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Look Out for Artistascapes Landscaping LLC
Old 12-09-2016, 02:52 PM
Bbeardsley Bbeardsley is offline
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We used this landscaping company and want to spare others this grief. The Artistascapes Landscaping LLC will ask for 50% deposit on your bid. They do not use any type of contract just a paper home made invoice. They give you a start date and you must chase them, call them and threaten them to get work done. Once you can get them to start they show up for a few hours do minimal work and do show back up until you hunt them down again. This went on for over 4 weeks. Once the job was finished the other payment was made now we are into this landscaping over $10,000.00. The palms trees were not staked and not installed properly so three palms began to fall over on our house and cage. When contacted again, they were too busy to come and fix. The lighting in the yard did not work, and the water feature leaked so it is non function. We had to search for another landscaper to come in and stake and uplift the palms, hire electrician to do the lighting and we are getting bids on completely removing and redoing the water pond feature. The stress and the anxiety is overwhelming more than the loss of money. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY. We also know of several other people who have used this company and had similar concerns. Some of our neighbors fired them right away when they learned from others how bad they are in quality, service and scheduled completion.

Old 12-09-2016, 02:58 PM
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jane032657 jane032657 is offline
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I posted this January 2016. There are many threads about this company.

You need to check to see if it is the Dodd brothers where one was arrested. Do a google search on the on line newspaper for The Villages. I used the brothers in 2012 early. Had to chase them but I got the job done. If this is the same brothers, you need to find out as one may be on probation for doing this type of thing. Not saying they are the same, but google the name. There are parents that may be involved too in the business....FOLLOW UP. Devin Dodd is the one who was arrrested.

THIS IS THE ARTICLE BUT IT IS FROM AUGUST 2015. (And his brother had been on probation and that is part of the reason I got our work done in 2012 as Devin and his mother did not want me to report his brother, can't remember if it is your guy or not) So they did the work. But is was by threatening...

A story published earlier this week on a landscaper who had been sentenced in connection with ripping off Villagers failed to include his full sentence. Here is article. Don't know if you have the brother.

Devin Alvin Dodd, 23, was sentenced Aug. 13 in Sumter County Court to five years probation on a charge of grand theft. He was sentenced to 130 days in jail with credit for time already served. He was ordered to pay $32,942.50 in restitution. Dodd was also assessed $1,843.53 in fines and court costs.

Some of that information was not included in the original story because it was not originally posted in the online court documents. The original story has been updated.

Dodd had been accused of taking thousands of dollars from Villagers and not delivering promised work. In November, December and January, Dodd allegedly contacted five different Villagers about doing landscaping work. In each of the cases, he asked for half of the money up front. One of the Villagers wrote a check totaling $4,432. Dodd allegedly cashed the checks and never did the work.

When the Villagers called him to complain, he stopped answering his phone.

In July, Dodd was sentenced to 60 days in jail for driving on a suspended license. It was his second conviction for driving on a suspended license.
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Old 12-09-2016, 06:43 PM
NotGolfer NotGolfer is offline
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NEVER give $$$ up front!! Now, go to Seniors Againest Crime and maybe they can help you!! I'd always, always double check on social media OR trace their background online before hiring anyone.
Old 12-10-2016, 01:47 PM
chesterrm chesterrm is offline
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Thanks for posting as we have been looking for a landscaper to put in Palms for us.
Old 12-11-2016, 10:47 AM
need2no need2no is offline
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am going thru the same chasing problem with a company named RonJon's Eco Pro Landscaping & Property Management. they advertise on craigslist. best excuse company going. left many things undone to date. will never use again..... his mother is also the office manager,,,google their address then move on. their office is a 700ft 2bedroom home in a trailer park. their adds change frequently but look like this " Lawn care landscaping etc. (Villages) "

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Old 12-11-2016, 01:13 PM
Carla B Carla B is offline
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Originally Posted by need2no View Post
am going thru the same chasing problem with a company named RonJon's Eco Pro Landscaping & Property Management. they advertise on craigslist. best excuse company going. left many things undone to date. will never use again..... his mother is also the office manager,,,google their address then move on.
Amen! I didn't know he was working in The Villages. We paid him $65 to mow a large yard for us outside The Villages twice a month. He came one time and then didn't show up again until I called him. I then found Nick Hand of Havilah Lawn Care, who is very reliable. He uses a riding mower.
Old 12-20-2016, 01:25 PM
mrspiggy mrspiggy is offline
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k"]Just want to warn people,]we had a young man name Michaell come to our village of El Cortez wanting to trim our trees. Did a good job, quite a talker, then he showed up couple weeks later saying his mom had died & needed $$ to go to Georgia for her wake. Well soft hearted me gave him $80 for gas, said he would pay me back when he got home, nope, I Called him said he would bring it by, then got a call saying he ran out of gas around Bealls in Summerfield, could I bring him $, again, against my husbands ranting, I went there & gave him another $10, starting calling him, no return calls. Reached out to a friend that knew of him & he talked to him, Will never see that money, evidently he has done this to others.
Old 01-20-2017, 03:36 PM
retiredguy123 retiredguy123 is offline
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All of the problems cited could have been prevented by not paying for work in advance. About thirty years ago, I acted as my own general contractor and built a house. If I had paid any of my workers or contractors in advance, I would still be building that house. To me, this is a no brainer. If a contractor demands money in advance, that is a red flag that you are dealing with someone who is not reliable. Just tell them to take a hike. There are plenty of contractors who will do the work and then get paid. In some cases, you may need to make partial payments, but never pay more than the value of the work they have already completed.
Old 01-22-2017, 09:08 PM
Ozzello Ozzello is offline
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So what should a contractor do, when the customer doesn't pay after the job is done? Liens don't pay the bills. Isn't always the contractor that is crooked.
Old 02-06-2017, 10:42 AM
Sadielarues@comcast.net Sadielarues@comcast.net is offline
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We have a big mess to take care of in our yard, dealing with sand and not told what was involved and have had this company and unfortunately the same thing has happen to us numerous times. Like take the money and run. We believed them
And also gave 1/2 of money upfront and over and over not finished. I personaly gave up getting a golf cart to have landscaping done, & I'll be Dammed we got take also. They sure don't know how to run a business and we are so disgusted and want to know where do we go from here ASAP. This needs to be stopped!
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