Post # 1
Grrr, my post was eaten.
Anyway, do you let repairmen in your house when you’re not there?
I’m having service done tomorrow and when I called my landlord to schedule a time, they acted like it was weird. He wasn’t rude but it was a bit of a struggle to get a “2PM or after” or “8AM-11AM” time frame, etc. I felt like I had to explain myself and didn’t know how to say, “Well, I really don’t want to be unshowered, braless, and still in my pajamas if they show up at 8AM! Besides, this is my personal space and I want to be home if someone I don’t know is there.” Plus, I have bras that need to be washed tonight and those get air-dried on a drying rack in my bedroom closet…. right where they’ll be doing some of the work.
Instead, I tried to be discreet and said I didn’t want someone to show up unannounced and interrupt “private activities,” LOL. Now I’m afraid they think I’m a prostitute or growing pot.
I just can’t stand not being “appropriate” or presentable in front of a relative stranger. I know it’s sort of stupid/uptight but I was always raised that the house is tidy (usually is, but always do a little extra for guests) and you are well-put-together in front of company. I can’t be the only one to think this way… I hope.
Post # 3
If I know the repair man, like he is someone who has done a lot of work for me in the past and we have a rapor, then yes, I allow them in the house without me there. If it’s someone random doing a one time job, (cable guy or window installer for example), then no, i wouldn’t let them in alone.
Post # 4
Nope, the only repairmen I would let in my house if I’m not there are the guys I work with.
Post # 5
Unless its SO’s step-brother or someone we know really well,no. When we first moved here, the electric company either wanted to change the meter or read it. They actually suggested that we give them a key to the house.
Post # 6
I would want to know, not so much because I want to look decent, but I don’t want anything stolen.
Post # 7
i voted yes but only because i arrange my inlaws to be there if we cant
i would never let a stranger in our home unsupervised
Post # 8
I’m actually annoyed at my own landlord because I would like for a repair person to be able to come over w/o me being there, but it’s not allowed. so I have to take time off of work to sit around and wait for them to do their job. I feel like it’s the landlord’s job to let these people in.
Post # 9
Nope, I don’t trust people. I didn’t even leave my brother alone in my house doing a repair.. which is still not fixed after 2 months since he last came ::grrrr::
Post # 10
Living in an apartment complex sucks for this VERY reason. We agree in the lease that if at any time a repairman needs to come into our home, they don’t need to give notice (though most places I have lived have been curtious enough to do so). My first apartment I lived in would always give a vague time frame like “Mon-Wed 8am-5pm.” I never knew when they’d be popping in. It drove me insane.
If I can help it, I do not let anyone in my home without being present.
Post # 11
When I lived in an apartment, I would let the apartment-employed maintenance people be there while I was gone.
But I wouldn’t let a general repairman in my home without me there.
Post # 12
Normally, no. Although, we rent from DH’s parents, and their neighbor does a lot of repair work on our home. I do trust him explicitly because they are practically family, so I have no problem with him.
DH’s dad once called a plumber and told him to go over while I was home, but mixed up the days I was home. The plumber actually got into the house by opening a window where our AC was, moved the AC out of the way, and proceeded to mess up everything on my kitchen counters! I was livid… I wasn’t mad at Father-In-Law, but said after that he needed to have a repairman call me as well to let me know when they were coming so I could be sure to be home. My neighbor almost called the cops!
Post # 13
When I lived in apartments I didn’t mind letting people in- my first apartment my landlandy and her adult son lived downstairs, so we’d all kind of work together and if they had someone coming over for their apartment but couldn’t be home they’d ask me or my roommate to stop down and sit in their place til the guy left, and vice versa. Because access between our apartments was pretty free (just a door that only sorta locked separated us) we were pretty open to each other about the apartments, which was cool. My second apartment was in a complex and I lived alone, and they were only good about giving us what day they’d show up, not what time, but someone from building maintenance was always with any outside contractors, so it was fine with me. Aside from my laptop, I didn’t have much to steal- if you really wanted my bras, kitchen stuff, or my 10 year old tube tv, god bless, haha.
Now that we own our house, though, and we do have stuff that’s worth stealing, we don’t let anyone in when no one’s home because we won’t give keys out. Hell, the only reason our cleaning lady has a key is she’s a friend of the family. We’d never give a key to a contractor or something. Luckily most of the people we’ve hired to work on the house are friends or family who we trust.