We are officially rid of the gap!
Thanks to each person who provided some feedback, but in the end we decided to just take that first bid. It was affordable, the company had a good rating and we just wanted it done.
There was extra motivation — thought I really was going to call around on Tuesday anyway — because apparently the outdoor chest freezer was nearly emptied Saturday night. According to Marc and Nadine, the person took about $35 of frozen meals. Lovely.
So when we got a bid that was less than expected, we decided expedience was warranted. Which is good because that evening two more people wandered into the yard. It was barely dusk, so we noticed their shapes through the quasi-sheer curtains we have in the back.
They had the freezer door open and were looking inside when Tim came out yelling. They were remarkably nonplussed and slowly walked back toward the gap. They told us that they didn’t think anyone was home (oh, well that’s okay then) and that their friend had said they could come.
Clearly, word was spreading, so I think we made the right choice.
That said, I also think we made the right choice to wait til cooler months to get the work done. The guy didn’t have jobs lined up, so he knocked $200 off his initial quote. (For the record, I tried to get Nadine and Marc to let me reimburse them for the stolen food. They waved me away.)
So for $1,500 we got around 20 feet of block wall built, our rickety wooden fence demolished and hauled away, and a simple-but-nice-looking gate door installed. Plus a three-year guarantee on the work.
We’re pretty happy with the deal — and the fact that we don’t have to worry about people wandering in.
Do you guys have any big projects you’ve been putting off?