Laura and Chris McInnis had just moved into a new house in Michigan and were set to close on the sale of their house in the Princeton Heights neighborhood of St. Louis when a problem cropped up. A former neighbor contacted Laura to tell her a tarp that roofers had stretched over the roof of the house they were in the process of selling was starting to blow off.
What tarp? What roofers?
The couple soon concluded a roofing crew had started work on the wrong house, realized their mistake, and then bolted.
The McInnises posted a note on Facebook, and soon learned the roofers drove off in a blue van. An insurance agent, a neighborhood leader and a handyman from the area helped look for the van, and it was eventually spotted in a neighborhood a third of a mile away. Armed with that information, the family was able to find the roofing company.
Embarrassed, the unnamed roofing company replaced the roof within a couple of days. "It looks great now from the photos," Laura said. "And they got it done in one day, so that was really nice."
The closing went off without a hitch.