Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Yesterday I got a phone call from my mom that every adult child fears. She was calling to tell me that she was getting a new roof and new bay window for her house. She had already signed the papers for $22,000 for the work to be done. Two salesmen had knocked on her door and sold her the roof and window. My mom is 90 years old and on a fixed income.
Naturally I was very concerned. Another salesperson was coming to the house on Tuesday to finalize some paperwork and she was wondering if I could be there. Both my husband and I were there and we had a very long and nice discussion with the salesperson. Turns out this is the same company that put in her new porch windows a few years ago. We went over the cost, what they were doing which was also replacing the skylight which was leaking. (I didn't know about that) There is also some insulation issues that will be corrected from a previous repair from leaks. I wanted to get some other bids, but after talking to the salesperson and going over all this we did feel much better. The work they did on her porch windows was very well done and they repaired for free damage done to a screen when someone tried to break in last summer on her porch. The shingles they offer are GAF with a 50 year guarantee that can be transferred to a new owner.
So, this will move forward. It will make the house more salable when the time comes. My parents always kept the house up, and the roof is really the only big thing that hasn't been addressed for many years. Plain and simple the shingles on the roof are at the point where something needs to be done now or in the next year or two. The bay window in question would be good to be replaced too. Time and weather has taken it's toll on it. So, things will work out, We just talked to my mom about salesman and signing things without consulting us or one of my sisters.
Today my mom and I went to her bank and lined up some financing options rather that go with the financing offered by the salesman's company. So that will be okay there too.
I know it will all work out, just stressed over how it was done and didn't want her to be taken advantage of. Feeling much better over all this now.