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Old 09-20-2017, 03:07 PM   #16
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Re: Non DIY Topic: Do you leave key to contractor for multiple project?


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I have a carabiner full of house keys to client's houses, but that came with years of trusted work, I guess. Some are from Florida and their houses sit vacant during the winter, when we do most of the work. The guys that work for me know, under penalty of near death, they are not to venture outside the immediate work area, and they do not touch anything that isn't theirs.

VAer, it is your call, not ours. You can always set up monitor cameras to record the work being done if that makes you warm and fuzzy. I do have clients who have cameras all over. They even let me in the house by remote from Miami, but it doesn't bother me. No one has anything I don't already have and it is not worth it.

Same here. My clients trust me. I honestly don't know how I would feel about working for someone who didn't trust me.

My friends joke that I have keys to half of Chicago.

Also, I just assume everyone has a nanny cam.
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I donít like leaving people I know alone in my house. There is no way I am doing so with a contractor.
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It's funny hearing this because my house in Wyoming is only getting locked nowadays because I installed a new fancy keypad lock. I don't think my front door was locked for 20 years before this. It is hard moving from a big metropolis to learn to trust people again.

To the OP if I was to have concerns about valuables with a contractor. I would go to Home Depot and buy a deadbolt and another locked door handle.

Replace the deadbolt for the time the contractor is in the house and pick a room to secure all valuables and put the other lock on that door. It may cost you about $30 and take 10 minutes to install the two new locks. When the project is done you can swap out the two locks for the original ones. Your nice stuff will be secured in a locked room and the crew will not have your "normal" key ever.

I am pretty trusting but would not want a stranger or his crew to have the keys to my front door, or access to all my valuables in my home.

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Old 09-21-2017, 11:45 AM   #19
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Re: Non DIY Topic: Do you leave key to contractor for multiple project?


I just looked my basement entrance door, I may be able to find a simple solution.

There are two locks, the key to the top lock shares with other locks, so I prefer not to give out the key, and I can leave the top lock open during construction period.

Usually, I never use the bottom lock before, but now I think I can use the lock during the construction period (weeks), this lock can be locked from inside, and can NOT be locked from outside. That is a problem if constructor leaves before I get home, the door cannot be locked from outside.

All I need to do is replacing the bottom lock, which can be locked from outside, when constructor leaves at the end of day.

Anyone can introduce me such kind of temporary lock?

Thanks.
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Agreed, that may provide a work around, but how far away are you during the day when one idiot removes the tape on the other lock and locks the door for lunch? One of Murphy's rules, if it can be messed up someone will.

I have a family member who has health workers coming and going all the time and different people rotate into each job. The house has been equipped with many of the combination locks and they have eliminated all of the hassle. New person needs to get in, a phone call and it is done. If they have concerns about a previous worker, all numbers are changed and everyone affected is notified.

Remember, all of those workers will need access to one of your bathrooms, equip it appropriately.

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I don't want to give my key to a contractor. When I had my windows done, they were there fro a short week, so I'd just wait for them to show, and I'd leave. But I live close to work.

I didn't like leaving them alone unsupervised, but there was no way I could just take off a week of work to watch guys replace windows . . .

I'd employ this for future projects, unless I switch to a smart lock that I can assign temporary passwords too, which I'm likely going to do anyways for other reasons.
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I know I am grateful to a homeowner who gives me a key or at least allows easy access to their home as a project is going on. Nothing more frustrating than driving 45 minutes to a job site only to find that the family is gone and they locked all the doors when they left, leaving me with wasted time and no way to get in. I know, speaking for myself, that I just go to the home to work. I'm not there to explore other parts of the home or check out all the goodies the HO's have in their fridge........it's just contractor courtesy to work in the area you're supposed to be working on and leave the rest of the house alone.

As others have mentioned, if you have a lockbox or can buy one (they're not expensive) it makes it nice to leave the keys in the lock box and the contractor puts them back at the end of each day.
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If you have a door between house and basement or can you install a door that can be locked. A door can be temporary and your contractor could do that while you are home
If that gets broken, you will know it and your insurance would kick in.
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I just looked my basement entrance door, I may be able to find a simple solution.

There are two locks, the key to the top lock shares with other locks, so I prefer not to give out the key, and I can leave the top lock open during construction period.

Usually, I never use the bottom lock before, but now I think I can use the lock during the construction period (weeks), this lock can be locked from inside, and can NOT be locked from outside. That is a problem if constructor leaves before I get home, the door cannot be locked from outside.

All I need to do is replacing the bottom lock, which can be locked from outside, when constructor leaves at the end of day.

Anyone can introduce me such kind of temporary lock?

Thanks.
I don't fully understand what area is being worked on, but that bottom doorknob can be turned around. The top lock can also be rekeyed so that there is a different key for that lock. If that's not the correct term, someone correct me, please. If you can't get in the door with the knob that has a push or twist button, on the other side, by the key, something is wrong. New door knobs & locks are inexpensive, as is the lockbox mentioned..

I did that for my bedroom and the door from the house into the garage where valuables & tools were stored. But, the latter was only temporary because it's a code violation, at least in my area, to have the door locked with a key that a person inside doesn't have access to in case of a fire. There were three other exits, so I wasn't too concerned, but changed it back quickly.

If you don't want to deal with changing locks yourself, a locksmith can do it right in a few minutes. Preferably, not on the weekend with the added charges. You can just call him & ask his advice, also.

After having an outside door with deadbolt jimmied by a tire iron, I don't usually even bother to lock the push button knob anymore.

Get to know your neighbors, too. If you trust them, tell them that you will be away with workers doing construction in the house.

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For personal safety, one of the best things I've learned, is if you're uncomfortable, you can step outside with your phone. Sometimes I'd rather leave the worker in the house with me outside. We are more valuable than our things.
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I have people I have used for years and they come and go at will. IE, water heater replacement, appliance delivers, etc

I would never give access to a first time use contractor.
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