Freelancer for hire
I price house-building brickwork tenders for subcontractors using my own, constantly improved method. I also work with automation tools to help others to learn and build their own software solutions. Follow me on Twitter.
26 years of housing experience
600+ tenders processed
Main contractor and subcontractor work history
Refined pricing process with whole-job value for successful bids
Strong devotion to software integration and process improvement
I specialise in pricing brickwork contracts for volume house developments and have developed a process that puts accuracy and efficiency first. Plot-specific quantities are generated from robust, formula-driven templates and component-driven 3D models. Ask me for a demonstration.
All house types measured. External leaf, cavity, internal leaf, internal load-bearing walls & other relevant items. Solid or Net. Centre-line measures.
Plot-specific quantities prepared. Steps & staggers considered with 3D site model. Fixed height of work below DPC.
External materials calculated. Brick, block, stone etc. calculated for each plot.
Material quantities calculated. Mortar quantities reflect external materials. Wastage and rounding built-in. DPC, Wall ties, Weep vents, Bed-joint reinforcement, retaining clips, cavity barrier, cavity closer, slip-ties & expansion foam.
Qualifications & schedule of tender documents.
Your income and cost rates inserted or left blank. Profit calculated. Cash-flow schedule prepared.
Plot-specific purchase orders automatically generated for your labour.
Configure income and cost split percentages for each type of structure (2 storey house, 3 storey house, garage, flats etc).
Printable quote or save as a PDF. Includes plot-specific lift values and schedule of rates.
I will need:
Site plans. The planning layout, external materials layout & engineering layout.
House type working drawings including garages.
Under-build, screen walls, retaining walls & future price revisions are charged separately
Housing brickwork calculator
I've made an online version of my brickwork take-off template for you to try. With minimal values, an entire house can be measured in seconds. It demonstrates speed, flexibility & accuracy that can be achieved when pricing brickwork for volume housing projects. A production version of this template with personal training is available for sale. Ask me for a demonstration.
Automation & no-code advocacy
The no-code revolution continues to snowball in popularity. "Citizen developers" with no previous experience of software development are readily converting their long-harboured ideas into reality with no-code tools.
Dedicated no-code software, designed to create user-built solutions is now available; prohibitively expensive development costs are eliminated but business-specific automations and efficiencies remain attainable.
Ask me about:
The definition of no-code
The most popular tools available today and the ones you should invest time in learning
The typical solutions that will solve pains unique to your business
How I built this website with a no-code tool for 9p per month.
Follow my no-code journey on Twitter
Schedule a meeting to talk about how you can use no-code to improve your business
Measured work app
Take control of your contracts with a dedicated solution made for house building trades. Measured Work is a software service to record, and share, real-time data about the progress of every build stage across your sites. Sign up to the waitlist
Launching Winter 2021
Dedicated software for house building subcontractors.
Manage multiple clients and multiple sites.
Record build progress in real time.
Automatically compare actual completion dates with build programme.
Photograph and annotate each stage of work.
Understand instantly updated income and costs by stage, plot, site and client.
Gauge remaining order book value and cashflow status.
Multi user input with restricted permissions.
Easily add variations with order numbers and agreed values.
Prepare invoices and payments with automatically generated values.
Trading terms and conditions. Revision 30/09/21
"Goods" means any goods, work and/or services provided by the Company as ordered by the Client inclusive of the data and accompanying information supplied electronically.
"Company" means Marc Fletcher, freelance quantity surveyor.
"Client" means the person, firm or company placing an order with the Company.
These terms and conditions apply to any provision of Goods by the Company to the Client.
3. FORMATION OF CONTRACT
All Goods sold by the Company are sold subject to the Company's standard terms and conditions (as detailed herein) which form part of the Client's contract with the Company. Terms and conditions on the Client's order form or other similar document shall not be binding on the Company and in the event of a contractual conflict shall be taken as superseded by those of the Company.
The prices, quantities and delivery time stated in any quotation to supply Goods by the Company are not binding on the Company. They are commercial estimates only which the Company will make reasonable efforts to achieve.
5. RIGHT TO SUB CONTRACT
The Company shall be entitled to sub-contract all or any part of providing Goods without informing the Client.
The Company will use its best endeavors to supply the Goods to the client within the quoted time (normally ten working days from order or otherwise as agreed) but time will not be of the essence of the contract.
The Client acknowledges that the rights to the Goods are owned by the Company and that the Goods are protected by United Kingdom copyright laws, international treaty provisions and all other applicable national laws.
