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Question DetailsAsked on 7/16/2012

I have a contractor, rated A on Angie's List, that is asking me to pay him half of the estimate up front. Is this common?

This is a tile flooring job. I am paying for the tile, grout and transition strips up front--he is not providing these materials. So he is strictly asking for one-half of his labor estimate up front.
My gut is telling me this isn't right.

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IME projects such as flooring, I pay for the materials up front. Paying up-front for labor however is not something I've done in the past. Since there is a clear distinction between materials and labor (vs. other types of services that aren't itemized) I would schedule payments based on percentage of work completion.

If it's a small job (few days), I might pay half labor AFTER the first day of work is completed and things are going well. 'Sort of' like up-front.

Good luck,
--- Consumer

Answered 8 years ago by cebury

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