My Blog

In my blog I post advice on property development, as well as tips for improving your personal and business skills.

Is The Builder All That Bad?

Sometimes the builder gets a rough ride. Yes we all need to be careful, as there are a number of builders out there who will take advantage, given the chance. We have to do our due diligence and make sure we employ the right man for the job. However, not all the...

Becoming An Effective Networker

Beforehand, be clear what you want to get out of the networking Choose a networking group where you feel comfortable, where you like the people and the size of the group suits you. Plan and practice your pitch in case the opportunity arises. If you get your pitch...

Investing In Property

There are many ways of investing in property. There are many strategies out there to learn. I think the first thing I would ask is why are you doing it and what do you want to achieve? Do you want income/cashflow or capital growth? If you are replacing a day job then...

What To Look For When Viewing A Property

As you become more experienced in property you become more familiar with the things to look out for when purchasing a property. No doubt your first purchase will not be the best one, as you will make mistakes. Let’s hope the mistakes are small ones. I started off by...

What Does a Quantity Surveyor Do?

This is a question I get asked all the time.  A Quantity Surveyor (Q.S.) is a technical accountant. We look after the finances on a construction project, however there are 2 main types of QS, one that represents the client (Professional QS or PQS) and one, as I do,...

When Is A Good Time To Call A Quantity Surveyor?

My simple answer to this question is as soon as possible! Too often a Quantity Surveyor is only brought in when there is a crisis. If a QS is engaged early, then the crisis may be avoided altogether. Engaging with a QS early to understand how a QS can help is vital....

Getting It Right In The Beginning Is The Way To Go!

I always say, ‘if you set it up a project properly it will run itself’. Putting the effort in right in the beginning will save you problems later. By that I mean by engaging the right architect and contractor as well as making time to set up the contract properly will...

My Recommended Books

These are the books I have found to help myself develop. I have read others but these are the ones that made the biggest difference to me.   Title Author How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki The Compound Effect...

How To Improve Your Speaking Skills For Networking

One of the downsides of being a member of a Toastmasters speaking club is that I find myself picking up on other speakers’ mistakes. I can’t help it sometimes. Here are some tips on how to improve your speaking skills, but particularly related to networking: I am not...