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Old 11-10-2009, 11:52 AM
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Do commercial work before you get paid?

Just landed two commercial bids a little over a week ago. Each one also wanted a small landscape refresh done. I put in the bid that the first payment of 50% of the total, had to be paid prior to start date. The remainder would be paid upon completion. I didnt start on it yesterday because I never received the first payment. Today was the schedualed day to finish the project but im not sure if I should go ahead and do so without them abiding by my terms.
Alot of the money is going toward material to get the job done. What would you do?
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:02 PM
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Call them and ask where the check for the deposit is at. Matter of fact, you should have called them the day before yesterday and asked them where it's at. You might loose the account because you didn't do the work when you said you would, regardless of getting money first.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:03 PM
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Call them or swing by.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:12 PM
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I stopped by on Friday and yesterday and they say there waiting on money
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:15 PM
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then you made a mistake. Right then you should have told them that you'll get started on the job as soon as they get the money to you.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:28 PM
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I stopped by on Friday and yesterday and they say there waiting on money
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Tell them so are you. Lol.

Depending on the size I would judt let them know you will do it as soon as they get the deposit.
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:00 PM
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Ugh....get that deposit fast.
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:03 PM
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What does it say in your contract? Follow it to the letter. No contract, no work. Are these national companies or the podunk store on the corner?
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:10 PM
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No signed contract without a deposit = no work.
Regardless of what the managers say.
However, all of my estimates carry a payment clause in them so I NEVER start work without a signed contract and money.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:25 PM
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The contract is the key here. I have fronted plant material numerous times without a deposit on hand, but ONLY with a signed contract in hand. Of course this is usually with existing clients. With a brand new client I may be a little weary of it, but again the contract is the key. No contract......no work.
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