Quiet Is Kept!

by Kathy Sykes on June 25, 2009 · 2 comments

It has been almost 7 years since we moved into our 1953 ranch style house which we love, but it is time to do some improvements and repairs.

We have several people coming out to inspect the house and give us recommendations of what needs to be done.  Someone recommended to me that we have our house checked for termites.  That is something that I had never thought of doing and why would I.  So, I called a company out to give us an evaluation. The first guy that came out said that we did not have termites and recommended we get set up on a regular extermination schedule to fight off any creepy crawlies in our basement. 

Of course, today when they come out to perform the initial treatment what do they discover hidden under the mulch ALL AROUND OUR HOUSE……TERMITES!!!

While paying one guy for the intial extermination treatment, the other guy is giving my husband the quote for the trenching and application for the termites.  It was four figures.  My husband just stared at me like someone had shot a sedation dart in his butt.  When we finalized everything with the company rep and he left, you could hear a pin drop in the house.  There was nothing else that could possibly be said except…I hope you like peanut butter and jelly for the next three months (and getting jelly may be a stretch)!

As a side note (waaaayyyy to the side), the gutter company that we had come out the day before called and left a message on my cell phone with a quote…..IT WAS FOUR FIGURES!  Am I on Candid Camera?

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Linda Kirk June 25, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Older homes are beautiful BUT unless they are maintained annually, the cost to rectify problems is high. The good news is that with the bad economy you are able to negotiate monthly payments with some companies as they prefer to have some money coming in monthly as opposed to NONE. As always you are in our prayers.en

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Nanette Hartley June 26, 2009 at 4:43 am

Look for companies that need your business as much as you need theirs, Especially during these bad economic times. Before we have work done on our home, my husband tries to get at least 3 quotes. Then we use the most budget friendly quote to negotiate with the company of choice. We always ask for a referral discount as well. Or try and find 2 or 3 people in your area that need similar repairs and negotiate together for the services. We have only been turned down once. We have saved as much as 20% on repairs. I don’t know if this will work for termite services, but it may be worth a try.

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