8. RISK OF LOSS
The risk of loss or damage to the Goods shall pass to the Client upon delivery of the Goods.
9.1 All invoices of the Company shall be paid by the Client within seven (7) days of the date of invoice unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company. In accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, and in the event of late payment, the Company may charge interest on the amount outstanding before and after judgement at the rate of eight (8) percent above the Bank of England Base Rate in force at the due date until the date of payment. In addition to the interest a statutory compensation amount relative to the value of the unpaid invoice shall become due up to a maximum of £100 per invoice.
9.2 If any amount of the invoice is disputed by the Client, the Client shall inform the Company of the grounds for such dispute within seven days of delivery of the Goods and shall pay to the Company the value of the invoice less the disputed amount in accordance with these payment terms.
9.3 Where the Company requires payment of a deposit, the Client acknowledges that the deposit is not returnable.
9.4 All fees are exclusive of value added taxes which will be added to invoices where appropriate.
9.5 The Company reserves the right to increase a quoted fee in the event that the client requests a variation to the work agreed.
The Client may cancel all or any Goods ordered at any time. In the event of cancellation the Client will reimburse the Company for any time and/or expense incurred in processing the cancelled order prior to the cancellation. Cancellations must be made writing confirming explicit compliance with this clause.
11.1 Delivery by the Company will be deemed to have taken place when the Goods are handed to the custody of the Client at his or other premises, to a deputed messenger or courier when posted or when dispatched electronically. The Company will be entitled to charge the Client for any expenses of delivery other than normal postage charges.
11.2 If Goods are dispatched electronically, the time recorded on the sending equipment shall be deemed the time of delivery, system delays notwithstanding.
All written notices to be served on or given to the Client shall be sent or delivered to the Client's principle place of business and shall be treated as having been given upon receipt.
13. LOSS OR DAMAGE TO GOODS
The Company will take all reasonable steps to ensure the protection from loss, damage or destruction of the Goods it supplies to the Client (or which may be received from the Client).
14. USAGE OF THE GOODS
14.1 Unless agreed and indicated in writing by the Company, the Client (and their clients) shall be entitled to use the services and materials provided only for the purpose of conducting tender analysis and contractual administration. The Client shall not otherwise be entitled to store, pass on (whether to his/her client or other person) or use these Goods
14.2 The Client shall bear responsibility for ensuring that all usage of information contained within any satisfied order is in accordance with and does not contravene any Data Protection or other laws, regulations or other trade customs and practices. The Company bears no liability for any omissions or faults in these respects.
Both parties shall maintain strict confidence and shall not disclose to any third party any information or material relating to the other or the other's business which comes into that party's possession and shall not use such information and material. This provision shall not, however, apply to information or material which is or becomes public knowledge other than by breach by a party of this clause.
16. EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONNEL
Subject to the prior written consent of the Company the Client shall not induce to employ, whether as an employee, agent, partner or consultant, any employee of the Company directly associated with delivery of the Goods.
17.1 The Company warrants that it has the right to provide the Goods but otherwise the Goods are provided on an "as-is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied, oral or written including, without limitation, the implied conditions of merchantable quality, fitness for purpose and description, all of which are specifically and unreservedly excluded. In particular, but without limitation, no warranty is given that the Goods are suitable for the purposes intended by the Client.
17.2 The Company warrants that the Goods will be supplied using reasonable care and skill. The Company does not warrant that the Goods supplied are error-free, accurate or complete.
18. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
18.1 The Company shall not be liable for any claim arising out of the performance, non-performance, delay in delivery of or defect in the Goods nor for any special, indirect, economic or consequential loss or damage howsoever arising or howsoever caused (including loss of profit or loss of revenue) whether from negligence or otherwise in connection with the supply, functioning or use of the Goods. Any liability of the Company shall in any event be limited to the fees paid by the Client for the order in which the event of default arises.
18.2 The Client shall fully indemnify the Company against any liability to third parties arising out of the Client's use of the Goods.
19. FORCE MAJEURE
The Company will not be liable to the Client for any loss or damage suffered by the Client as a direct result of the Company or its sub-contractors being unable to perform the Contract in the way agreed by reason of cause beyond its control including Act of God, accident, war, riot, pandemic, lockout, lockdown, strike, flood, fire, power failure, breakdown of plant or machinery, delay in transit, postal delay, or any other unexpected or exceptional cause or circumstance.
20. GOVERNING LAW
These Terms of Trading shall be subject to and construed in accordance with the laws of England and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
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