Category Archives: Local Reviews

Finding the right person for a household need

Need help finding the right person for a household fix or project? Many turn to Front Porch Forum for the answer.

“I was in a little jam last night and needed the help of a plumber. After researching FPF I called a local plumber and told him my issue. Over the phone he told me how to fix my immediate problem and I did it in less then 10 minutes. Because of the way I was treated, he is coming by tomorrow to look at a larger project and to fix another small leak. Good things come to folks who didn’t know me from Adam but jumped in to help.”
• Robert in Montpelier

In response to someone looking for firewood:
“Jim’s Firewood – he advertises in the business section of FPF.” • Bruce in Hinesburg

“Many thanks to Front Porch Forum for helping to bridge the gap in the digital age for promoting small, local businesses!” • Richard in Richmond

Check out the FPF local Business Directory for a host of options for your next project.

Local businesses are part of our community – let’s support them!

“I find FPF to be an extremely effective way to communicate to other members of my community. The few paid ads that are listed have been relevant and at times I have made use of them. We should be supporting local business.” • Cynthia in Burlington

“I found an ad for Florauna Lodge Mobile Grooming here on FPF, and wanted anyone who might have had any interest in the service to know how pleased I am with Kelley and her work.” •  Pete in So. Burlington

Yes, we agree! Please support the businesses which sponsor your Front Porch Forum.

Helpful recommendations come from our neighbors

Front Porch Forum members trust their neighbors for recommendations…. and get many!

“Thank you for all of your responses for the request for a post and beam barn builder. There were so many kind replies. We had no idea how many possibilities would come our way!  FPF is wonderful, and so are our neighbors!” • Toni in Charlotte

Thank you all for the helpful recommendations for an auto garage to use for inspection! Always nice to ask the neighbors!”
• Nina in St. Albans

OMG! You are all so amazing. I got so many referrals/recommendations for website design. Thank you.  I will be contacting a few of you to pick your brain for my project.  Front Porch Forum rocks!!” • Penny in Waitsfield

Thank you all for all the great recommendations we received for our posts about both an exterior house painter and a tiler. Love FPF, love this community!” • Marsha in Jericho

Looking for advice on an upcoming project? Ask your neighbors on FPF!

Recommendations for home projects

I am in need of a carpenter… Can anyone recommend a reliable and competent person?”
“Thank you once again to FPF for the great response in my recent search for a carpenter. Thank you all for your emails and suggestions. How thankful I am to be a part of this wonderful community.”  • Jodi in Waitsfield

Seeking Sheetrock Person….”
“AMAZING! First thank you for all the recommendations, Front Porch Forum Rocks! We found a gem who was able to come and finish up projects that needed to be done. He was fair, honest, reasonable, and without a doubt a fabulous contractor!”
• Coleen in Wolcott

Home fix-it repairs made easy

Everyday, neighbors use Front Porch Forum to find the services they need.

“Thanks to FPF we had an excellent window washing experience.”
• Michelle in Williston

“Thanks to FPF and the community. We now have several names to contact for our bathroom remodeling.” • Catherine in Jericho

“Thanks to all who responded to my request for recommendations for garage door repair. AND thanks to FPF for making it so easy to get recommendations!” • Ruth in Adamant

Remember, in addition to posting your requests, you can also use FPF’s Business Directory as another tool to find what you need.

Finding civil discourse, compassion, and encouragement

Many Front Porch Forum members have expressed their gratitude for having this communication tool to connect with neighbors.

“As I have traveled from our beautiful state, I have realized what a jewel our FPF is whenever we need or want to connect with neighbors. Other people just don’t have this. So many times that FPF has been there when we needed it: There was the time I needed equipment following my mother’s hip operation. My husband and I were able to round out our furnishings after we moved in. I was able to get people engaged in Yoga for the local Food Shelf. I have watched people reunited with beloved pets and have been warned of issues that might impact us. Shared plants and recipes and notification of events nearby…

There has been the occasional drama, but it also has been a place of civil discourse, compassion, and encouragement. I recommend becoming a sustaining member – it is easy and then you won’t forget to give if you are busy during the FPF appeal.
Your neighbor in this great state of ours” • Lynn in St. George

Where to turn when you need help at your home?

Front Porch Forum! From interior decorating to plumber and electrician recommendations, and drying out a wet basement, our neighbors can help.

“Our home has a baby and a dog, and that combination tends to lead to a messy house. Due to our work schedules, it was becoming apparent that we needed help with cleaning! Recommendations came to us through Front Porch Forum, and we couldn’t be happier. • Justin in Morristown

“I followed through on a recommendation from FPF and found a terrific interior decorator! Once again, FPF has been a valuable resource for me!”
• Sara in Warren

“Thanks to FPF I found an amazing painting service!” • Rachel in Winooski

“Thank you to all the folks who sent the names of electrical people. I appreciate your help and willingness to share. FPF rocks!” • Denise in Waitsfield

“Thank you all for recommendations on basement people. FIVE people sent me messages … and one called me at work. I appreciate your suggestions!!”  • Kia in Waterbury

Recommendations from our neighbors can be so helpful. Post your needs on FPF for quick results!

Member love for Front Porch Forum

We regularly receive appreciative notes at Front Porch Forum from our members. It’s especially warming to know that we are having a positive impact on the towns throughout Vermont.

“There really is a sense of community commitment, responsibility, and self-reliance that we’ve never seen any place else when we read FPF. It’s a wonderful on-line communication model for communities that want to effectively keep in touch, and offer something for everyone. We thoroughly enjoy the news and updates from the surrounding communities, as well as updates on the legislative meetings that are open to the public. It is not only engaging to learn about what services are available (enormously helpful!), but the social calendars are fun too.”
• Rona & Richard in Arlington

Are you using your FPF calendar?

Find & Seek with your neighbors

Neighbors across the state turn to their local FPF for recommendations on who to turn to when they need help and to support local entrepreneurs.

“Thank You for the Seamstress Reco’s! This forum is the best! Donna from SSE wins by popular demand. Will be sure to tell her of her overwhelming popularity when I see her.”
• Kate in Waterbury

“I’d like to offer a recommendation for Casey and her eggs. I’ve been buying them for a couple of months and they are tasty and fresh. Fun too as some are light blue shells… help support a local family!”
Bets in Barre

“When we were looking for a carpenter/handyman/painter I looked here on Front Porch Forum and found recommendations for Jeremiah. Thank you, FPF, because he is great!”
Martha in Shelburne



Organic connections make difference to FPF member

“I want to thank you so much for the work that FPF does. It connects communities in such an organic way. As a new homeowner I would be up a creek without it. Professionally I can cite it as a reason for my growth.”

R.J. in Middlebury

New homeowner? Consider posting in your neighborhood FPF for answers you need.