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    Alpha Structural, Inc.
    This is THE company to use. I had an old 1907 wooden house sitting on a decaying brick foundation and needing a sister foundation installed and a complete seismic retrofit. Even during the bidding process, Brad from Alpha was extremely attentive without being assertive. I contacted four other companies although one I eliminated since they charged a fee for inspecting. Alpha was very timely with their bid and flexible when I needed help with the budget. All the way through the process, every single person at Alpha was extraordinarily good at customer relations, returned emails immediately, and stayed in constant contact throughout the entire process. Whenever there was a slight change to the original plan due to permitting or a plumbing adjustment, Alpha was very proactive and made sure everything was communicated clearly and promptly. I have really NEVER worked with a company that had such excellent communication skills. This is really one reason I selected them to do the work and, even though they may not have been the least expensive, it is worth the extra price for this reason alone. And Alpha Structural's work speaks for itself as well. Everything was done precisely and well beyond code, an unbid section of foundation was provided under the front porch without increase to the budget, and all materials used were of the highest quality. The project went on somewhat longer than estimated due to permit changes and a short weather delay but was still finished in a timely way. My home is our family's largest asset and it is a great relief to now know it is sitting on a solid foundation. The entire process from first to last was excellent and I cannot say enough good things about the way Alpha Structural handled the project. From the front office to the boots on the ground: A++
    - James M.
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    Horizon Construction & Remodeling Inc
    I hired Mark Besnos and Enna of Horizon Construction and Remodeling in the spring of 2019 to do a complete kitchen remodel which included removing a load bearing wall and removing a gas fireplace. The actual construction began with the demolition in mid-July and the job was completed the last week of October. I had a great experience overall despite the usual stresses of a home remodeling project (and living in the house during construction). Mark listened to my ideas and concerns and he helped me bring the beach cottage home of my dreams to fruition. He was very knowledgeable and gave me great advice on every aspect of the project. Mark and Enna invited me to their showroom in Fullerton and showed me a wide variety of materials (flooring, tile, Quartz, cabinetry, etc.) to choose from. I appreciated Mark’s attention to detail, thorough explanation of our contract, extensive resources, and consistent open communication. Mark was the project manager for my remodel and he was onsite regularly to oversee his crew. I always felt as though my project was Mark and Enna’s top priority. Any time I had a question or concern, Mark and/or Enna, promptly took my call or immediately called me back. Mark was committed to keeping the project on schedule as much as possible, even when unforeseen delays occurred due to materials being held up. He always had a plan B to keep things moving. All of his crew members were very reliable, courteous, and dedicated. Many of his crew members even came to my house on weekends. I am extremely happy with my new, improved, expansive kitchen, living, and dining room. I absolutely love it! A huge Thank You to Mark, Enna, the incredible office staff (Genesis and Vanessa) and to all of the skilled craftsmen at Horizon for creating a beautiful home for my family!
    - Dawn C.
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    Horizon Construction & Remodeling Inc
    Horizon construction and Remodeling did a major kitchen remodel for us including removal of walls, fireplace, and reconstruct a large portion of our ceiling. They literally transformed our kitchen! After checking out many others, we decided to choose Horizon Construction and Remodeling because of all the great reviews. After meeting the staff, our project manager David Eskin and reading all the positive reviews we knew we made the right decision. The staff is wonderful. Very caring, respectful and honest. Our kitchen turned out beautiful. We are very happy with the outcome! Demolition was right on schedule and the crew was excellent, very fast and left the job neat at the end of the day. We did however encounter a set back which caused a long pause after demolition. This lengthened the job quite a bit and added additional expense and inconvenience (we feel) could have been avoided with a more through inspection (pre-demo). All the staff at Horizon are great to work with. David our project manager is terrific. He is easy to work with and very helpful. He provided suggestions that were very helpful and added to the beauty of our job. There were times he could have lost his patience because of my indecisiveness but never once did! He’s a true gentleman. Caesar our cabinet maker is a master at his trade. We love his work and are so pleased with our cabinets! Something notable that you may not find in many other constructions companies. With Horizon, once the project ends, they treat you with the same kindness as the day you signed the contract. This company shines in Customer satisfaction!
    - Gina N.
