Not Today Please
By Darcy Nemo
May 19, 2017 7:53pm CST
We just renovated our place. The renovation must have been good, for a few passersby have asked for our builder's name, and at the same time, would like to look at the inside to see the quality of the renovation work. We like our builder, who had helped us lots with side jobs here and there, so we let about three such groups of people inside to have a closer look. (Our builder has been against the idea right from the beginning. He said the interested parties should contact him instead if they wanted to check out his company's workmanship. He pointed out that it was dangerous for us as a private property owner to let strangers walk in, looking around.) Well, there is this 4th group who wanted to look at our place two days ago. I was reluctant but too nice to refuse to let them (a husband and wife group) have a quick peek. They didn't turn up then after we spent time tidying up the house for their coming! They seem to try my cell phone right now, on a weekend. (To me, from Friday afternoon to early Monday morning is a weekend.) I am not pleased one bit. Since I don't normally answer my cell phone during weekends, guess I won't make an exception this time or any time for this couple. On top of that, if and when they contact me again soon, I will advise them to contact the builder directly. (They are already in contact with the builder and the architect of that company from what they told me!). Am I too harsh to those people?
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@sol_cee - the carp painting? the builder would just laugh I think. - the unwanted inspectors? The builder and the architect already told me off when the first group (Russian) came asking. But I hate saying 'no' to people. I so wanted to help the builder having more contracts. The builder and his team are real nice people.
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@YrNemo Yeah, I'd say no also. Was the couple a neighbor? I know a neighbor on the same street had a home remodel and they welcomed my parents into take a peek but they knew we lived down the street. But I wouldn't approach anyone to say hey can I come and see the remodel going on.
@infatuatedbby I might have talked to him once & given him our builder's business card on which, I had my number written down somewhere. But that was that, I had never seen the guy before. I wouldn't be able to recognize him again unfortunately, hence my extra reluctance.
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wowzers, some folks 've sure got some...well, ya know. i agree with yer builder 'n ya ought not be lettin' strangers go roamin' 'round yer place. one can ne'er be too careful these days. i don't feel yer bein' harsh't all. if'n the builder/'r architect were to contact ya 'n ask if'n they could bring some folks by 'n y'all could agree'n a date/time, then so be 't. otherwise, i'd politely decline.
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Absolutely not. You did the right thing. I have a neighbour like that who tries to come in and have a look when we have had stuff done. My wife told me off one day when she came after having some work done but I kept her chatting at the front door and did not let her in!