We had 2 people out yesterday to give us estimates on our tree. Both companies recommended removing the whole thing. The first company was very reasonably priced, and they gave us separate bids for the downed part, the standing part, and stump grinding. Problem is, they can't get to us for a couple of weeks because they're quite backed up.
Two other companies are supposed to come out today to give estimates, but it's almost 1pm, and no one has shown up yet.
At this point, we're thinking that Ruf will need to just buy a chainsaw and take care of the downed portion himself. Then, we'll hire Company #1 to take care of the rest when they can get to us in a couple of weeks.
While borrowing a chainsaw would be the most frugal solution, none of our friends or family owns one. Renting is also not a good solution because the cost per hour times the length of time Ruf estimates this will take him is not cost effective. So, we'll buy. (He's wanted a chainsaw for a while anyway.) Ruf did some research last night, and he found the one he wants to buy at Lowe's. I then did some online research to see if there were any Lowe's coupons. I found a wonderful blog for printable coupons with links for coupons for both Lowe's and Home Depot! And from what I've read online, Lowe's accepts competitors' coupons, so I'll go to the store armed with both.
The real beauty of this is that when I signed up last night for the Lowe's coupon, the website said that it would take 3-7 days to email it to me. I prayed over it, stressing to God that we really need this discount NOW, and there it was in my inbox this morning! He is good!
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