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5 Ways to Hire the Right Philadelphia Pond Contractor

Philadelphia Pond Contractor
Philadelphia Pond Contractor

Finding the Right Philadelphia Pond Contractor

What makes someone a reputable Philadelphia Pond Contractor?  We got a call today that broke my heart.  And it wasn’t the first call we have gotten like this.  The customer called and said a certain contractor started building a pond for him this summer, charged all the money and then has disappeared

The contractor has left this customer with a half-finished pond and little money left for the project.  I have heard this quite often about this contractor, who used to own a retail location as well.

Unfortunately, in this situation, there’s a not a lot we can do except rip out the pond and start over.  But the bigger question is, how do you avoid this in the first place?  Here are some 6 ways to hire the right pond contractor:

Step 1:   Check out their contact info

Do they have a website and FB page?  Are they updated?  Check the dateline at the bottom of the web page.  If it is from 2012, that is not a good sign.  How about FB?  Are there recent pictures and posts?  That shows you their level of customer involvement at this time.

Step 2:  Check out online reviews

Google, FB and even Yelp allow customers to say how they really feel.  AquaReale has 23 google reviews—all positive.  This is important—we can’t pay for these and ask for people to say what they did.  It goes a long way toward showing credibility as a company.  How are this Philadelphia Pond Contractor’s reviews?  How many do they have?

Step 3:  A realistic budget

The cost of a pond installed the right way by a professional is not cheap.  Beware of contractors who offer the lowest bids, as they are probably cutting corners and the results will not be the same! It’s fine to do some bid comparisons, but don’t simply choose the lowest bid. The money you save initially could be lost…and then some

Step 4: A Legal Business

Make sure the Philadelphia Pond Contractor you hire has worker’s compensation and business insurance for all their employees.  It is important that anyone you hire to work at your home has these qualifications.

Step 5:  Communication: Getting Along

The most import item for any business relationship is communication.  With communication, we know what you are looking for and you know we can build it. It is important for companies to get back to you in a timely fashion with reasonable information.  In addition, great relationships are built on trust.  When you trust someone and communicate effectively, great things can happen.

 

The number one way to hire the best Philadelphia pond contractor? Hire AquaReale to do the job for you!  Our reviews and reputation speak for themselves.  Contact us to see how we can help you build the pond of your dreams.

Stormwater Management issues?

Stormwater Management-- before
Stormwater Management– before

Do you have Stormwater Management problems?

We have seen lots, but nothing quite like we saw at the J’s house back in the spring.  We met the J family after they saw our lawn sign at another large Stormwater Management job.  Five different companies had been out to look at the job and not one had come back or offered a price.

The job is certainly a challenge…

Stormwater Management Challenge

The J Family’s big problems began 15 years ago when an additional house was built in front of theirs, as the top of a hill.  The J Family was on the bottom of the hill, right next to a golf course.  When the new house was built. the lost their buffer, which allowed more surface runoff to gush down the hill.

A hurricane a few years ago took care of the rest of the problem, eroding away a fair portion of the hill and created a giant 6 foot gulley.  The bottom of their property had a retention pond which  retained the run off.  Every time is rained more sediment went down and filled up the retention pond,

The water also left destruction in its wake. The water displaced many rocks until it looked like the backyard was strewn with loose rocks.

Stormwater Management Solution

AquaReale worked with an engineering firm to come up with a Stormwater Management solution to slow the water flow from the upper portion of the yard to the lower.  This solution was to stop the water at the top of the hill and redirect it into a pipe which goes directly to the bottom of the hill, avoiding an more erosion.

The retention pond will also be cleaned out, leveled out and seeded with a grass meadow mix.  The grasses will create deep roots and stabilize the soil so water can be absorbed quicker. This will allow for the water coming through the pipe to be better absorbed.
Stay tuned as we complete the project and post some great after shots.  Here’s some before shots in the meantime…

 

Need stormwater assistance of your own?  Here’s some additional information on Stormwater Management.

Contact us to see how we can help you with your stormwater issues

An inside look at a recent new pond installation in Chestnut Hill, PA

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Chestnut Hill, PA Pond Renovation after

Ready for a Chestnut Hill new pond installation ?

After 20 years of living with their broken down pond, Mr. and Mrs. J. were certainly ready for a change. They reached out to AquaReale after seeing our display pond at Primex Garden Center.  Mr. J called AquaReale to see if we could replace their current non working pond, keeping with the Japanese feel of their garden, which he and his wife lovingly care for themselves.

J before

After meeting Mr. and Mrs. J and seeing their space, we were confident we could give them the water feature they were looking for. They had a very particular aesthetic, which AquaReale was able to respect and work with.

Chestnut Hill new pond installation  Challenge

The pond was located between large trees, making it a challenge to stay within certain spaces and still give Mr. J the natural looking stream he was looking for. According to AquaReale employee Tom, the most challenging part was creating a natural looking waterfall within such tight confines.

Chestnut Hill Pond new pond installation  Solution

“Mr. J. had very particular ideas of what he was looking for and it was an interesting challenge to work with him to make sure he was happy with the look of the stream. “Being able to understand and replicate what Mr. J was looking for was such a great feeling. When things came together and he saw the product being finished, he was so excited,” said Tom.
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Chestnut Hill, PA Pond Renovation after

Tom made sure to ask for photos of pond ideas as well as to keep the customers informed as the process went along. “That way there were no surprises along the way. Mr. J saw things and made comments before we went too far along. This collaboration really helped the entire process, “adds Tom.

The new pond installation :End Result

The final product does a great job of creating the Japanese zen feel the Js were looking for and offers a beautiful relaxing pond and stream in this urban backyard. The best part of all? The Js are thrilled. That’s after all, what it’s all about!

 Contact us to see what we can do for you!