Portsmouth Land Excavating

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Business Description: LIT INC is a class A general contractor in the Hampton Roads area since 2003. We have done a wide variety of jobs including commercial and residential construction. We do vertical and horizontal work to include structural and retaining walls, driveways, patios, equipment pads, etc. We are licensed and insured.
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Business Description: I am a small company with 2 employees. I am available to be a sub on most major projects.
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Recent Review: I found Xteriors Pavers here on Angie's List while searching for a contractor to install a patio around our new pool.  When I saw the outstanding reputation stemming form the reviews, I contacted them and inquired about their services.  Let me tell you . . . the only problem with the review system on Angie's List is there is no way to really set apart the very goof form the truly outstanding!  A straight "A" rating just does not do Xeteriors justice!  I cannot recommend them highly enough.  My initial e-mail inquiry was responded to by an office staff member and let me know to expect a call from Taylor.  Taylor called and was very easy to talk to, and truly outstanding to work with.  We quickly set an appointment.  He stopped by to see our yard and understand our project scope, and spent considerable time talking with me and taking measurements.  Taylor even recommended some design features such as our sitting wall.  When he followed-up, he had designed a great plan for our backyard which incorporated all we discussed.  In the lead up to the work being started, all we needed was to select our pavers product colors.  With something so permanent, you want to ensure the right choice.  Taylor delivered samples of a number of colors/textures based on our discussions.  My wife and I moved these around the yard over the next two weeks.  We finally settled on our color selection, but not before narrowing it down to two finalist color combinations.  This was the hard part as we liked both equally.  Taylor delivered larger lots of these samples and arranged them in such a way that really helped us better determine our final selection.  Not once, did he ever convey anything but total patience with us during this. Rains in the Hampton Roads area caused a week long delay in our project start, but this was unavoidable.  Taylor's teams arrived early on the weather-modified start day.  This hard working crew showed nothing but professionalism and worked hard the entire time they were on our property.  Rains late on Monday caused an earlier than hoped for end to the first day, but the crew was prepped to deal with everything upon their return.  During the build, the sitting wall build deviated slightly from the plan.  When we realized what happened, we discussed options with Taylor.  The team rebuilt approximately 2/3rd's of the wall to ensure it was done to our design.  Some contractors would have tried to talk us in to keeping it the way it was, but Taylor never hesitated to ensure it was corrected and made perfect!  The install lasted through Friday, and Taylor even brought in two more crews on the final day to ensure the project was completed on time without the need for any Saturday construction time.  This included some small change orders we added during the build. The finished work in incredible!  We love our new backyard - made possible by Taylor and his crews.  The customer service provided by Taylor ranks amongst the highest I have ever received.  Xteriors has given us the backyard of our dreams.  I cannot recommend Xteriors and Taylor highly enough!  We are already thinking of some additional paver work we want them to do in the future. 
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Recent Review: The service tech arrived at the scheduled time. He attempted to locate the main drain clean-out on my property with negative results. The house had been constructed in 1974, and the clean-out apparently had not been installed, which is now required in the city code. He excavated an area in my flower bed, after carefully removing one of the plants to provide more access to the area. He located the main drain near the slab and foundation of my house. He punched a hole in the pipe and checked the full length of my main drain with his video camera. The tech discussed the condition of my main drain line, and I inquired about installing a clean-out on my property. He told me what would be required and the approximate cost. I told him I would like to have a clean-out installed. He backfilled the hole he had dug after temporarily covering the hole he had made in the pipe. He returned on 9/24/13 with the required materials and reopened that hole to gain access to the drain pipe. He installed the clean-out after power flushing my main drain to the city clean-out. He backfilled the hole again and replaced the plant he had moved. The tech was very knowledgeable and friendly, a credit to his company which I have since learned, also, maintains my whole-house generator annually. I was very pleased with the quality of his work.

