What is a Driveway Repair Scam?

Driveway repair scams are a common occurrence, and they can be costly for homeowners who fall victim to them. These scams typically involve a contractor who shows up at your door unannounced and offers to pave your driveway for a fraction of the cost of a legitimate contractor. They may claim to have leftover materials from another job, or they may say that they are offering a special deal.

Once you agree to have the work done, the contractor will often ask for a large upfront payment. They may then do a shoddy job, or they may simply disappear after taking your money. In some cases, the contractor may even damage your driveway.

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from driveway repair scams:

  • Be wary of unsolicited offers. If a contractor shows up at your door unannounced, it is best to decline their services. Legitimate contractors will not typically cold-call homeowners.
  • Do your research. Before you hire a contractor, be sure to do your research. Check their references, and make sure they are licensed and insured. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints filed against them.
  • Get everything in writing. Before you agree to have any work done, be sure to get everything in writing. This includes the scope of work, the price, and the payment terms.
  • Pay with a credit card. If you do decide to pay the contractor upfront, be sure to pay with a credit card. This will give you some protection if the contractor does not do the work or does a shoddy job.
  • Ask for proof of insurance. Legitimate contractors will carry liability insurance. This will protect you in case they damage your property.
  • Get multiple estimates. Don’t just go with the first contractor who comes to your door. Get multiple estimates from different contractors before you make a decision.
  • Don’t be afraid to walk away. If you’re not comfortable with a contractor or their estimate, don’t be afraid to walk away. There are plenty of other contractors out there who would be happy to do the work for you.

If you think you may have been the victim of a driveway repair scam, there are a few things you can do:

  • File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • Contact your credit card company if you paid with a credit card.

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