Friday, September 02, 2011
I found someone who is willing to come take away at least the trunk pieces of the tree that came down - really nice elm, very tall... the only downside is that they would need to go through my neighbor's yard with a backhoe to get it. So I called her up and left a message on her voicemail. Her BF/DH called me back a few minutes later and I can see that the pissy attitude that I got from her yesterday is actually coming from him!
He tells me that if he had known that the crane was going to be going through his yard and the tree was going to be dumped in his yard then he would have said no and not given permission for it! He doesn't want his lawn killed by all that wood piled up and he is only responsible for the portion that was to his property line and that's all that should have been put on his property. Because that is what his insurance company is telling him as well as his father (inlaw?) who is a lawyer!
EXCUSE me?!?! First of all, there was no other way for HIS tree to be be taken off my roof other than the crane going on his property. There was no other way for HIS tree to be left other than on his property because of the configuration of the property line. HE doesn't have $50,000 - $75,000 worth of damage done to his house so if his lawn gets "ruined" by this wood being on it for a few weeks then he can go take a leap ( I really want to say more but I will behave myself).
At this point my father, boyfriend and I have decided that we will just start cutting up the smaller pieces ourselves, chipping up the brush and stacking the wood where we can on my property. It will take a while but at least it will be off his property. But he won't even give me an answer as to whether or not these people can come get any of the wood! He is being a complete and utter A$$ about this!
And he is actually acting incredulous when I say that I don't know if my insurance will pay for all of the damages! His response is "Well we have $150,000 worth of coverage because MOST people have at least the value of the house covered." When I bought my house 11 years ago it was valued at $50,000 and that was what I got for coverage. It has only been in the last 2 years that the value of my house has gone up (assessment is $156,000, market value $125,000) so I have no real idea of what my coverage actually is anymore! I can't find a current copy of my insurance policy to even have a good idea...
UGH!!! I think I need a much bigger knot at the end of my rope to hold onto at this point. There is not much else I can do to keep my sanity!
*** This just in, the guy from the tree service called me to see if I was going to have him remove the brush because my neighbor is threatening to sue him for leaving the brush on his property and for the crane that was used to remove the tree went on his property!!! Are you kidding me?!?!? So I told the guy that I'd have to eat the expense and to just take care of it when he could... he's going to charge me $700 to remove my portion and $300 to my neighbor for his... and gosh, my neighbor could have gotten it done for free if he had actually listened to me and let the folks that I had found come and get it themselves! What an A$$!!!