7 Things Residents Do that Make Cable Installation a Challenge

You know how stressful moving can be. Well for the cable guy or gal, it can be equally frustrating when he or shows up to an apartment or home that screams, "We aren't ready for cable!"  So what might some renters be doing to make the cable guy or gal walk back out?

1.  The dwelling is just too unclean to perform duties.

Hoarding, odors, insects--you name it, the cable installer would love to make the customer happy, but don't expect him or her to work in a deplorable environment.

2.  Furniture and other items are blocking outlets.

For some customers, they expect the worker will move furniture and boxes on the day of installation.  There are policies in place to keep the installer from moving your belongings.  Plan to move them yourself before he or she arrives. 

3.  The recipient talks too much.

Long stories can be a disruption to the cable worker which will increase the likelihood that something may be overlooked or go wrong during installation.

4.  Illegal drug use and smoking are ongoing while the cable technician is trying to perform his or her job.

One never knows if a worker is more than just a technician so it would make sense not to participate in any illegal activities in his or her presence.  As for smoking, it is simply courtesy not to blow smoke while someone is trying to perform his or her job.

5.  Residents are arguing and harshly disciplining children in the worker's presence.

This is another distraction that slows progress and might potentially land residents in jail especially if violence is involved.

6.  Renters and owners ask for illegal favors in order to obtain cable.

From discounts to freebies, residents expect the cable technician to "hook" them up.  So he or she is suppose to risk his or her job for a person seeking to pay less or nothing at all?

7.  The customer attempts to turn on, install, or fix a cable line his or herself.

When one is attempting to work on property that he or she doesn't own, he or she puts his or herself at risk of having to pay unnecessary expenses to building owners and/or the cable company.  Avoid tampering with the cable, outlets, boxes, and other things related to the network.

With these seven tips, hopefully residents will have a good experience getting cable installed.

Nicholl McGuire

A special thanks goes to all the cable technicians I had the pleasant experience talking to--I hope I didn't keep you too long!

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