With the cold winter weather experienced in our northern states, our area seems to be seeing a higher than usual number of out of state paving crews going door to door. We always tend to see these crews as the weather begins to warm but our local paving companies and consumers are reporting more traveling paving crews offering “too good to be true” deals on driveway repairs than in past years. While driveway repair scams are fairly common, there is never a shortage of victims that get taken; from the consumer who pays for an inferior job to the local paving company losing out on local business. The Better Business Bureau wants you to know how you can avoid paving scams.
Usually the setup involves a less-than-trustworthy sales representative visiting your home claiming they have leftover materials from a previous paving job. They are looking for homes with cracked driveways and say they can take care of your driveway for a very large discount over the normal price. The catch is that you have to pay upfront. From there, consumers have complained to the BBB about multiple issues.
Since the representative is using leftover materials, the quality of work is poor because there is normally not enough asphalt to adequately cover the area. This causes uneven spreading and thin layers which increases the risk of cracking or crumbling of the consumer's driveway. The other issue consumers complain about is that the representative begins work, only to find out there is not enough asphalt to complete the job that same day. He or she will apologize and promise to return the next day to finish. Consumers report the representatives never come back and the consumer is left with an unfinished driveway and less money in their bank account. If they do return, the price to finish will be significantly increased.
Often, consumers do not have a way to contact the representative or the company they work for because they were never given a business card, they only have a cell number (that no longer works) and they don't have an agreement in writing. To make sure this does not happen to you, here are a few red flags that you can look for in a driveway repair scam:
If you suspect that you are dealing with a paving scammer, report them to your local police department and the BBB. For more tips you can trust, visit bbb.org.