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Signs that a customer isn’t going to pay you

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Sep 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

You have a successful construction company and business is thriving. Usually, you carry out work to a high standard and customers are happy to pay what seems to be a fair amount.

Unfortunately, you are feeling nervous about your latest client. You have your suspicions that they are going to refuse to pay up. Not only could this hurt your bottom line, but it could also impact future jobs.  Outlined below are a few signs that you could be right about your client swerving payment.

Disorganization from the offset

Meeting the demands of your customer requires a certain amount of communication. They need to tell you what they want and then you can inform them whether or not this is feasible and how much it will cost. You've had a hard time getting a hold of the client from the beginning. They take weeks to respond to messages and never answer phone calls. When it comes to obtaining payment, this could be a big issue for you.

Disputing agreed amounts

You are as transparent as possible when it comes to prices. You've given the client a quote and they seemed happy with the amount. However, now that the work is near completion, they are claiming they've been overcharged. This is a sign that you might have a fight on your hands to receive the money you are owed.

If you are having trouble collecting payment for the construction work you have completed, it's important to look into your rights. Obtaining some legal guidance will give you a better idea of your options.

About the Author

Karl Silverberg

Karl Silverberg Contact Me: (631) 778-6077 Email me Practice Areas: Construction Law Biography Prior to law school, Mr. Silverberg worked as a professional engineer, and has eight years of experience working as a structural engineer on public sector transportation projects. Mr. Silver...


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