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Question DetailsAsked on 7/20/2017

should you pay a contractor $800 upfront for a $2200 project that is just for labor?

need to have some painting done and wood floors buffed. I have purchased the materials. need someone for labor.

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Hello Wbjewelry,

Thank you for reaching out. Angie's List does offer deals on our site that are prepaid job, but those are protected by our 30-day Refund Guarantee. It is not uncommon for providers to request a deposit prior to work. Usually that amount is only 10% of the project and is used for material costs. The decision is ultimatly yours to make. We would encourage getting signed documentation from the provider on terms so if something were to happen, you can ensure the return of your deposit.

If you do choose to find another provider, you may always search our list for the "Flooring Sales/Installation/Repair" category to find highly rated providers in your area that can give you other bids on your project.


Iann M

Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


Why would you, if this is for labor only, so he is not out-of-pocket anything up front ? For a $2200 job, MAYBE a couple of hundred deposit (and be sure the contract is clear on what happens to that deposit if the job is not completed or it cancelled for any reason - is it a deposit against job payments, or a signing payment which will be applied against job invoices but is otherwise non-refundable. BIG difference between the two.

Though finding someone other than a Handyman might be tough, because you have taken a goodly portion of the job's revenue and profit out of their mouth. Most contractors who can get as much work as they need will eitehr refuse to do owner-furnished materials work, or will crank their price up to at least compensate for the profit (and maybe overhead too) which they would have earned had they provided the materials with their normal markup.

Floor buffing (unless you mean strip and rewax and buff) is an easy DIY job also - if you mean stripping and rewaxing then I would get a professional flooring contractor to reduce the chance of an amateur ruining your floors.

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