On the Indiana Central News website, I rarely mention or promote the name of a business, hospital, etc, unless it's necessary for the story. Otherwise, I suggest businesses and organizations buy an ad for my site -- which is generating a great deal of local traffic these days. In the case of this personal blog, I am more lenient.
I recently stated that having large tree fall down toward my house was the biggest problem I've ever had dealt to me..It happened two months ago, and little did I know at the time that the fallen tree would bring more problems with it.
When I said on social media this fallen tree is a big problem, I meant it. A couple of people were quick to scoff at that, assuming I've never had a "real" problem. Their opinions are irrelevant and tacky. I was without electricity for a couple weeks-- which is not what any website publisher wants to face. I had to go stay with my daughter at her apartment and run my news site from there, because nothing could get accomplished to address the many issues at home until the massive tree was first removed from the property.
Where I stand two months after this property loss damage:
Yes, the tree was a significant problem. But dealing with my mortgage company ---whose only responsibility is to simply endorse a check and mail it back to me, so I can complete the repairs here ---has me extremely angry. The check hasn't made its way back to me because of their error in sending it to the wrong person twice. After filing a complaint, a company representative says the problem has been resolved, but I will not agree with that until I see the check in my hand.
I am appreciative that Advanced Tree Solutions and Ketner and Sons Electric have been more patient than I have been these last two months, as they wait to get paid for work they completed a long time ago. All I can tell them is what Wells Fargo has told me, "the check is in the mail." I recommend both these companies. I am also pleased with a handyman who has agreed to do the work once I can purchase materials. I do not recommend Wells Fargo.
Looking at this damage day after day really has me irritated. I was not prepared to personally deal with an extensive loss on my property. I also have a high insurance deductible, so I took another hit there financially. The insurance claims adjuster agreed it was bad ---the biggest tree on a house he had personally seen crashed down onto a residence, shed and fence.. He did however note that the tree is usually removed from the house by the time he gets to the place to evaluate damages. Also, the tree cutter told me it was one of the biggest trees he had taken on.
Actually, the tree initially caused a problem back in April when a large limb fell from it onto the alley, ripping out power lines and destroyed the meter base on my house at that time, too. The neighborhood was left with no power for several days. Overall damage to my property was easier to handle then because it was less extensive than in June.
This year will definitely be remembered for the big tree and it's associated problems. I can't wait to have this issue resolved.
Contact Lucy Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Journalist, Terre Haute
Lucy Perry, 45, enjoys writing about issues in her hometown. She periodically expresses personal opinions in her blog, Terre Haute Times.
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