GILBERT, Ariz. -- “You came, that was the motivating factor," Shelly Roper said. "We wouldn't have a pool if you hadn't come.”
Shelly said she and her husband, Arlynn, are feeling a lot better about their backyard nightmare since 3 On Your Side got involved. It's a far cry from how they used to feel.
Shelly said they will not be able to come up with another $100,000 to finish their yard, and this is causing her physical sickness.
When the Ropers were profiled in our first 3 on Your Side report, they were concerned because they gave more than $100,000 to a licensed contractor by the name of Brian Walters. He runs a company called Antigua Landscape and for all that money Walters was supposed to complete some major outdoor projects like building a swimming pool, building a barbecue, building a gazebo, and several other pricey projects.
According to the contract, work was supposed to be completed around the first of February. But months later, their yard is far from being done, even though the Ropers already paid Walters and Antigua Landscape more than $100,000.
“He's come out and done about 4 to 6 hours of work a month, and that's it," Shelly said.
"He now has $100,000, approximately 90 percent of final payment and yet 90 percent of my yard isn't done," Arlynn said.
After 3 On Your Side's involvement, Walters promised to pick up the pace and finish the job. On a recent visit, it looks like things have progressed. The swimming pool is complete and filled with water, and their yard went from barely nothing to almost completion.
In a recent telephone conversation Walters told me he would have finished sooner had the Ropers given him larger chunks of money, like $25,000 at a time.
Instead, he complained that they gave payments totaling $100,000 and stretched those payments over the course of about four months, and that just didn't work for him. It was an excuse, and it didn't sit well during our conversation.
Walters insisted he needed larger chunks of money to be able to keep things moving. It sounded absurd since the $100,000-plus job was almost paid for in full.
Walters said he's on the final stages of the project and should have things buttoned up soon. Shelly said she sure hopes so and credits 3 On Your Side for helping to push things along. In the meantime, she just wants it all done.
“I'm happy. But I would be happier if I could just be done with this and not have to worry about the next phone call or the next two weeks,” she said.