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DBelletto Construction Inc
In early March we received an estimate to put in a large concrete driveway.  We chose Balletto because their estimate was prompt, reasonable, and included a detailed drawing of what the finished driveway would look like.  The estimate included excavation and the addition of a drainage pipe.  The drainage pipe ended up being a no-go because our gas line inconveniently is located right where the pipe would need to go.  They still charged for the drainage pipe even though it wasn't purchased or installed. On June 18 we received a call, they'll start work on our driveway on the 20th.  We were so excited we left from vacation early to make sure we were there for the ground-breaking.  They never showed up.  We called and they said they'd start the job on June 23.  They arrived around 1:30 and told us they'd start the job tomorrow.  They didn't show up.  On June 29 they finally broke ground.   Last year was pretty rainy so they weren't able to pour the concrete for about a month, enough time for a significant amount of grass to grow on the excavated site.  They showed up to pour on July 22 and poured right over the grass.  I didn't realize at the time that concrete should never be poured over organic material, without a gravel base and/or wire mesh.  I don't know much about concrete , but my friends with concrete experience were pretty dumbfounded when I posted a picture online of the concrete being poured.  The phrase "I hope you have a warranty" was said more than a few times.   Anyway, it's been about 8 months since the job was finished.  There's a large low spot that puddles significantly, I'd need rain boots to keep my feet dry while walking through it, and it already has a crack running nearly the full width of the driveway.  With no wire mesh to keep the crack in-check, it's sure to grow wider with every freezing rain and eventually have grass running through it.  I emailed the company to see if anything can be done and didn't receive a response.  I really didn't expect to get one, but it's only fair to give them a chance.   We were left with the impression that our job was an inconvenience.  The workers were nice enough and worked hard when they finally did show up. I've never written a bad review before and it is not a pleasant experience.  Pretty bummed about it.
- Sarah T....
ADominion Pavers
I found Xteriors Pavers here on Angie's List while searching for a contractor to install a patio around our new pool.  When I saw the outstanding reputation stemming form the reviews, I contacted them and inquired about their services.  Let me tell you . . . the only problem with the review system on Angie's List is there is no way to really set apart the very goof form the truly outstanding!  A straight "A" rating just does not do Xeteriors justice!  I cannot recommend them highly enough.  My initial e-mail inquiry was responded to by an office staff member and let me know to expect a call from Taylor.  Taylor called and was very easy to talk to, and truly outstanding to work with.  We quickly set an appointment.  He stopped by to see our yard and understand our project scope, and spent considerable time talking with me and taking measurements.  Taylor even recommended some design features such as our sitting wall.  When he followed-up, he had designed a great plan for our backyard which incorporated all we discussed.  In the lead up to the work being started, all we needed was to select our pavers product colors.  With something so permanent, you want to ensure the right choice.  Taylor delivered samples of a number of colors/textures based on our discussions.  My wife and I moved these around the yard over the next two weeks.  We finally settled on our color selection, but not before narrowing it down to two finalist color combinations.  This was the hard part as we liked both equally.  Taylor delivered larger lots of these samples and arranged them in such a way that really helped us better determine our final selection.  Not once, did he ever convey anything but total patience with us during this. Rains in the Hampton Roads area caused a week long delay in our project start, but this was unavoidable.  Taylor's teams arrived early on the weather-modified start day.  This hard working crew showed nothing but professionalism and worked hard the entire time they were on our property.  Rains late on Monday caused an earlier than hoped for end to the first day, but the crew was prepped to deal with everything upon their return.  During the build, the sitting wall build deviated slightly from the plan.  When we realized what happened, we discussed options with Taylor.  The team rebuilt approximately 2/3rd's of the wall to ensure it was done to our design.  Some contractors would have tried to talk us in to keeping it the way it was, but Taylor never hesitated to ensure it was corrected and made perfect!  The install lasted through Friday, and Taylor even brought in two more crews on the final day to ensure the project was completed on time without the need for any Saturday construction time.  This included some small change orders we added during the build. The finished work in incredible!  We love our new backyard - made possible by Taylor and his crews.  The customer service provided by Taylor ranks amongst the highest I have ever received.  Xteriors has given us the backyard of our dreams.  I cannot recommend Xteriors and Taylor highly enough!  We are already thinking of some additional paver work we want them to do in the future. 
- Allen S....
AAmerican Mechanical Inc
The service tech arrived at the scheduled time. He attempted to locate the main drain clean-out on my property with negative results. The house had been constructed in 1974, and the clean-out apparently had not been installed, which is now required in the city code. He excavated an area in my flower bed, after carefully removing one of the plants to provide more access to the area. He located the main drain near the slab and foundation of my house. He punched a hole in the pipe and checked the full length of my main drain with his video camera. The tech discussed the condition of my main drain line, and I inquired about installing a clean-out on my property. He told me what would be required and the approximate cost. I told him I would like to have a clean-out installed. He backfilled the hole he had dug after temporarily covering the hole he had made in the pipe. He returned on 9/24/13 with the required materials and reopened that hole to gain access to the drain pipe. He installed the clean-out after power flushing my main drain to the city clean-out. He backfilled the hole again and replaced the plant he had moved. The tech was very knowledgeable and friendly, a credit to his company which I have since learned, also, maintains my whole-house generator annually. I was very pleased with the quality of his work.
- William D....