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Preliminary notices — also known as “pre lien notices” or “notices to owner” or “NTOs” — are sent by construction project participants at the start of construction or supply work to provide other parties notice that they are working on the project. Most states require subcontractors and suppliers to provide the notice to key project stakeholders like the property owner, the general contractor, and the construction lender. The notice does not create any mechanics lien or bond claim rights, however, it’s possible for a party to lose their lien and security rights if a required notice is not sent. The notices must typically be sent by certified mail, certified mail return receipt requested, or by registered mail. Learn more about preliminary notices.

How to Reduce DSO of Construction Invoices

How to Reduce DSO of Construction Invoices

Credit teams in the construction industry constantly battle late payments. In particular, subcontractors and suppliers performing labor or supplying materials to help permanently improve a property are farther removed from the money behind the project, and, therefore, must often deal with dreaded DSO (Days Sales Outstanding). Read on to find out some of the best ways […]

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How to Choose a Construction Notice Software

How to Choose a Construction Notice Software

Choosing the right construction notice software can transform a construction firm’s credit policy and DSO. Since preliminary notices are required by most states in order to secure lien rights, sending notice is a key element of extending credit, securing payment, and taking on new business for construction companies across the US. Implementing a notice management software […]

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Why Credit Managers Should Send Preliminary Notice on Every Project

Why Credit Managers Should Send Preliminary Notice on Every Project

The preliminary notice is one of the most potent weapons in a credit manager’s arsenal. It’s fairly common for credit managers to send these documents on projects in states like Texas, Florida, or California, in which sending preliminary notice is required to secure lien rights. Read on to see why credit managers should send preliminary […]

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Securing Lien Rights in Nevada

Securing Lien Rights in Nevada

Sending preliminary notice is required from most parties furnishing labor or materials to construction projects in Nevada in order to preserve the right to file a mechanics lien in the event of nonpayment. There are two different types of notice: Notice of Right to Lien and 15-Day Notice of Intent to Lien. Failure to comply […]

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Which Notice Do I Need?

Which Notice Do I Need?

Decided you want to be proactive with your lien and notice process? Great! Doing so is the best way to ensure you get paid on every project. Now here’s the hard part: choosing which document you need to send. The world of mechanics liens suffers from a lack of originality. There term ‘notice’ is thrown around like […]

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Securing Lien Rights in Arizona: A Fact Sheet

Securing Lien Rights in Arizona: A Fact Sheet

In Arizona, the protections offered by mechanics liens are available to most parties who furnish labor or materials on construction projects. However, sending preliminary notice is essential to securing lien rights in Arizona. Failing to send notice is fatal to an Arizona mechanics lien claim. zlien has compiled a one-page fact sheet to simplify and […]

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Securing Lien Rights in Oregon: A Fact Sheet

Securing Lien Rights in Oregon

Most parties who furnish labor or materials on construction projects in Oregon are entitled to file a mechanics lien or bond claim. However, sending preliminary notice is a key step to securing lien rights in Oregon for most parties. This get’s a little confusing in Oregon because there are two different types of preliminary notice: Information Notice […]

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Securing Lien Rights in Washington: A Fact Sheet

Securing Lien Rights in Washington: A Fact Sheet

Anyone who furnishes labor, professional services, materials, or equipment for the improvement of real property in Washington state is qualified to file a mechanics lien. However, parties who did not contract directly with the owner are required to send a Notice to Owner in order to secure lien rights. Parties who don’t protect the right to […]

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Why You Should Send Preliminary Notice Even If It’s Not Required

Why You Should Send Preliminary Notice Even If It's Not Required

Most states require that contractors, suppliers, and other participants on construction projects send some sort of preliminary notice in order to secure lien rights. In states with preliminary notice requirements, failing to send notice is often fatal to a mechanics lien or bond claim. It is still generally incredibly beneficial to send preliminary notice even […]

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What Is a Notice of Furnishing?

What Is a Notice of Furnishing?

Notice of Furnishing is the term used for preliminary notice in four states: Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota. In these states, most parties who furnish labor and/or materials on construction projects are required to send notice of furnishing in order to secure lien rights. Notice of furnishing should be sent proactively, long before a payment […]

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