Like clockwork, as the weather improves, so does the influx of various contractors who go door-to-door offering low cost home improvement services. One service we anticipate seeing very soon is asphalt paving. The salesmen claim to be able to offer their services at a low cost because they have material left over from a larger paving job.
These scams result in less-than-satisfied consumers who end up paying for inferior work that often must be replaced. The scam artists are typically in the area one day and gone the next – hence the name travelers.
Your Better Business Bureau offers the following advice to avoid becoming a victim:
- Watch out if the company claims it’s “leftover” asphalt. Leftover hot-mix asphalt is too cold to place properly, while cold mix is used exclusively for small patches. Asphalt is perishable and if it cools too much it’s useless as a hot mix paving product.
- Watch out for deals that seem too good to be true. If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will be low as well.
- Don’t pay in cash. Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards.
- Recognize that reputable contractors will provide a quote before doing any work so that the homeowner has a chance to shop around.
- Be very careful of door-to-door salespersons. Reputable asphalt contractors do not sell their products in this manner. Consumers should be very suspicious of anyone appearing at their front doors offering low-cost asphalt.
- Consider it a red flag if the vehicles have an out of state license plate. This type of scam is often run by persons traveling through our area from other states.
To find reputable local asphalt pavers, start with bbb.org.