Tonight I am thankful for the difference between $3,000 and $500. Our tenant in our Cassadaga home had understandably been trying to save on heating bills by turning the thermostats down in rooms he wasn't regularly using. With hotwater baseboard heat, that's a recipe for disaster, which is exactly what we had on our hands. The heat run in the apartment burst in four places, soaking the carpet. So in addition to the repair bill for the heating system we needed to get our area equivalent of ServiceMaster. I made the call; giving such details as the size of the room, the extent of the flooding, etc., I almost choked at the $2,000 - $3,000 estimate. I could rip up and replace the entire carpet for less than half of that!
A call to a local friend who installs carpets connected me to an individual entrepreneur who is able to do the same work for $300 - $500. The whole mess is going to cost us a bundle, but this part of the bundle will be a bit easier to swallow than we first imagined. So I go to sleep tonight in gratitude. We have been financially blessed in retirement and though we would prefer otherwise, are able to swallow the cost of this setback. And the setback isn't going to be quite as back as we had first thought.