When is the last time a company delivered almost $4000 of appliances (or anything else) to your home, set everything up, and walked away without being paid? Not even a deposit. Nuttin'. I'm going in the store tomorrow and settle up, but when I tried to pay a deposit, I was told to wait until delivery, then I could pay the delivery guy or come in "sometime after the delivery" and pay at the store. I guess my face was obviously saying, "Huh?" because he said, "Well, we know where to find you if you don't show up."
When the carpet and tile was done, I did pay a deposit up front because the tile was special order, but the balance wasn't paid until a couple days after they finished because the owner wanted to come out, see the job, make sure everything was OK first.
It amazes me. And it delights me, too. It is so nice to be in a place where respect and trust still mean something significant. While the floors were being done, I left my house most of the time, leaving them here without supervision. In fact, I gave them my house key in case I wasn't here when they arrived in the mornings. The locked up when they left at night. And I lost no sleep in concern to my belongings being here when I came back. I knew everything was fine.
Right now, they are still working on installing the dishwasher. If they aren't done by 5:45, I'm leaving for a Village Counsel meeting, and they'll lock the house when they leave.
I love it here. I love these people. I love the peace of mind.
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PS added at 10:00 PM - OH . MY . GAWD .... I love my new washer and dryer! Front loading, stacked, programmable out the wazoo!!! I haven't used the range yet, but put things into the fridge and it is so nice to have a normal size fridge! I've been using 2 apartment/dorm fridges, and the temp adjustments are not very accurate.) The dishwasher isn't in yet. Turned out that they didn't have the right adapter, so tomorrow, they will be back for that and to install the ice maker. But again, that washer and dryer just knocked my socks off!! Yes, I washed them after that!! ;-)