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OK, we had a total of 10 contractors take a look at our roof, with at least 2 more expected next week. The number of written estimates so far? 2. And one of them is at least a year old (when the leak was first noted). But, our architect was adamant not to use them, as they are quite sloppy with the flashing. So, one usable quote.

We might have gone overboard with the interview/estimate process, but can you blame us? I thought the economy was bad, and more than one of these contractors told us they usually have at least 4-6 months of work scheduled, and right now it's only 1-2. What is going on? Is it that they simply don't want this job and don't want to say it? They all seemed pretty competent to us and we know they've seen houses as old as ours and in worse condition... I don't get it...


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