I've begun working for myself on the side (legal company) and most recently did a job for a contractor (family relative). Now because of the size of the project and the detailed invoicing of material lists that the homeowner has requested, final payable checks aren't being writen until the requested paperwork is put together and has been received.
I would guess there would be payments made along the way as the project began and that the final amount be a small percentage being with held until the customer is satisfied with the job quality and total completion of the job.
So, the question is:
Is it not normal for a contractor to pay for work done to his sub-trades or sub-contracts first and in a timely fashion before paying himself? I've been told that there is a couple more weeks before I should see the final payment (already waited 4-5 weeks).
I'm not doubting to receive payment, but the lesson I (think) I'm learning hear is what to expect and what is considered "normal"