Spring is here, and it’s that time of year when you might get an unexpected knock on your door – especially if you have an older or unpaved parking lot or driveway. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) warns consumers and business owners that suspect asphalt firms will soon be in the area, trying to rustle up jobs. These operators often go door-to-door claiming they have extra asphalt from a nearby project and they’ll work at a discounted rate. However, the quality of the work is often sub-par and the final bill can sometimes be double – or even many times - the original quoted price.
“This is a seasonal scheme, and it’s one that victimizes many people in our area every year,” said Susan Adams Loyd, President and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “It’s often perpetrated door-to-door, so everyone really need to be prepared as to how they will approach the issue.”
To avoid asphalt schemes, always be sure you know who you’re dealing with. Research the company at bbb.org and check other online resources. Also, be sure to ask the salesperson if they have a solicitor’s license from the city they’re doing business in – and then verify that by contacting your city officials.
Be on the lookout for these common signs of a suspect asphalt firm:
If asphalt contractors are on your property and you feel work that’s being performed is beyond the scope of what was originally agreed upon, contact the police immediately. Or if you’re suddenly presented with a bill much higher than what was originally discussed, don’t be pressured into making a payment on the spot. Remember, you have rights. Always make sure you have full and accurate contact information for any company you work with – not just a phone number.
Consumers are often safer dealing with a contractor who has local roots. Contact BBB for free Business Profiles on any company you are considering doing business with by visiting bbb.org, or by calling – toll-free in Minnesota and North Dakota – 1-800-646-6222.