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Business Concepts (introduction)

Experience has its advantages, and there are never fewer than two good, solid events in a busy workweek to learn from.  I analyze perhaps deeper than most others.  I tend to look well beyond the simple solution to any given problem to “root out” what either caused the...

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Lien it if you can

I had a client call me a few months back who wanted me to file a lien on his behalf on a project in a Detroit residential community.  I’d filed some liens for “Jack” before, and usually they were for small amounts (under $4,000) and fairly straightforward. I said...

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Protect your lien rights

There used to be a time when a lien was considered taboo in the construction industry.  If a contractor liened the job (often working for the builder), the reaction was pretty clear – no more working for that builder. For the average Joe who hasn’t yet cut his first...

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Avoid a construction lien – Know your contractor!

Customers ask me time and again how they can avoid getting a construction lien on their home or project. I don’t claim to have all the right answers nor can I offer legal advice. I do have something to share, and figure that this contribution will be a good...

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Support your local (legitimate) contractor

I don’t suppose anyone plans to fail when starting a construction project.  What with all that goes into a project, and especially in the economic climate of southeast Michigan, what more needs to be said?  Profit margins are down, costs are up and continue to grow,...

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