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2 years2 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

I would strongly recommend never signing a contract on the spot, unless of course you are familiar from experience with how that company operates.
Take some time to read over it…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

I prefer brick because there is less maintenance.
With bag and paint, render or Hebel you will have ongoing maintenance in the long term repainting it and fixing any cracking.
If you…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

2.7m ceilings are plenty, you don't really need to go higher in my opinion.
2.4m ceilings are horrible, so I went for 2.55m ceilings as it was a reasonable amount…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
Building in Calderwood Valley

Yes it does vary a lot from builder to builder.
McDonald Jones really dragged things out between registration and actually starting building. Best bit was they then expect to charge…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Well if you are renting I imagine it won't even come close to covering the cost of your rent.
Other people have managed to negotiate this with MJH. I'd be…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
Building in Calderwood Valley

Yup, Stage 1A is obviously registered and the first residents have actually moved in just before Xmas. Display village is supposed to open by the end of March I…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Yeah the cost of the cavity sliders was reasonable enough. Personally I couldn't justify the cost of LIN1 doors and figured it's always something I can do later if…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

In reply to some of the questions above:
Timber look finish to the garage door is $1200 according to the price list I got at selections (I stuck with a normal…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

That's my understanding to. They want you to buy their expensive tiling or floating floors, so they aren't going to make it any easier to do it yourself after…

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4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

The standards are not optional, they are mandatory and enforced through state legislation. No half decent licenced electrician will do what you are requesting if it is not compliant…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

When I did my selections appointment last year it was $100 for a Clipsal 11W LED down light. Not sure why you think they will only use halogens...
Also, it's not…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

So long as you have good roof cavity space above the spots you want the downlights they will be fine to do after handover if you are looking to save…

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4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Prior to signing the contract I queried about access for a building inspector to get access throughout the build. I was assured both in email prior to contract signing and…

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4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

I'd allow about an extra 50% of the base price to cover site costs, a few upgrades, flooring, driveway, basic landscaping,etc....
That's what it has worked out for me but I…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

I agree with brad, but I would also point out that it may also be worthwhile getting an independent inspector in at earlier stages such as for the slab form…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Certainly not good to see cracks like those appearing but do you have any idea why it's all cracking? As in, were the joints not properly taped and plastered…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Cheers for the heads up on that FB group! Had never thought to search FB to see if a group existed.

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

I can certainly appreciate your frustrations. I've been doing everything on my end straight away, complied with their unreasonable timeframes for reviewing and then signing contracts, etc but when it…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
Building Contract

Say you want to add an extra bank of drawers in your kitchen, this may cost you $250 to do at the selections appt prior to signing of the contract.
If…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Thanks, made contact with the manager today. I am promised progress on Monday....guess we shall see what happens!

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4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Thanks, yes it's just a building contract with MJH and not a H&L package.
Nope, all the reports have been back for at least two weeks so far. Unfortunately every…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Thanks for the reply.
It's been 4 weeks since my land registered and am still waiting to see the variation that apparently happens before they will update my plans…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Question for people out there that singed their building contract when their land was unregistered, once your land was registered how long did it take for MJH to:
1/ Do…

4 years4 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

Was about a $2-2.5k dearer for MJH to tile the living areas in my Cordova One however the carpet price was within a few hundred of getting the same brand…

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5 years5 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
Building in Calderwood Valley

From memory it was four or five business days for them to prepare the quote and then they ask you to come in for an appointment for them to present…

5 years5 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
McDonald Jones Homes - The new thread

No worries, glad you enjoyed it.
That's for both benches in the kitchen. Keep in mind it's just the edges that will be 40mm of Caesarstone, the middle of the…

5 years5 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
Building in Calderwood Valley

No idea sorry, they didn't have a display home in the area so I didn't look at them.

5 years5 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
Building in Calderwood Valley

You could get LendLease to approve your plans prior to registration if your builder was willing to use the site contours that were in LendLease's original plans. My builder…

5 years5 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
Building in Calderwood Valley

Agreed on the growth potential, in particular I think that the Albion Park Rail bypass and moreso the Albion Park bypass once completed will ensure we get good growth…

5 years5 yearsStuart05Stuart05 posted:
Building in Calderwood Valley

Stage 1A is already registered. It is settlement they are asking for by the 14th June.
Look in the Calderwood Guidelines and the covenants on your block, but i think…

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