how do you word asking for 50% deposit?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by TIMELESS, May 21, 2008.


    TIMELESS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Just got some proposals and contracts from office max...under the terms of payment I want to say that i need 50% before i start but am having trouble expressing myself in a professional manner...any help with a way to say it better would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance! you guys rule!
  2. jrush

    jrush LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    I normally just tell them straight up. If they have have a problem just explain it to them. I also don't ask for 50% of the entire job, I ask for 50% of the material costs upfront, credited off the final bill.
  3. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
    from tn
    Messages: 532

    i know of a lot of different areas of work that ask for money up front, if they don't want to do that it may be a good early warning you do not want to do anything for them . So get the balls and just ask !
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I just tell them that I need 50% up front to schedule the job..... I have never had a complaint
  5. abclawncare

    abclawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    figure out what 50% is and wright x amount of money due at sighning the remainder of bill due when work described is completed.
  6. rachael24

    rachael24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Its usually best to not beat around the bush and just come straight out with it...Seems to go better in the long run
  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    When I did my siding and New HVAC at the house, both contractor had provision in the contract for 1/3 due with contract 1/3 due when significant portion is complete and 1/3 due upon completion.

    It depends on the project size....a grand or two I never asked for anything up front. but if it was going to more than that, you are getting into serious cash for the materials and payroll.

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