Monday, May 20
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Tip of the week: Find the correct team and a contract fair to all parties

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There is no point paying thousands in legal fees trying to rectify a situation that will never be resolved because the paperwork is not there.

In light of need for compliant contractors, and with what I’ve seen recently on a few site visits, it is imperative when undertaking building or alterations you do it with the correct team and with a signed contract fair to all parties.

I find it frustrating when I go to offer advice or help, I can’t do so, or I am not asked back because the basic principles of protecting rights have not been followed.

There is no point paying thousands in legal fees trying to rectify a situation that will never be resolved because the paperwork is not there. My colleagues think I am anal because I keep all emails for at least two years, in case I need to prove a point within the guarantee period.

One staff member records every phone call he receives in relation to a contract. Everybody is out to save money so protect yourself from possible problems.

If you are going to alter your home or build a new shop, factory or whatever, ensure you have the correct team with the correct paperwork. An architect, engineer and, for larger contracts, a quantity surveyor, may add to the initials cost but will save you thousands in the end.

*If you have a question for Don, please send it to don@macalister.co.za or
SMS only to 0824463859.

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