People make it out to be harder than it really is to collect a judgement, considering the person has the money or property in place to satisfy it.
You don't need a collections company, either.
Step 1 is to win the judgement against them. If you do, a payment plan will be setup by the court. The defendant will pay the court, and the court will pay you.
Step 2, if they don't actually pay the court what they agreed upon, is to file a motion to show cause - in which case you'd come back to court, and they'd have to give information about their job and assets to the court. At that point, you could file a request for wage garnishment with the court - which would likely be granted. If they don't have a job but have assets, you can file additional paperwork to cease those assets to sell, and use that money to satisfy the judgement.
Not saying its easy or anything, but if they money or assets are there, actually getting them isn't that difficult. You don't always have to rely on the willful participation of the defendant. If he has the means to pay but refuses, the court will force him to pay it through wage or property garnishment. However, this seems like a lot of work for what will ultimately amount to $1,000 judgement. In my opinion, small claims cases aren't worth it unless your pursuing a large sum of money that makes it worth your while. For $1,000 - I would probably file the case, get the judgement, and then hope they guy pays the court. If he doesn't, it probably isn't worth pursuing beyond that. In many cases, the mere fact that court is now involved with the payment plan is enough to scar the defendant into paying it, unless you're dealing with a company with crafty lawyers.
When I ran a commercial cleaning company, I won around 15 judgments from clients, and only 2 were never paid out (both times because the business filed bankruptcy with no assets). So don't let people tell you it can't happen. It can. That is why the smalls claims system is there in the first place, for disputes like this.
Edited by Landon D. Parks, 16 January 2018 - 10:36 AM.