Best 30 Landscape Contractors in Madison, AL with Reviews - YP.com
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09/23/2015
By: Jennifer C.
Southern Landscaping Lawn Maintenance
This is the worst experience that I've ever had! DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN!! He quoted me for a job which was for labor and parts. Not only did I have to give him the all the money he quoted me for so he could buy the supplies he needed, he also needed more money on top of that, HE DID NOT COMPLETE THE JOB!! This job was started on Aug 10,2015 and up until yesterday Sep 22, 2015 when my husband and I were so tired of hearing excuse after excuse as to why he did not finish or has not come to work on it. This is an example of how bad it was - I would call and call and call, my husband who is working overseas would call and call and call, not only till I used my son's phone because he did not know his number, or my husband used his overseas company phone to get a hold of him did he pick up the phone. I tell you what though.. when it came time to ask for money to buy more supplies he sure did come to my house that day. It was constant excuse after excuse. THIS MAN MADE ME SICK TO MY STOMACH KNOWING THAT HE TOOK MY MONEY KNOWING THAT HE WOULD NOT COMPLETE THE JOB!! When I would ask him when he would come he would have the audacity to tell me he has other jobs he had to complete. He also did some landscaping, he did not finish putting one of my bushes in (which he had excuses for as well) and some of the rock work that he said would fix still isn't fixed. He told me that he was qualified to do my pergola and some brick work for a grill. He started the grill and then outsourced to have other men (who did a great job) to take down the pile of cinder block and mortar he haphazardly put together to correctly put one up.The pergola is not finished. The running beams are not fully attached, there are bolts going through the attaching holes from piece to piece but not secured by a nut. I can wiggle the entire structure of the pergola. It is a safety issue that apparently he had no urgency of fixing/completing knowing that the weather is about to turn and get windy. This is a project was an on going cat and mouse game for about 6 weeks. I am not going to see this done and I will not ever be able to get some my money back. He said he was qualified to do this work.. NO HE IS NOT!
Tips & Advices
Employers must conduct all required training in a language and vocabulary that workers can understand. Training must demonstrate the hazards of operating certain machinery, like stone cutters and splitters, as well as how to use them appropriately. It's important to verify that your landscape contractor has taken the necessary steps to fully train its personnel and that the appropriate safety precautions are in place.
Check the specific regulations for your area, and verify that your contractor has the necessary licenses. These may include a state contractor's license, pesticide license, CDL driver's license and license to sell and purchase nursery stock.
Landscape work is not cheap, so it's in your best interest to make sure that it's done to your requirements and that you get the best contractor to do the job. Homeowners should know how much they'll need to pay for the contractor's service as well as how they will be billed for this work. Ask about any design fees, if quoted prices are fixed or estimates, and what the payment process will be. Clarifying these items in the beginning will prevent any surprise expenses.
Yes. Homeowners should require that the contractor submit certificates verifying compliance with safety, insurance, workers' compensation and drug and alcohol testing programs. This will give you peace of mind that the contractor has gone through all the steps under industry regulations.
Yes. Every good contractor should have a list of recently completed jobs that you can see in their portfolio. They should also have a list of references that you can contact, or properties that you can see in person.

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