What If I Run Over? When Should I Charge the Customer?

Be careful how and when you enter into this conversation.  Your reputation is at stake. Good communication with the homeowners throughout the course of the work will completely eliminate surprises and conflicts when you go to collect your pay.  Make sure he or she understands the work being done and the challenges you are faced with. If the over run…

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How Large a Deposit Should I Request?

There are limits on what you can request as a deposit.  Check the laws in your state for the exact limits.  In California, contractors are prohibited from asking for a deposit of more than 10% of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less. You’ve heard the horror stories about “tradesmen” asking for a 50% deposit and then skipping town…

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