Hurdles, Hoops, and Setbacks

Before I bought the land, I got estimates for tearing down the fire damaged house that’s on it. I failed to check references, though, or written quotes. That’s going to hurt, because now the estimates are MORE THAN DOUBLE what the original estimate was, at least from the reputable companies. The less reputable ones are now indicating cash upfront or don’t want to put anything in writing. Lesson learned.

At this point I’m considering either going home for a week and tearing off siding and removing windows myself, then either getting a new (hopefully lower) quote or tearing off shingles and pulling insulation and sheetrock out as well and then calling the fire department and torching it where it stands, then hauling off the ashes. Another fire and a new foundation would cost less than the demolition charges I’m being quoted. A new foundation would probably be a good thing, anyway, since I’m planning to be there for several decades.

The insurance company wants pictures of the buildings currently on the property, too. Within a week. That could be a little… difficult.

Still, the appliances should be gone now. Any that are left next week will go to the neighbor for scrap. Appliances scrap there for $185/ton. I’m hoping the guy who wanted them took them all. For me it wouldn’t have even been worth the gas-he might have made $80 after cleaning out and loading a deep freeze, fridge, two stoves, a microwave, and a dishwasher.

After living in this old rental house the last few days in the sudden cold, I’ve decided radiant floor heat needs to be a strong consideration in whatever I do. And with the fiscal cliff looming, off grid heating if possible.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on December 29, 2012, in Living large... small. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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