I completely remodeled a person's basement. I furnished all of the labor, and also spent money out of my pocket for their materials. Date of las t furnished labor is 03/03/2018. I have only been partially paid. They have refused to pay the remaining balance of 3900.00. I sent an intent to lien notice, subsequently filed a lien (04/04/2018) in the county clerk and recorder, noticed the lien to the property owner and their mortgage holder. I have yet to receive any response or payment. I have now waited 84 days with no progress. I believe that the next move would be to file a notice of intent to foreclose. I would like to get paid without filing a lawsuit, but I want to make sure that I officially maintain all of my rights as a lien holder, and that I file a lawsuit if necessary within the legal time limit in the State of North Carolina. I am not clear on whether I have to wait 120 days to file, if I have to file a lawsuit within the 120 days to "perfect" the lien ( this is what the recorder seemed to indicate to me), or within 180 days of the last furnishing of labor, or with 180 days of the date on which I filed the lien. Zlien forms and chat have been a great resource. I am very thankful for any advice or guidance which you may be able to offer me, as I just cannot afford an attorney as it will cost more than what I m trying to recover. I just want to get paid of course for my hard work. Thank you for your help!