BUFFALO, N.Y.(WIVB) – The Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners that driveway paving scammers have resurfaced now that warmer weather is here. Each year residents are swindled out of cash because of shoddy or unnecessary work.
Warren Clark, the president of the Better Business Bureau serving Upstate New York, is urging homeowners to use caution when hiring a paving contractor.
“In many cases, the paving company disappears and the consumer is not able to contact them to complain about the work.”
The BBB says beware if a paving company representative knocks on your door and says he has leftover material from another job. Complaints about these companies usually involve the poor quality of the work.
Another scam sees a paver beginning the work and taking payment, but running out of material and promising to return the next day to finish the job. It’s likely the paver will never return.
To avoid being scammed, the Better Business Bureau urges homeowners to know the name and address of the company you are working with, verify the company is licensed, get at least three bids, don’t be pressured into payment, and check the business reviews at BBB.org