For no particular reason, we decided it would be a good idea to remind people of some things to be aware of. We've heard there are some contractors out doing some paving or chip sealing in the western part of the county. This is not the best time of year to be doing paving as the cold is not conducive to quality work. (Look at #1)
Below you will find some helpful information.
1. One of the biggest scams in asphalt contracting is the “I have extra material” line. Any reputable sealing contractor will have very little sealer left after a job is complete. Also sealer does not go bad as long as it does not freeze so there is no rush to get rid of it, if it is about to freeze it's too cold to apply sealcoating anyway.
2. Any contractor that knocks on your door should only tell you one thing; that he left his shop with nothing to do that day and is now out trying to drum up some work.
3. Soliciting door to door is also illegal in most towns.
4. Beware of anyone who does not have their truck lettered.
5. If a deal sounds too good to be true. IT IS!
6. Ask for references, exact addresses, tell them to come back after you have had a chance to go look at them... and do go look.
7. If a contractor says that a price is for “today only,” or “working in your area this week only” that usually means that he is what’s called a “Traveller". Traveller's or more commonly called "Gypsies" move from state to state and town to town. After they have worn out their welcome, they move to a different state or town. These people usually have out of state license plates, fancy trucks, and a reason you need to do the work right now. Always just take a moment to see if they are in the phone book, if they say they are new, call directory assistance; that call could save you being taken advantage of.
8. If the contractor you hire will only accept cash or wants the check made out to cash, BEWARE. Never make a check out to "cash" and if they insists on using their personal name ask for a valid driver's license & copy all their information. A reputable contractor will always ask for a check made out in the name of the business.
9. If in any doubt, ask for their contractor's license number, to see their driver’s license, or certificates of insurance. If they just give you information verbally tell them to return the next business day after you have had a chance to verify their information.
10. USE COMMON SENSE. While not every contractor who makes "cold calls" is disreputable many are, often others are brand new, inexperienced, and desperate for work.