Well, we did it. We called the contractors. With only 54 days until our big backyard crawfish boil, it was time to get our derrieres in gear.
Throughout this week we have nine different contractors coming to the Little House to quote three different jobs.
Job #1: The roof. Last June’s hailstorm was enough that it warranted a new roof on the Little House. We waited until this winter to get the job quoted for several reasons. First, it’s the off season for roofing contractors. This means that prices will be lower and we’ll get more bang for our insurance-supplied-buck. Secondly, the contractors won’t be as busy as they were just after the storm. They have more time to spend on us which means a more complete and thurough job. Finally, it’s winter. In Dallas, that means temps will be somewhere between 50 and 70F – much better for roofing than 110F in the middle of July, wouldn’t you say?
Job #2: The Deck and Fence. The same hail storm that damaged the Little House’s roof also dinged up our deck and fence. Our insurance company decided that the damage was enough to justify a professional cleaning and restaining, so we’re working to get everything repaired (the deck has some major issues leftover from the days of the Structure from the Black Lagoon) so that the three fencing contractors can give us a good estimate. If you look closely at the photo below, you’ll see a rectangular trap-door cut into the deck and the jagged edge left from removing the structures.
Job #3: The Sprinkler System. We’ve all but decided that the sprinkler system is just too much for us to handle, so unless these quotes come in out-of-this-world high, we’ll likely have it professionally done. The contractor quoting the sprinkler system will also be quoting the grading and dressing of our backyard in preparation for sod (which we’ll definitely be laying ourselves). We’re a little terrified about this quote, but we’ll reserve our judgement until we actually get the quotes back. The first landscape contractors is coming this afternoon. Fingers crossed!
What have you had professionally done? Have you ever met with nine contractors in the same week? Want to come to our crawfish boil?