has been quite a while since I had anyone in my house to
I was fascinated by a home-etiquette study by
thebathoutlet.com through SurveyMonkey on how you should
treat tradespeople — a friend calls them artisans —
whom you hire to do work in your house.
recall that we always tipped movers, although it wasn’t
mandatory, because the ones who moved us across town
from a rental property to the new house we’d bought
were really professional.
always countermanded contractors’ orders to their
employees not to use our bathrooms or ask us for water,
because that’s just common decency.
leave several empty cups and extra coffee and advise
them to "just leave them in the sink" when we
left. One benevolent contractor thanked us afterward
because it meant that he and his workers didn’t have
to leave to go to the convenience store and lose time.
surveying 400 people, the Bath Outlet found that most,
84.07 percent, did not think it necessary to tip a
general contractor, painter, electrician, plumber or
those five professions, it seems that painters were the
most likely to receive a tip, with 12.18 percent of the
asked how much they would tip one of those workers, if
at all, most respondents said 10 percent of the total,
or $10 or $20 extra.
15 percent of the respondents said that if they tip, it
depends on how well the contractor did the job.
topic that people are concerned about is the security of
their home and valuables. When asked whether they would
give their house keys or pass codes to the workers,
72.68 percent said they would not.
might allow access to my home in very specific
circumstances to very specific individuals, but as a
general rule, I would not likely allow any of these
workers access without my presence," said one
seems that the length of the project and the homeowner’s
personal relationship with the contractor was a big
factor in the responses, the people at the Bath Outlet