Whether you are a veteran who has purchased their first home, or you’re a pro and have bought and sold multiple homes in your lifetime, knowing who to call when things go wrong is a really good idea. When you were in the military your CO always made sure you knew a fall back point and had a contingency plan in place. Having a home with various mechanical systems should be no different. This is especially true if you are deployed and have family at home. You want to make sure they know how to handle things while you are in the field.
To get started, asking around to get referrals for service providers is a smart move. Speak to some of them, interview them, or even use them to do a small job you haven’t gotten to yet, so you can assess whether they are “your guy” for certain repairs. For example, if your washing machine supply hose explodes in the middle of the night you better make sure you can find an emergency plumber who works 24 hours a day to help you.
Make sure you don’t just call any company you find either. Make sure they are close to you so if you need a 24 hour emergency plumber in Miami, you aren’t calling plumbers who are in The Keys just because they advertise in your area. Make sure you ask them the approximate call and arrival times for middle of the night repairs while you are interviewing them. You also want to find out if they charge extra for after hour repairs.
Even though we mentioned plumbers, the same rules apply for local electricians, emergency roofers, emergency ac repair companies, and the like. The bottom line is, you need reliable vendors that can get to your home ASAP if there is an emergency situation. You also want to make sure they are reputable and available when you need them. Take a little time and plan this out for your own peace of mind and that of your family if you are deployed. Good luck!