Join Date: Nov 2012
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If your a contractor, this is an excellent resource.
This is a social media site for neighborhoods. For my neighborhood, there are posts about coyotes, garage sales, someone is having surgery and needs their dog walked and finally, anyone know a contractor who can do this...?
When someone asks for a referral, you can chime in and say, "me me me!" but of course it's better if someone else recommends you. Being the first responder is a big deal.
I get more work from this site than any other. I even tried traditional advertising in newspapers and it wasn't even close to my Nextdoor referrals.
Couple things, you can only join the neighborhood you live in. They have a pretty strict verification process. For example, my home neighborhood is good but not the best. I tried to sneak into one of the top neighborhoods and there was no way around it.
You can advertise one post per 6 months.
If you can get one person to be an advocate for your company, it helps immensely. By that, I mean someone that will refer you, provide a reference, speak up. For me, I had a guy ask for a reference to seal his basement walls after water seeped into his basement. I met him and told him it's a big rip-off and he needs to divert water from his house instead. He thinks I'm a good guy and is constantly helping me out.
I answer as many posts as I can. If someone wants a roofer, which I don't do, I recommend one. If someone's dog was eaten by a coyote, I tell them I'm sorry etc.
Many many people read these but never post anything. Those people hire me. Being a jerk online would be a good way to never get any work.