Hand wringers

I am on the edge of Charley (10 mi away or so) and we are really lucky but there are still some folks with some damage. It amazes me how many of them are still sitting around wringing their hands and not even trying to do anything to protect and fix their stuff. It makes me wonder how much of these insurance claims are just because people won't put up some plastic and move their crap out of the rain. The homeowners really should be lining up contractors before they all get booked. Screw waitingh for the insurance guy. They are just going to pay what they are going to pay and if you mitigate the damage you have a better chance of getting a decent percentage covered.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
I live in Hampton Roads, VA, and my ex-BF was directly affected by Hurricane Isabel--he had 3 large trees fall on his roof, and the next evening half his kitchen ceiling collapsed because of damage to the trusses above, coupled with the water damage from all the rain. He's only *now* getting it repaired. Much of the delay is due to his procrastination, but I can say that the contractors were very booked up very quickly after the storm, and there was a lot of price gouging as far as getting trees removed from houses. He did get the trees removed, but that took about 3 weeks or so.
Everyone in his neighborhood was pitching in and helping everyone else to get tarps up on roofs, and in removing the branches/debris that could be safely removed. My friend *did* get all that done, he was simply very slow about getting the permanent repairs done, Also, a number of the contractors he called for estimates never got back to him, or *promised* to come over to do one, but never did.
I think the moral of the story is that you have to be prepared to *help yourself* in the immediate aftermath, and get help from your neighbors. I can tell you that *no one* in his neighborhood stood around wringing their hands--and this is a middle class neighborhood that generally has older baby boomers and retirees in it.
Jean in VA

are
anything to

insurance
crap
before
going
a
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 17 Aug 2004 03:23:23 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Greg) wrote:

-snip-
Oh-- *those* hand wringers-- I thought you meant one of these-
http://www.public.coe.edu/~rroeder/history/historyimg/AmidonsFirstWringer.jpg
Jim
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Greg you should have your toung in the Hand Wringer. Getting bids from contractors after this will be extremely hard as most dont need anymore work and are to busy to care. People are in shock and dont have the material or ladders , tools ,experiance to do allot of this.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Maybe that is true now but if you got going Saturday you would be at the top of the list. I had a 40 ton crane in my yard Sunday morning pulling the tree off my roof then we went down the street and pulled one off my neighbor's roof. The guy was sitting there waiting for a call. The same was true of the roofer my neighbor used to patch up the hole. When they finally did get the insurance company to respond they were thriiled that we stopped the bleeding! It still rains about every day here in the summer and if you stand around doing nothing your damage continues to pile up.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Site Timeline

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.