It was the first week of April when our area had a massive hail storm, and a month later when we received a check from our insurance company for some minor house damage from that storm. Since that time I've been looking for gutter, painting/staining, and carpentry contractors to do the repair work.
For each type of work I contacted several companies that had good reviews on Angie's List, then waited for them to get back to me with estimates. It's the busy season for outdoor home repair and many of our jobs were small, so it was a challenge to find someone who was willing. Finally I got a gutter company, and when one of the painters agreed to take care of the carpentry, too I jumped on his offer. Last week I signed both contracts. Each company told me the jobs would be scheduled around the weather; on average May is the wettest month in our area, and in the past week days without any chance of rain have been hard to come by. None of the work was critical, though, so I was in no particular hurry.
This afternoon the doorbell rang. When I answered it I saw a man, wearing a t-shirt with the logo of the gutter company, who told me they were here to do the work. I was pleasantly surprised, but also annoyed that the main office hadn't called in advance. Fortunately I'd already done all my errands for the day and had the afternoon free to stay at home.
The installers parked their large truck right in front of my driveway, set up their equipment behind it, and got to work. Three hours later the old gutters were gone and the new ones were pretty much installed. Unfortunately, they'd discovered a rotten board on one of the front eaves and couldn't hang that portion of the gutter. They'll have to make another trip to replace the board and finish the job. However, there's a 50 percent chance of rain tomorrow and a 60 percent chance on Friday so I don't know just when that trip will happen.
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