Memo to small contractors
| Posted: Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012 06:00 am
Since we recently had a bad experience with a painting contractor, I would like to speak from a homeowner’s perspective to contractors who do small residential jobs. It is already a disruptive and stressful time having strangers in your home without having to deal with immature behaviour.
The issue we experienced was having our painter enter areas of our residence that were not being painted and without reason to be there. Although having been directed to a bathroom for his use, he came into the kitchen to rinse his rag in the sink while my wife was preparing lunch on the counter.
Another example, of many, is that I intercepted the placing of his wallet, keys and phone in an antique candy dish on a bedroom dresser.
The constant noise of the loud radio box was wearing. I am sure these are fine on a construction site but are invasive inside someone’s home. When I questioned the leaving of a used paint tray, empty paint tins and other materials, I was met with “I don’t take away your garbage!” Is this common practice for all painters and other types of contractors?
My point is to suggest that contractors working in private residences give the respect and care as they would expect if it was their home. It will certainly benefit their reputation through positive word-of-mouth recommendations.
Fred Raymond, St. Albert