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  • Notice to Owner? Lien? But I paid my bill!

    We talked a few weeks ago about the importance of making sure that your contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured. Unfortunately, subpar contractors slip through the cracks & fly under the radar on a daily basis. We want to do everything we can to make sure everyone knows about the dangers of hiring one of these contractors so you don’t fall victim.

    The best way to explain one of the biggest dangers is by telling you a quick story:

    Once upon a time, there was a man named Dave. Dave wanted to replace his lawn, so hired Bob’s Sod Company to remove his old grass, and install new grass. Dave paid Bob’s Sod Company $4,000 to complete the project. Dave was very happy with the beautiful new lawn he now has, until he got a formal document in the mail called a “Notice to Owner” from ABC Sod Farm. After a stressful few meetings with attorneys, Dave learns that ABC Sod Farm is placing a lien on Dave’s property. But how could that be? Dave paid Bob’s Sod Company! And who the heck is ABC Sod Farm?! What Dave didn’t know, was that Bob’s Sod Company purchased Dave’s new grass from ABC Sod Farm, and Bob’s Sod Company never paid ABC Sod Farm for that grass. Dave’s attorney informed him that a supplier (such as ABC Sod Farm) has up to 45 days to take this type of legal action.

    What does this mean for you, a consumer? Make sure you look into the company you are hiring!! Don’t give your money to Bob’s Sod Company just because his roommate or sister-in-law recommended him on a local Facebook page. Read reviews. Ask for references. Protect yourself.

    The best way to explain one of the biggest dangers is by telling you a quick story:

    Once upon a time, there was a man named Dave. Dave wanted to replace his lawn, so hired Bob’s Sod Company to remove his old grass, and install new grass. Dave paid Bob’s Sod Company $4,000 to complete the project. Dave was very happy with the beautiful new lawn he now has, until he got a formal document in the mail called a “Notice to Owner” from ABC Sod Farm. After a stressful few meetings with attorneys, Dave learns that ABC Sod Farm is placing a lien on Dave’s property. But how could that be? Dave paid Bob’s Sod Company! And who the heck is ABC Sod Farm?! What Dave didn’t know, was that Bob’s Sod Company purchased Dave’s new grass from ABC Sod Farm, and Bob’s Sod Company never paid ABC Sod Farm for that grass. Dave’s attorney informed him that a supplier (such as ABC Sod Farm) has up to 45 days to take this type of legal action.

    What does this mean for you, a consumer? Make sure you look into the company you are hiring!! Don’t give your money to Bob’s Sod Company just because his roommate or sister-in-law recommended him on a local Facebook page. Read reviews. Ask for references. Protect yourself.

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