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    Default Would you trust a cheap labourer?

    Dh has arranged for someone off gumtree to come over for 4 hours to trim, tidy and weed our overgrown yard tomorrow. He's only charging $20hr and that's left me feeling uneasy. Like, that's really cheap. Barely minimum wage. I feel like I need to hide and lock up my valuables lol.
    Is this fair?

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    I think it's really judgemental and unfair.

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    I am nervous about hiring anyone off Gumtree regardless of what they charge. I will only so it if they are a registered business

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    I wouldn't have a problem. Just make sure you keep his contact details.

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    I think you haven't even met this person, how do you know it's not just someone trying to get the job first to feed his family? They could be someone trying to build their business. I work for less than $20 an hour. I'd just wait and see until you can see if you're happy with their work. If you aren't happy then you can make a judgement.

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    Nope. Especially as he is working outside.
    It is common in London to find handymen waiting outside big hardware stores for odd jobs. I feel like someone willing to work (for anything) should be given a chance.
    Everyone starts somewhere!

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    I can understand your feelings but give him a chance and see how it goes.

    If you are at home still keep the doors locked etc and let your DH know when he comes/goes etc.

    I would think he works cash in hand which is why it is so cheap. He could just be a tradie out of regular work atm.

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    I guess I'm just nervous being home alone with the baby (dd1 is in child care) and I also feel a bit guilty- like its slave labour or something.
    We will be paying cash - not sure if it was requested.

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    Sometimes it's retirees supplementing their income, or people just trying to make ends meet. We frequently use gumtree or church bulletin boards to find people to do odd jobs.

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    I thought $20 an hour sounded ok to me


 

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