This last Thursday was an eventful day! I shared a yummy cake recipe with all of you first thing in the morning. I was pretty proud!
After getting my post up, I showered, fed Bee an early lunch and got started on my vase project. Oh… and then a thunderstorm rolled in and my utility pole fell over.
Fell! Into the yard! Breaking a tree on it’s way down! Like… how often does that happen?!
It just, like, snapped at the base… Apparently it was rotten.
I would like to take this moment to remind all of you that we just bought this house 6 months ago!
I wasn’t doing this blogging thing back in March when a TREE fell on our house:
That’s my brother in the picture. He’s about 6 feet tall. Maybe that’ll give you an idea as to the size of the tree. Luckily for us he traveled the 220 miles one way to come help us get the tree off our roof the weekend after it happened (I’m still sooo thankful for that!).
It worked out well because he is a roofer and was able to inspect our roof and make sure it wouldn’t end up leaking where the tree fell! Then our neighbors surprised us by hiring someone to remove the stump and fix the fence. So, I mean, the tree issue was close to free for us!
The utility pole, however, will be far from free…
I called the power company first. They sent someone out and we were informed that the pole was our responsibility. Then we had to call an electrician. After being turned down by the first five or six companies, I got a hold of one that was able to come out right away, which was great. They assessed the situation, made a list of all the materials they would need and arranged to have a crane at our house the next day so we would have power by the end of Friday.
The electrician recommended we file a homeowner’s insurance claim because he estimated the cost of this little project to be $2,500-3000! And that’s just on his end… there’s also going to be a bill from both our electric company and our internet company because they had to come out and connect the utilities to our new pole.
We did find out that our insurance company would cover the cost of a hotel room for the night we were without power. So we bought some ice and threw it in the freezers and our refrigerator. Loaded the kid & dogs into our truck and headed to the closest hotel… which happened to be a Holiday Inn that was almost fully packed due to some baseball tournament nearby. We ended up having to get an overpriced suite. No complaints about that here! It was really nice having a separate living room type area to watch TV in while Bee slept in the bedroom.
Upside: we have a brand new pole that we should never have to worry about again.
Downside: our deductible is $1,000 and the crane ruined a path in our yard that insurance wont cover and the electrician wont fix. He offered to bring a landscaper in, but we’ll have to pay for it. I guess that means we’ll be fixing that path ourselves.
I’m starting to think home ownership isn’t as great as we thought it would be! Maybe we should have just settled for a smaller, newer house with a tiny yard in some subdivision. We’d lack the space we so greatly wanted, but we’d also have a few less headaches.
Sigh… I guess I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and hope nothing else goes wrong this year.
I’ll update you guys once we see the bill for this. I looked all over the internet trying to figure out what it costs to have a utility pole replaced and found nothing. I’m still not sure what our bill will be, so I’ll let you know when I find out!
It’s been about a month since all of this happened. We received the bill from the electrician… $3,482.11!! We ended up having to pay our $1,000 deductible and our insurance company covered everything else.
I am so glad our insurance company (Farmer’s) was so cooperative and awesome to work with! They didn’t argue the bill at all, nor did they question the $230 hotel room stay. Everything went smoothly and it was, all things considered, a pleasant experience.
We received our internet & power bill. Neither company charged us for having to run their line to our new pole. I had been informed by the heavily accented Indian fellow from CenturyLink that there would be an $85 fee to get the internet line attached to the pole, so not seeing any additional charges was a very pleasant surprise!
It’s been really nice not having to worry about that pole falling over, too. After the tree fell on our house, I was paranoid that the utility pole would fall during a storm. It was old and leaning, so I figured it would probably be the next to go. I’m just glad it won’t be a concern anymore.