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Question DetailsAsked on 12/9/2015

Can/Should I require a lien waiver before I make final payment to a roofing contractor?

The contractor is trying to collect the balance owed on a roofing job but has not requested a final inspection and claims that per the contract, the job is complete. I am withholding payment until that is done because there are additional steps that the company needs to complete the inspection as they did not request a mid roof inspection. I also have concerns that the crew may have been subbed.

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Simply, yes. It is always better to get a waiver of lien. It protects you in case the crew or the material supplier is not paid by the Roofing company. A mid roof inspection is not always done on residential roofs. I would call for an inspection. Once it passes I would pay and request a Lien Wiaver. Regarding the last point, almost all roofing jobs are subbed.

I hope this helps.

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Euro-Tech, Inc.

Servicing much of Illinois and Wisconsin


Answered 4 years ago by ExteriorUpgrader

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