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BBB warns of driveway paving schemes

MADISON, Wis. - BBB Serving Wisconsin is warning consumers of a seasonal asphalt paving scam that usually pops up in warmer months.

The BBB says that the suspect asphalt companies usually place ads or go door-to-door claiming to have extra asphalt from a nearby project, allowing them to give a discounted rate. Ultimately, these jobs usually end up in sub-par work that costs much more than originally quoted.

To avoid being tricked by these schemes, the BBB suggests researching the company at bbb.org, asking the salesperson to show a solicitor's license from the city in which they're doing business, or by directly calling city officials to ask if they've gotten complaints about a certain business.

To generally avoid an unethical asphalt company, the BBB suggests the following rules:

  • Be skeptical of paving companies that say they're "in the neighborhood" and have extra asphalt ready to fix your driveway for a lower cost, because professional asphalt contractors know how much is needed to complete a project and will rarely have leftover materials.
  • Never hire someone on the spot. Written estimates are valid for many days from trusted contractors.
  • If the quoted price seems low, chances are the quality of work will be low.
  • Get at least two estimates before hiring anyone.
  • Don't pay with cash. Credit cards are the BBB's preferred payment method because customers can dispute claims and better recover lost funds.

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