The Department of Consumer Protection warns that there might be a hidden cost to people offering inexpensive paving.
“We’ve learned that traveling pavers have already started their rounds in the state, and more fly-by-night operators offering chimney repair and magazine sales can’t be far behind,” said Commissioner William R. Rubenstein. “It’s important that consumers be extra careful and vigilant. Don’t let anyone in your home for any reason unless you’re sure you know who they are -- scammers have been known to commit burglaries if given the opportunity.”
Traveling pavers visit the Northeast most years, pushing underpriced, inferior driveway paving and sealing services. Bargain-minded consumers are taken in by these smooth-talking scam artists, losing their money, and often being left with a pile of rubble where their driveways used to be.
Crews often drive unmarked utility trucks and vans; their salespersons go door to door, and their sales pitch usually involves “leftover” asphalt from a nearby job that’s available immediately, at a bargain price. Other hallmarks of the paving scam include high pressure sales tactics, haphazard contracts and a request for payment in cash or personal check made out to cash.
“Since the law gives homeowners three days to change their mind, no work should start until at least three days after a contract is signed,” Rubenstein said. “Don’t be pressured by anyone who needs to start right away.”