It’s important you know how to separate legitimate paving companies from the scammers. Here are ways to spot them.
Out-of-State License Plates
It’s a red flag if a company representative has an out-of-state license plate. Established driveway pavers have spent years building their reputations by doing quality work. Scammers move from town to town to avoid getting caught. Choose a company that has been doing work in your area for several years. Even if a company representative gives you a local phone number, this is no guarantee that they’re actually from your area. It’s not uncommon for scammers to give you a local phone number to a disposable phone. For this reason, always check out their license plates.
Scammers earn most of their business by offering deep discounts, only to leave before the job is finished. Scammers often pose as legitimate paving contractors who have leftover materials from other jobs. While they do pave part of your driveway, they’ll also conveniently run out of materials and promise to return the next day. They never do. In terms of asphalt paving, you get what you pay for. For this reason, you’ll want to avoid contractors who undercut the competition. You want a driveway contractor who will use quality materials to get the job done right. Otherwise, you’ll end up spending money to repair damage caused by the first contractor.
Get Everything in Writing
Before agreeing to have any services rendered, get a written contract that outlines the responsibilities of both the homeowner and the contractor. Also know what quality of product is being used on your pavement. Ask the contractor for printed information on the types of professional-grade sealer they use on jobs. Preferably, this information should come directly from the manufacturer. A customer who is well educated will be able to make informed decisions when these type of companies come knocking at their door. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Not only will you end up paying once for a service that ends up being unusable, you will also have to pay again to get it fixed. If you encounter someone you suspect is trying to defraud you, tell them “no,” close the door, and call your local sheriff or police department immediately.
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