I had the most wonderful discussion tonight with an out of state client of mine whose home I have recently put on the market. Prior to going on market I had helped manage a $30k remodel of the home to get it to the standards we needed to meet his pricing goal. The contractor is someone I referred and whom I trust - he's worked on many client's homes - and he was asked tonight to hold off on completing a deck resurfacing because we got a buyer interested this week who would prefer a different material than what was purchased to complete the job.
The call to the contractor went well and he was willing to hold off. I told him I'd ask the seller if he'd send a majority of his final payment to get other items covered and keep $1k for the final work. Called the very sweet and polite seller who told me he'd already sent the final payment 2 days prior but he trusted that the contractor would finish since he'd done such a beautiful job already and cared so well for his home. The contractor was thrilled and pleasantly surprised - he has had with other clients (not ones I've referred) to chase down payment over month's of time and occasionally had to put on liens to properties.
Each of them had such lovely things to say about the other. It's wonderful to see these mutually beneficial and respectful types of exchanges. Makes me glad with how we've set up our vendor base and how we tend to qualify our clients that these things go so well.