Happy Sunday everyone!
As a few have stated, it's amazing what this thread has become. I certainly didn't expect it to blow up like this. Again, I'm humbled by the support and thankful for the suggestions and time of day you've all given me.
I was looking at the side of the porch yesterday trying to figure the best spot to position the opening to the bin. It still looks like it might be a bit of a challenge to access due to overhead wires so what I'm going to do first is try to be home for the next delivery and ask the delivery guys if they'd be able to swing it. I'm pretty sure they can, but I'd rather ask than blow a hole in the porch for nothing.
I didn't contact the authorities yet regarding the 24 hr. no parking ban but will look into that tomorrow.
Freddie, I never thought of asking the coal company about the payment plan. Good idea. I'm sure I'm not the first to ask. With a ton already in there, they may be more inclined to agree to it. I have a perfect track record of payment with them, so I have that on my side as well. My tax return this year was used to take care of some of the debts related to the purchasing/moving expenses. I didn't go about the purchase process in exactly the best way possible, but I did it in a manner in which we were best positioned to do so at the time. This house was on the market for seven months and dropped $10,000 in list price over that time. The fact that it had everything we wanted in a home made it a do or die situation, and with interest rates so low at the time (ours is 4%), we decided to borrow the money to cover the down payment/closing costs/moving expenses so we could get the house. Now that those debts are covered, we will be better off shortly. We're on pace for six ton per year, exactly what the previous owner stated, so if we can fill the bin twice per year, that would be ideal, so we're hoping we can take that route and have to deal with this problem less, but plans don't always work to perfection, so I want to be prepared in the event we can't do it that way and need to revert back to the monthly deliveries. Knock on wood, we haven't had any major problems with the house, but I also have to get an emergency fund established just in case, and we're currently going through our budget to see where we can cut costs and save more for this exact reason. Believe me, there's nothing more I'd like than to fill that bin to capacity and not have to worry about this. And to be able to stare at the beauty of the shiny pile of rock
The handicap parking spot would be nice, too. She fell down the stairs last month (no, really, she did fall
) but she didn't do any permanent damage except to her ego