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    RAD CONSTRUCTION
    I hired RAD to replace a floating patio slab that was slowing sinking and impacting 2 rooms in my house, for a project with a total cost of $18.5K. When RAD was done, I was left with poor quality work that will require me to hire additional tradespeople to make right before I can proceed with reframing those rooms, replacing the flooring and essentially get these parts of my house back. This is after numerous email exchanges, phone conversations, and follow-up meetings with RAD employees. I highly recommend AGAINST hiring RAD if you���re looking for quality work, and wise use of your money and your time. Here are the highlights of RAD's work on my project: ��� RAD's team left me with a crookedly placed interior foundation wall, that while Manny (the foreman) admits is unworkable, is not going to fix. Manny's solution is to recommend I hire (and pay for) a concrete cutting firm to cut out their mistake and straighten the foundation. And he was able give me a couple of names of concrete cutters. o Even after I pressed, RAD refuses to pay for this, though again Manny acknowledged that what they left me with is unworkable without the concrete cutting. He had an additional suggestion that I simply jerry rig up some non-standard interior framing, rip a few 2x4s down to a smaller size, to work around their mistake. But who seriously wants to jerry rig their own home construction? I was surprised he would seriously suggest this. o After I spoke with one of the owners, there was a tentative, verbal suggestion that maybe RAD would consider splitting the cost of the cutting repair. But at this point in time, I have a hard time believing them, or any desire to continue working with them in any capacity. ��� RAD's team literally pilfered materials from my property to use for their concrete framing and for holding up the walls after taking out the old foundation. We had set aside a number of 2x4s to use for replacing our interior wall, and RADs team used our lumber to complete their concrete framing. I could not believe this. On top of that, my husband had some lumber scraps stacked on an outdoor workbench and no joke, the RAD team piled up these wood scraps to hold up the walls, and then poured the concrete over it all. I mean, they had to seriously hunt around our property to find all these materials. What kind of a professional firm scavenges lumber from the homeowner's property? And then buries it in cement? If it matters, there is a Home Depot less than 1 mile from my house, so they could have ducked out and purchased materials. ��� The slab RAD has left me with also isn't flat and, according to my tile contractor, can't be tiled without first being leveled. When I pointed out the unevenness to RAD's foreman for the project, he said that a variation of 3/4 of an inch within a span of less than 3 feet (which is the state of what they left me with) was normal, perfectly acceptable, and that any good tile installer should be able to make up for that kind of un-levelness by just filling it in with mortar. He said my tile guy was either unqualified or trying to rip me off. I'm not sure I believe him. ��� Assorted slovenliness, property damage and unprofessionalism: o Slovenliness: The RAD crew pulled out a piece of drywall stacked with my trash which they then used as a mat for piling up 100's of pounds of unused concrete, in the middle of a planted bed. And then they left it over the Christmas holidays. And then it rained, and the drywall disintegrated. My husband and I ended up cleaning the whole mess up ourselves and hauled it out to the front of the house where they did eventually pick it up. o Property damage: broken plant pots, a broken plant stand, and plants killed when the crew rinsed their concrete covered tools on top of a planted bed. They also pulled a perfectly intact 8 x 10 heavy duty poly tarp from our outdoor workbench and used it for something during the demolition that caused it to have burn holes and tears all over it. Why don���t they have proper materials of their own to use? o Unprofessionalism: The crew started their demolition a day later than they said they would due to "a mix-up" (the entirety of their explanation; but did offer to pay for the inconvenience of boarding our animals which we did not take them up on). Then, the crew put a 5��� step in the wrong place, a mistake I luckily came home in time to discover before the cement was dry. When I pointed out the error and the need to fix this, they literally argued with me (probably because I'm female: you know how it is). Manny was not on site at the time. The RAD team argued with me despite the fact that my husband had personally supervised William, the estimator, when he gave the original instructions to the crew (include Manny, presumably), to make sure this detail had been properly conveyed. The crew was unable to reach William to clarify/verify my request. Clearly there was a breakdown in communication on the RAD side. ��� I spoke with RAD and met with the project's foreman (Manny) for a follow up inspection at my property, to give RAD a chance to address my concerns. This was after my husband had already exchanged several emails with them. They are not accepting responsibility for the shoddy work they did, even though when I pointed out the mistakes, Manny himself did verbally acknowledge that things were not right. In summary, this is not the firm you want to hire.
    - Charles K.
  • A
    Jason Tarner Cardosa
    J.T.C started on the scheduled start date and finished on the scheduled finish date. They removed and replaced approximately 60 feet of driveway in one week. The job was kept immaculate between phases and there were no surprises. I would highly recommend Jason Turner Cardosa for your concrete endeavors.
    - Lynnel G.
  • A
    RAD CONSTRUCTION
    RAD was very professional, responsive and available. The team of 3 was at my home every day for 3 weeks. They communicated the project each day, cleaned up, were friendly and polite. When I called the office Clayton or William were always available, keeping me in the loop on permits, inspections, etc. The final outcome: the slab was replaced and the problem area was raised 2���. I highly recommend R.A.D. Construction and compliment them on hiring excellent, hard working, trustworthy employees! I just hope that I won���t need them again...:-)
    - Suzanne M.
