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  • Amazing. He is the first landscaping guy I can rely on. I had so many of them over the years.  He is well priced, very punctual, very methodical in what he does.  My yard and yards of my neighbors look the best in a very long time. This one is a keeper.
    - Tim and Natalie P.
  • This is probably the worst experience I have ever had with a residential contractor!
     Key points, according to Provider name locked. Energy Lake Services' representative:
    Provider name locked. has been removed from Provider name locked. 's list of approved contractors, because they do not adhere to Provider name locked. 's rules for construction on the lake.  don't use them if your project is on Lake Provider name locked. or other Provider name locked. lake!
    -  The type of seawall Provider name locked. builds - an "A" shaped wall of rip-rap with filter fabric and soil fill behind it - is not permitted by Provider name locked. on their lakes.

    Chronology:
     The contract was signed and 50% deposit check was given on 03.25.14 - "to hold the price of the rock."
     After several inquiries, on Saturday, 05.24.14 (week 8) I received a phone call out of the blue that a truck with the first load of rock would arrive in about 5 minutes.  One or 2 truckloads per day of rock or dirt were delivered over a number of days..
    On Tuesday, 06.04.14 (week 10) two men and a backhoe arrived (unannounced) to start the work.  They worked half a day.
    Work continued, 2 or 3 days a week typically for 2 to 4 hours a day, though 06.27.14 (week 13).
      On Friday, 06.20.14, Mecklenburg Water Quality representatives arrived by boat and told Provider name locked. ' men to stop work because they did not have the required permits.  On Monday, 06.23.14 (week 13), a Mecklenburg Water Quality representative came to my door to tell me that I could be required to do some $15,000 in remediation, since my shoreline was disturbed without permits.  Provider name locked. ' men were working, even though they had been directed not to.  Since they were here, I got them and the Water Quality man together  and asked them to work out a solution that would not stop the work for a month or more (the time it takes to get the permits) and would not require the remediation.  After an hour of phone calls back and forth, it was agreed that Provider name locked. could finish their work, remediation would not be required, and Provider name locked. would immediately apply for the permits.  
    On Monday, 06.23.14, Provider name locked. said they would be finished on Friday 06.27.14 (week 13) and wanted the final check.  I walked the job with the foreman on that Friday and pointed out several substantial areas that were not finished.  On Saturday 06.28.14, I received a virulent, ranting voice message from Provider name locked. , to which I replied with a text message correcting his stated "facts" and objecting to the unprofessional attitude of his voice message.   On Tuesday, 07.01.14 (week 14) Provider name locked. called in a much more sane frame of mind and said they would finish the work the next day.  They came and did a little work.  I again noted the areas that were incomplete, but they insisted they would do no more work.
      The rock seawall itself appears to be well built, but there are substantial deficiencies that remain:
    -  The soil used to fill behind the seawall is full of chunks of rock, many as large as softballs, that would severely damage a lawnmower blade.  I spent one very hot day raking the areas to try to remove the worst of the rocks before seeding, but more keep floating to the surface. 
    -  The "finish" grading is irregular, with several areas that pond, etc.  The "before" grading sloped gradually down to the seawall.  Now it slopes down and then back up to the seawall.
    -  The soil used is of such poor quality that grass will not grow in it  After 6 weeks, the grass I had planted is less than 1/2 inch high, even with daily watering.  My budget is depleted for now, but I hope to be able to have a Provider name locked. of topsoil spread over the area, graded to the proper slopes.
    - The north end of the seawall terminates at a beach.  The seawall termination was to match that of my neighbor, which Provider name locked. built many years ago.  It doesn't.
      An overriding problem with Provider name locked.  is Provider name locked. ' refusal to communicate with his customers.  He has serious anger management issues.  He completely failed to keep this client informed of what was going on - trucks, workers and equipment came and went at random times, and didn't showup for days on end.  They said they would be finished "tomorrow" and then didn't show up for days.  The standard excuse was always the weather, which was usually bogus.  The workers were easy to get along with and seemed to know what they were doing, but I don't believe Provider name locked.  has set foot on the property since we signed the contract.  According to his reputation (and Angies' List reviews) he knows how to build seawalls, but I believe his motorsports business is his first priority.  His slipshod management and unprofessional conduct make working with him frustratingly difficult.
     On Thursday 08.21.14 (week 21), a representative of Provider name locked. Energy Lake Services showed up at my door, saying he was reviewing "my" permit application and needed to see the project.  He showed me the application, which I had not seen before, and I noted that my signature had been forged twice.  He said the project would not have been approved if Provider name locked. had applied for the permit before construction, but since it was now complete, Provider name locked. would not require me to remove it.  I told him that Provider name locked. had refused to apply for the permit before starting, and now I knew why.
    I am disappointed, to put it mildly, that this project turned out so badly in view of the all-A reviews on Angie's List.  I note that the last review was almost 2 years ago, so I can only suppose that Mr. Provider name locked. has run things into the ground over that time period.


    - Michael W.
  • I had a new home built that I closed on in March of 2012 and Provider name locked. was contracted through my builder to grade the lot.  My yard has had horrible drainage issues from the very first time it rained, to the point that I get a little Provider name locked. with 4" of water going almost all around my deck any time it rains.  My builder even noticed that there were some low spots near my deck and said he would have them bring the Bobcat back by when he was doing another house down the street from me.  This being my first home purchase and me being unfamiliar with grading, I trusted my builder when he said it would be fixed.  Now he seems to have amnesia when it comes to that conversation and he told me to contact Provider name locked. since he was the one that did the grading. 



    I contacted Mr. Provider name locked. on April 3rd and explained the situation to him.  He said that he only offers a 30 day guarantee on his work but that he would swing by and see what he could do.  I spoke with him, provided pictures and I've got read receipts so I know he received them.  I contacted him again a week later on April 10th and he has yet to respond to that.  I'm not sure why he went from "I'll swing by this week to look at it" to "I'm not even going to respond to you" as I never once cursed or even raised my voice with him. 



    The bottom line is this guy did a very poor job, refuses to stand by his work and won't even contact me after he promised he would come diagnose the issue.  You would be wise to look elsewhere for your grading and landscaping needs.
    - Michael B.
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