Yes, it is normal to ask for a deposit for ordering materials, subcontractors fees and equipment. The amount of deposit will vary depending on the project and the builder, it’s common to ask for 10% upfront, if the builder is asking for as much as 50% upfront without a valid reason it should raise a red flag!
You should also agree on a retention amount before the project starts, this is usually between 2.5% – 5% of the total. This is then handed over when you have signed off on the work at the end of the project.
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