When a concrete driveway is showing signs of wear and tear, it is but normal for homeowners to want to get it fixed. However, do not let desperation affect your decisions. Some contractors take advantage of homeowners, providing unfinished or low-quality jobs at a ridiculously expensive rate. This type of job is a scam.
There are many different ways a homeowner can be scammed into paying hard-earned money for a job not even worth a penny. But don’t be a victim. Here are tips on how you could prevent concrete driveway repair scams.
1. Deal Only with Legit Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Contractors
This can be quite difficult to distinguish physically. It is easy to think that one might be legit just by how he looks or presents himself. Ask for his license and insurance. Ask for the company’s address and give it a call to check if it does exist. You may also ask the local registry for a list of legit contractors in Los Angeles or in your area.
2. Know the Basics of Driveway Repair
Some scam artists talk fast and with detailed information just so you would think that they know what they are doing and they know what is best for you. To prevent this type of deception, learn the basic of driveway repair. This way, it would be easy for you to determine if they really know what the damage is and what repairs are needed or if they are just persuading you to pay them to repair a damage that does not exist. Having basic knowledge of concrete repair will also equip you with questions to ask to test the contractor’s knowledge and capability.
3. Consult First and Get Quotes from at least Three Contractors
Most reliable contractors give free consultations and quotes. Take advantage of this and ask for quotes from at least three contractors. This may take time as you need to discuss with each one, study each quote well, and ask for a portfolio of their previous work to get an idea of the quality of their work. Although it would take time, the benefits you reap in the end will be worth it.
4. Never Pay Full Up Front
In most states in the US, the legal maximum you can pay a contractor is $1,000 or 10% of the total cost, whichever is lower. This amount is just an assurance to the contractor that you are a serious customer. Never trust a contractor that asks for a full payment before the work even starts.