Hey guys, How much of a deposit/How much money down do you normally require on big jobs. I referring to bids where materials are included. I've done a few, so far just charged like a 25% deposit so that I'm not totally screwed in event they don't pay. Do you think that's too much, way too little, do you make customers put money down up front at all? If not, what kind of payment schedule do you use? I'm trying to figure what's par for the course so that I'm not way out of line with my competition. To me, it doesn't seem practical to not take some money from the customer to guarantee that they are serious and not a deadbeat. Obviously, on the other hand, it's not like I wouldn't know where they lived My main sticking point is the fact that I'm providing materials and paying other charges (equipment rental, etc.) up front. Please weigh in, all responses are helpful.