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I’ve just had a light renovation done at home, so my advice on this question is based on very recent experience.
If you don’t fancy muddy footprints through your floors on a daily basis, start with a polite request for shoe removal from the outset, and your tradies should keep it up throughout the project.
You mightn’t have to ask – every builder or subcontractor always removed their boots before coming inside my house – but having it respected will give you confidence that you’ve hired courteous contractors.
Some people will feel more comfortable being at home while tradies are in their house, especially if multiple people are coming and going, and no one tradesman has house keys.
If you can take some time off work (even half days are useful), it also enables you to make on-the-fly decisions where necessary.
Tradies are known for their tea drinking (they don’t call it Builder’s Tea for nothing), but you’re not required to make them copious cups throughout the day. The men I hired actually brought their own kettle, which I thought very well organised. However, if you are home – and especially if it’s a cold, rainy day – it’s a nice gesture on your part to offer up a mid-morning cuppa.
If your tradies seem to be taking more smoko breaks than you think necessary (although do remember physical labour requires rest stops every few hours), take it up with the most senior tradesman, or project manager if you’ve hired one. It’ll see the issue, if any, dealt to effectively.
If at any stage of the project you are unhappy with anything – say a tile’s placement looks a bit off – do speak up. Whatever the issue, it will be able to be rectified, and this is best done before the project is finished. You don’t want a small issue bugging you for years to come.
Upon successful completion, if your project is more than a few weeks’ work, offer to buy your tradies a round at the nearest pub or present them with a box of beer. Yes, you’re paying them to do their job, but a little gratitude for a big job well done will ensure everyone goes out on the highest of notes.
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