One of those phone calls.....

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.
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    We had our roof replaced 4 years ago by some friends of one of my husbands'. It leaks much worse now than before it was replaced. It wasn't done by a licensed company, which we didn't know at the time. Our insurance is questioning it now. When they were done working, they left shingles and nails all over the yard and said they would be back on Monday to clean up. My radar went up, so I said no. My husband said it would be ok. needless to say, Monday never came. Sorry for the rant, it is still a sore subject when I hear about roofing scams. I'm so glad that you were there for your Mother.
    1942 days ago
  • DR1939
    Glad it was a good choice for her.
    1942 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Thank goodness your mom called you. Glad things are on the up and up. You had every right to check the situation on.
    1942 days ago
    You had a right to be worried - glad it turned out in your favor.
    1942 days ago
    Salesmen are scary creatures.
    1942 days ago
  • BILL60
    That's a bunch of $$, but better to be safe than sorry later on. Glad you were there to help your Mom.
    1942 days ago
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