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.