i wrote about this new customer (GC) of mine a while back..payment issues
i did 3 projects.....he finally sent a check for 2 of them and $88 towards the 3rd project.....i went through the threats,letters, starting the lien process on project 1.....finally he paid after lying 3x about when he mailed the check......now project 3 is 15 days past due and i started the lien process on it...$488 is all he owes.....he is ignoring my phone calls and emails.....i am planning on contacting the homeowner this next week and letting them know whats going on....i typically wait 30-45 days overdue (i give 30 days to pay, so 30 days over due means 60 days)
but since he's not communicating i figure why wait.....maybe the project is not done yet and the homeowner still owed him some $$...this way i can go around the GC
whenever ive had payment issues its always been $500 or less.....i find it sad that a GC doesnt have $488 to pay me
Gave up a pretty decent sized project few years ago.. Builder would make every sub wait at least 90 and even then wasn't a guarantee.. Work was slow so everyone just dealt with it...I finally kept rasing my price to the point where I was gonna get paid for the aggravation or get fired...He told me if I can match some other company he found guy I could stay..no thanks...Well worth the piece of mind of not having the constant emails, phone calls, visits to the office trying to collect...Id do it again...
i will spend hours fíng around to get $488....its ALWAYS $200-400 range....and its never really worth my time....i do it because i refuse to lose.
im so tired of going through this 1-2x a year for 8 years now that im going to have a long talk with any new potential customers about this issue before working for them....tell them ahead of time that im a hard ass w/ collections from day 1....scare off the POS customers
i have enough builders right now.....id always like more, but i dont NEED more