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    Horizon Construction & Remodeling Inc
    We recently had our 2500 square foot home remodeled by Horizon Construction & Remodel, which included the kitchen, master bath, flooring, lighting, paint, fireplaces, millwork, plumbing and tile. We contacted a total of four general contractors, all of whom were within the same approximate price range, however, after meeting with Mike Roppo, we decided to sign a contract with Horizon and we’re glad we did! Mike was our Project Manager and he did an excellent job overseeing and managing the entire project from start to finish. He is professional, knowledgeable, personable and made sure that everything was done right! He was quick to respond to phone calls, texts, and emails and came by to check the work often. We are retired so we were able monitor the work as it was being completed. At times issues would arise, but whenever we expressed a concern, Mike was prompt to resolve it, making sure that all work was done to our complete satisfaction and that no corners were cut. All of the contractors that worked in our home were very experienced and good at what they did! We were especially impressed with Hector who painted the entire inside of the house, and Victor who did all of the tile and marble work in the master bath, kitchen, and fireplaces. Also Ulyses (plumbing), Hugo (flooring), Caesar (countertops), and Tomar (electrician), were all excellent at their crafts. The process of remodeling our entire home took five months and everything turned our beautiful! Horizon Construction & Remodel is an excellent company that stands behind their work and prides themselves in customer satisfaction!
    - LINDA A.
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    Horizon Construction & Remodeling Inc
    All workmanship and workers were very professional and very nice.  They always cleaned after their jobs. We are very happy with the way our bathroom turned out.  Michaelangelo Roppo - our project manager was very helpful. He spend 2 days shopping with me, picking out everything was needed for the remodel. And I DO MEAN EVERYTHING.  i really did appreciate his time snd expertise.  The ladies in the office are very nice.  Enna Eskin helped me match colors and styles for cabinets and counter tops in Horizon's showroom.  I will recommend Horizon Construction and Remodeling for any of your projects 😄
    - Donna T.
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    Butel Construction Inc
    Shai is an outstanding “General” with his own team. Expert, personable, efficient and responsive to all requests. In addition, Shai is very helpful coordinating with Insurance Companies. HIGHEST MARKS
    - Oak D.
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    Horizon Construction & Remodeling Inc
    We contracted Horizon Remodeling to remodel our fireplace and paint our kitchen, family room, living room and hallway. Eitan Beznos managed the project and was extremely conscientious making sure all work was done correctly and completed as promised. He met with us frequently to check progress and make sure work was done to our satisfaction. When we asked for additional electrical work, he arranged for an excellent electrician named Tomer who did a fantastic job for us, We would recommend Horizon Remodeling. Work was well done and finished earlier than promised.
    - Connie Z.
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    Mr Carlos Pools
    Super satisfied with the complete process of Mr. Carlos Pools. We finally pulled the trigger after years of debating back and forth to do it. We have had multiple bids over the years including having Steve from Mr. Carlos out to change our design a couple of times. They stayed consistent, never pushy and worked with us each time to be transparent in their pricing and stay in our budget. They had so many options and were absolutely able to do some very neat high end features that we didn't need but cool to see amazing ideas that were available outside a cookie cutter simple pool. In the end, although we kept it with our initial design, they implemented some changes to give us options of a much higher end appearance but still within our budget. The mini pebble plaster was one upgrade we went with and really gave us that wow factor and pretty neat crystal clear blue water look we desired. We also went with a modern edge coping that didn't break the bank, there were so many choices, many of which fit the budget still. They upgraded our tile at their cost as well which I really appreciated to finish off our selections and overall aesthetic. Other bids we had went from close pricing, yet less upgrades to really high bids that were 15-20k more, not sure how those other pool builders can charge so much but Mr. Carlos Pools and their team just gave us what we really wanted in the end for a fair price. A special thank you to our rep Steve, foreman Jose, project cord. Austen and design rep. Lisa. The subcontractors were all very professional and great as well but we really wanted to thank the team at Mr. Carlos. We live in Glendora and will recommend them to anyone. We know of at least four people who have used them and three other friends or family that are currently in the process, all with positive experiences. I've seen some negative reviews which I'm sure happen from time to time but think they may be competitors trying to badmouth. Sad. From my experience and others I know firsthand, this company is more than willing to deliver on their promises and correct any issues that may arise. Feel free to message me or ask directly for further information on our family's project. Literally could not be happier!
    - Zak B.
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    Marcos Hauling and Junk Removal INC
    Marcos and his team were great to work with. They arrived on time, and made quick work out of a very big exterior demo job. They did the work as described in the bid, and left everything clean at the job site. We’d be happy to use them again!
    - Loren Monrovia w.
