It's only Monday and I'm already ranting ! I am trying to get a contractor to fence in my yard (the puppy needs to run full speed) and #1 doesn't show up to do the estimate (and he came highly recommended), #2 showed up - great, #3 keeps cancelling and rescheduling (to me this says, I don't really want the work or I really can't be trusted to show-up when I say I will). So do I just go with the one I got and hope it's a fair price or do I hold out until I can get another estimate?
Gotta get gravel under my shed before I can build the fence and need a couple tons so it's sooo being delivered. The freaking estimate changes everytime I call (I have to call today to see if there are trucks available for tomorrow-they only book trucks for construction jobs). Then the real kicker is the estimate is only verbal and subject to change so they can tell me $165, but if I get a bill for $265 after I've signed for the gravel then what? The estimate Friday when I called was $150 and today for tomorrow it's $210
Also thought I'd move the steps on my deck and make it a couple feet wider to cut down on the number of linear feet the fence has to be. By my estimate expanding the deck and moving the stairs is cheaper than fencing (we can do this ourselves). That is until you call the zoning and planning office (HOA said I had to - and there was no HOA rules when I bought the house). Turns out b/c the deck is attached to the house you have to have a permit ($100) and then you pay per sq ft added with a minimum sq footage fee of $75 and a surcharge fee (what the #*()@#)@! is that) of $3. Okay - so what if we don't get a permit? Nothing as long as none of my neighbors report me and even if they do I just file the paperwork and pay the money ($178.31). Sounds like my neighbor's are getting some cookies.
I'm off to scream in the closet