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Business Description: Tree Service/ Landscaping
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Recent Review: Andrew Grading and Excavating has done many jobs for myself and our business. The work has been nothing but top notch! His workings are polite, punctual, and communicate every step of the project. I highly recommend them to anyone that wants their job completed correctly.
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Business Description: VA Class A Contractor 20 Years Experience
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Business Description: Welding (STICK,MIG), Excavation land clearing and gravel driveways, debris removal (brush, trees, dirt, rock)
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Business Description: Big Ivy Enterprises,LLC is a excavating company located in Meadows of Dan, Va just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Business Description: Family owned.
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Business Description: We are a small Excavating Company in King George VA with 15 pieces of Real Heavy Equipment To meet all your needs, Call Steve today for your free estimate.
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Business Description: We are a small Family Owned and Operated Paving Business. Build in the heart of South Western Virginia we strive to be a part of and serve the community we live in. All we know is hard work and sweat pay off. Let our work ethic work for you. If you don’t like it we will do it again.
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Recent Review: On the first day, the trucks rolled in with a Bobcat and a small CAT backhoe. The excavation began and was complete in 2-3 days. Gravel of varying sizes and perforated PVC pipe was delivered, as well as 12 pallets of pavers and support stones. We had selected the color when we signed the contract for the job. Once the excavation was done the hole was draped with a black thick cloth and gravel(s) installed in the hole (up to 2 ft. deep for the area with the drainage problem...Bill shot the elevations using surveying type equipment). The laying of the pavers was one of the fun things to watch as the small "cobblestones" fit tightly and look great, but do allow all water to percolate under ground and out of the area to drains placed in our front hill. The path then continued around the entire front of our house, where it was in a shallower, but well-prepared hole which had gravel and basecoarse in it. The effect of this paving system is stunning. Upon Bill's recommendation, approx. 8 large oak trees were removed from our front hill (steep, appx. 40 deg. angle) which would open up areas to plant and also give our large front porch the benefit of a lot more sun and sky. Next phase was to clear the brush and my own poor attempts at planting flowers and shrubs, and the new plants arrived. We had hundreds of bushes and plants, plus labor to plant them made up $15-18,000 of our budget for the job. The plants arrived in good condition, and the holes (all dug into the NRV yellow clay with ample "Radford Potato" sized river rocks in every shovelfull, were amended with manure and plant food. We had a huge amount of mulch put down, and the place looks fantastic. We fed Miracle Gro on everything for 2 weeks, and now the slow release plant food is "on the job".and was added to the amended soil at planting time. We have soaker hoses and regualr large sprinklers and are watering diligently to give the plants a good start (especially considering this summer's heat). We would DEFINITELY use GREEN ACRES, LLC. again (in fact, I'm dreaming of a cascading water feature...someday). Bill has over 20 years experience doing this, and it's obvious when you talk to him, when he presents a suggested plan for the property, and the execution of what he says will be done, IS DONE, and is done beautifully. We are very pleased and it WAS a DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION of our "ugly stepsister" home into one of the prettiest yards in the area.

Reviews in Galax to Prepare Building Site

AD & D Excavating
Our experience with D&D Excavating was completely positive, and they have done a great deal of work for us in some tricky terrain. We built our house on completely unimproved land, and land that has a significant amount of rock not far beneath the surface. It took some real skill to successfully excavate for the foundation of our house and to install the (rather deep) ground loop for its geothermal heating system. In doing these things, the skill and ingenuity of this company saved us thousands of dollars it would have cost us to bring in heavier equipment to deal with the rock in a more straightforward way. This house has been finished now for almost two years, so we've had time to appreciate the quality of this work. The road they built into our house is very well built, beautifully banked to help with water flow, and has a good solid base. The drainage around the house (not just the road, but rainwater control systems as well) they built work beautifully. When ever we need excavating work in the future, we will call them.
- Barbara F....
ACalvary Weld Service Inc
They did good work, they were quick, and it was reasonably priced. I would have preferred if he had come out to look at the work at the end to make sure that I was satisfied.
- Janet B....
