So I've had a few tradies in my house the last week, and I am curious as to a few things... tradie etiquette I guess...
Do you offer them food/drink/toilet? Is there some kind of etiquette here?
The pair that came last week, I actually had no idea how long they would be, but they ended up being here for about 5 hours! They helped themselves to the toilet (fine by me), and when DD got home from school she got them a drink and gave them Halloween lollies from her stash. It made me think that perhaps I had been rude not offering them anything, but I truly didn't know how long they'd be. I'm not a very good host at the best of times anyway, I always forget to offer people anything and prefer people just ask.
Which leads me to my next point... shouldn't they have warned me how long they would be?? Lucky I had no plans, and lucky my eldest got home from school early so I could ask him to go and pick up the other 2 from school.
Now today's one...
How accommodating are you to fitting in a time? When I spoke to him yesterday, he asked when is good for me. I told him tomorrow (today) is good, and he said great, how does 7:30am sound as he said he could get in here early and then head out to other jobs. He made it sound like he lived local and then would be heading out throughout the city, so I felt obliged to agree to 7:30am. After I got off the phone I realised that I needed to clean up a bit before he came, and then realised that I've got to drop 2 kids at school at 2 different times this morning. But I didn't want to be a pain, so I didn't ring him back to re-arrange.
Am I too soft? Do I need to fit my life around him or should he fit his schedule around me?
Then, he arrived at 7am! Me still in my PJ's (still am, he's only just left).
I was just about to get in the shower so I could be dressed by the time 7:30 came along.
So again I was lucky enough to rely on my DS1 to walk the kids to school (at 2 different times, with no complaints).
Are you always home when you have tradies over or do you leave them at your house while you're out?
And last question... what do you do when they are in your home? I always feel a bit awkward. I tend to busy myself with folding washing, which there is always plenty of.
Do you chat to them? The pair last week I didn't much as they just got straight to work, but this one today was so chatty, and was also waiting for a patch of Gyprock to dry, so he talked and talked. Started with smalltalk, then he led into things such as euthanasia, God, gays adopting children, etc. So uncomfortable.