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Tips - Buyer Beware

Buyer Beware

Every paving season brings new stories of homeowners who were offered special deals for driveway paving but were taken in by con-artists. Most frequently, the bargain is offered by someone who "just happens to be in the neighborhood." They say they are able to give fantastic savings, especially if you "act now" and "pay now." Their favorite target is usually senior citizens. Their favorite technique is fear and intimidation. If you are approached with such a deal, be cautious!

Bad work by these kinds of pavers is not always immediately apparent to the inexperienced eye. What you may get is bad design, poor workmanship, and incorrect placement that soon begins to crack and crumble.

If you already have an asphalt driveway or parking area, these door-to-door contractors may also try to sell you some kind of asphalt sealing application. Be cautious. You may be buying nothing more than colored water.

Investigate the company's reputation. If you have any doubt about a contractor's reputation, check the telephone directory listings, ask for credit and bank references, and call the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau. Or, give your County Road Commission Office a call and ask if they know who the contractor is? Don't be fooled by business cards that appear legitimate or claims of working with asphalt production plants in your area. Ask questions! Investigate!