Posts Categorized: Payment Issues

Estimating – “You’ve got to be in it to win it”

Estimating is often a complicated process. Although many would disagree with this statement, one cannot hide from the fact that to prepare a detailed, accurate and reliable estimate for a construction project the estimator must follow a procedure, which involves a detailed and thorough take off from the drawings, whilst considering the particulars for the… Read more »

Suspending works for non-payment – subcontractor strikes back!


“Why do Contractors think it is okay to not pay you, yet still expect you to continue to work on site as and when they want?” This was the question thrown straight at me before I could even shake the hand of the person who asked it. “So you’re having payment problems then?” I answered…. Read more »

Variation Accounts – improve your chances of getting paid

In Contract Law, the burden of proof required for proving a claim is based on a simple legal principle known as ‘on the balance of probabilities’. In layman’s terms this means, based on the supporting evidence, that what you are claiming is probably correct. So what does this have to do with variation account preparation,… Read more »

Subcontractors – Do not be afraid to demand payment from your client(s)

Over recent weeks, I have had several conversations with subcontractors, whom I will not mention, and all of them have been asking for advice about what they should do, as their client’s had not paid them. We all know that this is not an unusual occurrence in the construction industry; in fact it is pretty… Read more »