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I know a guy...

Do you know a guy who can.....???

Litchfield County Real EstateI hear this all the time. Yes, I do, I know a guy who... cleans up and out, paints, pulls oil tanks, is a master carpenter, plows, mows, is a fantastic electrician, great plumber, on and on, tried and true, tested over and over again.

As a side note, every time I hear that question "do you know someone...", I can't help thinking about one of my most favorite movies, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". The police chief says "A man owes me a favor. Rene the Knife. He is a master with a stiletto and a magician at hiding a body." Of course that just may illustrate how my mind works and might have been better left unsaid. As an example...

Andrea, do you know someone that can pull this oil tank? I remember saying exactly this, "I know someone who is a master with a backhoe and a magician at making the tank disappear!" Now do you see why I think of that movie?

Litchfield County Real EstateMost real estate agents have a list of guys and gals, companies who are tried and true. I know I do. And they don't get on my list just because I know them. They get on my list because my clients love them, because they don't disappoint, because I know I can trust them. Getting on my list is not easy, getting off the list is easy peasy. Bad review from a client and they are off, off, off.

Why is this important? If you are thinking about selling your home in lower Litchfield County CT and your house needs work, you will want to have access to my list. Because if you don't clean it up and out it will cost you. Don't believe me? Read my story "I met a guy who sold a house". Or you haven't kept up with home maintenance yet you want to get as much as possible for your home, read this story "Why didn't my house sell?". (Pay close attention to the comments of other real estate agents, they know what they are talking about.) Then you will understand why it is so important that I have my "I know a guy/gal" list. They are masters of their trade, magicians at getting the job done. One of the THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS about GETTING A HOUSE SOLD in Litchfield County CT is the condition of the house.


And by the way, my list is just as important for a buyer! Trusted mortgage professionals, home inspectors, local insurance agents, people who can help you make the home you want to buy the home of your dreams!

So yes, I know a guy...

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors

2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor


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Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776


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Comment balloon 41 commentsAndrea Swiedler • January 27 2012 07:36AM


GOOD MORNING ANDREA!  Everybody knows somebody - but you are right - that doesn't mean you should automatically put them on a referral list!

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Having a variety of solid referrals handy is a tool that no Realtor® should be without!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Good morning, Andrea.....everybody needs a list of guys, don't they??   I'm very particular about who I refer MY GUYS to....I want to make sure they're always taken care of and that's very important..... when you refer someone, that person is relying on you to refer them to a party who will pay and won't need to be chased.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 8 years ago

We all know somebody.............but giving good referrals is key...................I agree, getting on the list is tough, off, real easy!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

Good morning Andrea. I love this and the other blogs you wrote and referenced. Yes, most of us know a guy. My "guys"have changed over time...people retire, relocate or just are too busy, but yes, generally speaking I do know someone.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 8 years ago

Never tell them who not to use but the seller, buyer count on you to be in the know. Guide, and in the long one the kick back of good service shines on you. The quality tradesmen, let me stand next to your fire. (Jimi wailing in background)

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 8 years ago

I've had buyers call me years and years later to say... hey it's time for a new _________, who do I call?  Of course I have recommendations.  Although I gotta say my bestest handy man for little odd jobs finally retired and I've got found a replacement with all his skills.  Perhaps I should post a blog looking for one.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea:

I'm not sure if I'm/we are on your list...but if we aren't; please consider giving us a chance.  We're the oldest radon company in CT.  We are also a full service well pump & water treatment company.  While no one knows everything about water quality - I'm a WQA Certified Water Specialist VI...the highest designation given by the WQA...& as far as I know - the only one in CT.

Now that I've jumped off the potium, I assure you that your clients are in good hands if referred to us...we won't let you down!


Thank you in advance for your consideration!...or patronage!!! :)


Posted by Matt Bednarz (CT Basement Systems Radon Inc.) over 8 years ago

Love this Andrea!  We all have our go to guys/gals who deliver well based upon client reviews and important nowadays...and yes Andrea markets exceptionally well for her sellers!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I know a Guy -  and it is a wonderful list .There was a friend/neighbor who called me all the time when he had a problem ..I gave him a GUY who always did a great job..When he listed his home he called someone else.Imagine my surprise ..It was way overpriced and never sold

Have a great friday Andrea


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 8 years ago

Being the go to gal, for the go to guy/gal makes us invaluable to our clients. It is a very wise idea to build your referral list of quality trades people. Great post Andrea.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 8 years ago

I wanna be on your "I know a guy" list Andrea.

There are plenty of people in your profession that just have a list. If the list is just a directory of names, it has little value. Anyone can get a name with a simple search.

A well maintained list is where I want to be, that list has value.

Great post!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 8 years ago

I rebloged this.  It is a great read and important information.

Posted by Kathy Strader, ASP (Memorial Staged Homes) over 8 years ago

Gabrielle, nope, they have to prove to me they will do a great job!

Gary, that is so right! I would feel lost without my list!

Barbara, that goes without saying. It can really cost us if they don't get treated well, that's for sure.

Roger, getting off is fast, LOL.

Sheila, why thank you! And my list changes too, for many reasons.

Andy, nope, I will never do that. I have a positive list, the negative one is in my head.... I swear!

Tammy, oh no, I know how difficult that is, LOL. I would start the interview process right away!

Matt, I have used CT Basement Systems! So, yes it is patronage, not consideration. Good to see you here on ActiveRain!

Ginny, first, thank you. And I think it is very important too, without my list I am dead in the water!

Hannah, how horrible! Although I know what it feels like... and it ain't fun.

