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Nine Days – Home Repairs

Is it permitted to have work done in the house by a contractor, such as a painter, if he's in the middle of a job in the 9 days?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

If it’s for urgent repairs, then it’s fine. If it’s for ordinary home improvements, then the work should not be started during the Nine Days. If the worker started beforehand, he may continue during the 9 Days, but it’s preferable to pay him a small amount to delay till after the fast (Shulchan Aruch O.C. 551:2, Mishna Berurah 12).

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