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with high
hopes. We asked for a complete remodeled bathroom (extremely small bathroom)
and we were having 1.5 closets removed to extend the bathroom slightly. She was
enthusiastic and agreed that she could do all that we were requested within our
budget and within our time frame. Original contract stated that she would be
fully gutting the bathroom (including all walls and ceiling), adding new
drywall, new sub floor, reinforce the flooring (there had been water damage
from a previous home owner), new bathtub, sink, and toilet. We were also
knocking out a small hall closet and half of anther room’s closet to extend the
bathroom a couple feet. The bathroom is incredibly tiny so this was a pretty
basic project. The contract didn’t reflect her verbal agreements on time and
cost but we figured things were still reasonable so we went with it. We
originally agreed 2 weeks, we would pay the labor costs to
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, and we
would buy all the materials (this was so we didn’t have to come up with as much
cash up front for materials). The job ended up taking 3.5 weeks and we finally
gave up with an incomplete bathroom. We ended up having to pay separate for a
plumber which was not noted to us prior to starting the project. Some of the
many problems we had: (1) They did not put up plastic or put down sheets when
they were painting, sanding, ripping out walls. Our whole house was covered in
dust, our floors had paint and plaster all over them, there was paint dripped
on one of our tvs, there was stain on our basement floor and on our front porch.
She scratched up our wood floors and blamed our animals. There was paint and
plaster on walls and doorways throughout the whole house (hallways, kitchen,
basement stairs, ect.). To make matters worse
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wrote on our basement
stares and then was chewing on sunflower seeds the whole time and leaving the
shells all over the house including a mass of them in our bathtub without
cleaning it up. We had to ask them to clean up and even then our house was
still left a mess. We have spent many hours trying to clean things up. I ended
up putting some sheets up but it was really too late and they were pulled down
as they worked. (2)
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did not rip out all the walls as agreed upon. She
struggled with the lath and plaster removal (she was notified it was lath and
plaster underneath before starting). She took many shortcuts and this left us
with a half new/half old bathroom. (3) There
was leveling cement in the floor and we originally agreed to take it out, once
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got to that point she said she was not taking it out because it was too
hard to do. This unfortunately caused problems with the leveling of the floor
and they ended up having to take it. In taking it out they dropped it into the
basement breaking a light and breaking some of the plumbing the plumber had
already installed. They did end up fixing the light they broke but the plumber
had to come fix the plumbing. She did a poor job reinforcing the floor and we
had to have her fix it. Even then she put two random posts in our basement and
drilled into our cement floor so we cannot move them. (4) Tiling was poorly
done and inconsistent.
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bragged about how good she was at tiling the
whole project and unfortunately we are very disappointed in her work. The tiles
are not level (some sticking out about .25 inches) or and definitely not evenly
spaced. We had them redo some of the tiles but there are so many more problems.
There are gaps of grout .5 inch wide in spots. When standing in the shower it
looks like some of the ones at the top are falling in. The grout looks like it
was too dry when put in and is cracking. The caulking that was done is smeared
about .5 inch wide. Broken tiles were put into place instead of cutting new
ones, we had plenty left over. She put in miss-cut tiles in several places. There
are areas that are not grouted or caulked that we have to go back and do. (5) The
drywall they did put up was done poorly. She made the comment that “nobody is
good at dry walling”. The sanding was done poorly and there are several areas
we will have to re do. As mentioned above, there were walls and the ceiling
that were not redone as originally agreed upon. The walls they did do appear to
be curved so we have had to put in filler between the walls and the base board because
there were gaps. (6) The paint job done was poor. The walls were two toned
because they did not do two layers all the way around. For example all around
the edges, ceiling, and above the shower there are sections that no second coat
was put so it is lighter. It looks like a dirty or wet brush was used in
places. Also as mentioned above, paint was splattered everywhere. I have had to
scrape paint off our new tub, sink. and toilet, off floors throughout the
house, and we will have to repaint several walls because paint was on them. They
left the walls in the hallway and the second room where the closets were
removed unpainted so that is something we will have to do on our own. (7) The trim
they put in in the hall and second room was poorly done and didn’t match was
what was already there. Instead of replacing a whole piece they did patch work
which looks awful (there was plenty of trim that they could have replaced a
whole piece). Like mentioned above there were gaps between the trim and the
walls. (8) We had ordered a dumpster for all of the old materials and the
garbage. We notified
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that the company was coming to take the dumpster
and everything had to be in it. A lot of materials were left on our front porch
and in our back yard.
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told my husband that I wanted them???? Why would
I want old used construction materials? We told her that she needed to haul the
materials away and instead she put them in our garage and in our garbage can
which the city does not allow. (9) Poor communication.
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often told me
different things than my husband. She would not respond to my husband’s calls
and he had to become firm with her at times. She failed to tell us when there
were problems or they broke something (happened several times). She had poor
communication with the plumber. The plumber needed certain things done before
he could finish his work and she kept putting things off saying that the plumber
needed to do his stuff first. My husband had to finally step in and sort it all
out. She gave us a different quote than what the plumber actually wanted and
then said she would pay the difference which she did not after talking to the plumber.
He sucked up the difference. She struggled with some aspects of the project and
did not tell us. Throughout the process she complained about other customers,
swore, spoke inappropriately, etc. (10)
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was sick for several of the
days and did not show up, we were still charged full price for her helper to
show up and do minimal tasks. She moved slow, did not put in 8 hour days, and
took a lot of time not actually doing work (there were some days I was home
that I monitored her work and found it to be minimal). I can understand being sick but
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me for that time. (11) After 3.5 weeks
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called and said she was
finished. I got home to a bathroom with no ceiling vent, caulking and grouting unfinished,
house a mess, no door on the bathroom(!!!!), no switch plate covers, unpainted
and poorly painted walls, poor tiling job, etc. My husband called her and
complained. She did say she would come back (not for free) but we were not
going to pay her any more money and needed our house back. She did take some
money off the final bill (she required a partial payment every week so we were
already out a lot of money) but it is not enough money to pay someone to come
and fix all the problems and mistakes. Over all the job costs us 33% more than
the original estimate (just in labor costs and after the reduction) and the
bathroom was incomplete and poorly done. One minor thing I did notice that I
didn’t feel comfortable with is that she altered one of the checks I wrote so
that the money went into her personal account and not the business account. It
didn’t make me feel good about her when I saw it. There are so many more little
issues but those are the big ones. I have pictures if anyone is interested.
Unfortunately this project turned out to be incredibly disappointing for us. We
are having a baby soon and the money that we will have to use to fix all the
problems should be going to fixing a nursery up. I feel
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took advantage
of us and am disappointed in the job that was done.
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"Up-front discussion and meeting were helpful, communication between initial meeting and work was prompt, and the work was done quickly and cleanly.
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"Quoted and finished work as expected. Yard looked good--gave me instructions for sod to get it going. Had issue with one plant color being wrong--called them and they came out and replaced it with the correct color. No complaints whatsoever on their work.
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"I recently decided to "dress" up the look of my landscaping a little bit. Not being an expert on what would look good while being cost effective, I started asking around and looking for some solutions. A friend told me to give
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a call. Now, I have to admit that I'm not exactly a "creative" type, so all that I really was able to tell them was I wanted it to "look good". They took over from there! Not only did they come up with a great plan and design, they were able to do it for a much lower cost than I had expected! If you're looking for a professional company that will do an awesome job on your landscaping, you found them!! Highly recomended!!!"
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"They do excellent work! I am writing to express my gratitude for the excellent work that
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& Lawn Care did for me. My front yard looks great! I watched as the crew worked hard, rarely taking breaks, and they always cleaned up after the day was done.

