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Top 10 Excavating Contractors near Berkeley, CA

7. Raya Engineering
4.7
from 26 reviews
4.7
(26)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Berkeley, CA
"Angel and his crew made two pillars and four below-ground concrete pylons as footing for a 4-legged gazebo to straddle a circular pavilion in my backyard. His crew also poured a 7’ x 2’ concrete slab in our side yard to function as a grill parking spot. Angel had car trouble the first day, which delayed the start of work to two days later than we had agreed on. His crew spread the work over three evenings, delaying another crew's start date for assembly of the gazebo by two days. The posted rate for Angel's work was $45/hour. When the work was finished, Angel presented me with a bill that would have charged $40 an hour for each of his crew's 5 laborers. Angel may be an engineer worth $45 an hour, but someone digging a hole for concrete does not earn $40 an hour, so we renegotiated. Angel received $45/hour, and each of his workers earned $20/hour. We declined to pay for hours when multiple workers were present, but only one of them was working, since the others were just waiting for Angel to arrive. In addition to wages and materials, we paid $150 for gas. Angel would have spent less on gas, if the work had been concentrated into fewer days, which I would have preferred. The end result is: the anchors are level. The two front pillars have air pockets as large as 0.5" h x 2.5" in the sides, indicating the cement wasn’t packed down well. (I will use filler to get a smooth surface, after which paint will be necessary to hide the filler.) The work started late, was spread over too many days, and the concrete pillars should not have the air pockets they have. On the up side, I appreciated how clean the worksite was when Angel finished. He also gave me a few expert answers to questions I had about other potential concrete projects. Angel is polite and knowledgeable. Even so, it is important to be very specific with your timeline, cost expectations, and aesthetics up front."
10. Pandas Painting Handyman Service
4.7
from 27 reviews
4.7
(27)
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Berkeley, CA
"I hired Juan Carlos Mora at Pandas Painting to paint three rooms and a domed ceiling. I was impressed with both Juan Carlos and his foreman, Rodrigo, who came out to give the initial quote and was the primary painter on the job. Their quote was extremely competitive - about 40% lower than the next-best bidder, and about 75% lower than the highest bidder. But I could tell from Rodrigo's comments about the work to be done that the competitive price did not mean low quality, it just meant a very good deal for the work to be done very well. They did the work in a very timely way (starting on Sunday July 5), and completely met my expectations about the quality of the work - all edges were caulked, texture problems on the existing walls were repaired, in some rooms the ceiling was repainted to correct previous patches, and the quality of the paint job and particularly the edge cutting was immaculate. I was so pleased with the job and the very reasonable price that I immediately asked them to do another project: painting another room, and three closet interiors. They also gave a very reasonable bid on this work, did the work in a timely and professional way, and delivered a great result with highest quality. I found both Juan Carlos and Rodrigo to be professional, courteous, and friendly, and very knowledgeable and trustworthy. They followed through on every commitment they made, and it was clear that they really wanted me to be very happy with the job. I will use Pandas Painting again for future projects, and I recommend them very highly. Sincerely, L.W., Milpitas, CA"
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