Thank you Judy, I even know where to get raw milk, LOL.

Tom, believe me, if anyone ever asks me if I know a guy in the Sacramento area, you are it!

Kathy, why thank you!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago


This is a very well-written post. It's tough to have someone in just about every sort of business, but good for you.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

HAHAHA...oh man your example really cracked me up and you are right I am careful who I refer AND to whom!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hannah, I have all manner of people that my clients can call. It is a must in this business. Great post.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

Hello Andrea

I wanted to contact you personally to let you know that if you are ever in need of a good handyman, I know a guy !

Posted by Kamal Salim, A Superior Level of Service ! (Lokation Real Estate) over 8 years ago

This is one of the values of a good real estate agent... being able to refer a client to such folks, particularly if you're the buyer and just moving into town. I would even go so far as to say that I would expect a good agent to point me in the right direction.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hey Andrea!

Yes, I know a guy, too...this was a great way to demonstrate the value of a real estate agent as the point person for a seller or buyer's needs.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 8 years ago

What a fun read Andrea.  Just had a client ask me, directly, for lender contacts.  Great feeling when we can provide them with someone good! 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 8 years ago

I had a friend that wanted me to put her boyfriend on my list of house painters. Problem is that I have no clue about what kind of work he does so why would I do that. She is still kind of mad at me because he is not on there!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Good post Andrea, I have a lsit of people I refer out, but I always make sure I feel it's a good match.  I don't want to get caught in the middle of any problems.

Posted by Luis Iniguez, Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent (Option One Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I feel like I need to beef up my list, this is a great reminder!


Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) over 8 years ago

Andrea, so true. A good network of professionals from different field makes a big difference! And not to forget about the 'reverse' referral we get from them.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 8 years ago

Boy, your list of of subs  to get the sales job done are invaluable in this business.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 8 years ago

I like your statement, "Getting on my list is not easy, getting off the list is easy peasy." Another agent recently referred me to her handyman... who never even showed up or called. Why didn't I call back? If he messed up this bad to begin with, why would I chase him, he will never make my list!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 8 years ago

WooHoo! (#14)

Thanks Andrea for the kind words!

Can I tell my friends that I made the "I know a guy" list?  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 8 years ago

So true, Andrea, and thanks for a great topic!  I have a list of 'consumer quality' contractors that is used mostly for my REO listings. They do very good work, fairly priced, and don't 'cheat' just because it's a bank-owned property. Guess who gets referred when a homeowner wants an opinion or quote?

As a side note, I have found that many homeowners (especially the newer, first-timers) will universally take the cheapest quote. Never ask detailed or insightful questions, just 'go with the low' - even when the price difference is miniscule.  Oh well, I guess there's a learning curve there, too.

Posted by Robert Smith, SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan (Preview Properties, PC - over 8 years ago

Good Morning Adnrea.

Lowest and Best, not the cheapest.

Good Luck...

Posted by Greg Gillespie, CRS / Broker Owner (GumTree Realty / Genesis Realty Services,Inc) over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea - We needed a huge list of "Guys" when we bought our 1924 - some recommendations were great - others not so great. It is a real value-add to have a carefully vetted list of "Guys" for hire.


Posted by Andre R. Aragon, Real Estate Photographer (Greater Tampa Real Estate Photographer) over 8 years ago

I love it when Im asked "Do you know a guy who....." because chances are, I DO!!  But I cringe when the buyer or seller say "I know a guy who....." because usually it ends with "sold his house FSBO in 3 days!!" or, "whose agent sold his house for 2%", or "who advertises his listings in the NY Times, can you do that too?" and my favorite "I know a guy who said this house is worth way more than what Im asking, he said we are selling too cheap!".  I always say "Why doesnt he buy it and get this great bargain!!!"

Posted by Teresa Tedder (Carolina Realty of Wilkes Inc) over 8 years ago

Andrea, putting vendors on your list who you can trust and who do good work is a valuable asset in this business.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea,

Yep, that is us...we know all the "guys".  Nice post!  Have a great week-end, looks sunny out here in Tennessee.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 8 years ago

Andrea, I have a list, too! And like yours, it's a lot easier to get off than on it. I am so lucky to have found so many great "guys" I can trust to do their best for my clients!

Posted by Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser (Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas) over 8 years ago

Great blog Andrea!  Our list is tough to get on, but easy to be removed from.                                            

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 8 years ago

Every good real estate agent has a great "I know a guy/gal who can help you with...!" I treat my list like an extension of my every person on there has a stellar track record, and like you...I delete someone from the list when there's any slip-up or complaint.

Posted by Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro (Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty) over 8 years ago

The problem of knowing "The GUY" and referring him to the one who is asking could easily back fire if "THE GUY" dosen't meet up to their standards consequently blaming you for any problems and putting you in the middle of the mess. 

Posted by Monica Nunchuck, St. Augustine Buyer's Agent (Florida Homes Realty & Mtg) over 8 years ago

Great post, also agree 100% with Monica #38

Greetings from Innerloop Houston Texas

Posted by Linda Jamail Marshall, Broker, ABR,QSC,RECS,ACRE - Innerloop Houston, Tex (Linda Marshall,Houston Texas, Linda Marshall, Realtors®) over 8 years ago

I'm always adding quality guys to my list. I was thinking of buying a domain specifically for the list. was already taken, though.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 8 years ago

I know a guy or two myself, Andrea.  I keep a list on my website of recommended tradesmen, and I am quick to pull the off if they do anything that I find out of the ordinary.  

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 8 years ago