In the past 2 weeks, we had storm after storm went through our area. All those days of rain and wind havocked my 15 years old wood fence. I was glad that the wind didn’t blew the fence toward my side of property. Otherwise, the fence will probably took out few of my trees. My neighbor got lucky also, the wood fence came crashing to the side of his house and missing his window by an inch. We both knew our fence life expand will be short, but I didn’t think it will come this soon. I was hoping to install the new fence after the tax refunds:).
Later on that afternoon, we took the fence apart and what a back breaking job. Those fences been soak with 2 weeks worth of rain. Being the good neighbor I am… I said let’s stock pill at my backyard since I have more space. It was so weird for not having a fence between the two properties. After a short discussion about calling the fence contractors to come out and give us estimate. Few days goes by and no contractors.
On Saturday morning, I was awaken by the sounds of electrical saw and someone hammering the nails. I normally get out of bed really late on weekends. So, I was curious to see which neighbor is making all these noises. As I peek through the window blind I saw my neighbor installing the fence post. Few thoughts went through my mind at that moment… where is the estimate from contractors? where is the communication? is he going to ask me to split the cost? should I offer to help? Finally, I decided to get out of bed and went outside to talk to my neighbor. At that point he told me that he decided to build the fence himself and didn’t want to wait for the contractors. He had put in the claim to his homeowner insurance and already bought most of the materials. My schedule for that day was totally booked and I offered to help him on Sunday.
We spend most of the Sunday to complete this project, plus taking the old fence to the recycling plant. I was beat!!!!
The questions I have now… Should I ask to see all the receipts of purchases? Although he didn’t mention about splitting the cost, should I offer?? Normally, the fence between two properties are build to alternate facing property. In our case, all the new sections of fence are facing his property and I get the back of it. If I should ask to share the cost, I think I should have some input to this as well. What you guys think?