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Doc Freeman

Joined 6 October 2009
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15 d15 dDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Porter Davis homes

Hurrow, depends on how far you want to take it, but may be worth lodging an application with VCAT.
A number of houses in our estate were designed clearly with (minor)…

1 month1 monthDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King modified Heywood - Kitchen

Our garage access door was damaged during construction due to being forced open, but they just patched up the area and painted it. It's still evident where the repair is…

2 months2 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Our new home

bluetitan
When he referred to charges ($), are these above and beyond any deposit you've already paid?
I can't see how he can hold you accountable for any costs beyond that if…

2 months2 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Our new home

Exactly how we felt at various stages pre-contract, and hoped that things would turn around as the build progressed.
Nope - only got worse.
Best of luck, but I'd genuinely suggest…

3 months3 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King modified Heywood - Kitchen

Sounds like our "S'visors".
They frequently seemed to have no idea about what their trades were actually doing, or what had been completed.

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3 months3 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Building Lexington 240

That is an improvement over our inclusion which was just a 'paving slab'.

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3 months3 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Building Lexington 240

One of them said some of the units use a glycol solution which can add considerable to the complexity of any handling.
Another who used to be a service agent, wouldn't…

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3 months3 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Building Lexington 240

Gotta love what they use as a 'slab' for the HWS tank.
It wasn't even a solid paver - one of the foam infused type. So as soon as we moved…

4 months4 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King modified Heywood - Kitchen

Yep, we were given the same excuses throughout as well.
Too many jobs on the go, or turnover of staff......
I got sick of hearing how many other builds he had to…

4 months4 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
New Build in Melton West with JG King

aerom,
If there is any way you can still avoid building with JG King, I'd exercise that option now.
Like 'laydee73' advised, our experience with them was bitterly disappointing.

4 months4 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Building with JG King

Sounds reminiscent of our experience with JG King.
Their communication once we got to construction was pathetic, and customer focus was non-existent.
They even boast that they're the only volume builder in…

4 months4 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King modified Heywood - Kitchen

We upgraded to 'back to wall' toilets, and the trades botched the installation of all of them.
We were left with about a 20mm gap behind - would have been impossible…

4 months4 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Pressure from builder to sign contracts

No, don't sign.
We were in a similar position and signed pending some post contract variations.
This caused further delays, and there ended up being some inconsistencies between what the contract (incl.…

4 months4 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Building 2 storey house with JG KING steel ATLAS 2

Our experience with JG King was overwhelmingly disappointing.
We nearly walked away a few months after paying the initial deposit due to continual frustration but hoped it would improve once construction…

4 months4 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King modified Heywood - Kitchen

We started off with that attitude, hoping that the Supervisor would pick up/correct the errors along the way.
Big mistake - so many little (and big) problems were missed until…

5 months5 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King modified Heywood - Kitchen

Good to see they provide a proper bin.
Ours was this stupid wire mesh cage with an ill-fitting lid.
Had so much rubbish blow all around our block and onto…

5 months5 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Our second home-JG King Memphis - We are in!

I'm jealous. You got a key ring and a goodies box.
I would have been happy if we'd got the house we paid for.
Best of luck with settling in.

6 months6 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Our second home-JG King Memphis - We are in!

Agree.. Unless you have to vacate your current residence, don't accept handover until you're 100% happy.
Our handover was weeks after our initially advised date, and we couldn't extend on the…

6 months6 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Our second home-JG King Memphis - We are in!

Have you thought of a timber cladding instead of render.
eg. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/56 ... c65be2.jpg
We have about 2/3 of our facade rendered, and not overly impressed with the…

6 months6 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Our second home-JG King Memphis - We are in!

Sounds like he wasn't game to call.
Good luck with getting a satisfactory resolution.
We're still getting issues resolved months after handover.

8 months8 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Our second home-JG King Memphis - We are in!

No, nothing more definitive. I meant to follow up with Bluescope Truecore, but never did.
Just wanted a straight answer one way or the other.
The advice from the inspector was…

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8 months8 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Our second home-JG King Memphis - We are in!

Our independent inspector advised that brick clad steel frame houses should never be acid washed - may void the warranty
Couldn't get a straight answer out of Bluescope.

8 months8 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Porter Davis homes

From Consumer Affairs Victoria:
https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/busines ... completion
Essentially,
......... (the homeowner or their agent) automatically has rights to visit the building site.
They have these rights even if they sign…

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8 months8 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King Hartwell - Melbourne western suburbs

So did we...
So many little things kept raising flags that the company was dysfunctional yet we'd already spent so much time and money that we regretfully persisted.
I was…

8 months8 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King Hartwell - Melbourne western suburbs

OMG,.... we had a similar problem last year. You'd think they'd learn.
At the Sup's request, I met the sparkies on site to clarify some rough in placements only to discover…

8 months8 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
Our second home-JG King Memphis - We are in!

We were well past our contract period by the time we got to PCI, then out of the blue we received weeks of claimed delays.
They might claim delays for this…

9 months9 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King Hartwell - Melbourne western suburbs

Jaslee, have they been claiming any delays so far?
Some of the claims we received were farcical and a reflection of their own poor management rather than any legitimate reason.
Also, we…

11 months11 monthsDoc FreemanDoc Freeman posted:
JG King Hartwell - Melbourne western suburbs

Our brickies also commented that they don't usually work for Kings because of the rate they pay.
I can't understand the logic with such penny pinching economics. The cost involved when…

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