AHarold Hood Co
Harold Hood of Harold Hood Company, Inc. is one of the most straightforward, honest people you will meet.  He is up front about what he charges, then he does the job and I mean thoroughly.  He cleared my lot, excavated the hole for a basement, hauled, back filled, graded.  He was always on time, always finished when he said he would finish and did every task to perfection.  Harold is truly talented in what he does and again, I reiterate he is honest and you can trust him to do the right.  Since his work on my lot, I have received a lot of compliments on the quality of clearing and attention to detail on the digging of my basement.  Thank you Harold.
- Ronald S....
AW&M Backhoe Services
The price was a fraction of other estimates.  The work was top-notch. All digging around existing underground utilities was done by hand. I have worked with many equipment operators, and I was very impressed by Mr. Hamm.  I believe he could flip a dime with an excavator if he tried.
- Lisa M....
FSTEELE CONSTRUCTION
Donald "Hopper" Steele and Brenda Steele caused a major setback on our home building project. I paid them $24,650 up front to clear land and lay stone for a 1300 foot long driveway. The amount was that high due to the stone for the driveway being $18,000. A couple days before it was time for Steele to purchase the stone, they asked for a meeting and presented me with a bill for $8080, "due upon receipt", because the job and rocks were taking longer than expected. Yes, one could say "Rock Clause", but no additional equipment was needed to remove rocks, and everyone knew the surface rocks were there from the start. They were clearly visible and factored in from the initial contract, which totaled $50,180. Brenda Steele wanted me to cough up $8080 that day or they would leave. Needless to say, I didn't, because the contract was for the scope of work and a set amount. They wouldn't give me any assurance that they wouldn't do this again and it felt like extortion. I found it fishy that they needed the additional money right now when it was time for them to buy the stone for which I had already paid them, weeks before. They packed up their bulldozer and quit in the middle of the job! In the end, they refunded $8800 of the $24,650. Besides the money, it took an additional month to find and get a new excavator started. When Donald Steele was "working", which was pretty much every other day, he thought it was okay to ignore the surveyor's "Limit of Disturbance" stakes as well and did not follow the plan at all. In the end, I was very glad to have a new excavator who did a much better job than they ever would have done. My advice is don't ever use Steele Construction for your project! The work is poorly done and excessively slow with shoddy equipment that breaks down. They try to change the terms of the contract in the middle to get more money when you are deep into the project. Just stay away from this excavator!
- John G....
AJohnny Werks
The job started under fair skys with excavation of the required area to build the wall.  Johnny Lester, the main man, was one earth moving master and although the soil removal was at times difficult to get the right position, Johhny handled it all with determination and accuracy.  The excavation took 2 complete days, and to be honest, I was actually surprised it was done that quickly.      The wall building was carefully planned out before even attempting to lift a block into place.  Now, to be on the up and up, I had viewed some You Tube videos on retaining wall building because I wanted to know something about what my builder was going to try to sell me.  To his credit, his proposals agreed with what I had viewed, so I was fairly sure he knew what he was attempting to do.     So, a trench was dug and filled with gravel, tamped down, and the 1st painstaking row of block laid down.  Never realized just how time consuming it is to get everything perfectly level side to side and front to back for a length of 59 feet with a 90 degree corner in the middle, but Johnny never hurried or lagged behind as the very 1st row is the most critical,,,,and he finished that 1st row in a single day, less in fact, because it had rained the night before and we had to wait a couple of hours for the area to dry out.  The remainder of the wall went up quickly at a pace of 2 to 3 courses a day plus the gravel drainage and packed dirt and reinforcing geogird every 2 courses.  This man worked hard, he worked harder than I ever thought possible.      Overall, I was quoted 2 weeks from start to end, and if was 1 week and 6 days to be exact.  The wall came out just beautiful and I'd not find a worker more dedicated to the job. 
- James B....
AJ L KENT & SONS CONTRACTOR
I highly recommend them.  Previous culvert pipes failed and stream came out of bed in heavy rain, destroying much of driveway. I tried five other contractors to get quotes.  J.L. Kent were most responsive.  Professional, on time, kept to the cost they quoted plus were able to accommodate additional needs that arose.  Estimator Robert Mitchell was punctual, professional, and quickly provided a detailed quote. The site supervisor David Ellington and shovel operator John were friendly, honest, and easy to work with.  They limited how much new rock I had to buy by incorporating existing materials.  They were very understanding of our need to keep within budget.   The price may seem high but it was big job and we definitely got our money's worth.  It now looks great!
