By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to get estimates from companies desiring to do work for you before that work begins after a situation from a few weeks ago.
The Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Jimmy Watt, spoke to a resident who stated that an individual drove up into the driveway of the victim’s residence on Poplar Springs Road on Friday, May 6th, stating that they had an overrun of some tar and chip that he needed to get rid of so it would not ruin and was offering it at a discounted price.
“There was an agreement to pave a portion of the driveway but the contractor would not give the homeowner an estimate of the total cost beforehand,” says PIO Watt. “Other individuals arrived on the scene with some equipment and a portion of the driveway was paved in one evening. After that, the contractor gave the victim a bill for the cost of the job, around $7,800.”
The victim and the contractor agreed to settle for $7,000. The victim told PIO Watt that the contractor was out of the state of Georgia. The victim had a receipt and a business card, which stated that the name of the company was M & S Paving out of Kennesaw, Georgia.
“After looking things over, it does not appear from the surface that the citizen who had the work done was overcharged and since the work was completed and payment made, this is not a criminal issue,” continues PIO Watt. “However, we would like to remind everyone that before any work is completed on your residence or property, that you get an estimate on how much the work will cost up front in writing before allowing anyone to begin that work.”
“If you need this kind of work done, we recommend consulting with family and friends and contacting local contracting companies and getting quotes as well as consulting the Better Business Bureau regarding any companies that you may want to do work for you,” says PIO Watt. “There are many businesses local who would appreciate the opportunity to provide quotes and have the chance to provide work for their employees and do quality work for the residents of Oconee County.”