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R2R Meeting 21 ppt

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November 6, 2008

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R2R Meeting 21 ppt

  1. 1. Roadmap to Recovery Meeting 21: November 6, 2008 Landscaping Issues Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church Karen Reimus, Esq. www.unitedpolicyholders.org
  2. 2. Fine print: <ul><li>The information provided in this program is intended for general educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice </li></ul><ul><li>The speakers at today’s program are volunteering their time as educators </li></ul><ul><li>Neither United Policyholders nor the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church endorse or warrant the quality or services of any volunteer speakers </li></ul>
  3. 3. Landscaping <ul><li>Rebuilding the landscape well after you’ve rebuilt your home is important </li></ul><ul><li>UPC Mentors and Friends will share their personal experiences in break-out sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Just like rebuilding your home, careful planning and due diligence is required </li></ul>
  4. 4. Have 97% of 2007 Wildfire Insurance Claims been resolved, as asserted by the insurance industry?   <ul><li>Please take 5 minutes to complete a 2007 Wildfire Insurance Claim Status Survey to determine what the true facts are. </li></ul><ul><li>To fill out the survey, either: </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mark your calendar <ul><li>December 4, 2008: Roadmap to Recovery Insurance Interest Group Breakout Session </li></ul><ul><li>7:00 pm RBCPC Sanctuary </li></ul>
  6. 6. JIM KUHLKEN Cedar Fire Survivor (Whispering Ridge HOA) Catalyst for “Group Rebuild” Concept Former President, WRHOA <ul><li>Experience on the Board of WRHOA </li></ul><ul><li>Experience rebuilding after Cedar Fire </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to think outside the box to find solutions, e.g., “Group Rebuild” concept </li></ul>
  7. 7. JIM KUHLKEN LICENSED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT RLA CA 2281, AZ 40791, CLARB 3335 LEED ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL PRINCIPAL – LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DIVISION – RICK ENGINEERING COMPANY
  8. 8. BUILDING CONTRACTOR BUILDING DESIGNER ARCHITECT LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR LANDSCAPE DESIGNER LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT http://clcasandiego.org/Download/Direc.pdf http://www.asla-sandiego.org/Download/LandRes.pdf
  9. 9. <ul><li>TIPS WHEN HIRING EITHER </li></ul><ul><li>A LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR OR </li></ul><ul><li>A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT </li></ul><ul><li>1. Look at their previous completed projects completed and talk to their references; </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure they are licensed and insured; </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a budget BEFORE starting the design; </li></ul><ul><li>4.  Do not pay 100% until the project is completed. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  10. 10. Landscaping November 6, 2008 <ul><li>Speaker : Steve Lansker, Lansker’s Landscape Design </li></ul><ul><li>Licensed landscape contractor (License # C-27 335109) </li></ul><ul><li>Doing business in San Diego since 1977 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Define your landscape needs <ul><li>Play area </li></ul><ul><li>Dog friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment area (BBQ, fire pit, putting green) </li></ul><ul><li>Water features </li></ul><ul><li>Utility area </li></ul><ul><li>Grass </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Planting theme, plant selection </li></ul>
  12. 12. Your Budget - what you don’t want to cut back on <ul><li>Irrigation </li></ul><ul><li>Soil work </li></ul><ul><li>Drainage and fine grading </li></ul>
  13. 13. Your Budget - what you can save on <ul><li>Plant selection </li></ul><ul><li>Plant sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Plant quantities </li></ul><ul><li>Materials you use </li></ul>
  14. 14. Design Your Landscaping - what are your options? <ul><li>Landscape Architect : Best for complex jobs and will design around your budget. Good for competitive bids. </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape Designer : Will create a concept plan and/or planting plan. May be too vague for competitive bids. </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape Contractor: Has the most field experience. Usually can both design and implement the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Tip: Be sure interview a couple of different people AND check their references before making a final decision. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Selecting a Contractor <ul><li>Don’t hesitate to ask for referrals from friends or neighbors who have landscapes you admire </li></ul><ul><li>If you see an exceptional front yard, stop and ask about their contractor </li></ul><ul><li>You’re going to establish a relationship with your contractor, hopefully it will be a relationship you can count on for years </li></ul>
  16. 16. Selecting a Contractor - What to ask for: <ul><li>Ask for their license number </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure to use a state licensed contractor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask to have their insurance provider send you certificates of both liability insurance and workman’s comp insurance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is a free service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask for job referrals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>look at jobs and talk to clients </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Selecting a Contractor - other considerations <ul><li>Consider the size of the contracting firm </li></ul><ul><li>Ask whether they use sub-contractors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This may affect the quality and care of the project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure to check license numbers and certificates of insurance for workman’s comp and liability for subcontractors too. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember: if anyone working on your property does not have workman’s comp or liability insurance, you become liable . </li></ul>
  18. 18. When you have selected a contractor… <ul><li>Ask them how long it will take, and have them confirm it in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you can communicate easily with the foreman </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid paying money up front…instead, negotiate progress payments </li></ul><ul><li>Ask about a warranty </li></ul>
  19. 19. Landscape Maintenance <ul><li>Some contractors will provide weekly maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>If not, ask for referrals </li></ul><ul><li>Consider hiring someone who does work in your neighborhood…there can be cost savings if multiple area residents use the same company </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul><ul><li>Lansker Landscape Design </li></ul><ul><li>(858)459-8895 </li></ul>
  21. 21. City of San Diego Fire Dept Presentation <ul><li>Eddie Villavicencio </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation on separate flash drive </li></ul>
  22. 22. Closing Presentation <ul><li>Jim Kulkhen </li></ul>
  23. 23. JIM KUHLKEN LICENSED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT RLA CA 2281, AZ 40791, CLARB 3335 LEED ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL PRINCIPAL – LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DIVISION – RICK ENGINEERING COMPANY
  24. 24. Break Out Sessions <ul><li>Groups will meet here in the Sanctuary or in regular meeting rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Good night! </li></ul>

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