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Question DetailsAsked on 7/21/2015

Interior house painting - we gave a 50% deposit for job. Not sure if we want to use this contractor. Refund?

There are multiple rooms currently with dark color paint & were quoted "1" coat on estimate. I did let him know that I was told some would need 2 maybe 3 coats of paint & they indicated that they would do that. I want to ask him to put in estimate but not sure we still want to use him. Can we get our deposit back? If not all - what percentage. I'm wondering why they asked for 50% when I see that they should've asked for 10%.

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Depends on your contract and state law.

Check contract phrasing about termination or retention or similar type clause - if no contract as such may be in fine print on back of his proposal/estimate form. Typically 10% of contract amount plus any work done to date, but if no real prep has begun many contractors will let you out for little or free - especially this busy time of year.

In a few states like California they are limited to a certain $ amount or percentage for up-front deposit and pre-work termination charge.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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