Seriously. Why does EVERY. SINGLE. THING. have to be so complicated?
We want gutters. We did what every other normal homeowner would do: we called a gutter guy. Well, first we asked around for recommendations. Said gutter guy came out, measured, and then called us back with a quote:
I fell off my chair.
So we called another gutter guy. Said second gutter guy came out, measured and then called us back with a quote:
$2.3k material only.
I fell back off my chair.
Turns out our local supplier has decided to jack up the prices for half-round gutters. I know, I know, we could go with the normal k-style gutters for a lot less, but honestly, the half rounds looks so so so much nicer on a house like ours. So I am well-aware that we brought some of this complication on ourselves. But over $2k for gutters *just* on our lower roofs?? Ridiculous.
We started looking around. We priced it online. Less than half the price including freight. Now I'm all about buy-local, but at over 2x's the price? Forget it. There is a difference between lending support and getting ripped off.
We really didn't want to DIY the gutters. Even if This Old House says we could. (They do say it is moderate to hard.) Luckily, the second gutter guy is really nice and is willing to install them for us if we get all the materials.
Looks like it might work out, which of course in the land of 86'n It means a whole new round of "issues" are just around the corner.....
Wish us luck.