Made plans today to take my DS and see my DM who I've not seen for 2 weeks.
DH came home last night and announced that the joiner who had us on a waiting list for a couple of jobs had a cancellation and is coming first thing in the morning.
He's here now. We're in a tiny house so I've barricaded myself in the lounge with toddler and dog as there's potentially dangerous tools in the kitchen and the joiner keeps having to come downstairs and/or nip in and out to get something.
WIBU to leave a spare key with him and tell him to lock up when he's done and go see my DM?
He knows what he's doing and it's not really something I can monitor.
DH thinks I am as "we don't really know him" but he has over 25 years experience is well known in our small village and lives down the road from us so I can't imagine him snooping around (not like there's anything to see TBH) or taking anything. And I really don't feel like being sat in the lounge for the next X amount of hours.
Yes leave him! Ffs you know where he lives and if there are any problems it won't be very difficult to point the finger! Local tradesman rely on good word of mouth recommendations, I find they are usually exemplary in their work.
Hmm. When ds was tiny we had a boiler and pipes replaced. Rented house. Lots of upheaval so I rang letting agency. They voucher for heating guy so I went to stay at mums (down road. Popped in occsionally) When he finished he made excess mess which tried to hide by closing curtains
A pipe had splattered everywhere. He apologised. I cleared it all up. Lounge carpet had layer of mud!! But ok these things happen. Cleaned up. And whole house as covered in a fine black dust.
But then. I realised I was missing a duvet cover here, a pillow case there. Eh?Thought I was going mad. Then when I went through airing cupboard realised almost every item in there - pillow cases, towels, sheets had burn holes in. I can only assume he'd burnt some stuff so bad he'd taken it away. Can I just say, before he started we went through how I needed to prepare the house, which I did.
The shit denied it???? It was awful. Agency didn't back me up. Suggested I claim on my insurance. Which I couldn't as I had invited my thief into the house. It was crap. I got some money but they let me down, promising money then not giving it ie. Yes get rug cleaned (for the pipe spillage) and bring in receipt. Rug cost £50 to clean. They refused to pay it though they'd assured they would. It was the fact that he denied taking the stuff away that pissed me off.
So no. I am unlikely to let a tradesperson work alone in my house.
Give the joiner your contact number and go out and leave him to it. If he needs to ask yo anything he can ring you. I have left workmen who are well known in the area in my house many times. Never had a problem.