At which point can a job can be considered complete?

 

Is it fair to consider a job complete if the actual work is done [e.g. building of a wall] but the snag list [e.g. missing plaster, incomplete paint job etc] is incomplete?

Completed work is –    “work ( which may still have snags to be completed) which has been completed which is deemed to satisfy

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Client wants us to put real mosaics on the top step of the pool. We told him it could be slippery and dangerous for swimmers. Is it legal to put real mosaics on a top step of a pool? What happens if someone slip and fall and

 

Client wants us to put real mosaics on the top step of the pool. We told him it could be slippery and dangerous for swimmers. Is it legal to put real mosaics on a top step of a pool? What happens if someone slip and fall and hurt themselves?

The simple solution is to give the Client what he wants - but include a disclaimer a

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Cost per square metre

This question is often asked by consumers phoning into the office -"what is the cost of building per square metre these days"?  This is a total misnomer and is something that stems from mainly rural house contractors or inexperienced developers selling plot and plan who tell prospective clients the cost of building is x/m2.

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I want to appoint an expert to inspect work my builder completed

If you are unable to determine the defects and quality of workmanship, it is advisable to employ a building inspector  that has the necessary expertise to undertake construction related inspections.

MBA members who are inspectors are as follows:

Property Diagnostics.   Tertius Fourie.  Cell. 082

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Is there value in employing an MBA Member?

"I thought that if I used a Master Builder I would be assured of getting a better service and of having some recourse to the Master Builders Association if I experienced problems with my builder." The above statement is often made by clients when complaining to the MBA after a bad experience with their building contractor. The MBA

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Is there value in employing an MBA Subcontractor / Supplier?

There is a saying that says, "Charity begins at home". The principle of this old saying is that one should first take care of one's own. It would therefore make sense to promote a policy of supporting members of your own Association be they subcontractors, suppliers or building contractors. Are you supporting your fellow MBA member not

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Paid deposit and contractor has absconded / not completed

The MBA does not endorse the payment of deposits other than for the purchase of specially manufactured goods. 

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The Contractor is not an MBA member

The Contractor is not an MBA member, what must I do? 

If t he contractor is not a member of ours  we therefore are unable to assist you. We can however, suggest that you refer any complaints to the Consumer Council.

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The plans I have been sent for this property bear no resemblance to the actual.

 

The plans I have been sent for my property bear no resemblance to the actual.

The previous Owner is responsible for ensuring that the property sold to you is as per the municipal plans  

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What a 5 year latent defect would cover under the JBCC

 

Can you advise on what a 5 year latent defect would cover under a JBCC.   I'm not a fundi with this type of contact, the reason for the question is that every now and then you would have 1 out of 10 clients that will phone you and advise that the kitchen counter has a crack in it or something to that effect and then

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What does the MBA do?

Each MBA is autonomous and has its own code of ethics, rules for membership, services to members, etc.  Our mission is indeed to promote quality and standards in the building industry, and the MBA also carry this through to their member companies.  The aim of the Association is informative and provides guidelines for good practice a

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What is a "builders lien" - The bank insists that my builder waives his lien.

 

A lien - (retaining possession), regulated by common law, over the structure is one of the best tools a contract has in order to ensure payment for work undertaken.

 

When a client obtains finance from a bank, the bank will require the contractor to sign a document waiving his lien.

 

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What is a "hairline crack"?

Non-structural hairline cracking in plaster occurs mainly due to the curing and shrinkage process after application.

The NHBRC classifies cracks as follows:

1. Hairline cracks less than 0.25mm width are classified as negligible.

2. Fine internal cracks which can be treated during normal redecoration and that are rarely vi

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What is the normal payment schedule for a Contract?

It is nomal practice that a contractor will expect to be paid monthly for the work completed to date.

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What is the normal retention period?

3 months. If in doubt phone our office for advice.

 

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Workplace Skills Plan

Register an employee with CETA on a programme that will enable them to accumulate credits towards a SAQA registered qualification.

The WSP identifies training planned for each annual period from 1 April to 31 March. It allows the employer to claim back 50% of their levy. The WSP must be completed in the CETA electronic for

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