Should a Contractor Work on Your Home Under the Influence?

Let’s put the debate to rest. Should a contractor work on your home under the influence?

The topic of whether a home contractor should work on a house while under the influence is a highly contentious one. On one hand, contractors need to take care of their health, both mental and physical, and ensure that they are not impaired in any way when working on a house. On the other hand, contractors need to be able to do their job and trust that their clients will not be put in any harm’s way by their intoxication. In this blog post, we will explore the various ethical and legal implications of a home contractor working on a house while under the influence and discuss the potential risks associated with such a decision.

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A home contractor should not work on a house under the influence of alcohol. Home contractors have an important job to do and need to be in the right frame of mind to do it properly. Working under the influence of alcohol can lead to mistakes and unsafe working conditions, which can put the contractor and anyone living in the home at risk. Contractors should stay sober while performing their duties to ensure the safety and quality of their work. 


No, a home contractor should not work on a house under the influence of marijuana. As with any kind of job, contractors need to be focused and attentive to ensure the safety of their clients and the quality of their work. Working while under the influence of any drug, including marijuana, could impair a contractor’s judgment, motor skills and ability to concentrate, all of which are essential for home maintenance and repair. Additionally, being under the influence of marijuana could lead to errors that could be dangerous or costly to repair. 

You also cannot forget about how it can affect the homeowner and their home. Marijuana has a very strong smell that can linger on clothes, floors and walls. In addition, some people find the smell of marijuana nauseating and migraine-inducing. Contractors should avoid working while under the influence of any drugs and stay sober while on the job.

Other Drugs Including Prescription Drugs

Home contractors should never work on a house while under the influence of drugs, even if it is a prescription drug. Drugs, including prescription drugs, can significantly impair a person’s judgment, reaction time and coordination. This is unacceptable in a situation where the contractor is working with potentially dangerous tools and materials. Furthermore, drugs can alter a person’s perception of risk, which could lead to them taking unnecessary risks while on the job.

The only time a contractor should be taking any prescriptions is if it is prescribed by their doctor, if they are following the dosage and if it doesn’t impair them physically or mentally. For the safety of the contractor and the people living in the house, contractors must remain sober when working on a house.


Tobacco products, including cigarettes, e-cigs and vapes, can impair a person’s judgment, dexterity and coordination. This can lead to safety hazards and even injury. Furthermore, working with these products could lead to the spread of secondhand smoke and other toxic chemicals, posing health risks to those in the home. Tobacco products can also leave smells, debris and smoke and tar stains. For these reasons, a home contractor should avoid working on a house while under the influence of tobacco.

In conclusion, the answer to the question of whether or not a home contractor should work on a house under the influence is a resounding no. Working on a house in any capacity, no matter how small, carries with it a certain level of responsibility, and being under the influence of any type of intoxicant can drastically reduce one’s ability to make sound decisions and perform the necessary tasks safely and efficiently. A contractor should always strive to work at the highest level of safety and professionalism, and being under the influence of any type of drug or alcohol simply does not allow them to do so.

That is why at Valor Home Services, we drug-screen and background check any new potential Team Valor member. Our number one priority is to create a safe and healthy environment for our team and homeowners. To learn more about our process, team or schedule, contact our team today.