Welcome, Stranger: Are You Comfortable With Repair People In Your Home?

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Yesterday a (nice and efficient) repairman came to fix our dryer, and since local companies only make service calls during the day and since I work from home, I was alone when he arrived. Now, I am a confident, independent, grown-a** woman, but it was still a bit unnerving to welcome a strange man into my home. I may have had my phone and a pair of sharp scissors in my jeans pockets...

Letting strangers into our homes is something many of us go to great lengths to avoid, and yet sometimes it must be done. For all of my renting life, any repair person would be accompanied to my apartment by my landlord at the time. It's not like I was best friends with any of my landlords, but I knew them and they provided a reassuring presence. Now that I no longer rent, I find myself facing the novel situation of having unescorted gentlemen come in my home. That sounds so old-fashioned! (And yes, so far, all the repair people we've needed to come out have been men.)

Does it bother you in the least when a repair person visits, especially if you live alone? Do you consciously avoid being home alone for service calls, perhaps even inviting a friend over for drinks at the appointed time? Is this something that is more of a concern to women than to men?

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