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what my buider didn't tell me

What My Builder Didn't Tell Me

"A truly memorable time writing this book whilst in New York City attending industry meetings and symposiums." — Howard Ryan

Corporate greed and the slashing of sub-contracting tradie's costs, has caused a major issue in residential construction with the finishing trades and the proposed warranty expectations, which is leading them all to tribunal and court claims more so than ever before.


By not understanding and/or acknowledging the wording in your contracts and scopes of works, will create unrealistic expectations and disputes where both parties make fools of themselves. Construction and Inspection planning is crucial to a successful and dispute free business. An example is, we don't tell a car manufacturer how to build their cars, they just sell them in their car yards so why should a consumer tell a builder or a home inspector, how to run their business? Forums and reality TV programmes are full of inconclusive statements based on what is being displayed, and the viewers are assuming this is the way it is to be done. IT IS NOT!

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Howard Ryan’s book, “What My Builder Didn’t Tell Me”, provides an excellent opportunity to examine your methods of operation and provides the tools to establish a consistent protocol to protect you and your business moving forward. The war stories provide insight into the construction and inspection fields and showcase his extensive experience. The Contract Law information provides an excellent baseline to follow and minimize your liability and exposure potential.

As the President of the Long Island ASHI Chapter in New York, I will surely be advising our members to read this book and take Howard’s advice as a guidepost to follow in their management procedures.

John Weiburg, P.E., ASHI, Certified Inspector



Howard Ryan Building Inspector

​Howard Ryan has over 50 years within the Residential Building and Inspection Industries, he is often called upon as an expert witness in property and building disputes.

Howard is the CEO of Housesafe Training; an educational entity for the building inspection industries.

Howard travels the world educating builders, building inspectors, and consumers in avoiding costly litigation because they do not understand the 5 Elements of Contract Law  (in layman’s terms) and the importance of contemporaneous note-taking.




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