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Question DetailsAsked on 10/21/2014

What is a reasonable deposit for landscaping work? 10% down? 50% down?

I am having some landscaping done and the contractor will tear out existing trees, shrubs this fall, treat the soil, then build out the landscaping including the mulch, and come back in the spring to add the plants. As he's not investing in any plant material prior to doing the work, is it reasonable to ask for 50% down now...and the rest payable when he does the work?

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Soundsto me like 10% should be plenty - and if there is deposit carryover to next year's work no more than a nominal amount if any until next spring, I would say. Personally, I would structure a multi-year job with a distinct break in the work so the project is two-phased (2 distinct scopes of work, with the second being optional at your discretion), with the go-ahead on the second phase dependent on the outcome of the first phase.


I certainly think 50% is way too high, especially since that will presumably leave a significant portion othe deposit in his pocket during the winter - unless you phrase it so the entire 50% deposit applies to the first work done, which would cut down the carryover amnount somewhat. Still, as you say, he is not out of pocket anything of note toother vendors till next year when he buys plants, so I would say a progress-payment schedule and then a 10% deposit on the second phase of work (if opted for) at the start of the spring season (to hold the spot, if you will) would be reasonable.


Also - on the second phase - you need to pin down what is fixed price in the contract,andwhat is escalatablefor inflation between now and next year, to make it clear if inflation cranks up and plant prices go up like everything else is right now.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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Totally unreasonable for him to ask for 50% when he wouldn't even install plants util next year. On that basis alone I would NOT hire him, and post a review of his business practices.


Depending on where you live, you could still plant even now - and plants are usually 50% off from about late Aug onwards. Fall can be a great time to plant.


Good luck!


J.

Answered 4 years ago by Jefferson




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