In modern society, it is not unheard of for couples to make decisions autonomously without consulting their spouses. In the world of home contracting, however, there are still some companies that refuse to perform consultations unless both spouses are present during the allotted time slot.
This can be tough to navigate if you and your spouse don’t care if both of you are home while a prospective contractor is at your residence. Below, we’ve provided some helpful tips that will allow you to work through this type of situation with grace and aplomb.
- Try to Understand Risk v. Sexism – Quite often, couples immediately assume that a contracting company is being sexist when it requires a husband to be home with his wife during a consultation. This is not, however, always the case. Sometimes, contractors just want to make sure both parties are on board with whatever project is being discussed. This helps avoid confrontations for everyone later.
- This Can Be a Sales Tactic – Sometimes, contractors require both spouses to be present so they can use high-pressure sales pitches that aren’t as effective when only one person is home. They might, for instance, offer a discount that is supposedly just good for one day. This is a somewhat dishonest way to do business and is something the Hatch Homes team will never subject you and your family too.
- It Might Just Be Policy – In the interest of fairness, it should be noted that some contracting companies are not sexist or dishonest, but merely require that both homeowners be present to discuss significant changes to their place of residence. By their logic, this protects everyone involved in the decision.
Hatch Homes serves residents throughout the southeast, including homeowners in Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, and Richmond, VA. We’re thrilled you are thinking about using our services, and we assure you that we will never require both spouses to be present for a consultation.
The Hatch Homes team respects your right to run your household in any way you see fit. We will always conduct professional conversations with whoever is home at the time one of our contractors is present. We look forward to meeting you soon!