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I am a homeowner. My contractor has asked for 50% down before she even starts. Is this normal?

While some down payment is not an automatic danger sign, it is not customary for a contractor to be paid a substantial portion of the contract price before she even starts. This could be a warning sign or could lead to problems. If the contractor says that the payment is for materials, you could offer to write a joint check to the contractor and the supplier. Or you could consider a contractor that does not require such a large upfront payment.

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