- Hugh W....
AJ&J Enterprises
They came on day one and repaired my septic system.  We hired them to also do our excavating.  It was a hard task as they had to dig the bank back over twenty feet.  They also removed trees and rocks and didn't charge extra.  They were able to complete the job in four days as compared to the estimate of other contracters of two weeks.  I highly recommend them.
- Natalie A....
FCASH SEPTIC SVC
After contacting Cash Septic to find and pump my septic system, it took over three weeks to finally get them to come out to my home. On Friday, June 21st they were supposed to come out and begin by flushing a transmitter down the toilet so that they could locate the septic system in the yard. They called me and told me they were to backed up and would not be able to make it out. We rescheduled for the following Tuesday. On Tuesday 6/25/13 they were supposed to be out at 3pm to begin the process. They showed up at 5:30pm and unloaded a tractor so that when they located the septic tank they could excavate and pump and then install a riser. They forgot the transmitter and went back to the shop to get it. At that time I recieved a call from them saying that the evening was already shot and that they would defantley be there tomorrow (Wednesday June 26th) at 3pm to begin the process. On Wednesday they were supposed to be there at 3pm and showed at 5pm. I asked them if they would be able to complete the work that day and they said they were not sure. I told them to pack their tractor up and leave that I would contract another company to do the job. These people are unreliable and not at all punctual as to the times they say they will be at your home. I would avoid using this service at all costs unless aggravation is something you enjoy.
- Brian H....
FLITTLE CREEK EXCAVATING
The project/building was HORRIBLE overall.  In June, 2011 when the contract was signed I gave the Contractor a check for $9,000.  All materials were picked out by me with the Contractor by my side and I took samples of everything that I had selected - (the contractor took nothing with him).  Two months later and by the time the project was to be completed,  only a hole had been dug to lay the foundation - (by then $18,000 had been paid) and I only had the foundation dug up, but I paid installment # 2.  By the end of December of 2011 - (6 months later) I still did not have a completed building but the contractor needed more money.  I did a walk thru with the Contractor and found that the building was leaking, the concrete foundation was uneven and it was not in any condition to use at all.  As I did the walk-thru with the Contractor - I pointed out everything that was wrong and that needed to be fixed before he received his final payment and the Contractor never took a single note.  The roofing that I had picked out and paid for was not the roof that was put on the Storage Building.  When it rained, the concrete floor would flood and their was no insulation put on the walls so rain came thru - not a building to use for storing anything.  When the wind blew, the siding buckled up and fell off.  When I refused to make the final payment until everything was fixed, the Contractor thru up his hands and said he was finished and that there was nothing wrong with the building.  In July of this year, (July, 2012) the Contractor decided to take me to Court to get his final payment which I never gave him because the Storage Building is not usable and nothing has been done to fix it.  Because he tried to sue me for non payment of his final $8,000, I had to get an Attorney so I used the final $8,000 to pay for my Attorney.  The case was dismissed and I still don't have a Storage Building that I can use so I have to get another Contractor to fix the problems from the first Contractor. As I reflect on the horrible Contractor experience, I realize that there were signs along the way that I ignored.  The Contractor that I used didn't want to take any direction from a female therefore he did what he wanted and thought he could get away with it.  What he didn't realize is that as a Professional Woman, we know what we want and will pay to get it or we won't pay if you try to take advantage of us and don't give us what we are willing to pay for it.  Whether the Contractor likes it or not, we are paying them to do it the way we want it and not have them second guess what we should have. Let this be a lesson to all - if you feel that your Contractor isn't really listening to you, walk away immediately and don't pay the price that I did buy trying to go with a local contractor, go with your gut and continue to look for a Contractor who not only wants your business but wants to give you what you want. As of 12/31/2012 - I still don't have a usable 1200 sq ft  Storage Unit!!!  
- Gloria H....