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3 d3 drum_homerum_home posted:
Building defects? Owner?, The law is not your friend!

I think there is a slight misunderstanding, by law you have to have a separate 'independent' company operate as your building surveyor/inspector. Volume builders do not have their own…

4 d4 drum_homerum_home posted:
Building defects? Owner?, The law is not your friend!

Most people using volume builders will have signed to their volume builders preferred inspector. Which for the total price of the home will (or should) incorporate those 'competent' inspections.…

4 d4 drum_homerum_home posted:
Building defects? Owner?, The law is not your friend!

HIA has the power to enforce the spirit of the law, but there isn't a push from those profiting (builders, inspectors) to affect positive change. Where the volume…

6 d6 drum_homerum_home posted:
Building defects? Owner?, The law is not your friend!

This is where the industry is still not working in the best interest of the owners. Where the builders and the inspection industry still do not want to fix…

1 month1 monthrum_homerum_home posted:
Building a Metricon Glendale 42 Limited Edition in Melbourne

Ah, I'd serious look at prices. Unless you need to roll it up into your loan, I'd get it done after build. I went with the Solar pre-wiring…

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1 month1 monthrum_homerum_home posted:
Independent Building Inspector

This is where it's a little muddy, legally you have to have a Building Surveyor that is independent from the builder. This was legislation that was introduced. But volume builders…

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1 month1 monthrum_homerum_home posted:
Building a Metricon Glendale 42 Limited Edition in Melbourne

Congrats on getting titled land so soon, to start building. Good luck with the build.
How did you find the prices for Solar Panel with Metricon, I found that they…

2 months2 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Independent Building Inspector

Yeah, this is where the industry is a rort. I see you're with Metricon and in VIC, so if you're in Metro area you've already been 'forced' to…

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2 months2 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Independent Building Inspector

Who is the "Independent" inspector you've chosen with your builder? As your question on when you should engage them, indicates you've already chosen one with your builder?

3 months3 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Metricon Bentleigh 38 - Wollert VIC

Good luck with the contract signing, hope it goes well.
To add to what I've already said, I would say they tend to gloss of the costs and impacts of those…

4 months4 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
How long was everyone's admin stage?

Deposit July 2017, signed in Jan 2018. But my land is yet to title.

4 months4 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Metricon Bentleigh 38 - Wollert VIC

Wow, you'd think less time for a smaller build. Yeah, sales are a law unto themselves and my original sales consultant is of course no longer with Metricon. …

4 months4 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
NBN and HFC from across the street

I'm not sure if I paid extra or something I didn't need too, but I have Metricon paid for the installation of NBN and that will be in my garage.…

4 months4 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Metricon Bentleigh 38 - Wollert VIC

Signed the final contract with Metricon, a strange process to have a person just go through the whole contract again. They seem to focus on little things, but gloss…

5 months5 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Building with Metricon

Has anyone gotten exposed aggregate as their driveway? Supposedly in my original quote where I had a 'promotion' I exchanged 35m2 of coloured driveway with 30m2 of aggregate (thought…

5 months5 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Porter Davis price increase

Well volume builders can in ways force rates from builders, and the balcony wasn't one I was directly looking at. But it wasn't an error, the price when from…

5 months5 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Porter Davis price increase

What doesn't make sense? Porter Davis is usually the leader in the price increase cycles, and their jumps can be large. I remember when their balcony option…

5 months5 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Porter Davis price increase

This was the major reason I switched from Porter Davis to another volume builder, they had too large jump in price.

5 months5 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Building with Metricon

Dealing with Metricon pre final contract signing, have those people that have gone through it found it was very hard getting timely information from their CSC? They seem…

5 months5 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Contract in my favour?

Don't worry if there is an error in their favor, they'd never tell you and they'd take full advantage of it. I've seen builders take advantage of a…

5 months5 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Anyone building with Metricon have this put up on their fenc

could receive up to $5000 reward*
A lot of could and up to in that statement, with Metricon I doubt it'll be anything and wonder what their definition of substantial is.…

5 months5 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Metricon Bentleigh 38 - Wollert VIC

Received reply from them regarding this, and they say they don't use the Nathers rating, but Verification Method which is a combination of the Nathers & Deemed to Satisfy method.…

6 months6 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Access to zero lot line boundary?

I'm no specialist. But if there isn't a easement on your property for that function, you aren't bound to give anyone you don't want access to your land and…

6 months6 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Bank loan - broker or not and when to start

I know the issue I've run into, is that a bank will only approve a loan for 6 months. So getting loan approval at the contract signing stage, and with…

6 months6 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
House and land Precinct design

As I was going to point out, they are different but also the same. The VBA states that the appointed Building Surveyor is suppose to do all the things are…

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6 months6 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Fencing obligations

Check out these links:
https://www.disputes.vic.gov.au/informa ... e-to-fence
https://www.disputes.vic.gov.au/informa ... ons-fences
You don't have to pay if they don't consult you first. Even in a new estate the…

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6 months6 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Cost Cutting

Look at making the current heater included upgraded to allow for an aircon add-on unit post build. It'll be better than the Evap option and probably not much extra…

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6 months6 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Building inspector worth it? How was your experience?

Have they just said you have to supply your own? If that is the case they usually have a lot of conditions to who you must choose from, and their…

6 months6 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
I'm drunk and I want to build a shipping container home

How is that even remotely relevant to building a container home in Australia? Are you sure you've linked to the correct article?

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6 months6 monthsrum_homerum_home posted:
Building inspector worth it? How was your experience?

Sure, you didn't get any documentation from your builder regarding the appointment of an independent building surveyor? You should have received a VBA fact sheet on appointment of a…

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