Ted's Tree Service — tree trimming and removal
We hired Ted Doupe the owner operator of Ted's Tree Service (as a standard safety procedure I I had him sign a simple contract prior to stepping on our property). The project was straight forward. He was to trim up low hanging and thin crossing branches from one tree in our frontyard.
That first energetic visit he worked 5hrs and promised to finish the following day. Next two days came and went. During this ordeal he consistently showed up (groggy or under the weather and lacking his previous energy) at 1-3pm in the afternoon and was often on the phone then would leave without a reason by 4:30 with a day or two before I would have to call to get him back to finish what he started. An alarming note was when he wanted to drop a large branch and I pointed out that the arc while dropping would cause the branch he was removing to come dangerously close if not hit our car garage. I He dismissed my concerns so I repeated them. I said he needed to trim more of the branch first. He said it was fine and besides it was easier to cut up on the ground. Guess what? Yeah, he hit the garage and totalled it. He promised to fix/repair damages and haul away materials.
Last straw: after several demands for cash or partial payment (contract was payment of $50 down and $500 upon completion) AND then he brought his girlfriend who kept [censored]ing at him to abandon this job while smoking something in his van.
He took his tools and screamed obscenities as he left our driveway.
On day one he dropped several huge branches on our neighbors property he promised to get that day. I had to borrow a chainsaw and go clear up his mess. Three weeks instead of two days, the Job less than half done, out $200 for totalled portable garage =
DO NOT USE Ted's Tree Service of the Central Coast!!!