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Just In Tyme Tree Service Complaint - Tree Service

Review by Larryyy on 2011-05-04
GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND -- On 4/3/2011 we entered a contract with Walter (Lee) Bandy of “Just In Tyme Tree Service” to cut down and remove a large pine tree in our back yard, and trim dead wood in two other trees. He was doing work in our next door neighbor’s yard. We paid him $500 dollars in cash. We could only get the good deal by paying cash.

He did cut down the pine tree and removed brush. He moved approx 40 logs to the front of our house. (where they still remain) He hasn’t trimmed the stump down or repaired the ruts left by the tree fall. He didn’t trim the two trees. He said his son was killed in an auto accident and that delayed his work. We agreed of course.

We entered another contract on 4/10/2011 to cut down and remove an oak tree in our front yard, trim a small pine tree, plant two dogwoods and one plum tree. Aerate, seed, and fertilize our yard, also place insecticide (for ant problem). We were told for any tree cut down we had to plant 2 trees per state (or county) law. We paid him $418 in cash.

He did cut down the oak tree and stacked it in our rear yard, and trimmed the pine tree. (He did attempt to aerate but the machine broke down.) He didn’t plant any trees, place seed, fertilize or place insecticide.

On 4/12/2011 we entered a third contract to plant 10 pink dogwoods, 4 white dogwoods, and 1 plum tree. Place 4 yards of black mulch, place edging for area in front of house, remove stones, grade and place hyacinths; and remove ivy from woods north of the house. We paid him $440 in cash. He hasn’t done a thing but break promise after promise.
Comments:4 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-05-05
Posted by BEJ on 2011-05-04:
Were the details of the job to be done spelled out in a written contract or was the contract verbal only. Unless you have a written contract where the specifications of the job to be done were spelled out, there is not much you will be able to do. He said--he said type of thing.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-04:
My first question would be why do you keep entering into new contracts with this company if they aren't fulfilling the prior ones first? Understandable the delay considering the death, but obviously they are back to work, hence the 2nd and 3rd contracts.

Also, sounds like they are very reasonable in price..have you checked around with other companies to get an estimate to compare? Sometimes cheap doesn't mean good. I just had an estimate done to have one (fairly large) tree removed from my yard..the total estimate was just under $1000 to cut it down, remove it, and get rid of the stump.
Posted by grandma005 on 2011-05-05:
The prices quoted are too cheap. I just had an estimate in California to cut down and remove stump of a large 60 year old tree for $3,000 dollars. A $1,0000 price would be a go for me ASP.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-05-05:
What JC said

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