Beware of the Gypsy’s – 7 warning signs you may be scammed
Selling door-to-door: Reputable asphalt contractors will sometimes offer there services if they are doing a legitimate job in the immediate area. Always ask for references
Claiming 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 material. Some of the reasons a contractor might have left over material is due to weather, equipment problems, cancellations and etc.
Push you to make a quick decision: Reputable contractors will provide a written estimate that will be valid for weeks or months. If the great deal they are offering you today is not available tomorrow or next week it may be a scam.
No contract offered: Insist upon a written contact specifying in detail, the work to be performed and the agreed upon price.
Cash sales ONLY: Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards and don’t require CASH ONLY terms.
Deals that seem to be to good to be true: If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will also be quite low.
Unmarked trucks with (800) number: Often the trucks they travel in are unmarked or they have an out of state address and phone number. A little research will reveal that they have no permanent address and the phone number is often an answering machine. Some have been know to use an address with a suite number that turned out to be a storage.