I do what any normal red-blooded American homeowner would do. I call a professional. The first two places I call, they won't tell me anything without sending estimators out. They can't even tell me what this sort of thing -costs-. I mean come on, I want to know if gutter repair is going to cost me a hundred, five hundred, a thousand bucks, you know? I want to know what it'll cost me to have people come out.
Yes, I'm cautious. I don't like wasting time. I don't want to have to have some guy come out and give me the price, because then I feel obligated to go with him. I want to be able to get prices (even vague ones) ahead of time.
I finally went with the third place I called, simply because they sounded friendlier than the first two. There's something about getting a nice hearty man assuring you that they'll get out there, and who's willing to at least tell you the price of a service call, as opposed to some distant female phone-answerer who can't quote prices over the phone.
Am I unreasonable for wanting to be able to shop smart?