Summer is unfortunately the season for home improvement scams and fly-by-night contractors. BBB has received reports of contractors luring victims with a great deal on driveway paving only to stick them with a stiff bill.
How the Scam Works:
You answer the door, and it's a construction contractor. He says that he's just completed a job down the street, and he has a truck of leftover asphalt. Rather than take a loss on the supplies, he claims that he's offering driveway repaving at a cheap price. He quotes you a rate, and it's far below what the job typically costs.
This sounds like a great deal, but don't fall for it. Once they start working, these scammers will "find" an issue that causes them to significantly raise the price. If you object, the con artists may threaten to walk away from the job, leaving you with a half-finished driveway. In another version, the scammer accepts an upfront payment and then never returns to complete the job.
Driveway paving is far from the only version of this scam. Homeowners have also been taken in by similar techniques involving roofing, painting and other scams.
Protect Yourself from Contractor Scams:
Follow these tips when hiring someone to work on your home.
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