I wish i did this when i got screwed.. VIDEO

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by alexschultz1, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. nortonlawncare

    nortonlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 307

    do you guys ever consider getting a lien? i did a walkway once and got screwed but as soon a a lien was mentioned the person all of a sudden had money. It's the more legal way to go about things, i don't think and town or city looks at destroying something in someones property as a good way to handle business.
     
  2. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    Turn it over to collections, get a lien, something! Videos like this do send a message, I will give them that, but I would never do it.
     
  3. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    Any job we do that is over $1,000 we make them pay 50% up front. 1. This shows us that they actually might have the money.2. Lets them know we are serious and 3. $15,000 job I think I would want atleast 50% down to help pay for materials, that could break some people in this business!
     
  4. TriCityLawnCareLLC

    TriCityLawnCareLLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 1,024

    I agree with finercuts.

    15K is a lot of dough!! I wouldn't rest until i got my money. When i first read this i figured the guy took you for $400-$500, but 15K and all you did was round-up ballons? You must be rich to let that money go...But live and learn i suppose.
     
  5. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 751

    Yea, file a lien. If he's lived in the house a long time and it's paid off, then you're first lienholder. If he doesn't pay in a reasonable amount of time (6 months), then you can foreclose legally as the first lienholder.

    The thought of losing your home usually gets someone to act...
     
  6. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,555

    it was a matter of inexperience and trust in a crooked builder that cause me to loose that money. (no contract) Anyways it was YEARS ago, had i been a little older and smarter i would have done something different. But as they say, "you live and you learn". The job was $82,000. I was only paid for the original agreed work but we added $15,000 more which we were never paid for.
     

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