiatives, resources, hurdles, etc. Nothing feels better than comradery and a sense of comfort when you make a request to connect with the same team that remembers you and your project. In fact, “the personal touch is one of the best things that a local contractor can offer; the feeling that your project matters to them and that you as a customer matter to them,” according to National Home Improvement, Inc.

When it comes to the personal touch of community, we can’t forget to mention these two crucial areas of safety that are best instilled in knowledgeable locals:

  1. Local professionals are up-to-speed with building codes, permit requirements, zoning rules, etc. in your area.
  2. Local professionals are more familiar with the types of builds and structural integrity of homes and properties in the area.

Simpler to Choose Your Preferred Professional

Choosing your preferred professional for projects is easier when you eliminate large names and companies from the line-up from the get-go. Since they reside in the community they serve, local contractors are compelled to perform quality work that satisfies their customers and creates a good reputation in order for their business to survive and prosper. Whatever needs arise, be sure to support your local community and #MakeARequest to connect with top locals to execute your project flawlessly.

Emergency Service / Availability

How many times have you been given the run-around with inconvenient service time windows or flat-out unavailability after regular business hours? Life is full of surprises, and we certainly can’t anticipate the issues that occasionally arise at vexing times. When you #MakeARequest for services on GetAssist, you’re connected with multiple choices of professionals to tackle the job, so at least a few of them are bound to offer more flexible service hours! And/or, when you build rapport with the professionals that we help connect you with, they will be more likely to lend a helping hand at the drop of a hat.

It is our hope that you, too, see the immense value in investing in small businesses and local talent. Join all of us at GetAssist in our continued efforts to lift up the communities in which we reside and help them to not only function, but thrive! Whatever your needs, Make A Request and we’ll handle the rest.