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Several-month lurker here who likes the photos and wished some of the members lived nearer as I'm finding it very difficult to jump in and start getting quotes from landscaping companies in my area.

Anyway...

"A landscape contractor has a right to ask for advanced payments to

finance the materials - agreed

and the labour element of the work." - really?

Why would I pay for work, ie labour, that hasn't been done?

"The moral of the story here is, always be diligent and never agree to pay more than you can afford to lose."

Oh, ok.

Yes, trust goes two ways, yes bad clients are quite possibly far from rare but still, parts of this post don't seem to be sending out a very encouraging message to people looking to employ a landscaping company.

Why ask for payment for labour that has not happened yet? I usually ask for payment for materials in stages as the work progresses and do not charge for labour until some actual work has been done, in this way nobody is out of pocket at any stage.

Mark Hamer Cardiff Gardener

I would not advise a client to pay more than a 20% deposit, or else pay for the first materials or specials direct.
If I went to buy a new Discovery today, Land rover would not ask for up to a 40% deposit !
I agree and I see no need for a deposit on labour.
Any bona-fide company trading well should at least be able to self-fund a minimum of two weeks labour before invoicing on partial completion of works.
One of the problems is paperwork- you guys are out all day in all weathers and have to get paperwork done in the evenings, but proper invoicing and project financial management is as essential as doing the work- more so for a business. Too many contractors are lax at this, as I know from my Expert Witness work.

I think the idea of getting clients to do credit checks is invaluable and I would also check with Trading Standards, to see if anything is flagged up.

Its all about both parties treating landscaping as a professional service

Francis Colella
FFC Landscape Architects

Francis - what is recommended in the Professional Practice Notes for Landscapes Architects in this situation?

On a less serious note, the current finance on a Discovery from LandRover is List Price £38,825 - Customer Deposit £9,895:

https://www.landrover.com/gb/en/lr/finance/promotions/discovery/

So, that's 25% - a reasonable amount for a deposit ?

My customers pay once the job is complete and when they are 100% happy with the finish. Only on a large project would I sometimes ask for a deposit towards materials etc.

Be careful when giving deposits always have things written up, and signed by you and the contractors to avoid disputes.

My customers pay once the job is complete and when they are 100% happy with the finish. Only on a large project would I sometimes ask for a deposit towards materials etc.

Be careful when giving deposits always have things written up, and signed by you and the contractors to avoid disputes.


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