Angie’s List: Asphalt Scams

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With temps on the rise, a common driveway scam is, too. Angie’s List offers up easy ways to spot a common scam that disreputable asphalt driveway contractors might try on you.

Maryanna Phillips was out in her yard when two workers from an asphalt company pulled up. They said they could sealcoat her cracked driveway for 3-hundred dollars with materials left over from a job down the street. 

Maryanna Phillips, Homeowner, “They made me feel bad. The lady had been in a wreck. She had stitches all over her head and I’m like, ‘Go, just do it.'”

The job was sloppy. Maryanna’s decorative stone and yard ornaments were sprayed with sealant. Even worse, the excess asphalt was dumped on the street and splashed onto her car, causing more than 12-hundred dollars in damage. She immediately tried to stop payment on her check, but it was too late.

Maryanna Phillips, “I know better than this. I used to take calls all day, every day with people who got scammed just like this. Like I said, I know better. She played on my heart.”

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List Founder, “It’s sad, but there are unscrupulous contractors out there, so you as a consumer need to beware. Be cautious of anyone that comes to your home and tries to encourage you to take a deal on the spot. A deal today should be a deal tomorrow.”

Joseph Sullivan, AAA Sealcoating & Asphalt Maintenance, “I get calls all the time … ‘I had this guy over here, there’s sealant all over the house,’ and unfortunately, I have to tell people there’s no way to get it off. You have to start replacing things.”

Maryanna has her guard back up, but says if she can get scammed, anyone can.

Maryanna Phillips, “Unfortunately, we live in a world where you just can’t really trust a lot of people, so you need to check people out before you hire them out to do a job.”
   
Angie says quality contractors don’t approach homeowners with leftover materials and a special low price, and if an uninvited worker won’t leave when asked, call local the authorities and stay inside.

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