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How to evaluate cons from pros in hiring residential paver 

NORTHAMPTON — Local paving contractors say there are a variety of ways homeowners can determine whether they are dealing with a reputable company when seeking to hire residential pavers. Among those inquiries are contacting a local chamber of commerce, seeking an insurance certificate and requesting references.

“Our best advertising is word of mouth — that’s what we bank on,” said Tom Fenton, general manager of Duffy Willard Paving & Excavating in Northampton.

There are also many signs that consumers should recognize as red flags when they are approached by so-called paving crews seeking their business. Many legitimate contractors actively warn consumers to be cautious of traveling or gypsy pavers. The following are some warning signs:

∎ Selling door-to-door;

∎ No contracts and cash-only sales;

∎ Claims of asphalt left over from another job;

∎ High-pressure sales tactics that offer deals which are only good that day;

∎ Unmarked vehicles.

— DAN CROWLEY

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NORTHAMPTON — With paving season in full swing, state Rep. Stephen D. Kulik believes the time is right for lawmakers to approve a bill he’s pushing to regulate residential pavers. Already this spring, one elderly resident in the area has been scammed by con artists knocking on his door offering to seal his driveway with materials left over from another … 0

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