Should i do a partial lien waiver as a home owner for a Contractor to do work at my property?

4 months ago

I am hiring someone to do a large project at my home and am writing up the contract.
I will pay 1/2 up front and remaining when finished.
Should i do a partial lien waiver?

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Any time payment is made, it’s a good idea to get a corresponding lien waiver. And, when a lien waiver is being used for a partial payment, a partial lien waiver is more appropriate than a final lien waiver would be.

With that being said, keep in mind that a contractor won’t be able to file a lien for any amounts they’ve received anyway. So, on single-contractor projects, lien waivers tend to be less critical. Ultimately, as long as there’s proof that a payment has been made to a contractor, then that will likely provide the same cover that a lien waiver would.

Regardless, it’s still a good idea to get in the practice of exchanging lien waivers for payment. For more information on Ohio lien waivers, including free downloadable lien waiver templates, here’s a great resource: Ohio Lien Waivers Guide and FAQs.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is not legal advice and should not be construed as such. Rather, this content is provided for informational purposes. Do not act on this information as if it is advice. Further, this post does not create any attorney-client relationship. If you do need legal advice, seek the help of a local attorney.
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