New Hope Family Warns about Landscaping Contractor
A New Hope family is accusing a landscaping contractor of duping them out of more than $2,000 dollars. More customers also say Bever Landscape and Design Group took their cash, leaving them high and dry.
Tom and Carrie’s story
Tom and Carrie Johnson’s front yard has a lot of curb appeal, but their back yard needed a little TLC. The duo reached out to Bever Landscaping Design Group at this year’s Home and Garden show for a little help.
“On April 27th, he came out to our home and did the design for us, wrote up a quote, assured us we’d have it done in a timely manner,” explained Carrie Johnson.
The homeowners were going to replace their existing deck with a much larger brick patio. Flowers and rocks were also included in the design.
“We couldn’t wait to get the deck built, so we could have a last fling for summer,” Tom Johnson happily said.
But their party plans were put on hold after they say Bever Landscaping and Design Group didn’t hold up to their part of the deal.
“We were told initially the job had been pushed back to mid-August,” said Carrie.
The couple agreed to pay a third of the cost upfront, and another third when the work was being done, and the last payment when work was complete.
“We sent him a check, we signed a contract, they signed the check, and they cashed the check,” explained Carrie.
But the deadline for starting the project came and went.
“We’re stuck, holding the bag, $2400 dollars later, “ Tom said.
Calls Went Unanswered
The couple says no one returned their calls. They also sent many emails and text messages, and say Bever Landscaping Design continued to promise to come through. Finally, they heard back from an employee–but it wasn’t news they wanted to hear.
“He was closing the doors, and said good luck getting your money,” explained Tom.
CCX News also showed up to Bever Landscaping and design’s Blaine location listed on their website–and there was no sign of the business.
“It was a punch in the stomach!” said Carrie.
She dipped into her retirement savings to pay for the patio.
“I mean 2400 isn’t a lot of money, but to us it is,” she said. “I’m hopeful that there’s justice in the world and we’ll see our money come back to us.”
CCX News also reached out several times to the company, but the calls kept bouncing back to voicemail. Meanwhile, the Johnson family is not the only ones claiming the company bilked them out of money. CCX News spoke with one man who said he’s out $20,000 dollars, while a woman in Ham Lake says $3,000 thousand dollars. Several people, including the Johnson family say they are in the process of filing a complaint with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.