Tradie life is pretty rewarding, but it’s not just tradies who live it. Anyone in the household of a tradie goes through it too. We’ve collected some key signs that you live with a tradie below – how many of them hit the mark in your household?
You Wake Up on Tradie Time
It’s no secret that tradies are early risers. Job sites across the country are buzzing well before most office workers have walked through the doors. Of course, it’s pretty rare that everyone in the house is a tradie.
And that means the dreaded 5:00 am alarm is inflicted on the partners who share a room, or the unlucky ones next to the kitchen. One of our goodworkers remembers being woken up by his tradie Dad’s roaring car engine every morning as a child – his bedroom was right next to the garage.
If you’re a partner, kid or housemate of a tradie, you’ve probably learnt quickly to master the skill of dozing back off after that front door slams shut.
You’re Never Short of an Esky
Eskies seem to multiply in tradie households. There’s never just one or two, tradie households have dozens spread across the kitchen, garden, laundry – and the car.
Luckily they always seem to come in handy on those camping trips, festivals, or heading to a mate’s barbie.
Your Home is a Construction Zone
This has to be the most obvious sign you live with a tradie! Tradies love to find something in the house that could be renovated or improved. It’s a great trait, except for the times when drop sheets litter the floors, or the backyard becomes a storage site for building materials. If you’re lucky, the end result is worth it! If you’re not – your tradie has already started the next project before the first one is finished.
Where does it all come from? If you live with a tradie then you know that there’s constantly hi-vis workwear hanging on the clothesline and clotheshorses throughout the week and on the weekend.
Because of all that washing, your washing machine is going to need repairing or servicing way more often than others! The grease, dirt, and grime that attaches to a tradie’s clothing is unfortunately a far tougher job for most household machines than we think they’re designed for.
To find other tradies in your area, jump on goodwork to find a community of tradies just like you. You can build a profile, connect with tradies and message them in-app, post jobs, or upload photos of your work!