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Great Onelers: SEARS HOME IMPROVEMENT October 1, 2010

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Kudos to Sears Home Improvement. When Jennifer called me to schedule my free estimate, she asked, “Is there anyone else who would benefit from the estimate for this new roof? Anyone who lives with you?” I believe that legally or ethically all contractors have to consider this factor when scheduling a visit for an estimate.   Sears’ wording was in refreshing contrast to other contractors, who speak to me about an appointment and then ask, “Will your husband be available too?” or some variation.  Which is sexist and singlist and heteronormative.

I answered nice, nonheteronormative Jennifer, “No, just my cats,” and she laughed, so now I think Sears has a fabulous sense of humor.  Copious Readers, what other companies would you recommend for being singles-savvy and also appreciative of dorky humor?


P.S. Onely’s staff has not been posting as often lately because we’ve been very busy (ok, full disclosure: Lisa has been busy with her dissertation, and Christina has been consulting her cats about roofing options). But we have a slew of posts backing up in our Drafts folder, so stay tuned for the onslaught once we hit “publish” on all of those.

Photo credit: Dawniecakes


1. singlutionary - October 4, 2010

I love this. I hate it when sales people ask me “do you have a husband” when they’re trying to sell me something for my house — the men always ask it as if they should be talking to someone else higher up the food chain. It is offensive. But, at my job, it is always important that I understand who is looking for a place to live and what their relationship is. Roommates like a different kind of floor plan than couples typically.

The way this is usually phrased is: is there anyone else who would be living in this apartment with you?

Kinda wordy but it gets the info that is needed.

2. house remodeling savannah ga - August 22, 2014

When I initially commented I clicked the
“Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now
each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment.
Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Bless you!

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