Any singles homeowners, men and women, being called "you guys?"

edamamebuns

I just bought my second home as a single lady and this time I noticed something really odd--as people come over to do maintenance, repairs, and remodels before I move into the place, I'm often being referred to as "you guys." There's no ring on the finger, no sign of money being paid from a joint account, and no man that they've ever had to deal with through this whole process. It didn't happen so much with my first house (slightly smaller but same number of bedrooms) and I'm just curious how many singles, both men and women, have experienced this assumption from others that they are in a relationship and share their home with somebody else.

Usually when this happens I just continue to use "I" and hope people get the idea. They typically don't. It doesn't offend me but I wish I can think of a funnier response. What do you do when this happens?

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sushipup1

Ignore it. Not worth a mention. Altho I am married, I do not wear a ring, and I don't care if tradespeople think I am the owner, a co-owner, renter, or the next door neighbor.

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LaLennoxa

Yes. Ha! Depends totally on my mood and if I care to "correct" or "confound" the assumptive person. It's actually not their business. So, I might start talking about the faeries who live with me; or ask if they are dealing with anyone else other than whom they see right before them...

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bleusblue2

I prefer they think i'm part of a couple -- for a single woman, it's better if unknown tradespeople think that. Do you agree?

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sushipup1

"I might start talking about the faeries who live with me; or ask if they
are dealing with anyone else other than whom they see right before
them..."

If you want honest, neat, timely, efficient work from tradespeople, I suggest that you treat them with respect.

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Whitelacey

It's just an expression; it's not meant to denote your marital status. Personally, I hate the term.

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Pea

I'm fine with people assuming i have others in the house.

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