framing complete/inspection, conveyed 3rd draw due via email and voice mail, no response, more emails/vm's hemming and hawing, more vm's/em's more hemming and hawing, notified twp, atty, demobe.
not sure how its vague,
1st 30% is due at signing/paid up through footing completion
2nd 30% is due upon completion of footings/paid up through reasonable completion of framing
3rd 30% is due upon reasonable completion of framing/paid up through completing SOW
balance(10%) due prior to closing out permit.
this nonsence has wreaked havoc on my schedualing and logistics not to mention, being tied up with law suits instead of completed projects.
I've been tied up all day with emails and demobilization instead of taking delivery of decking and railing. Either way I'm paid up thus far. Its just becoming par for the course, as in almost 9 years in biz without dealing with any of this nonsence.
I can agree with this and see the logic, I can also understand there will always be poeple who will argue what the definition of "is" is. That being said, I cant think of one job other than the ones with curved stairs where I will encounter one of those footing/framing out of normal sequence/progress issues.I found out a long time ago that "due at start of" leaves out all the interpretation bullsh*t of due at completion, due at substantial completion... etc... completion is up for interpretation, especially (substantial). What is substantial? To the contractor it is one thing to the customer it's always something completely different.
"Start of" is pretty damn cut and dry.... I'm here... I'm starting... you have my check? Tomorrow we start the footings, so you'll need to have my check in order for that to happen. Way simpler then completion and then you get some jackass customer who says... well I thought the dirt was going to be leveled around the footings? Are they really complete? Or get a job where a change is made and you're pouring 10 footings and the other 2 over by the stairs which were now added when the homeowner wanted a bigger landing can't be poured yet until the homeowner gets their uncle over the weekend to come by and move his boat... and suddenly he's holding your check... cause the footings aren't complete...meanwhile the uncle never shows up and you can either stop the job or move on to something else. With due at start of you are already paid for the footings and feel fine to move on to keep the job and your schedule rolling, with due at substantial and a customer not paying yet you now grind to a halt or go on a leap of faith and move forward unsure.
You know the drill, it will always be something. 'Start of' is way simpler.