Why You Should Always Send a Preliminary Notice

A preliminary notice is critical to ensuring that your mechanic’s lien rights are enforceable. Too many contractors think “Do I really need to send a preliminary notice if I’m almost certain I am going to get paid?”

Over the past 34 years countless contractors and suppliers have utilized CNS and our lien service because a long time customer of theirs didn’t pay them.  Every day we have customers tell us “I have worked with this company for years and have always been paid; I never thought I needed to send a preliminary notice.”

In construction, things can go wrong at any moment. Deadlines get pushed back, materials may not show up on time, and unfortunately sometimes people aren’t always paid. Even if you have worked with a company for decades, there is no guarantee that on the next job you will get paid.

No amount of caution is too much when it comes to ensuring you get paid for work you have performed. At CNS, we understand that protecting your lien rights is paramount to future cash flow and growth. Not only is the preliminary notice legally required, but it also must contain accurate information. This is why for the past 34 years we have perfected our procedures to ensure that every notice is as complete as possible.

Our highly trained research staff verifies all information relating to your project including:

  • property ownership
  • jobsite address
  • general contractor
  • financial lender(s)
  • bonding company(s)

No matter what the circumstances may be for thinking you don’t want/need to send a preliminary notice; remember it’s better to have sent it and not need it; than to need it and not have sent it.