The Joy of Specs

Fear My PoolI took the day off to extend the weekend and get some much needed work done at the house. My big project for the morning was to meet with a landscape contractor and come up with a plan,estimate, and timeframe. Last night, after a hard day’s work in the yard, I hit the books and studied up so I’d be prepared for the meeting.

To begin a long story that’ll be made shorter, I was stood up.

 No call, nothing. So I called and when they called back I was told they just took on a large project and weren’t interested. “You could have called and said as much. I took the day off” to which I was basically told too bad, so sad.

Now, I’d love to flame that landscaping company as a public service, but with great power comes great responsibility or something like that. And that’s just not how I roll. The owner did eventually call me back and apologise, but jeepers. Unprofessional much? The job is a 3 – 6k project so it’s not small like all I wanted was an estimate on some mulching. (which they advertise)

Anyway, my morning shaped up to be hours of phone calls looking for a new contractor.

So far, I’ve found the award winning Axel Landscape that has done work for HDTV and will let my dogs lick their face, but I fear may be too expensive. And I’ve found Just Add Water that appears to have done some lovely plantings.

Has anyone else recently had a bad experience with a contractor?

Can you recommend a good landscaping company?

6 Comments so far

  1. greg on May 27th, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

    You should fill that pool and invite me over.

  2. David (jacc) on May 27th, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

    Greg – 1ok to fix the pool! I see a 2k duck pond in it’s near future.

  3. Erica M (ericam) on May 27th, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

    I just saw a truck for a company called Great Goats Landscaping driving around. No idea if they’re good or not, I just really liked the name.

  4. David (jacc) on May 27th, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

    Thank Erica. I’m in the ‘goats are cute camp’ so I gave them a call and left a message. We’ll see. I like that their phone number is 612-483-GOAT.

  5. heatherk on May 27th, 2008 @ 5:02 pm

    I had a *great* experience with Bill’s Lawn & Landscape in fall of 2006 – he was very reliable and offered a price in line with other contractors I collected bids from.

    His site is Go to the "Portfolio" tab, choose "Before and After" and you’ll see my yard in the bottom photo=)

    Good luck to you!

  6. David (jacc) on May 28th, 2008 @ 10:50 am

    Thanks Heather. I’ll be checking out Bill’s site post-haste.

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