Others have spoken about
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doing a wonderful job on a rain garden. It not only solved a huge problem for them, but it is also very beautiful. Also, others have spoken about
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doing a great job installing our irrigation system at a fair price. They have always gotten excellent service from
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whenever they called them for landscaping or lawn care work. We are completely happy with
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and their employees and service!
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"They did a nice job overall. They came out very quickly after I first contacted them to come provide me with estimates. It took quite a while for them to be able to come out and do the work because they were very busy this summer. We had a slight misunderstanding about what would be done with the patio, however, that was resolved to my satisfaction and with little additional cost. The estimates provided were very close to the final cost. "
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"Greenbean really did the job right. They worked tirelessly for four weeks, during intense heat and humidity, and kept us informed of issues and decisions that needed to be made along the way.
They began by preparing the site. This included tearing out and hauling away the old concrete, bricks and limestones. Some of the concrete was 18" thick! They stacked the old limestone so we could reuse it for additional landscaping later. Rebuilt the retaining walls in beautiful Anamosa limestone blocks using a properly engineered base. We chose this over concrete block even though it added considerable expense - and it was so worth it! We also chose the labor intensive cut joints for a seamless look and it looks absolutely awesome. They installed drain tile for the retaining walls and stabilized and strengthened the wall with geogrid. Installed paver base and
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pavers on surface of patio. Suggested a pleasing pattern that looks great. Installed new sod to patch construction damage. Cleaned up and hauled away construction debris.
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"Estimator was no call/no show for appointment... then shows up out of the blue hours later, blaming the office girl. Not very professional for the biggest firm in the area! If they don't want to do small jobs they should just say so and refuse them."
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"We gave them a really hard job and they did a great job with it. There was a lot of roots and brush. The fence is fantastic. They were creative and very professional because it was a hard task. They were very responsive on when they said they would come. The clean up of the area was good. They stayed on their target for the quote. There was damage to the fence later because a tree fell on it and they came and repaired it the next day. They were very personable even though they said it was a very unpleasant job. They went over and above. I would not hesitate to suggest them for landscaping or fencing because they were very good."
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"Overall, I was not happy with the work that was completed. The owner (
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) assured me he would be on-site to oversee the entire project. However, he left for an appointment and was gone for most of the project. His crew did not take into account the grading around my house. The drain tile was not installed with the proper slope and the water was NOT draining away from the home. When we dug up the drain tile, we discovered several high and low spots and almost no pea gravel was covering the drain tile. I really felt like he left an inexperienced & unqualified crew to do the work. "

