It's the first time i'm dealing with this kind of thing, so it's probably a basic question, but I would still like to double check.
I found a contractor for a job in the house, but he's booked for the next few weeks. It's fine with me, but he's asking for a 50% deposit right now. Is that common?
Also, he didn't provide any contract to sign apart from a one page document stating a very generic description of what he was going to do. There's his license number (which I checked) and contact information, but that's pretty much it.
I used some legal software to generate a basic agreement, which he was ok with signing, but it was clear that it was unusual for him to do business in this way.
Is that something common -- to ask for a deposit without virtually any agreement in place and without a set date when the job is going to start?