It is human nature to save money by choosing the least expensive options in life. When it comes to asphalt and concrete paving, people want to choose the lowest prices. The problem is that there are unethical contractors out there selling sub-par services and products.
They are often called “gypsy” contractors who scam unsuspecting customers. The story is similar and the basic premise is that there is left-over asphalt from another job and the contractor is in the neighborhood doing “repairs” at an amazing price. The reality is that these “gypsy pavers” end up charging more money than what the job is worth ¹. Common sense would raise a red flag, but unfortunately human greed is powerful and that is what con artists love.
It is important to choose a paving contractor who has been in business for a few years and has verifiable past customers. Common sense dictates that if a contractor offers a warranty it is important that they will be around to honor it. Additionally, making sure that a contractor is licensed is essential. Another good indicator that a contractor is actively doing business is if they have an online presence like a website.
People naturally choose the lowest priced deal that they get because they are apparently “saving money” instantly. The reality is that this is not true all the time. If a customer chooses the cheapest offer, it is possible that they are receiving the cheapest quality. Thus, it is important to research a paving contractor before doing business with them.
1. WHEC –TV. Gypsy Paving Contractors. July 26, 2013