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Beware: It’s summertime, which means it’s time for the annual asphalt paving scam

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on July 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
July 30, 2010 2:15 pm

The state Department of Labor & Industries is out today with a warning to Washington homeowners and businesses concerning an asphalt paving scam that seems to be making the rounds of the area.

Recently reported in Cowlitz County, the scheme has pavers pressuring people to pay for repairs to driveways.

“In the summer months, it’s not unusual for these paving crews to come into the state and travel around hitting different communities – often targeting senior citizens,” the warning states.

And in return for cash, homeowners might end up with poor workmanship and inferior asphalt charged at inflated prices, the department said.

And in the end, “by the time problems appear, the crew has moved on to a different area or another state.”

The scam goes like this: “Typically, the representatives will approach a homeowner or business and offer to repave a driveway or parking lot for a great low price. They’ll claim they have just enough asphalt left over from another job nearby. The representatives are usually polite, drive nice work vehicles and can be very persuasive.”

Then, within a few weeks, continues the warning, “the asphalt starts breaking up and coming off in chunks.

So… ““Never let anyone rush you into making a decision about home repairs or improvements, no matter how good the deal seems at the time,” said Rich Ervin, L&I’s program manager for contractor registration. “Be wary of great bargains, lifetime guarantees and other high-pressure sales tactics.”

For more information, L&I offers 10 tips for hiring the best contractor.

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