MANTORVILLE, Minn. (FOX 47) – If you plan on getting work done to your driveway this summer you’ll want to do your research.
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota sees an increase in schemes involving asphalt companies during the summer months.
“We’ve had a lot of jobs where they got scammed and we had to come back and do it the right way,” said Jeremiah Siewert, a foreman for Rochester Asphalt and Concrete.
One obvious sign something’s not right? If someone comes knocking on your door. “Any reputable business doesn’t do cold sales; that’s not something I’ve ever done here,” added Siewert.
Scam artists will try to reel in unsuspecting victims by telling them they have left over asphalt from another job but that’s a big lie. Most, if not all, reputable companies will know how much material they need for a job.
“My personal experience: go off of where they’re based out of. My biggest thing is if they don’t have a Minnesota area code they’re probably not from Minnesota.”
You can also check their truck. If the business’s name and phone number are missing, plus the plates are from out of state, don’t even bother with them.
“Just do your research; ask your neighbors.”
That way you can get the job done the right way, the first time.
The BBB recommends following these general rules to avoid an unethical asphalt company:
- Be wary of paving companies stating they are “in the neighborhood” and have extra asphalt at the ready to repair your driveway for a minimal cost. Professional asphalt contractors know, with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete a project. They will rarely have leftover materials.
- Never hire someone on the spot. Trustworthy contractors provide a written estimate that will be valid for many days. If you feel that you are being subjected to high-pressure sales tactics, BBB advises you to end the conversation and tell the company you’re not interested.
- If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of work will be quite low.
- Get at least two estimates before hiring anyone.
- Don’t pay with cash. Credit cards are always best as there are options for recovering your lost funds.