How to Spot a Paving Cowboy

If you are looking to invest a few thousand pounds on your property in the form of a new driveway or patio, it can be difficult to find a credible firm in an industry notorious for rogue traders. Below are a few tell tales signs:


Not providing a written quote


Verbal quotes are worthless as you cannot prove whether a builder agreed to a price or not. Unscrupulous contractors may give a price verbally, which will sound like a good deal and then when the work is complete, invoice you for 2 or 3 times the price of the verbal quote. If this situation arises there is really very little you can do as you cannot prove otherwise. A written quote forms a contract between the customer and the builder and both parties should have copies. Always insist on getting quotes in writing.


Saying they can start tomorrow


The best driveway and paving contractors usually have a lead time of around 4-12 weeks as they are in high demand. Always be suspicious if a contractor can start the next day as he is probably not very good at his job.


Door to door canvassing


A reputable block paving contractor will not canvass door to door simply because they don’t need to use those kinds of tactics to get work. Our main source of work is through referrals from many of our satisfied customers meaning that we are busy throughout the year. Builders who participate in door to door canvassing are usually only in the area for a short time before moving on to somewhere else as their poor standard of work usually results in angry customers.


Using a non-geographical phone number e.g. 0800 or 0845


Credible firms always use a local number such as 01245 as they only work within one particular area of the country. Shady firms will just use a mobile number or a 0800 or 0845 to mask their itinerant habits.




Are you looking for a professional paving contractor in Essex? Why not call us today to find out how we can help you completely transform the look of your home. Our experienced team of expert craftsman have the skills to dramatically improve the look of any garden or driveway – big or small. To book your free consultation call us today on 01245 80 71 80 and arrange a visit from our landscape advisor – at a time that suits you!



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