Keep the perceived value high!!! Increase the desire to invest time and resources.
Speaking to people you trust, and who care about you, can help you gain fresh perspective.
Ask for active participation and immediate intervention.
Insist on acquiring a friend and allegiance.
Offer a service for a service.
Describe the problem in highest detail you can. Do not omit anything. A lot of things can be fixed easily with proper expertise; you only have to mention the details. Speak it out.
Ask small. Sometimes taking a look for an hour or 90 min right at the place right at the moment is enough to solve 80% of the problem.
Receive small gifts with gratitude.