We knew this project would be a tough one and we have been blessed with nice, cooperative neighbors who are also looking forward to a new fence. Especially since they don't have to look at our old ugly one anymore, plus they will enjoy the beauty for free. For us it will cost a lot of money, but it is necessary since we have a pool that must be secured. So, the neighbor part and property lines are not a problem. We actually are using our original home property survey we received when we purchased our home so we save a few bucks there. We tore down our old blue gazebo building where we kept pool supplies and hauled it to the dump with a friend and saved a few bucks there by not getting a junk hauler.
We also sold our 60 ft shade canopy that ran along the side of our house, and made a few bucks there. We're also going to sell our utility trailer when we're done since we don't use it anymore for garage sales, and this will be our last home project so we won't need to rent equipment from Home Depot and haul it.
We've gotten quotes for $800 down to $250 to cut down one scraggly tall tree. Of course the cheapest quotes are from tree guys on craigslist and they only text. I've sent pictures and videos of the trees and they just can't get their shit together and commit to a time. So we arranged a deal with the cheapest one (I guess you get what you pay for here) to do it Saturday. Last Saturday we agreed, and here we are a week has gone by and we do not have confirmation the dude is coming tomorrow. I texted early this morning and have not heard back. It's like I've been ghosted, like the dating game that millennials do. They just quit responding without the courtesy of an ending salutation. The guy could have said I changed my mind, I'm too busy, This is too small a job, I don't want to work the weekend, etc. You get it. But this dude doesn't. You would think he would want the money, but it seems like tree guys only want to make a minimum of $500 a job, they don't want to waste time on less than that. But, for me it takes a lot of hours to make $500, certainly more than a half day of work.
Meanwhile we need to order a new shed that takes three weeks and we notify our choice of a fence vendor and make a deposit to install in 5 weeks. But it all depends on the dumb tree. And the dumb tree guys.
So, if anyone in Tampa knows a reliable, affordable tree guy send him our way.