Post # 1
We are getting new floors installed on the entire first floor of our house – should take the contractor two days to do. Would you arrange to have someone at your house while they are there? My dilemma is that I have to work (could possibly work from home) and that it would just be awkward because I wouldn’t want to be in the way so I’d stay upstairs the whole time anyway – which then makes me feel like why am I even there. Thoughts?
This topic was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by sara79.
Post # 2
I always like the idea of being home when workers will be in my house. It just makes me more comfortable knowing that should an issue arise, then I’m available for immediate input.
Post # 3
When we first bought our house we had the floors on bottom floor redone, and since none of our stuff was in the house we weren’t there. A week later they came back to do the upstairs, and we made sure one of us home that time. I try to always make sure that I am there if someone is working on my house just for peace of mind.
Post # 4
Anytime I have stayed at home with contractors I just felt awkward and in the way, even if I wasn’t. I feel like I should be up and helping, even if I know I would just be in the way. Even upstairs working on my own thing, I would feel like I should somehow help (which is silly since I know I’m not capable of doing so.) Flooring should cause minimal “needs to be solved right now” issues. I wouldn’t worry about being home.
Post # 5
My husband installs hardwoods for a living. Most times, people aren’t there. I am guessing you aren’t getting hardwoods though, because it would tkae more than 2 days, unless maybe you are doing the prefinished ones.
Post # 6
sara79: depends on a couple things…. a) do you know for sure someone isnt required to be there? (we built a house and there were several things that didnt get done when we got possession….every single time they have to come in one of us has to be there because its a liability – (ie: who’s to say you cant come back and claim they stole/or broke something when you werent there? for us they are literally not allowed to enter the house unless we’re there!) if they havent mentioned it I would ask as they may assume someone will be there…b) how are they going to enter and exit the house without keys? ie: what if they finish for the day before anyone is home/go to lunch …how do they lock up? ….c) I just stay out of their way and go watch TV or clean the house….its helpful because there have been several times they had to ask me questions or “ok we might need to do it this way instead… is that ok?”. That may not be relevant for flooring but I’d check on the other 2 points.
Post # 7
I have always made sure someone is there. It just gives me peace of mind.
Post # 8
When we have contractors in doing work, one of us are home. We can work from home so it’s no big deal.
Post # 9
Mrs.Sawyertobe: we are getting prefinished laminate just laid right over top of the existing engineered hardwood (they are extremely scratched up).
shanbp: all good points. Thanks
Misswhowedding: thats exactly how I feel! Like I should be helping not sitting back watching.
Thanks everyone – it seems the majority is to be home. Maybe I can work from home for a couple days and try to stay out of the way!