Everybody works differently I do myself ask for a deposit but it is not normally any larger that 20%. If you unsure maybe look at his previous ratings on here and ask for an invoice for the deposit if you do go ahead and have the work done.
Hi Lek. I would be wary at this point for a couple of reasons. Firstly you've only had a conversation on the phone which makes it difficult to judge this person or business on a number of levels. Secondly its a very high proportion of the total quote / estimate.
If there is a high material outlay that you're aware of then this request may be justified, but you should ask for a formal written quotation so that you can see the breakdown of costs for labour and materials.
If you're still uncertain ask the tradesman to come and talk to you first. This is the best way to establish a level of confidence.
If there's any pressure from the tradesman or you just don't feel comfortable after a face to face discucssion, I would suggest you walk away and find someone else.
Most companies/sole traders ask for a deposit to book the work. I ask for 30% of the total estimate and although some customers may be wary of this most understand that there are always initial costs to any project and the deposit provides some piece of mind for the contractor but is also the first step towards a working relationship that needs to be viable for both parties.
One of my customers commented "but you are a stranger and you want me to give you money?!"
yes that's correct I am a stranger but I've been invited by you to price for the work and you are also a stranger to my so why should I trust you?
It's all the first steps towards what is hopefully a good working relationship and happy results all round.
I'm sure that no trades on Rated People would risk their whole reputation for the sake of a few quid!!
A reasonable deposit in respect of the full estimated price is fair I believe.