Just curious for those that don't offer anything would you also not offer a drink or tea or coffee to your accountant, mortgage broker or Dr if they came to your home for a scheduled appointment ?
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13-11-2015 06:27 #21
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13-11-2015 06:55 #22
My DH is a tradie, he would get offered a drink 80% of the time and food 50% of the time. If no one offers anything, he gets p*ssed!!. He doesn't always take what's offered but think it's polite to offer (he doesn't expect lunch or anything).
The toilet thing can be off putting but if they don't use your toilet then they will have to find a public toilet and they could be off site for half an hour rather than 5 mins.
13-11-2015 06:58 #23
I offer water / tea / coffee, especially in our Qld summer. If I'm going out of something I might ask how long they are going to be but I'm usually happy to leave them to lock up the house when they are finished if I'm going out. Don't think I've ever offered food. I brought pizza for the removal guys when we shifted house. It was an epic day.
13-11-2015 07:18 #24
I don't drink tea or coffee so I often forget to ask, but I do always ask if they want a drink. I've never had anyone ask for tea or coffee when I've offered a drink which is a relief as I only have instant coffee and because I don't drink it, I hate making it as I probably do it wrong!
13-11-2015 07:29 #25
I have a tradie here today painting a window frame. I offered a drink and he declined but now he's just come back from the paint shop with a coffee 😱
13-11-2015 07:43 #26
Haha. Maybe he knew you make terrible coffees??
13-11-2015 07:55 #27Senior Member
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This thread made me think back a few years to this shameful pearler.
I was getting some electrical work done at my place on a Friday afternoon and it was hot. When the guy finished I offered him a beer as someone had left some beers in my fridge and I don't drink beer so I was happy to give it away. He accepted and we got chatting which led to a brief summer fling 😜 he was 5 years younger than me and it was just the boost I needed after a messy breakup lol.
These days I only offer coffee, tea or water 😂😂
13-11-2015 08:02 #28Senior Member
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I offer drinks and if they are there at lunch time water. They are free to use the toilet and I'm happy to have them onsite if I'm not home.
On the flip side I work in the field and often spend multiple hours at one place. I always take water but it is lovely when people offer me one. And I'm not shy - I ask for the toilet!
I've been known to whinge about clients for not making me coffee though. 3am job that lasted a couple of hours standing in a cold paddock with a horse and the owner and her friends were all drinking coffee and I didn't even get the offer!
13-11-2015 08:02 #29
For me it depends on the project. For a quick job I don't offer anything unless they need the toilet. Having said that we had some renovations done last year (we moved out) those boys knew they could use fridge and microwave and we were also happy for them to go for a swim whenever they wanted. They did a brilliant job and I wanted them to be as comfortable an happy as they could be.
Our gardener also knows he is welcome to swim on hot days and he often does. He is great and despite terrible heat will spend ours in our garden. I also leave the odd treat out if I know what day he is coming. For an ongoing service I think it makes a huge difference to offer a little more.
13-11-2015 08:17 #30
Not a tradie, but when i was a kid, we used to go out with mum to give the postman a cold drink of water in the Qld summer ☺
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