Need license for 50% down?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by lifesaverbuddy, May 8, 2005.

  1. lifesaverbuddy

    lifesaverbuddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I know this isn't the right forum, but I wanted to target landscaping only, as I know it's different for lawn maintenance.

    As far as I know, I am required to have a pre-paid contractors license from the government of Alberta to accept any money before fully completing work. Bascally they hold $25,000 and if you don't honour your contract they pay for your unfinished work. Since I don't have $25,000 sitting around I have to get a surety bond from my insurance company which costs $600 for 2 years. At the moment I really don't have $600, so I best get one in order to finance my jobs. Are you all licensed to accept your %50 down?

    Thanks guys.

  2. Yardwerx Landscaping

    Yardwerx Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hi Lisa

    I am in Medicine Hat, and have a General Contractors license from the city. We do a lot of concrete work, and can ask for 75% of the payment once the base work and forming are done. As a rule we dont do this, but if there are concerns with the customer, then we will do this before we pour.


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