A lien is a stipulation placed on real property to inhibit the sale or refinancing of said property without first fulfilling a prior financial obligation -- most commonly related to construction completed on the property. In Michigan, a home lien must be filed with the registry of deeds, in the county which the property is located, within 90 days from the end of services provided. If you fail to file within the 90-day limit, you are unable to file a lien.
Fill out a Property Lien form, also referred to as a mechanics or contractors lien. Include in the lien: the property address, the property owner(s) name(s) and a copy of the "notice of commencement," which documents that you and the property owner entered a contractual agreement in relation to the home. Include the amounts owed to you, and to subcontractors and suppliers where applicable.
Include an itemized list of items due and payable, along with the lien form. This step is optional, but will place you in good faith with the court if the lien is disputed. This itemized list should explain and validate the amount claimed on the lien.
Submit the lien form to the registry of deeds in the property's county and pay a one-time processing fee, which can cost up to $250 or more depending on the county and whether you employ a professional filing service.