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Paying your builder

If you want to avoid the vast majority of the horror stories that are told by people who have had a bad building experience then this bit of advice is for you. Follow this structure designed to protect you and still give your builder every chance to complete your project within the terms of his quote.

Prepaid Electricity Meters

For landlords, body corporates and managing agents apportioning electricity consumption can be a nightmare. Disputes over electricity consumption can lead to non-payment and when this happens, the person footing the bill is usually the landlord.


I often use the analogy of the difference in approach when someone seeks to invest say, R3m on the Stock Exchange and consider the amount of investigation they engage in regarding on the stocks that they are interested in, etc., but will quite happily give the same R3m to a builder without batting an eyelid and then still expect a good return on their investment.