1. Is Kerri Landscape Services a licensed contractor?
Yes, Kerri Landscape Services is licensed by the Contractors State License Board. Our license number is 663424 and we encourage you to verify our license by clicking here to go to the Contractors State License Board website. We also have current business licenses with the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon.
2. Are you affiliated with any other professional organizations?
Yes, we belong to the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), the Better Business Bureau, the Pesticide Applicator Professional Association (PAPA) and we are a Rainbird Select Contractor (one of only 40 in the state of California).
3. Do you have Worker’s Compensation Insurance?
Yes, we carry full worker’s compensation insurance. Our carrier is Cook, Disharoon and Greathouse, 1900 Embarcadero, Suite 206, Oakland, CA 94606. Their telephone number is 510-437-1900.
4. Can you provide me with a Certificate of Insurance?
Yes, we would be happy to provide you with this information.
5. Do you carry Liability and Disability Insurance?
Yes, we carry $2,000,000 in liability and disability insurance. Our carrier is Cook, Disharoon and Greathouse, 1900 Embarcadero, Suite 206, Oakland, CA 94606. Their telephone number is 510-437-1900.
6. How often will you be on site during our project?
The Owner, Rich Kerri will be on-site almost daily, to ensure your project is completed smoothly and efficiently.
7. If you use an on-site supervisor, what sort of experience does he/she have?
We have two supervisors. They visit job sites daily as a liaison between the homeowner and foreman. They have a combined 45 years of experience. The onsite foreman will be there a minimum of 8 hours a day. Our newest foreman has 5 years of experience. The average is 20 years.
8. How long have you operated under this business name?
We began our business in January 1994.
9. Do you secure permits for your work?
Yes, when necessary or requested.
10. Are you most comfortable with commercial or residential projects? Do you prefer large or small projects?
We only work on residential projects. The size of the project is not an issue for us, no project is too large or too small.
11. What is your background in this field?
Richard Kerri began working in landscaping in 1978. He then entered the Landscape Architecture program at UC Davis. He graduated in 1983 with a BSLA degree. Upon graduating, Rich was hired by a Bay Area custom residential landscape contractor. During the eight years he worked there, he learned each position in the Company, beginning as a laborer and moving through the ranks to head supervisor. Over the following years he worked with other landscaping companies until opening his own business.
12. Where do you purchase your materials? Do your vendors pre-lien your customers?
We purchase our materials from Ewing Irrigation Products, Horizon Irrigation, Cochran Landscape Materials, Alden Lane Nursery, Devil Mountain Wholesale Nursery, Imperial Irrigation, Global Forest Products, Site One Products, RC Ready Mix Concrete and Pleasanton Ready Mix Concrete just to name a few. By law, vendors have the right to pre-lien a job when the purchase is over $500. It is an inconvenience for the homeowner as well as the business owner; however, it is to give the vendors recourse in the event the contractor defaults. Our vendors do not pre-lien our projects as we have always maintained a good reputation with each of them, paying promptly.
13. Do you provide samples of materials?
Samples can be provided, if requested. Generally, the homeowner picks out the product at the vendor site provided by us. For instance, we would suggest that you use one of our masonry vendors should you require brick or aggregate in your project. We have a photo portfolio of projects we’ve done. This may be helpful in providing ideas to incorporate into your project.
14. What guarantees do you offer on your work and/or materials?
Please click here for our guarantee.
15. Will you estimate how long the project will take?
This is usually fairly easy to estimate once a contract is signed and a total is given. Each job has difficulties that need to be assessed. Weather is also something that occasionally will slow a project down, however, we try to make up time on weekends.
16. Do you provide a schedule of phases of work to be completed along with a schedule of payment for said work?
Our payment schedule is dependent upon the amount of work contracted. For the larger projects, yes. For smaller projects, not always. Most of our small projects are single payments at the end of the job. We do not ask for any payment in advance. Not only is this unethical but it is illegal.
17. Do you provide references, including addresses and phone numbers, of your most recent projects?
Yes, we would be happy to provide you with as many references as you would like.