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Six star contractor!!!. My husband and I give high ratings to Jim Gardner and Jim Gardner Construction. We needed extensive foundation and drainage work, including French drains installed on both the uphill and downhill side of our home. From my first phone call to him up to the completion of the work, working with him was a pleasure. He responded almost immediately to my initial call (the only person of several I called who did), quoted an acceptable rate, and began work on the agreed upon date. Despite additional work we had not expected, rebuilding our front porch and steps, he completed the job on time. Although the drainage and foundation work involved moving lots of dirt over a four week period, the crew was neat and did regular cleanup so that there was never any dirt in our home. The workers were easy to work around and Jim came by several times a day, and always at the end of the day, to supervise the work and make sure the job site was tidy and work was on schedule. I had dreaded this project but it proceeded painlessly. We feel that he and his crew did an excellent job. We live on a hill and always have had water in the basement after heavy rains. Since completion of the work our house has been completely dry. He did an excellent job on the porch and steps, getting all the necessary permits and making them look better than ever. He is always on top of things, highly ethical, and takes pride in his work, his staff, and his company. It was a pleasure to work with Jim, and we highly recommend him for any work one may need.

Trustworthy, dependable contractor. Jim and his crew put in a new foundation for me and they were fabulous. They were professional, efficient, tidy, quick, and courteous. He gave me a timeline and stuck to it. His crew cleaned up thorougly every day. When Jim came to look at my home and give me a bid, he was the only contractor, out of four, who crawled under the house and took his time checking out the condition of the foundation. I trusted him right away and was completely satisfied with his work.

Highly recommend this contractor!!!!. We had the best experience with Gardner Construction Inc. Jim & his crew did an excellent job on rebuilding a two story staircase, reconstructing our slanted driveway, re-working a concrete patio to fit a brick wall onto it, re-doing our drainage system and much more. The company is very professional and completed the work when they said they would. They were always on time & cleaned up at the end of the day. Jim and crew did a job that other contractors wouldn't touch or simply couldn't do. He gave us accurate estimates and got us through our city inspections. We highly recommend them and would use them again!!

I can't recommend Jim Gardener Construction highly enough. The extensive structural work on my property was completed on schedule and on budget and I am completely happy with the work. Jim did a thorough inspection, provided me with a detailed estimate, and answered all of my questions prior to beginning the job. Job foreman Luis & his crew arrived every morning at 8 and got straight to work. Some of the work required that they work in my neighbors' driveway and the crew communicated well with them before and during the process and were very respectful of my neighbors' property. Jim was available by phone & email throughout the project and responded to my concerns and questions promptly & thoroughly. Once the project was completed the crew cleaned up so well you never would have known they were there. Jim came by to inspect the work upon completion and answered all my remaining questions. All in all, this was a very positive experience. I hope all of my future home improvement projects go this smoothly!

Jim Gardner is one of a kind. You don't see contractors like this anymore. He is a man of his word, does amazing work and honors his commitments to his clients. We had water leaking from our bridge driveway into the storage area underneath leading to dry rot in several of the wooden beams. Jim and his team worked under extremely limited time constraints due to the shortage of parking on our narrow street to get the waterproofing and repair done on time, which he did. In terms of bids, he wasn't the highest or the lowest bid and gave us a bid that was in between the other two. It was reasonable and fair bid and based on the end result worth it! Finally, Jim on his own initiative circled back with us after we had a few episodes of rain to inspect their work to ensure that the work was done properly and at his own cost took care of some minor items that needed to be adjusted. I cannot say enough what an honest, decent and professional contractor Jim Gardner is. It is rare to see a man of honor like this these days and I highly recommend him!

I called Jim for a new foundation based on stellar reviews. His quote was highly competitive. He worked with my schedule, and his crew was qualified and efficient. Quality of work was excellent and service great. When I noticed some of our doors weren't shutting quite right due to the house shift, he sent folks back immediately and took care of it. Highly recommend.

I had a great experience with the work that Jim Gardner deed for me. He replaced our front stairs and porch. Everything came out looking great. One thing that especially pleased me was his diligence in handling the "punch list" of small items that needed to be taken care at the end of the job. I highly recommend this company. In fact, I am currently scheduling a second project with them.

Exceptional company! Jim and his wing man, Luis, completed the work on the drainage around our foundation on time and within budget. The team arrived every morning at 8 am. And they left every evening with the work area tidy (a fact noted and appreciated by our neighbors). The work they did was detailed and perfect. Luis has been working with Jim Gardner for 15 years and went the extra mile for us in every respect. I recommend this company HIGHLY.

I would highly recommend Jim Gardner Construction for foundation work. To begin with, it is a pleasure doing business with him. He is very professional and always responds to questions, email, and phone calls quickly. He arrived to inspect the job on time. Provided a quote in days. He emailed complete paperwork and clearly answered questions about the contract. He provided a long list of relevant references. I called several of them and they gave Jim glowing reviews. He started the work within a week. Many of the other companies I called couldn't start for months. Second, the people working for him were great. I was home during the entire job. The worked hard, were polite and respectful, and most of all they did a great job of cleaning the worksite at the end of each day. The cost of the job was pretty much what we expected. We had some foundation work done on another part of the house about 15 yrs ago so we knew what to expect. We also contacted another construction company this time for a quote. Jim's costs were similar to the other company. The difference was that what the other company was suggesting was more of a patch job. Jim proposed something a little more extensive and we liked his proposal better even though it would cost more because he was proposing to do more. Jim was also very accommodating with regard to unexpected problems. The foundation was underneath our front door. The door needed to be rehung. At first they thought it would take about an hour but that approach wasn't working. Jim sent out another crew the next day and they spent 8 hours opening up the wall to discover the door was never properly framed. They reframed the door and re-plastered the wall. He did this all a no extra charge. I've been under the house to look at the work. I'm an engineer and, though I'm not a foundation guy, it all looked good. The City Inspector also said Jim did a lot of extra work improving our earthquake shear walls around the work area under the house.

I could not be happier with the result. Jim Gardener Construction installed drainage around the entire perimeter of my foundation, completed earthquake retrofitting of the foundation and replaced the damaged sidewalk in front of my house. The project was completed on budget and on schedule and when they were done they left the place so neat and clean you never would have known they were there! It was the first major work I've had done on my house and I was very anxious going into the project. Jim does all the estimates himself and he did a very thorough inspection of my property and gave me a detailed estimate for the work. His was not the cheapest estimate, but it was the most detailed and that's why I selected him for the project. Jim also kept in close communication with me throughout the project, answering all of my questions promptly. Luis, the project foreman was fantastic and kept the job running on schedule. The crew arrived promptly at 8 every morning and got straight to work. Some of the work required that they work in my neighbors' driveway and the crew was very respectful of my neighbors' property and communicated with them before and during the work to address their concerns. Jim came by after the project was completed to check the work and answer my few remaining questions. All in all a very positive experience. I highly recommend Jim Gardener Construction.

Call Jim with the jobs where you want to be 100% certain they get it right. We worked with him to solve drainage problems at our house only after we'd worked with several other people who got it wrong. Jim understood the problem immediately, scheduled the work within a month of our conversation, the crew was on time, very communicative and helpful, quick and neat. My favorite part, other than FINALLY having a functional drainage and pump system, was that the crew leader rescued a stepping stone from the rubble of the path that was to be replaced, and put it back in the new concrete path that was poured. The stone had been made by my son when he was little (he's now an adult) and it made my day to find it there, especially since I assumed it had been thrown out. Jim and his guys are great.

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