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Question DetailsAsked on 1/11/2014

what if a painting contractor asks for 50% money up front

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Personally, I would say way too much. A small deposit up front to reserve the work slot I can see, and I can see payment for the paint once delivered to the jobsite, or not more than 2 days before at most, but painting is not like a GC where there is a lot of upfront ordering and subcontractor committments and such. In my opinion, 50% is about double or triple what is reasonable for any payments before work is begun - I cannot fathom more than about 10%, plus direct wholesale cost (without markup) of special order items you have approved - which should be showing the contractor as contractor but you as buyer if you are paying up front.

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