What is a typical down payment percentage?

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Posted by: from Cobourg
3/14/2016 at 10:54:10 AM

What is typically a down payment percentage that a contractor will request and what is suggested?

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James from Deckster Decks in Scarborough
Date/Time3/14/2016 at 11:58:17 AM

Typical is 10-15%. Every contractor is different. I wouldn't suggest paying more than this until they are onsite and working.

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James from TCM Enterprises in New Market
Date/Time3/14/2016 at 5:05:47 PM

Depends on the project. Example kitchens up to 50%.

Standard deposit as long as material not required to start 15%.

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Date/Time3/14/2016 at 5:07:20 PM

Just to book a start date I take $1000.

On the first day material cost, I would never buy anything with my own money.

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Date/Time3/14/2016 at 5:11:16 PM

Hi Jerry,

I normally ask for 15 -20 percent. If the initial stages call for large deposits on my part at the time of ordering such as cabinetry or custom flooring materials I will ask for a deposit to cover those expenses.

On some jobs the deposit may be as high as 35 or 40 percent.

But I must add, my clients know me by reputation or word of mouth. I am trustworthy. Not all contractors are. So know who you are dealing with.

Good luck with your project.

James Fram

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Date/Time3/14/2016 at 5:34:55 PM

Hi Jerry,

If you've done your due diligence and you trust your Contractor, you can assume he is asking for just the right amount he needs to get the job started. Every job is different, there is no set standard. Your Contractor needs to make sure he has the resources needed to get the work done.

Usually, the terms are laid out in the contract. You should both agree to the terms so there are no surprises later. Understand, your Contractor is accountable to his suppliers, sub-trades and employees. If you agree to pay the terms of the contract and he is doing the work according to the schedule, you must pay what has been agreed.

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Arturo from Java Painting in Surrey
Date/Time3/14/2016 at 5:36:52 PM

Normally 20% depends what kind of work.

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Date/Time3/14/2016 at 6:25:42 PM


Every contractor is different when it comes to down payments. However, from experience I would say an average is 15%. I wouldn't accept more than a 20% down payment, as long as you are willing to work with the contractor and offer another payment upon starting the job.

Hope this helps.



Renovation Ubora Inc.


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Date/Time3/14/2016 at 9:14:00 PM

It depends on how big and what kind of job is. Most of the time I am asking for %20-%25 a deposit.

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