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Old 02-02-2020, 04:10 PM
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What do you do when you have a worker in your house? Someone working on your furnace or something. So you stay with them, watch them work and chat? Or do you show them what they need and then leave them alone to do their thing?


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Old 02-02-2020, 04:16 PM
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Yesss- answers please! Iím always sooo awkward!

I do most of the work on my home myself, so I feel weird hiring. I feel like I hover in an annoying way, but then I feel super lazy if I just go hang out on the couch while they work.
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:22 PM
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I leave them alone. I feel like I wouldnít want somebody looking over my shoulder. I always just say holler if you need me.
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:25 PM
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Leave them to do their job, but be available to answer questions or make decisions.

Chatting slows them down.
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:27 PM
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I explain/show what I want done and then tell them to let me know if they need me. I figure I hire them because theyíre experts, so Iíd better trust them to do their jobs. If itís a very long job, I do occasionally interrupt to offer water.


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Old 02-02-2020, 04:32 PM
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I do what PPs have said, show them the job and let them do their thing. I will go do my own stuff. DH loves to watch them work and chat with them, but one guy straight out told him he couldn't concentrate, so finally DH got the hint.
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:36 PM
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I show them the furnace, sump pump, light fixture, or the thing they are there to work on. I may ask a few questions and then I step out of the way. I figure I wouldnít want someone standing over me while I work- why would they?
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:52 PM
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I've got a number of contractors in my family. I assure you, most of them would rather you'd left them alone while they're working. A little friendly chit chat when they arrive, show them where stuff is, stay within hollering (or cell phone) distance and thank them when they leave, and you'll get alone with your contractor just fine.
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:53 PM
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I show them whatever it is then say Iíll be upstairs/ outside/ in the kitchen/ watching tv if you need anything just holler. Depending on the project or how long itís going on I do check in sometimes.
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:59 PM
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I leave them alone and check in with them from time to time. Standing around watching not only is awkward it seems like you donít trust them.


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Old 02-02-2020, 05:52 PM
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I leave them alone.....I always got a laugh at the sign in the waiting room of the car mechanic we used to go to. If you stayed in the waiting room, the charge was 30 dollars an hour for labor. If you wanted to come out to the bay and watch, the charge was 60 dollars an hour. Most people got the message.
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Old 02-02-2020, 06:08 PM
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I knew I was right
DH hovered over the poor guy today. It's killing him to have to pay someone to do something. I think he was trying to learn so he won't have to call him if it happens again

I also have a memory of visiting my grandparents while in college. A guy came to work on the fridge. My grandfather pulled up a chair and sat close enough to rest his arm on the handle of the refrigerator door! I was looking at my grandfather in horror when the repair guy caught my eye and busted out laughing.
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Old 02-02-2020, 08:14 PM
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I show them around, ask them if they would like a cold drink and tell them to call if they need anything or need to talk with me. Then I leave them alone.

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Old 02-02-2020, 08:39 PM
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Icrazyteach- to your dhís point about watching so he wouldnít have to call again... I will frequently ask about certain things Iíd like to learn and ask the repairman to show me etc. I absolutely LOVE our oil company because the first time they came out I said we were new homeowners and asked a few questions as well as explained I had grown up in a house with a boiler and baseboard heat versus a furnace and forced hot air so I didnít know much about our system etc. the guy went through a whole tutorial about the system and stuff we should know, mantainance, things we could fix ourselves versus when to call them. Iím definitely not shy about asking about stuff like that and typically people will fill you in. I also LOVE home repair stuff ( Iím weird I know) so I am interested sometimes and like to know what they did etc. but I still donít hover. Lol.
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