This man was my neighbor. He is a con artist. He earned my friendship, trust, and admiration for his yard and then charged me more than twice the usual upper market value in Dallas–after he had started and almost finished the work. The original proposal wasn’t even submitted until the work was nearly finished and he conveniently convinced of a few dollars more for lighting. Trust me, I kept asking for things in writing but because I trusted him I didn’t have much urgency to push for it. I didn’t know how much things cost so I was an easy con. Throughout the process, I asked questions “Can I get this and this for this much?” “How much will it be total?” He kept saying he hadn’t had time yet to crunch the numbers and was confused about what I wanted, something that never changed and depended on how much things cost. He kept verbally promising things but he conveniently forgot those promises later and said that oops he didn’t include it in the estimate, and then just kept upping the price. Me being a nice person and trusting him as my neighbor, I was a far cry from the neighborly discount in the end. I ended up paying an astounding price at $40k for a small porch with a pergola and bike rack and a small patio. Not only that, his portion of the work was done very cheaply: not enough gravel, flooding problems, and sinking landscape not even 90 days afterwards. He indicated he would not fix the issues without further payment, even though I paid several times more than the fair market price for the job. I told his subcontractor the $40k price and he said I’d gotten taken. The subcontractor who did 70% of the job said he only got $5k for it. I think my neighbor is working through his network of acquaintances, neighbors, and vulnerable single people until he finds a sucker who trusts him to do their yard. This guy is a crook. I plan to alert the authorities so that if he does anything devious on a bolder scale they’ll have his name.
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