We do 90% residential & 10% commercial, no municipality work. Not sure why some of you like the "slow payers" b/c that makes no sense to me. I'd rather get paid ASAP. Most commercial jobs we do pay w/in 90 days. We had one HOA property management company take 110 days last year and that was a record breaker for us. They gave us the run-around about some changes in their accounting dept. yadayadayada, I don't care what the excuse it. When bidding commercial jobs, we bid accordingly & don't plan on receiving payment soon after completion.
Back to your question, if you've completed the project to contract specs, I wouldn't grind the stump no charge unless it's a quick job and you're close-by. Someone also mentioned other companies getting word of you placing liens & harming your rep, funny, a peer of mine & I were discussing the same thing a few months ago.
2006 F450 6.0L Power Stroke Super Duty 14' dump
2005 F550 Power Stroke Super Duty 10' dump
2010 Brush Bandit 250XP
Brush Bandit 200
Carlton 2500-4 stumper
18' Carry-On 7.5K tandem landscape trailer
16' Holmes 7.5K tandem landscape trailer
15' Appalachian 12K tandem dump trailer
Stihl MS200T 16"
Stihl MS260 Pro 18"
Stihl MS290 Farmboss 20"
Stihl MS361 20"
Stihl MS390 20"
Stihl MS460 Magnum 28"
Stihl MS660 Magnum 32"
I spoke with the town the other day, the contractor that I worked for was paid early in August. I called the contractor on Friday, they cried again... oh our system is down, our vendors aren't paying, blah blah blah. I told them I want my money. They alleged that they will cut the check by Friday of this coming week, or sooner if possible. I informed them that if I didn't have my money by Friday that I would go to the next level of collections.
Ran into a client last night who is a lawyer, he said that I should send a certified letter to both the contractor and the town threatening small claims court and a lein on the property if payment is not recieved by Friday.
Filing your lean papers is SOP on large jobs. Don't worry about people that don't want to pay, and not working for them again. You should not have to work harder to collect, than you did on the job.
460, 200t, HT 101 , 041 Super AVE (parts/project?), 084, 125E crawler Loader/backhoe
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