House Representative David Gomberg wants to alert residents of his district that we’re in the prime season for shady characters ripping off unsuspecting homeowners with deals “too good to be true” on putting in new driveways or other asphalt jobs.
Gomberg says his office has received reports of at least one company that likely ripped off a homeowner for $7,000 based on an offer that she hadn’t even agreed to. Gomberg says the deal goes something like this: A construction person knocks on the door of a house whose driveway obviously needs a facelift or a rebuild. The homeowner answers the door and is told…”We were in the area doing another asphalt job and we had some asphalt left over. We can give you a real sweet deal on a new driveway for just (fill in the blank).
Because the price is so low the homeowner says yes. But when the job’s done, it’s obviously very inferior work. The scammers drive off with the homeowner’s money never to return again. Many don’t have contractors’ licenses or even a business license so they can’t be tracked down.
Gomberg says if a deal seems too good to be true, you can bet your dog’s next litter of championship pups that it probably is. Always do a check with your county or city business license clerk to find out if the guy at the door is even legitimate. Ask for references. Check your local Better Business Bureau. If the work crew gets impatient and starts to leave, let’em. Reputable contractors don’t act that way.
In short, don’t take the bait.