From the Argyle Police Department:
During this time of year, "paving businesses" may approach a homeowner or a business and offer to repave a driveway or parking lot for a low price. They often target senior citizens and tell them that they've just finished with a nearby paving project and have some material left over, the job has been cancelled or some other reason of why they can sell it for such a discount. They usually insist on cash at the time of the work. Unfortunately, most of the time the asphalt starts to deteriorate shortly after they complete the job and leave the area. This may be caused by poor quality material; improper base or sub grade; not adequate thickness and various other reasons.
Citizens are advised never to be pressured into making quick decisions, especially if the price appears to be too good to be true. It usually is safer to deal with a local business that has been in the community for a number of years. Always ask for references and identification. Check the Better Business Bureau. Door-to-door solicitors are also required to have a permit from the Town, feel free to ask them for one, and then notify the police if they do not have one by calling (940) 349-1600.
Be wary of great bargains, lifetime guarantees and other high-pressure sales tactics; it's wise to ask for written bids from several contractors and evaluate all aspects of their bids. It is also wise to use a local company that is established in the community. Once the work is started and money or contracts change hands, then the matter may no longer be criminal in nature and you will have to pursue any claims in a Civil Court. Furthermore, once the work is completed, the person(s) owning the paving company may be able to place a contractor's lien on your house. Buyer Beware!
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William T. Tackett
Chief of Police