How do you find a good referral for a service provider? The internet is chock full of information - but it's often too anonymous to be trusted. Fortunately, there are plenty of old-fashioned sources for great recommendations.
Looking for a painter, house cleaner, or someone else to work on your home? Ask your real estate agent. If you don't have a good real estate agent, I'd gladly recommend ours - we've found great ones in Seattle and Portland.
Are you wandering around a downtown, and need a recommendation for a restaurant? Saunter into a hotel and ask the concierge. Or ask the parking valets.
Why ask these people? Can you image how often a real estate agent needs a handyman? Do you think that handyman is going to provide less than stellar service to the agent, or the agent's customers? Perhaps; but only once.