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#1 Coffeegirl

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:08 AM

So we're getting a replacement fridge today as our other fridge died.  I have crap(mostly alchohol original.gif)  all over the counter, two eskies on the floor in the kitchen, and a couple of breakfast dishes in the sink.

Kids only finished school yesterday, so the rest of the house still looks reasonably good.

As DH left today he said 'should we tidy up before the delivery guy comes?'   My response was "why? I don't care what some random delivery guy thinks of my house keeping standards.  Do you?"


So my EB friends.  Do you or do you not care about the state of your home for deliveries or tradies.


Obviously I'm now bored waiting for the delivery!!

#2 MegzG

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:15 AM

no of course not. he will probably have dirty boots and clothes and make more mess.
however, DH would like it if i cleaned the house when expecting a courier in case he can see thru the house from the front door lol

#3 whale-woman

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:17 AM

Nope we don't clean before tradies/deliveries unless it's to clean an access path to where they will be moving things/working.

#4 FeralSis

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

Yeah no lol.

I got a new oven delivered and installed a couple of weeks ago and my kitchen was pretty much how you described yours.

I was going to madly tidy the kitchen but in the end I decided it is a "working kitchen" and the random crap stayed where it was.

It was not dirty, just had stuff on benches where I had been sorting out the pantry and things.

So no - I'm sure random delivery guys have seen much worse than your and my random stuff on the bench!

#5 imamumto3

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:20 AM

no, dh would want it clean though

#6 pinkelephant

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:21 AM

Yes! I clean before anyone comes over- even my cleaning lady blush.gif

#7 casime

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:23 AM

Yes.   blush.gif

I also make the bed in hotel rooms and hang up my used towels, even though I know they will get washed.

My mothers "training" is hard to shake.

#8 whatnamenow

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:24 AM

I'm the type that cleans before the cleaner comes..  wink.gif

i also then apologize at least sevral times about the state of the house.

Edited by charlottesmum04, 20 December 2012 - 06:26 AM.


#9 Manicmum

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:28 AM

No! My house is always immaculate. Hahaha! :-P

#10 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:31 AM

I tidy the area they will be.





And hide the crap I've moved in cupboards blush.gif

#11 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:47 AM

QUOTE (GoneWithTheWhinge @ 20/12/2012, 07:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I tidy the area they will be.





And hide the crap I've moved in cupboards blush.gif


yes me too!  biggrin.gif

#12 Shellby

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:55 AM

I had a new fridge delivered 2 weeks ago and I also had repairmen coming to take the old one away for repair under warranty - so I cleaned the whole house except the bedrooms because I can close those doors.



#13 tres-chic

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:03 AM

Nope.

But almost everybody else, yes. (My house is chaos.)  smile1.gif

#14 CountryFeral

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:07 AM

I move the biggest piles of crap to somewhere where they won't be.

When I had a builder here for months though that didn't happen - he was more than happy with the percolated coffee, cordial with ice and the fresh baked muffins he was getting to 'complain' to some random I decided!

(I knew he was happy as when he brought another guy with him to give him a hand one day I heard them out on the balcony. The 'other guy' went "Mate I thought you were full of it.  This IS great, this is fan-bloody- tastic in fact!")

In fact he would even lend me his gear on the weekends and when he was away so that I could keep on working... he was doing the complicated renovating in one part of the house, I was doing the simple stuff in another.

#15 Feral Alpacas

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:08 AM

Nope. Had a tradie come to plumb the new fridge a few weeks ago (having ice and ice-cold water on tap is awesome) and I made sure the area he was working in was tidy, but I also have a chaotic almost-3 year old and a refluxy 4 month old, so my priorities are them.

Also, did I mention how brilliant it is to have ice (cubed AND crushed!) and icy cold water on hand?! Merry Christmas to us! Best Christmas present ever!

#16 TopsyTurvy

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:31 AM

For just a delivery no.

For tradesmen who will be working on or in my house yes.

I figure that if it shows that I care for my house, then it will show and accordingly the tradesperson should be more enclined to be careful and show extra care themselves.

Same reason I wash and clean my car before taking it for a service original.gif

#17 BadCat

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:37 AM

No.

I tidy before my mother comes over (thankfully rare), when I have invited people over for dinner (also rare) and christmas  (rarer stiill laughing2.gif).  Any other time you take us as you find us.

#18 lamarque

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:40 AM

Yes, I would clean.  But I'm more of a 'clean as you go' kinda girl, so my house is pretty tidy most of the time.  It also helps that DD has eczema (allergic to dust) so we regularly vacuum and we don't have cluttered surfaces.

I especially clean if the plumber is coming.  I don't want any nasties in the toilet bowl or shower thank you very much.   sick.gif

#19 Milamum09

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:41 AM

I always intend to but most often the kids distract me and it doesn't happen and then I feel awful about my house. Haha

#20 *melrose*

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

yes i would.

#21 Carmen02

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:48 AM

for tradies yes i do, we rent and the owner is a builder who can do most repairs himself but other repairs are done by people they know very well in their business lol
Everything else nope

#22 snuffles

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:27 AM

Not unless my crud was in the way of them doing their job.

My house isn't dirty, it is pretty messy but I like it like that, I can't stand my home being perfectly pristine and clean, it stresses me out.  LOL.

Besides who cares what the tradie thinks?  If he does think about the state of the house at all, which I think is pretty unlikely.



#23 Kitty Fantastico

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:08 PM

No, I wouldn't tidy the house, except for the area where the tradie might be working, more so that he doesn't fall over or break stuff. I would however clean the spot where the new fridge is going (wash the walls, floor) so that it's clean for the new fridge.

#24 robot sm

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

We've had a plumber over to fix our toilet a few times this year, each time I clean the toilet and surrounding area.  I figure his job is prone to be messy enough without having to deal with extra germs!  

Other tradies I just make sure the house is tidy and they can get to where they need to go, that anything they have to work on is clean.  I think it's just courteous, nothing to do with making a good impression.

#25 Therese

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

QUOTE (GoneWithTheWhinge @ 20/12/2012, 07:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I tidy the area they will be.





And hide the crap I've moved in cupboards blush.gif



That's what I do too blush.gif




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