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    Signature Landscape inc
    For those who may not want to read my treatise on Signature Landscape, let me start by summarizing: These are consummate professionals who really care about the work they do and the customer they are doing it for. It was clear to me that it was as important to them that the job was done right as it was to me. They honestly do stake their name on the quality of their work. So, in short, highly recommended. OK, now for more details…First up, let me address price, because frankly when I read reviews that’s a prime question I want answered: “Are they competitive on price?” The answer is yes, absolutely. Let me clarify: Signature Landscape is not going to be your lowest bid, but based on my experience they are price-competitive and frankly for the peace of mind you get by hiring a competent, communicative and experienced team to do the work, any pennies you may have saved on a low-bid are worth spending for the quality and lack of frustration. We chose Signature over the others for that reason and because Signature was much clearer in the specifics of the job, what they were and weren’t going to do. There was no ambiguity, and they are professional in the way they do their contracts. For example, one of the people we had bid (the low bidder) gave a fantastic price, but very little detail. Ok so you’re going to build the wall we want, but what’s the process? What are you going to do and not do and are you going to do it right? Pressed for details they simply didn’t respond. Another contractor kept trying to give me the details on the phone, but wouldn’t respond via email follow-up. These were btw, well-reviewed contractors in my area as well, but I just didn’t feel comfortable with that communication style. Also, knowing the details and the price breakdown was valuable to me since I’ve done a lot of DIY around the house and really have a good sense of what I can and can’t do on my own (and frankly even if I can do something, doesn’t mean I want to or that it won’t take me an ages to accomplish—so sometimes it’s just worth paying the pros). Before continuing describing the work done, I just want to take a moment to say that the proprietor, Moe, is a great guy. You meet him, you instantly like him. I don’t know if Moe uses the same crew on every job, but the team he put in place for us was led by Chepé who is also an extremely friendly and hard-working guy. The amount of work he can do is Paul Bunyun level! Apparently, he’s been working with Moe and Signature Landscape for many many years and you can really see that in their relationship. They’re very much like The Odd Couple and a real treat to work with. A brief description of the project we did includes: Building a sitting wall with a poured concrete cap, laying flagstone for a patio area and a path from that patio to the other side of the yard where I will (again, I’m a DIY guy) be building a deck. We also had a large area filled with pea gravel where we placed planters for a patio garden. The pea gravel also was used—to tie the whole look together—as the fill between the flagstones. A small patch of grass remains in the middle (Chepé reconfigured the existing sprinkler system to accommodate the changes. He also added a valve for me and setup individual drip irrigation risers for watering potted plants and for the planters in the gravel area). While we had an idea of what we wanted, Signature Landscape (both Moe and Chepé) still consulted with us on the look and layout. While they were happy to give us what we wanted, they were not shy with their opinions on what would look best when we were unsure and/or if they anticipated issues with what we envisioned. An example of this is that I had originally envisioned the grass area in a different shape, but it would have created narrow spots that would be difficult to irrigate (didn’t even occur to me). So, based on that advice we changed the look and honestly, I think it’s better than imagined. Likewise, Chepé suggested widening the flagstone path, which again we think looks better than what we originally planned. They also consulted with us on the color of the concrete wall cap, color and texture of the stucco and on and on. Likewise, Moe in particular gave advice on what other things we could do, either DIY or by contracting with him again in the future, that would tie in the remainder of the yard. The project lasted about 3 weeks and we developed a pretty good rapport with the onsite team, which sometimes was just Chepé and other times was a small crew, depending on what was being done. Chepé’s attention to detail is amazing and you can tell he really cares about the quality of his work and those he directed, which I think may explain why Moe and he have been business partners this long. Here’s an example: When they poured the concrete seat, something went wrong with the mix. Not sure exactly what happened, but it wasn’t bonding correctly or something along those lines. I imagine a lesser contractor may have just let it go. Maybe it would have held up, maybe not. Chepé was troweling it, smoothing it out and contouring edge and he clearly wasn’t satisfied, so he just took a sledge hammer to it and started over the next day. Just like that. No complaints, didn’t even blink (though we did go out and buy Chepé and the crew some beers, seemed like they could use it) and while I’m guessing that took a chunk from their bottom line, Signature Landscape didn’t try to pad the budget with other work to recover costs or anything like that. They just did it and got it done and it’s excellent! Likewise, at the end of the job, due to a loose sprinkler connection (not a big deal really), we found out that the new wall was really good at holding water back. Too good (made a nice pond). So, again, without complaint and without charging me a nickel more, the crew came out, dug a drain and fixed the problem. You can’t even tell they were there. And that was true at the end of the job in general. When they finally finished, if it wasn’t for the completed work, you’d never know they’d been there. It was spotless. No equipment left, no debris left, just a job well done.
    - Greg R.
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