For larger residential install jobs (e.g. a $25,000 job including new lawn, irrigation, plants, water feature, mulch, etc.) what do you guys as for as a deposit? Usually, I get a 50% deposit at the signing of the contract for every job we do, with the balance due on completion of the work. But on these larger jobs I am sometimes tossed as to what to ask for down. The benefit to asking for 50% down is that you get a big chunk of money several weeks before you even need it. This helps a lot with cash flow, if you have a good sized business. But the disadvantage is that sometimes we get 1/2 way through a job and I've already spent more than what I got as a deposit. Alternatively, sometimes I'll take 1/3 down at signing of contract, 1/3 when the job is 50% completed and the remaining 1/3 due on completion. This works out well because you still get a good sized deposit, and half way through the job you will have received 66.6% of the money. Sometimes I just let the client chose. I give them both offers - either they can do the 1/2 down thing or the 1/3 down thing. I tell them either is okay with me - whichever they feel more comfortable with. But I was just curious how the rest of you guys handled deposits on larger jobs like this.