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Posted by John Tattersdill, on
One of your trades people has just visited and wants to be paid before he gives me his invoice. I've never paid a bill without an invoice. Is this usual?
Jordan Simmonds

Jordan Simmonds

Yes some traditional tradesmen post the invoice after payment as long as you are happy with the work and agreed sum
Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

As a company I never ask for anything upfront. We pay for the lead which is a gamble but only if we don’t research the work we hope to get. Do not pay is my advice. Out company pay rates people in the interest of a potential job. I indroduce our company give an idea of cost; client agrees then payment only on completion. Don’t pay up front. Hope this helps
Bret Gillies

Bret Gillies

Hi John, I feel like you've aimed this question at Rated People as a company that employs all the tradespeople here. I can't answer you as a representative of Rated People but as an independent contractor and tradesman I can. It depends on the job, the agreed price and the agreed terms of the quote. Personally when I quote a job, I won't expect payment until the job has been completed satisfactorily. However when I quote for a job over a set amount I will ask for a deposit to secure a date then depending how long the job is likely to take we may take staged payments. This however will all be communicated clearly and agreed before proceeding. If this is the case, your tradesman should be able to give you a receipt or an updated invoice to reflect your payments to date. Kind regards Bret Gillies Gilllies Electrical

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