If you hire a rootworker for whatever reason, she or he may ask you what you’ve done to fix your situation.
She may ask if you’ve done spellwork already, or read with other readers. For example, if you’re looking for a job, she may ask how many resumes you send out a day or what want ads you’ve answered.
The point is, you are a partner in your own work even when someone else is doing work for you.
If you’re looking to reconcile with a friend or lover, are you still in contact with the person? If not, you have a lower chance of success. Are you holding grudges or blaming the other person for everything that went wrong? Work on your feelings and keep the fighting out of the situation.
Are you looking to draw a new lover in? Make sure you’re going out to events that interest you. Tell your friends “I’m looking for someone; introduce me to your single friends”. Be willing to put yourself out there.
Are you dealing with nosy or loud neighbors, or dangerous ones? First, ask them politely to stop with the death metal at 3 AM or the loud parties (or whatever it is). Talk to the landlord if you’re renting. Use the practical in addition to doing any shut up or protection work. Also, USE THE POLICE. They’re there for a reason. If nothing else works and you have to call the cops, it will establish a record about your situation so if you have to take it higher (like a court of law) you have documentation.
Remember: we live in the real world as well as the magical one.