I’ve been living in the same house for almost 30 years now. It has certainly seen better days, but I’d like to think I’ve done a fairly good job of maintaining it. For an older house, everything works as it should, and the walls have yet to crumble. The roof on the other hand…
A few months ago, a couple of loose shingles reminded me that I was overdue for a roof inspection. I knew my roof was nearing the end of its life, and I fully expected a poor prognosis. I was prepared to pay for a new roof. The inspector was more or less there to confirm. He did not disappoint. His report all but said ‘you need to replace this roof ASAP’.
I tried to track down the roofing company that installed my roof 20 years ago, but they were no longer in business. I can only assume their workmanship was a little bit too good, because otherwise they were fantastic and I cannot begin to guess why they are no longer around. Unfortunately, this meant I would have to find another roofing contractor, and I had no idea where to start. My daughter had bought a newly built house, so they have yet to replace or even repair their roof.
I came across an ad for a roofing company in one of the local papers not long after. Not wanting to put off replacing my roof any longer, I gave them a call to ask for a quote. The estimate they gave me was much less than I had expected. I asked a few questions to learn more about their company but I was already sold on the price. In hindsight, I should have suspected something was amiss.
Long story short, they took much longer than agreed upon to complete the new roof and sprung an avalanche of hidden costs on me after the work began. I held out, just wanting the work to be done with so I could go back to enjoying some quality time with Netflix.
Skip ahead, and here I am just a few months later strategically placing buckets around the house during every storm. I’m too old to be learning this lesson, but here it is: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If any contractor quotes you a price that is well below the average rate, you should ask yourself whether it is because:
- Their employees are not properly paid, trained, certified, or insured
- They use inferior quality products
- They cut corners to save money
- They plan to upsell you or charge additional fees after the fact
These unethical practices are often used by lesser known companies. A professional contractor upholds a higher standard that is consistent with their industry’s best practices. They have a name to protect, and operate with long term objectives in mind. After doing some research, I’ve put together a post about how to find a qualified roofing contractor.
My name is Jack Willsuk, and this blog is the outlet for all my crazy thoughts, ramblings, and rants. If you ask me, a personal blog is a much better investment than a therapist. Let’s be honest, life is hard. From time to time, everyone needs a place to just pour their heart out and unburden themselves of the stress, sadness, and anger in their lives. That’s not to say it isn’t also great to have a place to gloat or share good news as well.
I’ve never been much of a writer, so this blog will give me a chance to work on that. It’s something that I have always wished I had the time to improve upon. You’re never too old to learn new things, so here I am.
Since I retired from teaching history last year, life has been peaceful. I’m still not sure whether I would classify that as a good thing or a bad thing. In a weird way, I miss the pressures and responsibilities of being a teacher and having a job. Now I just sit on my front porch and yell at kids to get off my lawn.
Actually, I don’t even do that much. I spend time with my grandchildren a few days per week, and the rest of the time I am left to my own devices. I’m being crushed under the weight of all that freedom. So much free time to do whatever I choose, and no motivation to unglue myself from Netflix.
I’ve been told it takes some time to transition into retirement. It’s harder than you would imagine to go from working full time for 45 years to suddenly having very little to do. Everyone thinks they’ll travel or pick up golfing or knitting, but the truth is those things still account for only a small part of your day, and traveling is just being bored in a different country to me. The usual retirement activities hold very little appeal to me. It’s like trying to figure out what you want to do with your life all over again.
I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how I want to spend my golden years. I still don’t have an answer, but maybe I can use this blog to help sort out my thoughts. Even if it fails to help, it’s nice to have an outlet where I can speak freely. Whether or not anyone ever reads this, I think I’ll enjoy having something to work on when I’m not watching marathons of old TV shows.
Now if you’ll excuse me, it is raining and my roof is leaking again. I should probably go find a bucket, and a phone number for a reliable roofing contractor. More on this nightmare in my next blog post.