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Is it legal in California to demand full payment for refacing kitchen cabinets before work is started

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Is it legal in California to demand full payment for refacing kitchen cabinets before work begins? I am a customer

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Oct 12, 2020

That is a great question! Ultimately, down payments or initial payments are negotiable between the owner and contractor and specified in the contractor's agreement or contract. Therefore, it is up to the parties involved to negotiate the contract and decide on what payment will be satisfied up front and all payments that may remain throughout the duration of the project. Please keep in mind that full payment for a job before any work begins is very uncommon. Before entering into a contract with a contractor, it is wise to search the contractor's license , and see if there are any reviews of the business to verify that they do good work and other customers haven't experienced any issues with them. 

I hope that helps! 

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Oct 12, 2020
Of course payment in advance is legal. However most homeowners will not agree to it. The usual upfront payment is for all materials. Another options is for ½ up front and the rest after acceptance of the work. Of course the size of the job plays a role in the equation as well, as progress payments and retentions are usual for large jobs.
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