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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2014, 03:20:34 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!

We spoke with Mahe last week and while very personable and nice, I feel like he was not very helpful in the design of the yard.  He basically listens to what you state that you want and tells you that he can do it.

We also spoke to a few other contractors and they were more helpful in suggesting what is good or bad for the location and certain things to be aware of. 

Aloha is still in the running but we will probably end up going elsewhere.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2014, 03:54:17 PM »
I think you are absolutely correct.  He is not creative and does not have lot of ideas.  However, if you know what you want, he may be able to do it at a reasonable cost. It almost seems that now he is too busy which results in delays.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2014, 04:03:38 PM »
So who are the good landscapers that don't cost so much.. please list out.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2014, 04:18:13 PM »
So who are the good landscapers that don't cost so much.. please list out.

We used gopavers before.  Cheap and reputable. 
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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #34 on: March 17, 2014, 04:31:58 PM »
Does go pavers do other things then lay pavers? (Planters, install sprinklers/lights?)

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #35 on: March 17, 2014, 05:00:18 PM »
Does go pavers do other things then lay pavers? (Planters, install sprinklers/lights?)

I called and they install planters, sitting wall. But she said, there main focus is pavers.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2014, 06:58:20 PM »
So Mahe's team resumed work yesterday.  I got to say, my frustration last week is overcome by my satisfaction of how beautiful our landscaping is turning out to be. I'll reserve any more judgement until he is done. 

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2014, 07:04:42 PM »
Who is that?

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2014, 07:32:13 PM »

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #39 on: March 18, 2014, 08:54:29 PM »
So did you check if that contractor is licensed and has insurance?

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #40 on: March 18, 2014, 09:45:11 PM »
So did you check if that contractor is licensed and has insurance?

No. To be honest, I am more concerned about him finishing the job, because I'm already 90% paid.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #41 on: March 18, 2014, 09:53:32 PM »

How long has the project taken so far?

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2014, 09:54:09 PM »
So Mahe's team resumed work yesterday.  I got to say, my frustration last week is overcome by my satisfaction of how beautiful our landscaping is turning out to be. I'll reserve any more judgement until he is done.

Micro manage him...I tried to not be the owner that harassed him on every little detail, and ended up having to have them redo the pavers.  Basically his day laborers aka the Mexicans make bad judgement calls, and did some extremely shotty work.  There were a lot of little mistakes his crew made and in the end it looks decent but not great.  If you nit pick everything to make sure you get what you want exactly you could be extremely happy.   

So did you check if that contractor is licensed and has insurance?

No. To be honest, I am more concerned about him finishing the job, because I'm already 90% paid.

He will finish the job...he's not an a-hole like that, but if you're not a big budget landscaping job, he'll lag to no end.  My 2 week job took 2.5 months.  Drove me insane...but he never gave me the impression he was going to run off.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #43 on: March 18, 2014, 10:25:28 PM »
I signed a contract with Mahe, but his older brother Samuela managed the project for him.  They finished our basic landscaping job in about 3 weeks as agreed upon.  This was back in January so they might have had less projects.

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Re: Recommendations for landscaping companies
« Reply #44 on: March 19, 2014, 10:32:12 AM »
Thanks for your feedback

It took 2.5 months? (wow - you must have a lot of upgrades - BBQ, fire pit?)


 

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