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[–] sapo 0 points 28 points (+28|-0) ago 

Anybody who drops their price immediately if you balk at the figure was ripping you off to begin with.

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[–] sapo 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

The former.

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[–] JK-47 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Contractors that require you to pay upfront for the work, most cases they take your money and run.

Not true. Contracts for any job valued greater than several thousand dollars should require a deposit. If your contractor is accepting all of the risk that's a clue that they are very desperate for work or not all that bright.

edit: points 2 and 3 are totally correct

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[–] storieboy 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Basically anyone who asks to be paid in full up front. A draw is a better way to pay out, say 33% at a time through three phases of work. That's what i do. Basically enough to cover materials and some labor (if I have to hire out) at the start, then draw during the second phase of the job and so on. Granted, nothing is guaranteed and people bail on jobs 1/2 way through but to be safe don't pay anyone in full up front. If the person is not a contractor then they should not be able to do anything above $500 labor and mats (in CA). But people get around that by simply paying labor and having the client buy mats. That is a somewhat safer option as well, but you could hire a real jerk off and may fuck up your shit. Also, if it doesn't look right or sound right, it probably isn't.

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[–] mudcatca 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Handymen who only do jobs for time and materials, not just time.

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[–] mudcatca 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

That, kickbacks on discounts they don't tell you about, buying more than what's needed and keeping the surplus, and of course the ones who want up front payment for materials then disappear.

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[–] JamesGatz 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

My dad is a good contractor... Does things to code the way you want it...

But if they tell you they can do something extra you don't need to do it.

A leaky faucet isn't really that expensive compared to what it costs to fix them.

Offer contractors beverages. It should be common courtesy. Most people do it, but those that don't are an automatic asshole on my book.

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[–] JK-47 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Definitely offer contractors beverages... at the end of the day. Also we love it when you're available to answer questions but please don't hover or try to help.

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[–] matt 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

All the old advice still applies. One new thing is e-mail for all communication.

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