The Sealcoating "Gypsies"
At some point in our Association Management careers, we all have to deal with the Board member who suggests that we contact a particular contractor who has done work for his or her brother-in-law's mother's sister (and just so happens to be much cheaper than the contractor you currently use). This is often the case with sealcoating contractors.
Many reputable asphalt contractors must compete with "The Sealcoating Gypsies", the fly-by-night companies who come through a town offering quick work at low prices. These companies often use low-quality material as well as untrained labor. They spray black water on driveways and then quickly get out of town. They know how to take advantage of owners of single-family homes. Don't let them take advantage of you!
Some ways to protect yourself and your Association from these types of contractors:
Meg Kitchin, AMS®, CMCA®, PCAM®, Association Times, June 2006