How much deposit should I give for kitchen reno project?

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Posted by: from Woodbridge
6/16/2015 at 10:29:55 PM

Need to get the kitchen renovated and the contractor is asking 70% upfront. What is the avg deposit amount?

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Date/Time6/16/2015 at 11:07:03 PM

Not 70%.

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Sami from OCS in Ottawa
Date/Time6/16/2015 at 11:08:47 PM

I usually charge 50 upfront and remainder upon completion. I've never heard of 70% upfront, perhaps contractor is purchasing materials that's why he needs so much upfront?

Best of luck!

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Date/Time6/16/2015 at 11:15:55 PM

We are kitchen manufactures. We take 40% up front. I would never ask for 70% up front. Something doesn't sound right.

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Date/Time6/16/2015 at 11:16:00 PM

For myself, each job tends to be a bit different. On a kitchen project, I would only ask that a small amount of my labour costs be given up front, but much if not all, of the materials would need to be ordered or built. I ask for all material costs up front, or arrange to have the client pay the supplier directly. If materials are being resold to you, your contractor should be charging GST and PST, depending on the rules where you live. The payment schedule should be outlined in your contract, and be agreed upon before signing. Many renovations have a high material cost, and I've learned to never carry these costs for the client. Materials up front or paid directly to the supplier, labour when it's complete.

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Steve from OMC Contracting in Kitchener
Date/Time6/16/2015 at 11:19:09 PM

Hi There,

Anyone who is asking for 70% is giving You good sign to cut the relation while You are ahead. Standard terms for Commercial is 30 days after work has bin installed,as for residential there is no rules,My standard terms are 30% on signing of the contract 40% half way trough the project and 30% on completion of the project.

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Date/Time6/16/2015 at 11:48:35 PM

Hi there,

We are a Contracting company that specializes in renovations, I never heard of 70% deposit, what we offer our clients is a contract signed by both party's, 30% deposit phase 2-30%, phase 3-30% and a 10% hold back, each phase should have a walk through conducted by the contractor showing work completed and how far along, the 10% hold back is a safety net for the client to make sure contractor has held up his end of signed contract, once job is completed and client is satisfied hold back should be released

Hope this helps you,

Good luck with your project!

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Date/Time6/17/2015 at 12:14:47 AM

Beware of this contractor. I have never heard of 70% up front. It is either a three part payment, 30% down, then another percentage half way through the job, then remainder at finish. OR 30% plus pay for materials as needed. Remainder after job is completed.

Good luck with your renovations.

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Jaide from JB Tile & Stone in Langley
Date/Time6/17/2015 at 12:54:51 AM

40-50% upfront is usually the norm. I wouldn't give the 70% just incase the contractor tried to skip out on the job, unless you already have a relationship with the person.

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Dave from 360renos in Ottawa
Date/Time6/17/2015 at 5:06:28 AM

As you can see Meetpal there are lots of variations on the deposit amounts that contractors ask for with their projects.

Here is some great reading that every home owner should review and be knowledgeable about when undertaking a project on their home but out by Consumer Protection Ontario

Be informed to ensure you hire the right contractor for your project.


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Robert from ElecTriLight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time6/17/2015 at 6:32:41 AM

70%? I'd be concerned of why he needs so much that early. Sounds amateur, what other concerns may lay ahead for that deal? Get a SIGNED formal contract and ask for reference from neighbours.

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Date/Time6/17/2015 at 6:53:21 AM

As everyone else has mentioned the 70% mark seems very alarming to me personally. Depending on the size of the project we will normally take 25-30% as a deposit and then have various draws when work is completed.

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Date/Time6/17/2015 at 8:50:01 AM


I have to agree with everyone. I wouldn't give him 70% unless, you really trust this contractor. I usually ask for 30% upon signing of the contract. You do have a contract?? And the rest paid as the job progresses. Payment schedule should be written in the contract.

Have a good day.

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Date/Time6/17/2015 at 9:06:19 AM

%70 is a bit much. %50 upfront is reasonable and the remaining as per the work in progress.....

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Brian from Next Restoration in Rockwood
Date/Time6/17/2015 at 9:24:29 AM

I agree, 30% upfront, 30% as work progresses and the balance on completion.

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Meetpal in Woodbridge
Date/Time6/17/2015 at 10:25:12 AM

Thanks all for the responses.

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Date/Time6/17/2015 at 12:25:11 PM

70% is a very alarming number for me, and would make me nervous especially if the contractor is not close to you. The average deposit for a Kitchen renovation is 20-30% Depending on the size of the project. Most companies have a standard payment schedule and that is always agreed upon between the client and the contractor. We are a renovation company and we specialize in kitchen renovations, and we have never charged a client 70% up front.

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Date/Time6/17/2015 at 12:41:18 PM


You should not give more than 20% and also make sure you go visit their shop where cabinets are manufactured. Also, how long have they been in business?

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Date/Time6/17/2015 at 5:14:23 PM


All I can say is walk away from this contractor. I feel you are being set up.

My company does major renovations and custom builds.

We ask for 30-35% as a deposit. And then I ask for payments as we go. The large deposits for your contract would be upon ordering the cabinets and counters as I pay about 30% down when ordered. But to give you an example, if your kitchen renovation was a total of 50,000.00, The final payment upon completion would be about 5,000.00 to 7,000.00.

Take care who you contract with. Get referrals. And call the people.

Good luck with your reno.

James Fram

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Date/Time6/18/2015 at 6:53:16 PM

Generally a third of the total is charged up front.

Hope this helps to answer your question, and in finding an average.

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Date/Time6/23/2015 at 9:52:12 AM

I do renovations and manufacture cabinets and counter tops. We deal with home owners, renovators and custom builders. Operating in Toronto for last 15 years and have seen variety of customers and dramas so made some business policies.

Our pricing structure is consistent and as follows:

The 70% cost was for Cabinets as every thing is specifically customised to fit a particular kitchen.(say a 12 3/4" deep pantry, extra higher uppers, special accessories Custom colour, stain etc.) Balance amount on delivery for merchandise and Installation charges after cabinets are installed.

We operate on very thin margin so if one customer don't pay as per contract I am done I would like to be safe as I know I am 100% honest I don't want to leave for risk. I don't want be in beggars position.

Particular breed always bargain in beginning, and hesitate to pay full as per contract and agreement and again bargain at the end on final payment. In between lots off extras want for FREE. (There are always exceptions in every breed.)

For counter top we take full deposit at the time of template and install in 5 business days.Counter top if its hot colour we have to procure slab before so at the time of installation its around 6 to 8 weeks from main contract in those cases we request customer to pay for slabs upfront and secure slab.

For construction we take ZERO Deposit in beginning, 10 % on day we start the work, 70% when all rough in is done and balance on completion.

Based on this formula in 15 years I have once faced difficult situation when I trusted Italian builder and did his kitchen with ZERO deposit for his client and never showed to pick up.

Lesson learned lost money, move on.

This is our business policy and don't leave my self exposed for risk. If customers don't trust us we don't do business - I don't want to be in beggars position.

Good luck to all every one is different and so far we have maintained 5 star rating and serve mostly referral business all over Ontario.

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