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Thoughts about roofing [Jan. 13th, 2010|07:51 am]
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Okay - what's scared the heck out of me with this house-buying project has been that I work on the phone queue four hours a day, and I can't count on having any phone time to make calls during that time. And, I can end up on the phone for several hours solid outside of those hours. So, how the heck can I arrange to get any work done on a house when I don't have the time it takes to pester people?

We finally got a good estimate on the roof, but it doesn't include any structural issues. They can say "we'll tear down to the rafters, and lay new roof on the rafters, for $X." But they can't say "we'll repair rotted rafters for an additional $Y"... because until they're actually looking at bare rafters, how do they know?

And, they can't address structural/spanning issues - how they heck can they, without a structural engineer? So, yesterday, in a panic, I had to search for one. And found one.

He works out of downtown Renton; he doesn't know that house - but he knows the neighborhood. We had a good chat yesterday, and I think we can work on this, if we need to. (And I almost-kinda-sorta hope we need to now... it's fun to talk to someone who is clearly competent.)

So, one concern down - we have an engineer on tap, at a semi-known price. (Obviously, you can' never be sure how many hours, but you can get a good guess. And it's not like travel time is going to be an issue, even with Seattle traffic :-). )
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2010-01-13 07:03 pm (UTC)
So, did the roof estimate come in around where you expected it to?

First-time home-ownership is a fascinating world. You wind up building relationships with all kinds of skilled people you never needed to even think about before - especially when you buy an older house. I think that fact dawned on my my first winter, when I realized I'd need to find a chimney-cleaner; until then, I guess I'd thought of chimney-cleaners as historical artifacts.

Edited at 2010-01-13 07:04 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: laurarey
2010-01-13 11:07 pm (UTC)
We had to hire a structural engineer to do the design work on the second story addition at the new house. He, too, was competent and did a good job.

Roofs are a pain in the ass. Someday, when we meet in person, we'll tell you the story of the roof on our current house. It involved three visits by city inspectors, Russians screaming in my bedroom, me crying, a man getting shot in the head with a nail gun, me crying, a crime scene, water pouring though our roofless house in a spring snow/sleet storm, me crying....you get the picture.
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2010-01-15 03:16 am (UTC)
Aiyiyi. I feel blessed that when I had my house reroofed, the crew that showed up (one old hippie and three burly teenagers) did an *amazing* job of tearing off more-than-the-legal-number of old roofing layers, right down to the rafters, laying new underlayment, reroofing it and cleaning up every single bit of their mess, all in under two day. Because I tell you, I was sweating.
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