All Landscapers in Des Moines, IA

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A Little Bit of Everything

1209 Lewis Ave
Des Moines, IA

AJ'S Cleaning & Handyman

1205 11th St
West Des Moines, IA

All In One Services

2814 E Clinton Ave
Des Moines, IA

Allen Lawn Care and Landscaping

3618 Vandalia Rd
Des Moines, IA

Baker's Turf & Snow

3005 S Union Ave
Des Moines, IA

BHS Handyman Service LLC

2719 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA

BILL'S YARD & HOME IMPROVEMENT

1089 SE 68TH ST
Des Moines, IA

Blue Star Lawn & Landscape

8601 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA

Bob Lenc Landscaping, Inc.

5430 Lower Beaver Rd
Des Moines, IA

BOTANICAL CONCEPTS INC

936 15TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

BRIAN CLAK & ASSOC

1300 WALNUT ST
Des Moines, IA

Brilliant Borders

Des Moines, IA

Can-Dew Construction

614 SW 59th St
Des Moines, IA

CAPITAL LANDSCAPNG

5465 NW 1st St
Des Moines, IA

CAPITAL SITEWORK

5782 NW 2nd St
Des Moines, IA

CAPITOL SITEWORK & DESIGN INC

5782 NW 2nd St
Des Moines, IA

D & D Concrete

4965 Lovington Dr
Des Moines, IA

Designer Lawns

P.O. Box 27062
West Des Moines, IA

DIRT WORKS LANDSCAPING

5101 SE 40TH ST
Des Moines, IA