the weather gets warmer and the asphalt paving season begins, consumers are
warned to be extremely cautious when selecting a contractor to pave a driveway
or parking lot. Each paving season, bands of con artists travel through the
region to scam unsuspecting homeowners and business people. They often target
is a reminder for consumers to be vigilant and to take note of some of the
asphalt paving scam warning signs:
Reputable asphalt contractors will rarely, if ever, sell their product
door-to-door. If you do end up signing a contract with a contractor in
your home, you have 10 days to cancel it, according to the Ontario
Consumer Protection Act.
they have leftover asphalt from another job: Professional
asphalt contractors will know, with great accuracy, how much paving
material is needed to complete a project. Rarely will they have leftover
you to make a quick decision: Reputable contractors will
provide a written estimate that will be valid for days or weeks. If the
great deal they are offering you today is not available tomorrow or next
week, it is probably a scam. Never hire someone on the spot. Ask for
references, then check them
Insist on a written contract specifying in detail the work to be performed
and the agreed total price – not the price per square foot. Chances are
unless you measured the area to be paved, you do not know what the total
cost will be.
Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards and don’t require
or accept cash-only terms.
that seem too good to be true: If the quoted price seems very
low, chances are the quality of work will also be quite low. In fact often
the prices given are stated to be cheaper than normal when they are
actually more expensive.
Often the trucks they travel in are unmarked or they have an out-of-town
address and phone number. A little research will reveal that they have no
permanent address and the phone number is often an answering machine.
done asphalt paving will last for many years, and most reputable contractors
will stand behind their work. They will also know whether or not a permit could
be required before work begins.
whom you are doing business with, check with your BBB.