I believe I'm going to be taken to small claims by a landscape designer who did absolutely terrible work. ?
I have a landscape designer attempting to collect almost $700 from me for what I believe to be absolutely horrible service. She is charging me $350.00 alone for putting together a pencil drawing, (not to scale and not done with any professional graphics) of two medium size flower beds claiming it took her Six 1/2 hours to design and draw what to me looks like a child’s drawing. No other data was provided other than the names of plants placed and the handwriting is so small I can hardly make out the names of the flowers and/or shrubs. No estimate was done, no contract or paperwork done upfront either. We didn’t have any talk aboution of fees at all. Shame on me for not asking but if I thought for 1 minute she would be charging this much I of course would have denied the work. She also wants to collect $150.00 for picking out about ten plants and placing them in a very small courtyard in my backyard claiming it took her three hours to do this. I feel I’m being taken advantage of…….any thoughts out there?
additional data: I already paid her $200.00 for the plants, she charged me an additional $150.00 for picking the plants out at a local nursery and simply placing on the beds – she didn’t plant them. I had a friend help me put them in the ground. there were approximately twelve plants, none over one gallon. Over and above this work she is charging me the $350.00 for nothing more than the rudimentary drawings of names of plants hand written and I never received any original copies. she was too rushed as she was leaving town and had to scan and email them to me. I know, shame on me for not getting an estimate up front put come on, if you could see the plans your jaw would drop. I didn’t approve for her to move forward with purchasing any plants or any other additional work after I received the $350.00 invoice.