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Question DetailsAsked on 10/31/2016

Expert Interiors bid is $1300 and they wanted $1000 up front is this OK

Replace gutter and spouts 6" take away old materials could not reuse any old materials

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Why an "Interiors" company is doing gutters is beyond me - unless they did not think big enough when they initally named the company and are now general contractors doing many or all types of work.

For a $1300 job, I owuld not give a deposit exceeding about $250-300 - especially for a very short-term (usually 1/2 day for this size job) job with little or no up-front need to buy materials. [They will routinely stock at least several houses worth of the normal colors and strip sizes]. Usually on gutter jobs, if they require a deposit at all, which from what I hear is not real common because it is normally only a few days to maybe a week or so from calling them to job complete, it is only $200-250 or so.

The reasons for larger $ or % amount up-front deposits to contractors are either to cover up-front materials costs where the contractor has to go out and buy materials specifically for the job (which does not apply in your case unless you special-ordered a specific color, and even then the coil metal cost is not more than a couple to maybe few hundred $); because there is substantial up-front work needed to prep for the job (like a new-home or major remodel contractor locating and arranging for materials and subcontractors and maybe having an architect do plans), because there are expensive cxustom-ordered non-refundable items to order, or to hold a date to work the job like roofing and house painting contractors demand to reserve a timeslot during the busy seasons.

I don't see that any of those factors apply here, and that large a % up front not only makes one worry about possible scamming (did you check this company's AL ratings and reviews ?), but also takes away most of the leverage you have on the contractor to withhold payment if the job is not done right or completely or they fail to do a proper cleanup job. Personally, if it were my job, if he would not accept maybe $200-300 range max I would tell him no and go to another contractor. Its not like gutter contractors are hard to find or that you need a particularly skilled one to do the work. [Ignoring high-end stainless or copper gutters here where some of those factors might apply, but from your job price clearly that is not the case here.]

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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