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    What is a fair deposit for an electrician- complete re wire.

    I’m getting s property re wired. The electrician is asking for 50% or £2000. I feel that is too much and have offered 25% up front. Does that sound OK. Thanks for any advice/ comments.

    #2
    I've always been told that you should never pay a tradesman upfront. They have no incentive to finish a job properly if they have already been paid.
    As most of the electricians costs will be for labour, why does he need such a large deposit?

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      #3
      I think the guy is maybe worried you will wish to renegotiate the price after the work is done. Maybe someone neutral could hold the 75%?

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        #4
        Well, I have agreed to 25%. He is worried but I’ve tried to reassure him it’s not my style to withhold payment, unless a job is unfinished or substandard. He’s worked for me before albeit on a much smaller job, and did good work.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Lots on View Post
          Well, I have agreed to 25%. He is worried but I’ve tried to reassure him it’s not my style to withhold payment, unless a job is unfinished or substandard. He’s worked for me before albeit on a much smaller job, and did good work.
          When I built a house the electrician who gave me a quote wanted a deposit. I suggested that if he gave me a list of what he wanted I would buy all the electrical equipment and he only do labour. And thats what happened and by doing that I bought all the electrical equipment wholesale. PS Many electricians are not registered for Vat, find one of those and save 20% Vat

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