Originally Posted By: psisler
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I had the same question a while back. I made up a list a "short list" like realtors have for inspectors. I call it my Contact Information Page. It lists three (3) contractors in every part of home construction and maintenance. I spent about five weeks putting this list together, I contacted scores of people until I got what I wanted. Checking on their license, insurance, track record, complaints, etc.. I met with all of these people either over lunch, in the field or at my office and got to know them.
I made up a handout for clients "that asked" for a referral. On the cover sheet I also explain several things:
1. The client is under no obligation to choose any of the companies stated herein.
2. The client should be made aware that certain system repairs are required to be made by licensed personnel of that system and may require inspection by local authorities in accordance with all applicable state, county, and city codes.
3. The list of companies herein are in no particular order or preference and are offered strictly for the convenience of the client and are no way related to this company.
4. The client should understand that the final decision to choose a company to make any or all repairs lies with the client only.
There is a lot more on the cover but you get the idea. This has helped me get a bit more business through referral.
Like I said this is what I do. Not all will agree. Hope it helps.