My Blog

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

Appreciating Wine

Here are my thoughts on appreciating wine: Prepare beforehand – no sweets/cake, toothpaste, mouthwash, and for others no strong aftershave/perfume, garlic breath. I have made the mistake on more than one occasion by eating a cake/dessert before tasting wine so avoid...

10 Tips For Your Visit In Cape Town

Apart from the well advertised places to visit, these are my top 10 off- the beat recommendations: For local music visit The Crypt. Under St George’s Cathedral in Wale Street is the Crypt which hosts live music in the evenings. A good night to go is when they have an...

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...