Back in September, we commissioned a huge landscaping project at our house, taking a gamble on a guy we found on Gumtree. His sales pitch was admittedly not the greatest, but he won us over on two factors.
- His price was (in our opinion) very good – hard to beat, I expect (based on our experience of previous landscaping quotes we had done after our renovations).
- Secondly, he said, “I’m not the sort of guy that likes to have a job drag on; I like to get in and get out as quick as possible, to get the job off the books”.
Sounded perfect really – it was only September, and we estimated that there was two to three weeks of work to be done. So, even allowing for a delay or two here and there, it should easily be done by Christmas!
Oh, how wrong we were. I mean, things started off great! On the first day, his crew came in, ripped out a lot of the old trees, pruned back the ones at the back, and immediately the yard was looking cleaner! Sadly, that was the last we saw of him for that week – of course that wasn’t his fault; he kept trying his absolute best to make it over, but inevitably, things just kept on coming up to prevent him!
And that pretty much set the tone for the next eight months, as the job dragged out further and further. Yes, eight, long, months. Chrismas came and went, along with promises and reassurance that the job would be finished. Then, New Year’s. Then Australia Day. Easter. Gone, gone, gone. Every time we tried to set a deadline, there’d be more promises, more reassurance that everything would “definitely, definitely be done by then”. So, finally, at the end of May, after waiting almost three weeks for very last part of the job to be finished (laying six pavers), we paid off the balance of our account, and we were done. Huzzah!
On the upside – although it took so very long, we’re quite happy with the net result. Before and after shots below.