Household Services during SIP
– May 28, 2020(7 replies)
Seeking recommendations for a local photographer who is currently doing "porch sessions" (family stands on the front porch; photographer takes photos from >6ft away). Preferably someone in the Easy Bay (Berk/Albany/EC).
Thanks!May 28, 2020
Check out Rhea at Halona Photography (http://www.halonaphotography.com/). She's an amazing photographer that did our newborn photos for our third kid and they came out beautifully. She isn't formally offering porch sessions though we were just emailing about it this week. She is Oakland based but works in the greater East Bay, I believe.
Katherine Braccetti is a fantastic photographer and is actually actively doing socially distanced photo shoots. Even before these times she did lots of graduation shots for families, and she's doing them now. She took some author head shots for me and the whole experience--from sitting through production--was awesome. She's a great person to work with and also highly skilled. Can't recommend enough.
– Apr 10, 2020(2 replies)
I'm looking for a vet that can visit my home in Berkeley and check on my cat and give vaccinations. Thanks.Apr 10, 2020
Hi there, I doubt that vets will be making home visits during this shelter-in-place order, unless it's an emergency. But if you are concerned about going to the vet's office, they are considered essential and most are open and taking appropriate precautions. I took my cat to Berkeley Cat & Dog for tests a couple weeks ago and the way they do it is the masked & gloved technician comes out and gets your pet from you (you stay in your car), and takes it in to the vet. Then the vet calls you on your cell to discuss things while he or she is examining. Any vaccinations or tests are performed and the office staff calls to go over the bill and takes payment info from you. Finally your pet is brought back out to you. It worked well for me and my cat. Good luck with yours!
I think the vets are mostly still open. We had a dog emergency last week where our young dog suddenly started limping and we called the vet (VCA on Shattuck in Oakland) and they had us come on in. They came out to the car to get the dog while we waited in the parking lot. The dog was x-rayed, got some cortisone and pain meds, and everything worked out fine!
– Apr 2, 2020(1 reply)
My parents are hoping to redesign their living room around a few anchor pieces (family art and a grand piano). I’m looking for a designer who would work with them to design the space according to their specifications (eg price, ease of cleaning furniture since they have very young grandkids). Any suggestions for local people who are affordable and talented at designing attractive spaces that are pleasant to actually live in (not just photograph!)? Any experiences with national services like Modsy?Apr 2, 2020RE: Virtual interior design ()
I highly recommend Dee Cherix at Bleu Leman design. She is very talented, easy to work with, and reasonably priced. Her work has made a huge difference in my house! (making sheltering in place much more pleasant than it would have otherwise been!)
– Mar 15, 2020(29 replies)
With social distancing, we are realizing we need to tell the cleaning lady not to come.
We are wondering what other people are doing in terms of their pay.
I feel bad that they aren’t earning wages but with no end in sight and our business’ revenue being severely impacted, we can’t afford to keep paying the lady while she does not perform work.
I was thinking of letting her know that I will pay her for one week and let her know that we will pause until the authorities state it is safe to engage in social interaction again.
Looking forward to hearing how others are handling this.Mar 15, 2020
I intend to keep paying my housekeeper every week even though she is now prevented from leaving her home to work at my home. My husband and I are both being paid while we work at home, and it doesn't seem fair to take away the housekeeper's pay when she has no other recourse. She has bills to pay too. What is she going to do?
I think all of us who can afford in-home services like housekeepers and nannies have a duty to keep paying them, especially if we ourselves are still being paid by our employers. If the fairness argument doesn't work for you, consider that a good housekeeper is hard to find, and if you cut her off now, you might not get her back after this is all over.
We’re cutting other more “frivolous” expenses before we get to the housekeeper. We’re going to pay her and not have her come for at least a month. After that we will revisit the decision but will try to continue paying her as long as we’re not going into debt.
As much as this could hit our finances, we have an emergency fund and can “afford” it. Our housekeeper is a low wage gig worker who will be hurting much more than us without the income.
I am the original poster writing to clarify that I am self-employed and currently experiencing dramatic reduction in revenue and faced with the grim reality of running out of rainy day fund in 3 months and not being able to make mortgage payment.
I am kicking myself for deciding to start a business recently. I wish I had the protection of continued payment from an employer or unemployment benefits.