After years of contemplation to begin my construction blog, it has been public desperation rather than inspiration that has bulldozed me to begin writing.
21 years as a professional architect and 6 years an arbitrator, I have had to investigate trickier contract matters in last 2 years than ever before. Whether this is due to our economy or the global trend to sue, the fact is, building disputes seem to be on the rise.
My best advice on probably the biggest project you will ever fund is a fail safe set of contract documents. Drawings and specifications by registered professionals, a detailed bill of quantities and a tight building contract must be in place before you send out tenders to your carefully picked builders to quote from.
I will be discussing typical issues dealt with in my own projects and those brought to me for advice by others.
Please note: My advice is given without prejudice and does not constitute legal advice or provide solution to any specific projects.