So torn about fence...
OK, I'm asking for advice from fellow Texans, cause fence manners are different from state to state.
Here's the story:
-The neighbor two doors down is a general contractor, and is replacing his fence, using his favorite fence guys.
-My next door neighbor wants the fence on both sides to match, so they are replacing the fence between their side yard and my driveway.
-Then they tell me: "We're replacing the fence, your half of the bill for this stretch of fence will be about $800-$1000."
- I say, "I don't have any money right now, but the posts are fine and I'll pay for half the new pickets and help you put them up."
-Next door neighbor says "No, we need to completely re-do the fence because our two gates in the side yard are leaning slightly. So get us the money when you can."
Here's where I'm torn: I don't want to be a jerk, but I really don't have the money. Also, they didn't get competitive quotes, and my parents got an almost identical fence three years ago for $800 TOTAL.
I can get them a couple hundred--should I do that and consider us even?
Should I ask for an itemized receipt?
Try to get them $800 in bits and pieces when I can?
What should I do?
Good fences make good neighbors, but fence disputes can cause wars, so I need advice here.