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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2013, 03:48:34 PM »
Good to know.  Aloha took me to a bunch of his customers sites that he did, and everyone seems pretty happy with what they got and the jobs looked pretty nice. He doesn't subcontract and he said he has two separate crews that work at the same time so he's doing 2 jobs at once at any given time.

I reached out to Landscape Reform and waiting for a call back.

Pricing now seems to be inflating like everything else. What neighbors are telling me they got quoted for their yard 6-8 months ago are now anywhere from 15-20% higher.  Unless cost of pavers and plants went up that significantly, these landscape guys are just trying to cash in.  I understand that's just the business of new construction going on but it sucks for us consumers.

So far the landscape contractors who don't seem shady as for payment ask 10% to secure the job, 20% once supplies are ordered. another 20% for plants, and then the rest at the end of job which seems fair.

I'll be talking with Go Pavers soon and hopefully Landscape Reform contacts me soon.







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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2013, 08:45:18 PM »
All I'll say is avoid West Coast landcare like the freaking plague. We worked with one of their designers for a couple of weeks earlier in the summer, agreed on a price for the work, signed the contract, and submitted plans for approval.  During the waiting period, the owner decided to fire the employee we were working with and didn't bother to tell us or any of the customers that he was working with at the time.  Anyways, our plans were not approved as there were small modifications that need to be made (complete other source of frustration), so we contacted the company to get new plans drawn up. The owner then informs us that he was downsized the company would would be taking over all of the projects.  He sits on our plans for about 3 weeks, and then emails us saying his old employee had under-quoted the project cost and it would actually cost 25-30% more....needless to say we are asking for and WILL BE GETTING our deposit back, but thanks to these a**hats we've been set back almost 2 month. Thanks to the internet, there will soon be lots of negative reviews on this company...I have nothing better to do these days...not like I have a nice yard to spend my free time in. 

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2013, 04:31:17 PM »
not the first i heard about West Coast upping the costs on projects.  Plus I've seen their work, there is no creativity in it.  All their houses look exactly the same.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2013, 09:04:10 AM »
Hi Everyone,

Curious if anyone has had any positive experiences with any landscapers for very small motorcourt backyards?  We had two initial appointments set up with two different landscapers and both of them no-showed.  Sign of the times...

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2013, 11:48:56 AM »
Hi Everyone,

Curious if anyone has had any positive experiences with any landscapers for very small motorcourt backyards?  We had two initial appointments set up with two different landscapers and both of them no-showed.  Sign of the times...

you doing just landscaping and no hard scape?

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2013, 02:37:19 PM »
OK to provide an update, The final 3 contenders after meeting with landscapers based on recommendations here.

Land Reform - I met with Ken, very nice and knowledgeable guy.  He was the only landscaping company who would provide a formal quote with an itemized list, break down of the pricing and even give you a rough drawing before you accept the job.  He knew his plants, he knew his pavers, but the price was very high.  Granted I believe he will do good work, it was way above at least what I had in mind for my budget.  Ken also said he will match anybody's written quote.  The only problem is that no one will give you a written quote until you get a contract in place.  If I had the money, I would have gone with Land Reform.  I know Ken trolls these forums, so sorry Ken we couldn't work out a better price.

Go Pavers - Probably the cheapest and they seem like they do amazing work for the price. But the only thing is it is only pavers and no landscaping.  For me, I didn't feel like finding one more contractor to do landscaping and to have to coordinate with Go Pavers.  It was a convenience thing for me to go with a single contractor to do it all.

Aloha - Mahe is a pretty cool dude.  He handles his business like a one man show...everything is verbal until you say you're good and this is what I want.  He doesn't do websites or online marketing, just by word of mouth.  That's why you won't find much on him on the web.  He took me to a bunch of his clients. The work seems pretty good.  I don't think he's going to give you something crazy spectacular but he does good work.  He seems honest, he seems unfront, easy to be blunt with him.

I decided to go with Aloha because he was the most willing to work with me on the price. He gave me a price...I said this is my budget...can you make it work?  He said sure lets do this...and it was done. Land Reform was willing to work on the price but could only come down so far from their quote.  Like I said previously, I'm pretty sure their price is worth their workmanship, but for me, with so much to spend on a new house, a savings somewhere is very much welcomed.

Hope this helps someone with their decisions.  I tried some of the other landscapers in the hood...West Coast seems to be upping the price on everyone even though they quoted you one price. Greenline was another Chinese landscaper and his work was not very good...and they take forever.  Couple of other small name ones that didn't seem very good or they just felt shady.





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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2013, 04:08:29 PM »
OK to provide an update, The final 3 contenders after meeting with landscapers based on recommendations here.

Land Reform - I met with Ken, very nice and knowledgeable guy.  He was the only landscaping company who would provide a formal quote with an itemized list, break down of the pricing and even give you a rough drawing before you accept the job.  He knew his plants, he knew his pavers, but the price was very high.  Granted I believe he will do good work, it was way above at least what I had in mind for my budget.  Ken also said he will match anybody's written quote.  The only problem is that no one will give you a written quote until you get a contract in place.  If I had the money, I would have gone with Land Reform.  I know Ken trolls these forums, so sorry Ken we couldn't work out a better price.

