It happens every year, from the first sign of spring to the first chill of fall. Scam artists posing as driveway pavers come out, trying to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners and business owners. These companies do paving work that looks okay at first but deteriorates over time. You’ll wind up having to repave, leaving nothing to show for the money you spent. Although no one intends to become a victim of home improvement fraud, some of the high-pressure sales tactics these criminals use can be convincing. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting scammed by people pretending to be legitimate driveway paving contractors.
First, a reputable driveway paving company may solicit your business—but they won’t come door-to-door. You may get flyers in the mail or even a telephone call from a legitimate company that’s looking to grow their business. But someone showing up unannounced with a “great deal” to offer should raise a red flag. Start your search for a paving contractor by looking for companies with a physical location.
Next, check out any paving contractor before you do business with them. Ask your friends and neighbors who they’d recommend and read online reviews and testimonials. You can also look up the company with the Better Business Bureau. Make sure you get opinions from people who had their driveways paved over a year ago. This will help you judge how the work will stand up over time.
Finally, don’t hesitate to call the police if a driveway paver makes you feel uncomfortable. They will sometimes come to your home but refuse to leave until you’ve signed an agreement. This is unethical behavior and you are well within your rights to report anyone who’s trespassing on your property.
SMI Paving hopes you never have to deal with the hassles of driveway paving scams. We pride ourselves on the reputation we’ve built over the past 46 years. We’ve served residential and commercial customers throughout North Carolina and South Carolina since 1970 and we use only the highest standards and best materials for every paving job. Whether you’re looking for asphalt driveway paving or concrete driveway paving, we’re the company to call.