BBB Issues Warning: Find a paving contractor you can trust
BY SARAHBETH ACKERMAN WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH 2016
(used with permission, CNY Central)
For some, spring time means getting outside, maybe planting some flowers or doing some home repairs like paving your driveway.
But, the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is urging homeowners and business owners to be aware of door to door paving scams. These scammers could take your money and run whereas others will do a poor job.
Dependable Paving in Syracuse says they’ve heard these horror stories all the time.
“We get calls from people saying they bought paving from companies that knocked on their door and said that they had extra material. Very rarely do you have more than a couple wheelbarrows,” says Gary Prochna, Owner of Dependable Paving.
Prochna says most legitimate paving companies won’t just show up and offer their services.
To help you avoid falling into this trap, the B-B-B says before making any decision on hiring someone, research the company first and look for any complaints.
They also urge you to get a contract. Reputable businesses will draw up a contract with a description of the materials, labor, and a completion date. The BBB says most paving companies won’t ask for money up front. If they do, this could be a red flag.
And, if you ever feel threatened, you’re encouraged to contact the police right away.