I was hired to do a remodel and started doing the job without a deposit as the contract stated he was waiting for the check. Halfway through the job I reminded the contractor I did not reciebe a deposit and I would need it. The next day his worker came and said he was unable to pay me as he still hasn't got paid. So I stopped work and asked the contractor to contact me. A week went by with no contact so I reached out to his worker and he informed me that the contractor did not want to continue to use me as my price was to high. We signed a contract. I've tried calling and texting this contractor and he never responds. I still have not recieved any payment for the work I done. He told his worker he would pay me for what I did and that was it but it's been a month and a half and I have still not heard from him.
Did you send in a preliminary notice? If so you should threaten to lien the property. If not, then I would send a demand letter threatening prompt payment penalties.