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The past couple of months I've been decorating the little'uns bedroom and hallway. The ma-in-law has employed a decorator from Hungary to do her hallway. He's taken three weeks, which is ludicrous. She thinks she's saving money, when this could be done in 4-5 days. I know because my bro has been a decorator for 30 years.

Because of work commitments I can't spend anymore time sprucing up the rest of the bungalow, she's commited in bringing in this decorator and I ain't happy - she prepared to give work to someone she knows nothing about. This has caused friction between Mrs. P and myself.

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What is your dilemma?

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If she is happy about the price and the work then what's the problem?

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How is the job priced (for the job, or by the hour/day)?

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Why on earth didn't she ask your brother ? when my in laws were alive my brother used to do theres he can decorate a new build in 5 days top to bottom he does my papering and any gloss work and I do his electrics gas and plumbing

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Worked out by the day.

The issue is he's taken three weeks to do her hallway, it only takes 4-5 days. She could save herself a few hundred quid based on the same daily rate.

And of course, my bro said he'll do it and give us money towards any new equipment Mrs. P or little'un might need.

Or I'm tempted to say pay me half the amount this bod is receiving and I'll do it...

That's the dilemma. How do I tell her I don't want this unknown lurking around our bungalow?

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Her hallway, your bungalow? Whose house is it?

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Her hallway, your bungalow? Whose house is it?

He's just finishing her hallway. She now wants him to do our living room and main bedroom.

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Too many bungalows and hallways!

"Our bungalow"

Which hallway and bungalow are we talking about? Your mother-in-law's bungalow (and hallway) or your's?

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plastic penguin wrote:
He's just finishing her hallway. She now wants him to do our living room and main bedroom.

Tell her to 'sling her hook' (nicely of course) and that you have your own plans.

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plastic penguin wrote:

The_Lhc wrote:

Her hallway, your bungalow? Whose house is it?

He's just finishing her hallway.

Well that's up to her.

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She now wants him to do our living room and main bedroom.

And, unless I'm missing something, that's none of her business, so just tell her no thanks you're sorting it out yourselves, if she persists and he turns up, tell him to sling his hook.

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plastic penguin wrote:

Worked out by the day.

The issue is he's taken three weeks to do her hallway, it only takes 4-5 days. She could save herself a few hundred quid based on the same daily rate.

And of course, my bro said he'll do it and give us money towards any new equipment Mrs. P or little'un might need.

Or I'm tempted to say pay me half the amount this bod is receiving and I'll do it...

That's the dilemma. How do I tell her I don't want this unknown lurking around our bungalow?

 

Why would a family member want to be paid for doing this sort of work?

 

And this guy is hardly an 'unknown' or 'stranger', he's known your mum for three weeks!

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Btw, big hallway that would take any more than 2 days to do. 

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plastic penguin wrote:

The_Lhc wrote:

Her hallway, your bungalow? Whose house is it?

He's just finishing her hallway. She now wants him to do our living room and main bedroom.

Tell him to give a quote for the work, and then get a cheaper one.

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Oh I dunno, I can take YEARS to do shit like that.

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chebby wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:
He's just finishing her hallway. She now wants him to do our living room and main bedroom.

Tell her to 'sling her hook' (nicely of course) and that you have your own plans.

She's paying for it, and meets little'un from school once a week. She does do a lot... to say I'm uncomfortable with this arrangement is a gross understatement.

She's met my bro several times and they seem to get on well, but for some reason, she thinks it is a great deal using this other bod. Of course, Mrs. P is siding with her "well it's her choice..." which it is. They're not looking at the bigger picture - and, of course, family loyalty plays a part.

Her lodger is this bod's cousin, so there's an added incentive for her there.

If her sister was a interior designer, let's say, and I employed an outside person to do her house, wonder how she'd feel about that?

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