The #1 Killer Of Property Projects… (And How To Avoid It!)

When I help investigate why a property project that should have turned a hefty profit went south, I almost always find that the investor hired…

The Wrong Trade Person, Contractor, Or Consultant

It’s almost become folklore now that if you book in a tradesperson it’s a 50/50 chance that they will even show up, let alone do a good job.

Everyone has had their horror stories around employing trades, contractors and consultants for their property projects.

It’s not just tradespeople either, I’ve heard plenty of nightmares where investors have engaged a professional consultant and the work has been overpriced or of substandard quality.

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When I think back to some of my first renovation projects, I get a churning in my stomach when I’m reminded of the wasted time and money I spent trying to repair the damage from dodgy tradespeople.

There was one time I employed a team of guys to install a carport for me.

It was a fixed price quote so initially, I wasn’t concerned with the excessive time they were taking to complete the job.

I should have known better!

Once they started packing up I noticed they were getting a little rowdy. So I took a closer look at their work… and discovered the whole structure was leaning up against the house!

It Was A Complete Mess

The plumbing connections were dodgy and one of the uprights was bolted to some loose timber that bordered the garden bed.

All of them reeked of alcohol and a quick peek in their esky revealed ice and a bottle of scotch!

None of them could drive so they packed up, walked off and I never saw them again… needless to say I never paid them for their drunken installation attempt.

It Seemed Like An Unavoidable Pitfall

My earlier subdivision projects also had their fair share of dramas thanks to some poor choices I made in selecting consultants.

I can remember employing a town planner to assist with my one into two lot subdivision creating a front and rear lot.

Somehow he managed to put my access easement on the wrong side of the block!

So instead of using the existing driveway that accessed the rear lot perfectly, he thought it was a good idea to install a new one on the other side!

How To Stop Losing Money On Other People’s Mistakes

In the end, the buck stops with you.

Playing the blame game amounts to nothing. Taking responsibility for everything that happens on-site – whether it’s your fault or not – is the essence of a successful property investor.

So when things don’t go to plan or contractors don’t do their job… don’t get mad, get smarter.

I’m happy to say I’ve learned plenty of lessons over the years and managed to build up an outstanding team around me that is supportive, proactive and exceptionally skilful.

It didn’t happen overnight but through plenty of trial and error, I’ve learned how to evaluate and scrutinise a prospective contractor.

(Can you believe I went through three different accountants in three years when I started out in property investing? Just imagine the pain and heartache of having to restructure and move all your financials to another accountant each year!)

In the beginning, when you don’t know what questions to ask, or what due diligence to proceed with, it can be tough. But it’s those challenges that serve as the foundation of your growth and help you evolve into a savvy and streetwise investor.

How I Run My Business Today

These days I interview the professionals and consultants I use. I dig deep, asking lots of questions. I probe, investigate, and analyse to ascertain if they’re the right fit for me and my business.

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For example, I don’t risk employing trades that don’t turn up anymore… or worse turn up drunk! I employ a trusted and respected builder that manages those trades for me.

With subdivisions, I now have an exceptional town planner that has a team of people around him to satisfy all my project requirements.

My accountant is actually a more skilled property investor than I am so he’s always one step ahead of me when I need to create a purchasing structure or implement proper tax planning and asset protection.

And That’s Just The Beginning!

The number of times one of my team has stepped in at the right time and provided advice, direction or a recommendation is phenomenal….

Every time saving me time, aggravation and a ton of money.

So often I see people getting burned for simply not making the right choice when employing a specific trade, consultant or professional.

It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way For You

The best way to build a team of superstars who will help you protect yourself from mistakes, propel you forward, and give you confidence is through quality referrals….

And not referrals from just anyone!

I’m talking proven, tried and tested heroes that save you from pain, heartache and lost income, and worked with people whose opinions you know you can trust.

If you’re still on struggle street, looking for trades, consultants and professionals that are proactive, supportive and exceptionally skilful… have a look at my latest resource…

Introducing: The Property Investor’s Rolodex

The Property Investor’s Rolodex is the definitive resource for property investors who want tried-and-tested consultants, contractors and experts.

This resource has served me very well and starting today, it can serve you too.

Here’s a sample of just a few of the people you will have immediate access to at your fingertips when you start using my Property Investor’s Rolodex:

…and soooo much more.

But the best part about it is that it is an evolving resource. 

I’m adding people to the Rolodex all the time – so it will continue to change and evolve just like the Address book does on your mobile phone.

Right now the rolodex includes all the professionals and trades you would need in South East Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, and we plan to expand to add ACT over the next few months.

That being said, I guarantee a personal referral for all regions in Australia – even regions we haven’t rolled out yet. Just email me once you’re a Property Investor’s Rolodex member, and I’ll get you sorted!

Considering how costly it can be to hire the wrong people I know for a fact that it is worth every cent… and 100x more.

Click here to find out if the Property Investor’s Rolodex is for you.

And by the way, if you’re already an Ultimate Property Hub Member – the Rolodex is included in your membership!

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I shared a couple of my personal property investing horror stories with you in this post… and now it’s your turn!

Share a story of how your project went wrong (or almost went wrong) because you (or someone you know) hired the wrong person for the job, and I will email you a coupon for getting the Rolodex at half price.

Hell, the best story gets my Rolodex for free!

So… let’s hear it!

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4 thoughts on "The #1 Killer Of Property Projects… (And How To Avoid It!)"


Our almost Horribly wrong Story was with our Mortgage Broker (Thank God now we have changed and our new one has worked in with us perfectly).

We bought a property last year and applied for a Loan with a Mortgage Broker. It took over 4 weeks to finally get it approved. The lady who was looking after us was just working there; not in her own business. (Now we have learnt, make sure you find someone who is investing in properties themselves or own their own business and invest in properties).

Our settlement date was coming up fast; this Mortgage broker decided she was going on leave for 3 weeks . She told us at the last minute and gave advised that another gentleman would be looking after us. (He was only a worker as well). He had no idea of what emails we had sent to us and asked questions all over again. Finally he found the paperwork again and met up with us to sign loan papers. We sat with him and he showed us exactly where to sign. Apparently he advised us the wrong spots to sign so the bank did not approve these papers and asked for them again. It took another 2 weeks to get the papers. Once we signed them, (By the same guy who was looking after us), we were then told that we needed to sign 1 more paper. This whole lot of mistakes almost cost us to go over the settlement date which would have created a fine because we had not settled on time. It was so stress full. We have now found a Mortgage Broker who knows what is needed and gets things done on time for us. You are so right, you need to look around, interview and find the right people for your team.



Hi Sofia. Thanks for sharing your horror story and sorry to hear you had to go through that, especially when it was totally unnecessary.

Glad to hear you have someone managing your finance side of things and if you have any more trouble Matt Punter form The Savings Centre is your man [email protected] 0412 515 949

I’ll be sending you a coupon code that gives you 50% off my Property Investor’s Rolodex so you never have that problem again 🙂



We really wanted our kitchen in before Christmas so went with the only guy available. He didn’t measure properly and so the bechtops didn’t fit. His business was in trouble and he couldn’t pay for another bench top. Well after Christmas, we gave up and hired someone else. Ended up paying for 2 bench tops and the kicks still aren’t in.

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