Well, first let me share a few photos of our garage after the camper fire...
We haven't taken any photos of the back of the garage, but it's all screwed up too. Warped siding, melted siding, etc.
As much as I fantasize about revenge plots, we have decided the best course of action is just to file this claim ourselves, eat the $1,500 deductible (which is part of the money I have been saving for three years for new furniture for the new house!!!) and get this taken care of through our wonderful agents at State Farm.
First step, get a contractor to estimate the damage. Since our deductible is $1,550 or so, the damage needs to come in higher than that so State Farm can go after our delinquent neighbors.
This morning, Tim the contractor dropped by to inspect the damage and begin an estimate. Tim happens to be husband of Marci, who I like to refer to as "the miracle worker." Tim and Marci run Bo's daycare. They have adopted four children with special needs. They are awesome people. And the bright side to all of this is that maybe we can throw some business Tim's way. Another bright side to this is that maybe Tim can also fix several of the other problem areas around our house and help us get it ready to put on the market!
So after a week of very bitter and vengeful thoughts, I guess this garage situation is not as bad as it could have been and might actually help us get the house on the market sooner.
And Tim says no worries about the damage meeting the deductible... The entire garage will have to be resided because there's no way to match the current color, because it's faded over the years. And the boards will need replaced. And the first few rows of shingles at least. So hooray! Go get those loser neighbors, State Farm!