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The crew of about 4 or 5 came and trimmed back the tree to the property line as I had requested. They completed the job in about 45 minutes and then cleaned up my garage roof with a blower and removed all of the trimmed branches.
They did not contact me prior to arrival or before starting the job. There was no need to since the tree is in a vacant yard and they could access it without my involvement. I happened to be home when the crew arrived and observed the work.
The bill came about three weeks later and the terms of payment were convenient with credit card or check allowed.
I think they did a good job and I would hire the company again.
I indicated to
Finally got it scheduled and a crew came out and did a great job and cleaned up too!
He arrived when he said he would.
He performed the work as promised.
He gave a fair price for the work. (The quote was about 40% less then the other two quotes for the same work.
His crew cleaned up.
I don't think I will have a problem with the trees growing back.
Anyway, the crew of 3 came out over 3 days and did about 30 man hours of total work to do all the necessary work. They also laid some new sod down because they had ripped up too much of the grass. Overall the patio looks nice, the tree cutting was adequate, and the new plants were put in where we wanted them. They also put in 150 sq. ft. of patio (15' x 10', instead of 12' x 10', which we had initially requested), although after going back and doing the math on how much stone they purchased, they did charge us for all 150 sq. ft of the various stones used to make the patio.
And apparently that's where the quantity of 150 came from in the labor cost. At no point did they tell us ahead of time specifically that the patio that they would be putting down would be 150 sq. ft. As I said, we should have done better due diligence to question why the labor charge was so high and failed to do so. But charging $1800 for approximately 30 hours of work (technically, there were separate labor charges for the plants being put in and the tree trimming, so really, less than 30 hours of work) is outrageous. When we (belatedly) questioned the total after the work had been done, we said as much, wondering why were being charged for 150 hours of labor when only 30 hours were done. We were told that showing labor cost per square foot of patio install was standard in the landscaping business and that we should have known better. When we pointed out that that labor charge was outrageous--my guess is that the men who did the actual labor see nowhere near that $60/hr--we were told that that was the charge.
So we paid the total, since we had signed the agreement and it was out fault for not questioning it further. Nonetheless, I would not use this company again for using what I feel was a sneaky tactic. Anytime a charge is written, the unit of measurement should be included, as it was for the other items on the price quote.
Tree is on parkway and the city is responsible for servicing it but they are so far behind. Midway came out and gave me a good estimate and told me they would have to get a permit from the city. In less than two weeks they had the permit and came out and trimmed the tree. They did an excellent job and removed all the debris. I will definitely use them again and recommend them to family and friends.
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