Monthly Archives: June 2012

Word of Caution (okay I’m jumping up/down)

Good afternoon, Fellow Neighbors!

The repairs have begun in our neighborhood bringing many strangers into our midst.

It is imperative that you keep your doors/windows safely secured with the alarms set when you are not present.

This includes, but is not limited to, vehicles, houses, garage apartments, back yard gates, side yard gates, children’s play houses, the dog house, the cat’s preferred spot of the day, the shelter holding your lawn equipment or heavily used exercise equipment, and anything else that holds anything that you value.

All items of value should be removed from your car on a nightly basis especially if the car must be parked on the street, in your driveway, or in your neighbor’s driveway.  This is especially vehicles parked without occupants for any longer than about 5 seconds.

This includes, but is not limited to, garage door openers, all of your lap tops, check books, liquid refreshments, credit cards, makeup, half-eaten food, cologne, science experiments (maybe not the McDonald’s french fry under the seat), luggage with dirty clothes, shopping bags full of bargains from Macy’s, Kindle’s, IPads, insurance papers, pets, children, spouses, babysitters, car seats and anything else that looks enticing enough to have a window broken in your car.

The car glass folks are backlogged (probably through the rest of the year) with the recent storm so quick repairs due to broken windows will probably not happen.  If the bad guys find an unlocked car, the valuable possessions in your car are gone.

Also, if you are talking on the phone when you get out of your car, then you are not focused on what you are doing and can be easily distracted leaving your vehicle, your home, AND you at risk.

The bad guys are watching and waiting, and you don’t know what they look like nor what they are looking for.

Be safe!

Tim

Roofing Company Recommendations

As a follow up to our recent notice regarding roofing companies, a number of neighbors have contacted us offering to provide recommendations for particular roofing companies and offering to talk with any other neighbors who might like additional information.  While the neighborhood association itself does not endorse any particular company, please feel free to leave any personal recommendation that you may have in the comments to this post (click the comments link to the left to view existing comments as well as if you would like to leave a comment).  Please include at least your name and the street that you live on in the Meadows in the comment itself.  The system requires that you fill out the name and email fields as well to leave a comment, but this information will not be included in the post (unless you also add it in the comment field).  In order to try and avoid spam and postings by roofing companies directly, we reserve the right to delete any comments that do not sufficiently identify the poster or that are made by someone who is not a resident of the Meadows.

Roofing Information

Well, fellow Meadows neighbors, we’ve all been through a lot these past few days.  Damage to our roofs and property, clean up of what seemed like millions of leaves, the phone calls to insurance companies and the endless roofing companies that have inundated us with phone calls, flyers and knocks on the doors.  It can be overwhelming and exhausting.

I’ve collected a few tips that you all may find helpful while dealing with this situation.  This will not be remedied quickly, but it can be easier if we know where to start and pick the right people to assist us in our repairs.

Most of you have already contacted your insurance companies and set up appointments to have adjuster to come look at your property.  Before they arrive, make sure that you take a walk around your property and make a list of things that have been affected by the hail.  Most likely all the roofs have extensive hail damage as do most of the skylights.  But don’t forget – gutters, turbines, chimney caps, exterior antennas and satellite dishes, garage doors, windows and doors, siding, fencing, patios, pool surrounds, lawn furniture, BBQ grills, children’s toys and lawn ornaments.  Most insurance companies do not cover landscaping, but yours might, so make sure to check your plants and shrubs.

Your insurance company may have a list of preferred vendors that it recommends.  This is a good place to start when looking for a company to work with and often the insurance company will guarantee their repairs.

Check out BBB status and the roofing company rating and verify how long they have been in business.  Talk to friends who have had recent roof work done and ask if they would recommend their company.

It takes time, but it may be worth your while to get estimates from two or three companies.  Be aware of hard-sells and salespersons who pressure you to sign a contract.

Remember that you have 72 hours to cancel any contract that you have signed.  Make sure to get verification of cancellation in writing.

Verify that the company that you select carries worker’s compensation and general liability insurance.

Choose your roofing company based on its’ reputation, not on whether the salesperson is a nice guy (although we always appreciate nice guys in these types of situations!).

Ask for recent professional references.

Inquire as to their guarantee on labor and do not confuse that with your warranty on materials (you may have a 30 year warranty on shingles, but only a five-year warranty on labor).  Keep in mind that if the company is not in business in three years, your guarantee is useless.

Make sure that all specifics of the repair or replacement work is detailed and in writing (type, color, style and brand of shingles, skylights, etc.).  Indicate if you request that your landscaping be covered during repairs.

Most of these suggestions apply to any sort of home repair and construction, not just roofing, so keep them in mind as you repair your gutters, fences, etc.

Be aware that if you find damage that you did not originally discuss with your adjuster, you should take pictures and call him back immediately so that your claim can be adjusted.

While this is not an all-inclusive list of suggestions, my hope is that it will be a starting point for a busy summer ahead repairing our homes.

You might want to read further info on the following websites:

http://www.almanac.com/content/how-find-good-roofer

http://ezinearticles.com/?Need-a-Roof-Estimate?-Where-to-Find-a-Good-Roofer&id=1971563

Good luck!

Karen Peterson

Communications (Emeritus J )

Burglary on Briarmeadow

Good morning, Fellow Neighbors!

I have been notified that there was a burglary in the 7100 Block of Briarmeadow at approximately 1:00p in the afternoon of June 4th. This occured in the side of Briarmeadow that has the alleyway next to Walnut Hill.

The suspects entered the home through the patio glass door. An extensive amount of property was removed during the crime and ransacked the entire home looking for stuff.

I don’t have any other details at this time.

With the summer here, we all need to be vigilant about keeping gates locked, doors locked, and anything else that we can do to indicate that someone is in the house — leave a TV/stereo loud enough to be heard to the outside. This is especially true with our yard service folks and anyone else that might be in the neighborhood and on the lookout for people leaving their homes.

It is also a good idea to make sure that your alarm systems are armed when you leave to help protect your property.

If I hear of any other details on the Briarmeadow incident, I will be passing them along.

Thanks!
Tim