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