Customer won't pay???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Avise Lawn Care, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. Avise Lawn Care

    Avise Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    Messages: 9

    New customer won't pay, started doing his yard June 1st,
    invoiced him for June no check, 2nd invoice no check, went and
    talked to him and he say's he is not paying, fell on hard times
    and don't have the money.

    What can you do?? What do you guy's do about this??
    Bill is for $125.00

  2. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    You can take him to court, get a judgement, and put a lien on his property. Chances are you'll see the money someday. But you're going to have to put the work in to get to that point.

  3. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Anything over $100 I will take to small claims. I always try to contact the customer before I would file. Only have had to file once in 4 years. Cost about $40 something but applied it towards the judgement. they settled the day before it was due, paying the total and my court costs. It takes time but you will learn to weed these kind of people out. Marc

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Before I'd take him to court, try to work out a payment schedule, even if its only $10-$20 a month. Let him know you're not gonna let him slide. If that fails, take him to court.

    He's probably betting that you'll let it go since its a relatively small amount of money.

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