On Your Side Alert: Homeowners are warning others about 'unlicensed' landscaper

On Your Side Alert: Homeowners are warning others about 'unlicensed' landscaper

Homeowners who had a bad experience with an "unlicensed" landscaper we've been following, are still coming forward to help warn others. They say their landscaping projects were left unfinished. That unlicensed landscaper  is Paul Anderson. The twist, another contractor is also named Anderson.  J.R. Anderson tells me, two people have called him to fix problems that they say Paul Anderson left behind at their homes.  J.R. Anderson has an A-Plus rating with the Better Business Bureau.

His specialty is decorative concrete and landscape.  While he has the same last name as a man who's under investigation by the State Board of Contractors and doesn't have a contractor's license, the two are not related and have nothing to do with the other.

Jim Anderson, owner of J.R. Anderson Inc. says, "That's been a headache. I have actually gone on two jobs that he never finished and I got called by the customers. We gave them a break. They're all ticked at Mr. Paul Anderson as well."

We recently caught up with Paul Anderson outside Chesterfield Juvenile Court on an unrelated case involving an alleged assault on a family member.  He did not respond to our Special Projects Producer. We were hoping to get his side of the story about the two jobs the J.R. Anderson says he had to fix and ask him about other complaints, but Paul Anderson just walked past our camera without breathing a word about any of the landscaping jobs.

Homeowner Lynn Rockwell says he hired Paul Anderson.  He says, "We paid the initial $4,000. We got the holes dug. He said he was running a little bit behind with finances. He asked for the second payment of $4,000. After he got that second $4,000, we only talked to him when we could catch up with him."

Rockwell says Paul Anderson refunded them $6,000 just as they were ready to go before a judge. Then they hired Jim Anderson. He says, "He did a super job efficiently and quickly and we couldn't be happier with the work that was done."   

The second homeowner, Barbara Reid, says she learned early into her landscape and driveway project that Paul Anderson was unlicensed and was able to minimize her loss.  

Reid says she also hired another contractor to fix her problems.  "We got Jim Anderson from Angie's List. He came pretty quick and he got it done."

Jim Anderson says, “We're a good honest fair capable company. Been around for a very long time and we intend to stay around."    Jim Anderson says ask for a license number and get the contractor vetted through the Virginia Department of Professional Occupation and Regulation and the Better Business Bureau. It could save you money in the long run.

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