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  • It went well.  His team came early each day and did a good job cleaning up.  Team worked through many of the cold winter days unless it was raining or snowing.  Very pleased with end result and Luis did an excellent job cleaning up after the project was finished.
    I had to have a set of stone stairs that rise 2-stories to my front door
    rebuilt.  I had a structural engineer design the plans and submit them
    to the town.  Got three separate quotes for the construction.  Choose
    Luis as he was the most flexible in working on price with me.  He
    agreed to reuse the existing stone so that so that it would match the
    rest of the house.  His guys came on time and he was excellent in
    cleaning up and making sure the project looked excellent at completion. 
    He even came back 10 days after completion to power wash the stairs to
    remove residual cement dust.  There were a few things that I wanted to
    change once we got started (things the engineer failed to include in the
    plans),  He was able to do these and gave me a very fair price to
    expand the scope.
    Project involved:  Demolition of the existing
    stairs, Digging and pouring a foundation, preparing concrete forms,
    pouring concrete walls and treads, splitting existing granit into facing
    material, facing the stairs, installing blue-stone treads, Underneath
    the stairs was a large storage room which was also coated in stucco.
    - Fred E.
  • As part of the sale of my 120 year old home, I was required to have my oil tank removed, as the buyer will be converting to gas heat. The huge tank had been put into a small area of my side yard (probably in the 1930s), wedged between the foundation of my home and the sewer line, with a clay drain pipe running over it. In less than a day, Dutchess dug up the tank in mid-February, had the tank cleaned and drained, removed the tank on another truck, installed a temporary oil tank, hooked it up to the existing oil lines, transferred most of the oil that remained from my old tank to the temporary one, and filled the hole with over a truckload of soil. They removed and then reassembled the unexpected drain pipe at no extra cost. Because of the tank's close proximity to the foundation and the sewer line, they had to carefully use their backhoe and skillfully maneuver and lift the tank out. The expertise and professionalism demonstrated by Lou and Keith in doing this was impressive. Additionally, the office coordinator, Patti, was extremely helpful and responsive to my calls. Because of our approaching closing, she helped make sure the paperwork associated with the soil testing was sent to me as quickly as possible. Truly a terrific team.
    - Frederic E.
  • C. Commisso & Sons is a third generation, family owned and operated small business.  They are highly regarded locally by both municipal authorities, fellow contractors and former customers.  I was very impressed by their attention to safety.  Their traffic control (cones) and signage was clear and appropriate.  The excavation itself was carefully done with a small backhoe at first and then hand digging as they neared the pipes.  More importantly, the hole was braced against cave in with a system of shoring consisting of beams and metal wales.  The site was kept clean and materials were neatly stored overnight.  The job was completed in just two days.
       Two-way communication with one of the owners was fine.  Not only was their bid price very competitive, but there were no nickel-and-dime extras.  In terms of honesty, they are excellent: when the municipality waived the permit fee, that savings was passed on to me.  I would not hesitate to recommend C. Commisso and Sons to anyone.
    - Richard R.
  • Wayne Sr. the co-owner was very responsive, knowledgeable and contacted me by email right away. he explained the process options clearly, reviewed site and gave me a fair quote promptly.His son apparently now runs the business. all the work was done well in about 2 days and the men did a fine job and clean up. we were well satisfied with the work. The only real negative was in the followup paperwork. In preparing the paperwork the number of my house was typed 69 instead of 67 and then someone tried to write over the 9 to make it a 7 and messed it up. Three phone calls later including a supposed drop off of the proper document has still not resoved this issue as of this morning 10/1. normally a minor point in the review process but if this document is not correct when you go to sell the house and someone challenges this you are now in an old jackpot.hope to resolve this today since I told them very clearly that has impacted my satisfaction level for this review.
    - william c.
  • The inspection was done at 8 a.m. on Saturday and the report was provided at 11:15pm on Tuesday (Monday being President's Day). The report of O'Hanlon Excavation was a mere 48 words long. It contained no photographs. It contained no sketch. It contained no plan.
    The report reads, in its entirety:
    "Septic Tank
    Septic tank made of brick. All components and water level correct. Very well built tank.
    Septic Fields
    Septic fields are in failure. Large area leaking by road. Performed dye test on fields, leakage appears in wet spot. Leakage appears to be due to sub pump. Exit pipe flooding last field."
    Honestly, the report left me with more questions than answers. I specifically wanted to know what it would cost to address any problems and I used this company to do the inspection specifically because they do installations and repairs and he said he could tell me what it would cost to replace or repair the system.
    I sent Kerry a list of questions about his report and received a response from his wife to leave a telephone number so he cal call me to discuss.

    I was looking more for a "report" than 48 words which could have been texted to me on my phone. And I can't really say that I understand why it took him so long to issue the report that he issued. He apparently told the homeowner that the field failure was due to the sump pump draining into the field and that Kerry offered to extend the pipe for $650 to fix the problem. This is not mentioned in the report.
    I am frankly bothered by the fact that my inspector is offering to do repair work for the homeowner but failing to actually make reference to that fact in his report...not just the fact that he offered to do the work, but failing to even tell me what it would cost to begin to remedy the situation).
    I really did expect more in the way of telling me what needs to be done to fix the problem and at what cost. Kerry seemed to believe that the only thing he was hired to do was tell me if the system was operational or in failure. He did say that he did not know whether changing the sump pump drainage would fix the problem and suggested we put contract language in, to cover the possibility that a new drainage field is needed. But that was all done on the phone after I complained about the 48 words.
    He also said that he did not need to use a camera for the inspection which bothered me a lot since the only reason I was hiring him, and he knew this, was because he said he would be able to snake a camera down to look at the drain field.
    All in all, I am sure he does great work. I just would not recommend him to do an inspection if you expect to get anything that resembles a "report" that can be used for any purpose.

    Update: I did speak with the Westchester Department of Health regarding the information generally, and they confirmed that a camera inspection would not necessarily be helpful in this situation. They advised that once the sump pump situation is fixed, I would have to wait several weeks to see if the problem cleared up and if it did not, further investigation would have to be done. He advised that to repair the system (meaning using the same fields, but replacing the tank and piping) could cost as much as $15,000 but that if it turned out that a new system had to be installed (meaning new fields because were required) it could cost upwards of $40,000 to do). That was the information I wanted from the outset -- turns out I could have had that information for free simply by calling the Department of Health.

    Kerry's report was obviously useful to the extent it advised the system was in failure. Unfortunately, it did little to tell me what my exposure was if I purchased the property and that was the primary purpose of having him go out there.
    - David S.
  • Called for a quote and they gave me the best price - $700 for an above ground oil tank removal .  I sent in a deposit (25%) and signed the proposal.  One month later I made a status inquiry only to be told they were waiting for me to obtain a permit for the work.  I told them I was surprised as no one told me I had to secure a permit nor was there a discussion of such an obligation on my part.  I called my town and they told me the homeowner never secures a permit, the contractor simply passes on the cost and insurance information needs to be provided to the town.  I have requested a refund of my deposit.
    - Seana W.
  • They started the work in two different phases. They came out since November 2009. They worked as a general contractor for construction of a new garage. They did roof replacement, painting, refinishing of a porch, excavation, and masonry work. The cost of $130,000 was covered by insurance. The quality of their work was very good. We will not fail to call them again if we had additional work.
    - adrianna m.
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