The City of Lucas has received several complaints
concerning door-to-door solicitation for driveway
paving. These contractors claim to have “extra material”
from a job they have just completed and will offer
a price “good for today only”. Though the complaints
vary, generally the unsatisfied customer mentions the
use of a product inferior to what they thought they were
getting or the final cost greatly exceeding the total that
was expected. Often intimidation is used and threats
are made, including the threat of a lien on the property
if the contractor’s demands are not met.
Lucas requires a permit before any driveway
paving on city road right-of-way is to begin. This is
intended to protect the property owner from shoddy
workmanship and unscrupulous contractors. Reputable
contractors do not carry extra asphalt or other materials
door-to-door. When a contract is made, the
property owner should have sufficient time to review
the agreement without fear of losing a good price.
To protect themselves, Lucas property owners
should consider the following normal practices:
1. Get 3 or more bids before agreeing to a
contract. The best way to find a good contractor is to
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ask someone who has had the same work done and is a satisfied
customer. The city maintains a list of contractors who have done
work in the city as well as the number of the jobs they do.
Unsatisfactory contractors are not kept on the list.
2. Know the reasonable charges for the different materials.
For chip seal work, this amount may vary from $3.50/yd2 for a
large job (like a street) to $10/yd2 for small jobs (a typical 1 lane
driveway and 2 or 3 parking spaces). For asphalt these
amounts vary from $10/yd2 to $14/yd2. Concrete runs $4.25/
ft2 to $5.50/ft2 (to convert this cost to square yards, multiply x 9)
3. Do not accept a business card with a dollar amount
written on it. This written amount is construed to be the contract
price regardless of the verbal agreement.
4. Have a signed contract with a completed job cost total
(turn key) before allowing any work to begin.
If you suspect you are dealing with a disreputable contractor
you may call the city, but the city can only issue a citation if
the workers are still on the job and witnessed by the staff
member. Remember, if the price offered seems too good to be
true, it may not be what you are looking for. If you know of
suspicious activities in your neighborhood call the city office at
City of Lucas Councilmember
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