201411.07
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Subcontractors – How to Get Paid

Subcontractors face additional challenges in getting paid.  They are working for the General Contractor and only have a claim against an Owner if they comply with mechanics lien law in Massachusetts. Here are the rules for getting paid: Make sure you have a contract with the General Contractor that indicates your scope of work and…

201411.01
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How to Get Paid When You’re a General Contractor

The #1 complaint that I hear from contractors is that they have trouble getting paid.  They provide a service to an owner, do additional work when asked, and then when an owner is presented with a bill, the owner ignores it, pays less than asked or refuses to pay at all.  What is a contractor…

201409.28
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When Contractors Grossly Underbid a Job

I have run into a new pattern of claims recently where either homeowners accept a quote that is significantly below market price, or they try to limit the scope of work to less than is needed.  Simply put, this is a recipe for disaster.   From the contractor’s perspective, he has put himself in a…