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Luckygirl Fri 21-Feb-20 11:44:56

I am so cross! About a week ago I had a leak through the living room ceiling during storm Dennis. It is clear where the problem lies as it is where the chimney meets the roof of he bungalow. SIL has been up into loft twice and can see where the problem is and how little water there is and has packed it with towels pending getting a builder in. The flashing round the chimney was no match for the storm.

I have been trying to get a builder in, but they are all very busy. I spoke to the guy who does my garden and he said his neighbour was having some roofing done and he would ask who they used - I got the name and rang them and arranged for them to come and look at it today.

In they came - father and son - slopping around with their hands in their pockets and chewing gum. Shaking heads: "OOhhh - Oohh dear - there is a real weight of water up there - ceiling could come down - we'll need to put up scaffolding (this is a bungalow) etc. etc."

I know the ceiling is not about to come down and that there is not a huge amount of water up in the loft as SIL has been up there twice.

I think he could see I was a woman on my own and thought he would try it on - I feel very angry about this - makes me feel quite sick.

Luckygirl Fri 21-Feb-20 11:46:30

I have looked into insurance and it is not worth going through them as there is a £250 excess and it is unlikely to cost that much.

H1954 Fri 21-Feb-20 11:49:56

Luckgirl, look on the internet at Checkatrade and Trustatrader. They have tradesmen/women listed and reviews published for each business. Good luck, hope you get the problem sorted.

Luckygirl Fri 21-Feb-20 12:02:21

Thanks - I just need to be able to have a bit of faith in human nature at the moment. SIL is on it all now and will be here when next builder comes.

sarahellenwhitney Fri 21-Feb-20 12:10:41

Quotations NOT estimates and compare these with insurance excess.More so where buildings are concerned which can be notoriously high in costs when it comes to repairs.

Missfoodlove Fri 21-Feb-20 12:14:11

There is a really good app called next door, it’s free to join.
Basically it’s for your immediate neighbourhood, you can post and neighbours recommend tradespeople.
I find it really useful.

GrannySomerset Fri 21-Feb-20 12:21:59

It must feel as if there is no end to the irritations and frustrations of life. Glad you have a helpful SiL to support you.

sarahellenwhitney Fri 21-Feb-20 12:23:20

I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to get your quotations before allowing any work be carried out on your property as I personally have experienced excess being cheaper than the cost of repairs.Plus your insurers can provide you with contractors if required.