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2 d2 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
How often do you visit your site?

On my Metricon build, after the NSW Department of Fair Trading rectification order I visited my site roughly every week with the Metricon area building manager. BTW he was a…

7 d7 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Look for quality Building Consultants

When I contracted Houspect to investigate defects on my Metricon build last year they clearly explained the difference between their standard stage inspection package reports and more detailed ‘expert witness’…

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7 d7 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Who else is building with Eden Brae?

If you only inspect and identify defects at the final stage it will probably be too late and too impractical to fix them. better to check things independently as you…

7 d7 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Construction drawing issue

This is why customers should check everything during the build and before making the progress payments. Once the house is built all sorts of things are hidden. Don’t expect such…

7 d7 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Porter Davis Summer Promotions- Is it too good to be true?

Hi Gee, Thank you for your blog. It’s valuable advice. What is your opinion on the customer reviews of builders on the Productreview.com, google reviews and similar forums as comparison…

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8 d8 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Builder Incentive how does it work?

Plus a set of steak knives

8 d8 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Building Metricon Vantage 38

No probs, Suggest you accompany housepect on the inspection to observe and understand any issues they may identify.

8 d8 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Building Metricon Vantage 38

On practical completion Metricon will issue the final invoice with 5 days for you to pay. You should get the professional inspection scheduled so there is enough time to formally…

8 d8 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Who is building with Beechwood

Thanks Norfolk for your feedback, I have written a full update as to where we at & what exactly we need (At home with a cup of tea) gave more…

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9 d9 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Builder Incentive how does it work?

Get them write the true cost into the contract, the drive away price, don’t accept smoke and mirrors sales offers. If they can’t be straightforward at this stage find another…

9 d9 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Who is building with Beechwood

I can only speak from my experience building with Metricon however some key watch outs are the same for most volume builders.
Don’t accept anything the salesperson says as real unless…

9 d9 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Slogged with an unexpected bill at end of build

FYI HIA Contract says:
Clause 20.7 Any adjustment to the contract price for a prime cost item or a provisional sum item is due and payable with the next progress…

9 d9 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Slogged with an unexpected bill at end of build

If you have already paid the full contract price the builder is obliged to hand over your house immediately unless the contract somehow says otherwise. Ask the builder to show…

9 d9 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Darbecca Quote on Inspection Reasonable?

Yes, I had to fight with Metricon just to get the $5,000 in Liquidated damages. They didn’t want to pay that either. Their Standard tactics, I understand. Most people like…

9 d9 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Darbecca Quote on Inspection Reasonable?

Yes, liquidated damages of $30 Per working day less some rain days which was about $120 per week. My rent, storage and interest etc was about $1700 per week. My…

9 d9 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Darbecca Quote on Inspection Reasonable?

Once Metricon realised they couldn’t BS me, and I was going to check their work they became more cooperative. The extra time to get them to deliver reasonable quality was…

9 d9 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Darbecca Quote on Inspection Reasonable?

Yep, many agreed defects were not fixed correctly or covered up and in many cases Metricon had to re do their defective work fixes multiple times until they got it…

9 d9 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Darbecca Quote on Inspection Reasonable?

Housepect was about $500 per inspection report. These reports are not suitable for NCAT actions however, where expert witness reports are expected. I ended up researching the standards required, buying…

10 d10 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
PD trying to steer us away from Darbecca

On my Metricon build I obtained a rectification order from NSW Department of Fair Trading following a prescribed mediation meeting. This order was Subsequently ignored by Metricon with them breaching…

10 d10 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Building with Wisdom Homes

Delays may not be a major problem if everything else is good. Check the proposed contract. What is the amount of liquidated damages per week that wisdom will pay you…

11 d11 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Dennis Family Homes Don't Allow You To Use Your Own BS

She’ll be right as long as you keep making the progress payments. Don’t worry about all that quality and compliance stuff until the warranty phase.

11 d11 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Dennis Family Homes Don't Allow You To Use Your Own BS

I paid about $85,000 extra to get my Metricon home built to a reasonable standard of workmanship when multiple serious defects were identified during the build. This money consisted of…

11 d11 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Dennis Family Homes Don't Allow You To Use Your Own BS

The the first thing your home insurance company will check in assessing a claim for water leak damage is if the drainage is compliant.

11 d11 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
PD trying to steer us away from Darbecca

Thanks for the link. It appears Porter Davis follows the same poor quality policies now as they did 15 years ago as documented by the court report back then. By…

14 d14 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Demo before CDC approval

I have only had experience with one demolition company that used this trick. I have contacted others who have experienced the same, or very similar tricks by this company. They…

14 d14 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Metricon or Clarendon....Can't decide??

Metricon have some good designs plus a very slick marketing and sales process for the pre sales / contract signing stage. Be aware however they have no quality assurance process…

15 d15 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Share your building inspection reports/experiences

Relying on a private inspector will not ensure a quality build, but will certainly help you to check things so they are of significant value. The builder has no legal…

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15 d15 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Demo before CDC approval

Be wary of the ‘hidden asbestos’ scam in Sydney. Its a confidence trick. Some demo companies may win your trust, commence the job, then find non existent hidden asbestos, send…

16 d16 dNorfolkNorfolk posted:
Building with Wisdom Homes

Metricon used the same tactic with me and many others. Check your contract for what procedure you should follow if you need to dispute the next progress payment is due…

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