Posted by Glenn-OH on April 23, 2000 at 14:11:16:
Never give a contractor up front money that they can just walk away with. Make sure it is for materials - Get the invoice and make sure they don’t mark the material up. Also you have no guarantee that they will not let the “other projects” always get in the way of their finishing yours. If you use them , be sure to put in a penalty for not finishing on time. Make it clear that if they do a good job, you will get more work for them on other properties.