I completed all work i agreed to do. Now im being ignored by homeowners, without receiving a dime.
Dec 28, 2018
I'm very sorry to hear about that - unfortunately, situations like this one occur all too often. When payment is owed but unpaid, one of the strongest options available to a subcontractor or supplier is to file a mechanics lien. Mechanics liens work on a number of different levels, but most notably, they put pressure on the property owner to get the dispute resolved because a mechanics lien puts the property title in jeopardy. zlien discusses this idea and more in the following article: 17 Ways a Lien Gets You Paid. Of course, it's worth noting that there are strict notice and deadline requirements in every state - so it might be worthwhile to clarify Wisconsin's rules before deciding to file a lien. zlien breaks down some of those rules here: Wisconsin Mechanics Lien & Notice FAQs and Wisconsin Preliminary Notice: The Why, Who, What, When, and How. Lastly, it's worth noting that Wisconsin is one of the relatively few states that actually requires a Notice of Intent to Lien be sent prior to filing a mechanics lien - and often, the mere threat of lien will be enough to compel payment.