  • D
    C & H Gardens Artistic Landscape & Tree Service
    They did about half of the work orders. Supposed to remove rocks, clear out top layer of soil to get rid of all the weeds. But they only did that for one section. For the rest of the yard they just poured the rocks over everything and now all the weeds are coming back. I would not hire C&H ever again.
    - Suzanne C.
  • A
    C & H Gardens Artistic Landscape & Tree Service
    This is a great company. The owner (Kent Horner) is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of landscaping, is instinctively very artistic and is easy to work with. His crew (under the leadership of Evan) are also experienced and know what they are doing. They were promptly at the house every morning at 8:30 am. Any change requests we made were not a problem. They were happy to do them. We had zero issues with this company. It was actually enjoyable watching our house being transformed. Interestingly, many of the surrounding neighbors complemented us on the weekly improvements. Since completion of our landscape project in mid Oct, we have given out the C & H Graden phone number to at least a half dozen admirers of our property. I can't say enough about Kent Honer and his staff. We received bids from 4 companies. We chose C & H Garden...and are very happy we did.
    - Vince D.
  • A
    M&M Hauling & Bobcat Service
    M & M was very professional and did a wonderful job. A bobcat was used, so the job was finished in one day. They quoted a price and stuck to it---no surprise add-ons later. I would recommend them for dirt removal.
    - Lynn M.
  • A
    Sterling Design & Remodeling
    Sterling Design is an exceptionally well run company. From the first consultation to every step along the way Ken is right there with you to help you realize your vision, explain the pros and cons of various materials and the ins and outs of remodeling a home that was built in 1933. Thats right, my home was almost 90 years old. I was newly divorced and had bought my first home on my own. And I had never been involved in a remodel. I had heard all the stories from friends but nothing prepares you for the variety of potential hiccups when you start digging into a 90 year old home. That is except a good contractor. And this is exactly where Ken and Sterling Design and Remodeling shine. Ken hires workers with the right credentials and experience - people who show up on time and get work completed on time. Ken walks you through every step of the process. Ken consults and advises as various issues come to light. Ken problem solves with workers, coordinates time lines and supervises the entire process. And as the project comes to an end, Ken recommended subtle design elements which elevated my project from an "upgrade" to Wow. Since my work was completed, almost everyone who has walked by has commented how beautiful the property looks. I love to watch as people approach my home and stop for a moment to take in the design elements and then again as they pass by, to take one long look and appreciate all the small touches that just made my home exceptional. We have all heard the remodel nightmares from friends and strangers. And my project was not without the occasional glitch. This is where a contractor like Ken really shows what he is made of. Finding the new experts who can assist and to work them onto the schedule, work around all the other professionals that are already on the job. Coordinating that schedule and keeping things moving. Like most people my home is my biggest financial asset. And trusting my home to Ken was monumental. I can honestly say that the changes he made in my home were life changing for me. My home had become a place I am incredibly proud of. My property went from looking tired and old to designer and elegant. I have a patio and courtyard that has become the focal point of my entertaining and a quiet place where I relax most evenings. My remodel was a financially and emotionally significant experience for me. I am a first time home owner, single female with no construction knowledge or experience. Throughout the process Ken was my advisor and advocate. Since my project Ken has kept in touch to make sure there were no issues with any of the elements of the remodel and to assist me on occasion when I need recommendations for regular home repairs. I have repeatedly expressed to Ken that he is the best and that I would highly recommend him as an individual and his company for any project you have.
    - Eleanor J.
  • A
    RAD CONSTRUCTION
    This is the third time that I have contracted RAD construction for foundation and drainage in my rental properties. They are an excellent team, competent, punctual, good communicators, easy to work with, and professional. I was pleasantly surprised to encounter the same workers that built a whole new foundation for me several years ago. That indicates to me a well run company that takes care of its employees. Thanks Diana, Ross, William, Clayton, and Many for taking good care of me! You all get 5 stars!
    - Ana d.
  • B
    Rooter Alert Plumbers & Sewer Contractors
    The team came and did an estimate, and showed up at the appointed time. The only complaint that we have over the estimate was that they misjudged the length of pipe needed to be refurbished. Luckily we had a tape measure handy. The company called to set up an appointment when they would be in our area, and they were friendly, polite and professional. The crew came on the appointed day and arrived early for the job. They were professional and very efficient, beating the expected time estimate for the job, and cleaning up carefully after their work. They were polite, explained what they were doing and gave us a dvd of the pipe at the end of the job. The job came with a 50 year warranty. We would hire them again.
    - Joyce B.
  • A
    RAD CONSTRUCTION
    As smoothly as possible with tenants still in the home. RAD was available, responsive and communicative. I had them do a couple extra things which they accommodated. Any glitches were met with concern and action on their part. I will definitely use them again for any foundation work.
    - James T.
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