Just wandered what peoples experience / views are on traders who quote for a job asking for payments of 33% in advance of starting a job then another 33% during the job, and the final payment on completion..
Is this normal practice ?
Ok - thanks for all the comments, the reason I ask is its some general painting and repointing and some internal work that totals just into 4 figures - just seemed a little strange for a relatively small amount - and I haven't used them before - so any other advice welcome before I decide .....
This looks like a job that is mostly labour, not lots of bulk materials to be ordered. If you are mobile and able to get out maybe you buy the paint, or get a shopping list from the person doing the work and you collect or order it. Then you pay for the labour as the job progresses, or better still at the end.
It really comes back to knowing your contractor/handyman. There are plenty of people who have a perfectly good relationship along the lines you describe. There are equally examples close to home of people being ripped off as we speak.
You will have to make a judgement.