Tips to Avoid Getting Scammed
Unfortunately, as in every business, crooks and scam artists exist in the paving industry. Sadly, every year, well meaning people are conned out their hard-earned money at the hands of professionally appearing thieves.
The scams perpetrated here in New Hampshire begin early in April and continue throughout the paving season (usually in November).
While Durell Paving Incorporated wants to be your full-service paving and excavation contractor, we feel it’s just as important as members of our community, that our neighbors are treated fairly and honestly.
There are many age-old tricks scammers use every year to rob your money from you. Here are a few things to be aware of when it comes to the paving industry:
A man knocks on your door and states they are paving nearby and have “extra” asphalt. They’ll offer to “fix”, “shim” or “skim” your driveway for cheap money.
Did you call them…no. Don’t fall for this trick. The work will be shoddy and very messy. The goal is to force you to repave the driveway at an inflated cost. No professional contractor can afford to have “extra” asphalt pavement on every job
A paving contractor appears at your door and states that many of your neighbors are getting in together for a “group price” for paving; so you need to decide quickly whether or not to get in on the “deal”.
Sometimes multiple driveways located closely together will result in a lower price, but a legitimate contractor will never pressure the homeowner to make these decisions quickly. In addition, homeowners usually initiate the discussion whether to pave as a group or not.
A paver offers to begin work without offering a contract
No record of work or specifics of the job. No protection for you from shoddy or poor workmanship.
The paving contractor seems not to be familiar with the area or can’t produce any evidence that they are a local company. Here are some questions to ask so you can be comfortable with your paving contractor.
Does the business card or proposal contain a physical address (not a P.O. Box) of the business? Has the Better Business Bureau had any contact, or are they familiar with the business? How long has the paver worked in the area? Where is their shop located? Are there multiple company names associated with this paving company
Remember to ask questions from any potential contractor. A legitimate business person will appreciate your questions as sign of genuine interest in the job.