Perhaps I forgot to tell you, I got scammed this summer; paid $200 down to a self-appointed landscaper. He said “you will not have to pay me anything else until the job is finished.”
A week later he asks for $600 to pay laborers to help him.
Sanity walked out; stupidity walked in and I wrote him a check for $600.
I have never seen a job/yard look so bad. The tilling was very lumpy. I said it is to dry to try to till but every area got lumped up like a cotton field. He was an arrogant sort; knew everything and surely was smart at scamming little old ladies.
I called him in for a chat; asked for $300 back because I had spent hours chronicling the hours he had worked(said he got $15 an hour) and came up with this figure being very generous with time. He had said I did not have to pay until I was happy. Stupidity believed him.
He took down my address and wrote the number (300) and said I would get this within the week since I was so unhappy. ( how had he found me every day he chose to come?)
Stupidity believed this as well. Two weeks later sanity returned and a letter went out to his last known address with parameters spelled out.
I hired young high school fellows and we tried to fix the mess. Finally yesterday we finished under the bedroom window.
The plants only cost $200+; I have not kept up with all I have paid but this I do know; this will be one expensive make over having lost $800. Up front!
I am embarrassed by my stupidly in missing that red flag.
Will upload from my phone images to let you see what we have finished so far.