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Greetings, all, I am turning to the Folly in Arizona board in hopes someone local might have some ideas for me about hiring what I am thinking amounts to handyman help for several odd jobs. There used to be a website called zipingo which was sponsored by Intuit that aimed to fill just this kind of gap - participants could rate services they hired for. But Intuit pulled the plug on this last summer though the need has not gone away.

I am not too familiar with craigslist and would not know how to rely on the services offered, so I am turning to the Fool which I have trusted for nearly 9 years now in search of ideas. Here are some of the things that we could use help with - and I will accept not only handyman suggestions but also general contractor and special service suggestions (like electrical or plumbing or painting or what have you). The most pressing jobs needing attention:

- someone to help realign and possibly nail down a piece of fascia that is sagging down from the contact with the front roof

- a referral for a gutter service (we need gutters on at least one face of the house)

- painting service to paint the iron grill carport doors

- garage door/gate service to look into mechanizing the carport doors (currently manual and a pain in the rain!)

- driveway blacktop/asphalt company

- carpet steamer/cleaner (the only inside-the-house project I can think of right now, but actually there could also be an electrical project too)

- somebody good at assembling patio furniture (lots of screwdriver work needed here and one of us is a weakling and the other has tennis elbow!)

In exchange, we could give a good suggestion for a tree company (had great success with a tree trimming that saved a large tree rather than having to take it down to the stump). I am eager for any referrals or ideas; we are not DIYers! I would also appreciate suggestions for how one actually goes about finding individuals who could do the above work in the absence of any specific referrals. All input appreciated. Thanks!

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