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Question DetailsAsked on 8/26/2013

Driveways, Central New Jersey

I had a company, Sullivan's Paving of New Brunswick, NJ, come by my house this weekend out of the blue, say they were doing work in the area, and give me an estimate to lay Belgian block around my dirt driveway and put gravel down as well. The estimate was $1900. Anybody know these guys and do you think this is a fair price? thanks.

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If true Belgian block (rough cut stone) then about $5-10/LF of border in-place, depending on stone size - the stones all tend to run close to the same price, so using 4" stones costs a lot more than 11" stones. Covering the drive could take from $1-5/SF, depending on whether gravel (loose, easily kicked around) or compacted crushed stone, and whether just a skim layer or 4-6 inches for a full driveway overlay.

In general, you need to be careful of people coming to your door trying to sell you things, but at times contractors will go to a house if they have another job in the neighborhood to try to get several jobs in the same area, and driveways, siding, exterior painting and roofs are things they can see from the street so they can know a person might be interested just from curb appearance. The big question is do you want this type of work done, and do you want a gravel or a paved driveway, or do you not really need anything done to your drive at all ? Don't feel obligated to buy something just because the person gave you an unsolicited quote.

As with any job, you should get 3 bids if you intend to go ahead with this to be sure you are getting a fair price, don't be pressured by them giving you a "today only" or "this week only" deal, and come up with a definitive scope or work (stone materials and sizes and pattern, surfacing material and thickness, etc). Search the List (in green banner bar) for local driveway contractors, ratings, and reviews - Sullivan's might be there.

One thing to bear in mind - be sure to check for complaints - Sullivan is one of the names used by the migrant gypsy families that travel the country working paving, painting, siding and roofing scams on homeowners, so check how long this firm has been in your area and if any complaints against them with the state licensing board.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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