I have been without a lawn guy for several months now. The guy I had, just fell off the face of the earth and didn't return calls. I did two more large bags of leaves this morning which is all I will do this year. I was concerned about the potential for a major snow event this weekend so I called the guy who paved my driveway this summer to see if he knew someone.
The first guy he mentioned was someone I used in the past and was a thief. The paver didn't know that, but was glad to. The next guy he mentioned lived in my town, and when I reached him was amenable and had a dog barking in the background. He just left and I hired him. He isn't a kid, has done this for thirty years, and isn't cheap. If it works it will be worth the extra money to know I have a professional I can rely on.