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Old 09-19-2012, 07:48 AM
DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING is offline
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I go for estimated materials cost, with balance due after completion.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:50 AM
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I get 1/3-1/2 down before I will even schedule the job.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:53 AM
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You can't legally get seed money in CA.
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That is un-American!

I only ask for a deposit if the job is over 5K.
Then it is 1/2
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:17 AM
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I go for estimated materials cost, with balance due after completion.
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I tried for this on a large project where the material cost was 2/3 of the job. They wouldn't do it so we settled on half which is what I normally do but this is not a normal job for me.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:18 AM
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I tried for this on a large project where the material cost was 2/3 of the job. They wouldn't do it so we settled on half which is what I normally do but this is not a normal job for me.
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There you go!. Do not let your actual material cost exceed 50%
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:30 PM
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In CA it's no more than 10% of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less. And they have a three day right to cancel.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:05 PM
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In CA it's no more than 10% of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less. And they have a three day right to cancel.
So in CA if you are doing a $500,000.00 landscape project they only have to give you $1000.00 deposit?
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:08 PM
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So in CA if you are doing a $500,000.00 landscape project they only have to give you $1000.00 deposit?
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Yep! We're a wonderfully effed up state! Now that doesn't mean that we can't have a payment schedule spelled out in the contract but no large deposits. There are also pretty tight restrictions on the payment schedule as well. This is why I don't do residential install anymore.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:59 PM
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30% down on a residential , and 50% down on commercial . No deposit no contract .
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:20 PM
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50% due upfront to cover cost of materials and to cover my rear if they don't pay in the end and the rest when job is finished.
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