Go Pavers - Probably the cheapest and they seem like they do amazing work for the price. But the only thing is it is only pavers and no landscaping.  For me, I didn't feel like finding one more contractor to do landscaping and to have to coordinate with Go Pavers.  It was a convenience thing for me to go with a single contractor to do it all.

Aloha - Mahe is a pretty cool dude.  He handles his business like a one man show...everything is verbal until you say you're good and this is what I want.  He doesn't do websites or online marketing, just by word of mouth.  That's why you won't find much on him on the web.  He took me to a bunch of his clients. The work seems pretty good.  I don't think he's going to give you something crazy spectacular but he does good work.  He seems honest, he seems unfront, easy to be blunt with him.

I decided to go with Aloha because he was the most willing to work with me on the price. He gave me a price...I said this is my budget...can you make it work?  He said sure lets do this...and it was done. Land Reform was willing to work on the price but could only come down so far from their quote.  Like I said previously, I'm pretty sure their price is worth their workmanship, but for me, with so much to spend on a new house, a savings somewhere is very much welcomed.

Hope this helps someone with their decisions.  I tried some of the other landscapers in the hood...West Coast seems to be upping the price on everyone even though they quoted you one price. Greenline was another Chinese landscaper and his work was not very good...and they take forever.  Couple of other small name ones that didn't seem very good or they just felt shady.


i think you will be happy with his work. i got his info from a neighbor whose yard i liked and asked him who did it. once i got in touch with Mahe he also took me to other homes they worked on. the worked all looked good.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #22 on: October 31, 2013, 08:02:53 AM »
Wow!  Thanks for the breakdown.  Very informative and I think people will find this useful.  Had never heard of Aloha before this forum.  What was the price difference between Land Reform or Aloha?  I've used Land Reform and they did a great job. 

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2014, 03:50:04 PM »
It's time for us to do the landscaping.  We got two quotes:

A.  KS Landscaping - This was recommended by our neighbor.  We met with Andru (project manager), he did measurements and came back to us after a week with drawings and a written quote.  He even came on superbowl sunday morning to walk us through his quote.  He is very polite and professional.  The problem is, his quote he gave us was only hardscape and the amount is in excess of our budget = and higher than what our neighbor paid for theirs (they have a bigger backyard than us).  So we didn't really like that.

B.  Aloha Landscaping - Mahe came with his wife and daughter on thursday night. Asked us what we want and our budget. Gave us his quote (verbal) right there and started talking about what he would do with the backyard.  We started imagining right there.  He showed us a video of one of the work he did at Las Ventanas, amazing!  He gave us a quote - way higher than KS, but, inclusive of everything we want (no sacrifices).  We negotiated and he met us in the middle.  He wrote his offer that night and we signed.  Mahe's positive reviews here and his competitive quote sealed the deal.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2014, 05:34:25 PM »
You will like working with Mahe very nice guy. If I remember correctly he second cousins or something like that to haloti ngata of the Baltimore ravens. Mahe actually played college ball.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2014, 11:58:44 AM »
You will like working with Mahe very nice guy. If I remember correctly he second cousins or something like that to haloti ngata of the Baltimore ravens. Mahe actually played college ball.

The lack of progress in our landscaping is definitely annoying me.  Is there anyone here who is CURRENTLY using Mahe Laivaa (Aloha Landscaping) as their contractor for landscaping?   How is it going?

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2014, 12:00:34 PM »
You will like working with Mahe very nice guy. If I remember correctly he second cousins or something like that to haloti ngata of the Baltimore ravens. Mahe actually played college ball.

The lack of progress in our landscaping is definitely annoying me.  Is there anyone here who is CURRENTLY using Mahe Laivaa (Aloha Landscaping) as their contractor for landscaping?   How is it going?

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2014, 01:44:50 PM »
You will like working with Mahe very nice guy. If I remember correctly he second cousins or something like that to haloti ngata of the Baltimore ravens. Mahe actually played college ball.

The lack of progress in our landscaping is definitely annoying me.  Is there anyone here who is CURRENTLY using Mahe Laivaa (Aloha Landscaping) as their contractor for landscaping?   How is it going?

I didn't use him yet but I just had a talk with Mahe two weeks ago about doing landscaping for my back yard.  Currently he is doing 3 homes in my street and according to him, he has 5 other project currently working on.    I don't know how big is his operation and how many workers he has but it Looks like he's working on a lot of  project at the same time. 

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #28 on: March 17, 2014, 02:30:56 PM »
Just a general note regarding all contractors. Check if the license is active or valid.

https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/MobileLicenseCheck/default.aspx



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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #29 on: March 17, 2014, 03:05:15 PM »
Just a general note regarding all contractors. Check if the license is active or valid.

https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/MobileLicenseCheck/default.aspx

Good hint about Aloha.  We knew about his license but based upon forum recommendations, we decided to go with him.  I hope we don't regret it!

 

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