Re: cordless phone, answering machine in the common house?
From: Robert (
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 08:25:59 -0800 (PST)
At Eno Commons, we have a regular corded phone with no answering service. As the person who use to check for messages, I do not recommend the message service. When we had the answering service, I checked every day and usually there was no messages. However, when someone did leave a message (despite me telling them in the outgoing message that I only checked the messages once a day and gave my phone # but please only call me during the day between 9 am and 9 pm), they expected an more immediate response or called me late at night. It was either a waste of my time at best or an aggravation when they called me at night. We do not have an answering service and it is cheaper and I am happier.

We currently have a corded phone but I believe a case could be made for a portable phone so you can move to quieter location to hear the call.

BTW, if you do get a phone, your Common House is considered a commercial building so you will need to pay the phone company the more expensive business rate.

-Robert Heinich
Eno Commons Cohousing Neighborhood
Durham, NC
where we just celebrated EnoWeen and pictures will soon be posted to our website

----- Original Message ----- From: "Terry Whatley" <terry.whatley [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 4:16 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ cordless phone, answering machine in the common house?

Searching the archives, I see a lot of support for having a phone in the CH.
Do any of you have experience pro or con of having a cordless phone as
the common house phone, and of having it take messages or not?

(make it happen person for the common house phone, Nevada City CoHo,
where they've just paved the driveway in our parking area)
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