We're having our bedroom replastered and to minimise the distruption and general yuckiness I've booked them to start when we are going to MIL's for a long weekend. They came through a recommendation from someone from my NCT class and they are also on Checkatrade so they're not cowboys but just wondered is it Ok to do this and do I need to inform my insurers?
Hmm. I'd want to meet them first really and get to know them a little bit. I mean they're probably fine but you want to make sure they know where everything is, what you want doing, all that kind of stuff - I'd never risk it personally.
Insurance is also likely to be at risk of anything does go wrong, I'd imagine.
Fwiw I knew a decorator that would often work when people were out and spend a lot of that time drinking beer and having sex...
We did go on holiday for a week while our bedroom was being redecorated, but that was via an insurance claim and the decorating was arranged for us via the insurer - we did not choose the decorating company.
If I was in your situation, however, I think I'd be extra careful. Can you lock all your valuables and personal stuff away and lock most of the other rooms?
No I wouldn't - we had £2k go missing last summer after leaving builders in our house and as we had given them keys couldn't claim on insurance and as there were more than 1 of them the police couldn't prove who took it!
DH was a dick for leaving 2k in cash here but he presumed they were honest!
We've just had a loft conversion completed over the summer, between the beginning of July and the end of August. there was no way I could stay at home the whole time so I was often out when the carpenters/plasterers/electrician and decorators were there. In fact, we went to the states for 2 1/2 weeks whilst the carpenters were there and had no issues. At the end of the day, if they are decent people and decent tradesmen, it is more than their job is worth to get up to no good as its obvious if anything goes wrong/missing it is down to them. Presumably there would only be 1 or 2 people and if they are recommended and you have proper contact details for them (and an address of their home or office) then I wouldn't worry.
I have met him, he's been roudnto look at the job and give me a quote. He's been recommended by someone and has 10/10 ratings on Checkatrade. It's up to him if he wants to watch TV all day as I've agreed a fixed price with him so it'll cost him money, not me if he takes a long time. We are ttally skint so ther's not relaly anything to nick though i think I'll ring our insurers and inform them/ask thir advice. It coan't be uncommon to leave tradsemen in your house though can it? I mean peole go on holiday (like mumoverseas) fr weeks ot avoid the disruption work causes. Isuppose the only real issue is them haveing keys adn I guess I coudl get round that my asking a neighbour to let him in.
I don't hvaen an address mumoverseas, that is a good point. I do need the quote in writing so I can get that on headed paper then I'll have the address.
And if they do rifle through my knicker drawer then hopefully they'll leave it a lot tidier than it is now!
My DP used to work full-time as a plasterer and wouldn't dream of doing anything other than the job he's there but I always wonder how comfortable his customers feel when he's on his own in the house. I mean, they don't know him, but yes, most tradesmen rely on word of mouth for work so wouldn't want to risk that.
We had a big extension and new kitchen last year. They started in March finished in July. No choice but to leave them to it. I work part time nights so was around quite a bit but less so when the builders were there because no kitchen or dining room.
I've never felt the need to stay in TBH, it would drive me nuts. Much rather bugger off and let them get on with it.
I leave my workmen but my mum has known them for years and are utterly trustworthy. I just give them a key and let them get on with it! Really up to you I guess, get to know them abit first maybe if you can?