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Ok so I need help in figuring where I am wrong. So I hire a contractor to pickup some grass cuts for me. The agreement states payment is 35-40 days.
First cuts are done may 5th with the most recent being June 2nd.

First call I get is June 2nd asking when they can expect payment because they have bills. Now mind you of the terms 35 days. So wr mail a payment for the cuts that were done May 5 too May 13.
Now they are mad because accordin to them I said I would pay them for everything upto the end of the month. Don't recall and not in contract, so now they are demanding full payment even for the cuts this month.
Is it me or does this not make sense?
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Welcome to the world of subcontractors. If you have a signed contract stating payment is 35 days after work completion, I say let'em pound sand.

But, if you like the contractor and would like to keep him, try to work it out.
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I was actually cutting them because if lousy photos and having to go back. Just can't figure people they actually said I should have been clearer in the contract. Lol 36 days from invoice can't be much clearer.
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Nothing you can do, IMHO once it's in their head that you owe them something NOW there's nothing you can do to change their minds. Sad thing is people who do this usually burn their bridge to continue receiving and billing for work!
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You can get a monkey to sign anything; that doesn't mean they understand what they just put their name to.
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I pasted a few years ago on hiring a sub contractor to do work in an area I had stopped covering! I just figured it would be to may headaches. I only have employee, but with all the cheap work these days it`s getting harder and harder even pay them.
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I find i get MUCH better help by paying every 2 weeks for all work completed. When i used to hold out 30-45 days i had the same issues......
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I find i get MUCH better help by paying every 2 weeks for all work completed. When i used to hold out 30-45 days i had the same issues......
If you can afford it this is definitely the way to go, worth it to lose the headaches and your guys will appreciate it.
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I find i get MUCH better help by paying every 2 weeks for all work completed. When i used to hold out 30-45 days i had the same issues......
Agreed...no matter what business model/trade it is. Whenever you open the purse strings more frequently and on time the better service you will receive. You will get a more loyal sub that will actually be calling you to whore their services out, rather than having to track them down in hopes they can get the work done on time and correctly.
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I do agree to a certain point. However I also feel that you have to prove yourself first sometimes.
If I didn't have to send them back out because of bad photos or show them where the house next store was I would have no problem with them asking me about paying more often. I had one contractor that never even asked I just decided to pay more often because of the quality of work.
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