the worst offenders of non-pay here are the apartment complexes, they always have to be billed cause they have to forward the bill to a corporate office somewhere else maybe out of state and then you get paid when they feel like paying and if they dont wanna pay they dont, they just call another contractor the next time! As you other guys we get at least half down on big repairs or new installs and COD on all service calls without prior arrangements.
That is not a problem whatsoever. You send me a list of what you want to fill that 18 wheeler with and I will make sure you get sweet deal on whatever you want to put on that trailer. I'll even spring for dinner:yes:Cut me a sweet deal on volume and I'll pull up in front:yes: of your store front with an 18 wheeler.
If all else fails--if you follow all the good rules about getting paid up front, not leaving until you get paid--but you still get stiffed, there is always the mechanic's lien. We have only had to threaten this twice in about 6 years. It's just such a hassle for the homeowner, that they pay up immediately. We are in Texas, but there's some variation of this law in every state.