New home buyer traps

Major builder problems

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Speaking to a client of mine the other day and they have a friend that built with a major Perth based building company. I was amazed to hear the home was built and the builder refused to do the driveway and alfresco concreting works.  The builder's representative stated that the building company only do driveway and alfresco concreting works on their display homes. So the owner was left to find and organise their own concreting contractors to complete their home. 
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Organised crime on building sites

Monday, July 21, 2014
In the past 6 months we have experienced an escalation in theft from our projects. Listed thefts across all our projects: Air conditioning units that were already installed Hot water system already installed Solar panels mounted on the roof Solid timber feature door already hung Doors 2 hours after delivery Aluminium sliding doors already installed Steel lintels Bags of cement and lime 2 x pallets of bricks House lot of tiles Door frames already installed Aluminium windows Pack of skirting
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Beware of cheap solar panels

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I have heard several complaints from suppliers lately about cheap imported solar panels, so be careful and make sure you ask your new home builder to provide the name of the manufacturer. I only use Chromagen solar & energy solutions on my projects, they were established in 1962 and a trusted name in the new home building market.
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Site manager’s workloads out of control

Friday, June 27, 2014
A site manager friend came to me the other day complaining about workload, he works for one of the major new home building companies. What he said alarmed me; he was in charge of 32 sites and was not coping well. Little wonder he was under pressure a sustainable level of sites in my opinion would be around 15 sites. It is little wonder the burn out rate for the larger new home building companies is so high.
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New home builder lift out very interesting

Monday, May 26, 2014
Over the weekend I notice a home lift out in one of the popular weekend newspapers with some interesting reading. There was a section in the lift out with a lovely well-appointed display home nothing wrong with that the home was magnificent.  What caught my eye was the from price $176k then as displayed price of $349k. This means to me that anybody walking through these homes would have a sense of confusion as to what would and wouldn’t be included. 
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Watch out when buying your own land!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I hope this email find you well, what fantastic weather for father’s day over the weekend and family gatherings. With the change of government expected over the following weekend and extremely low interest rates we are experiencing strong inquiries.   Strong sales results where shown over the weekend, experienced by most agents and consultants, showing many buyers are aware that now is the perfect time to build a new home.   Most clients are now choosing to lock in interest
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Not all builders are what they seem!

Friday, July 05, 2013
It has come to my attention there has been many building companies going into liquidation of late. So I did a little investigating and discovered most of the liquidations are marketing companies not builders at all. These marketing companies often claim to be builders and register their businesses with names that are often very misleading with the use of words such as homes, builders, build etc so beware. How do they get away with it you may ask? What they do
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Be wary of builders that cut corners when laying a slab

Wednesday, December 05, 2012
The foundations for a home are extremely important to get right, with numerous court cases underway in regards to poor under slab works and in some cases no under slab works at all. How do some builders get away with this, one way is the building companies are involved in the practice of shopping the engineering around till they hear what they want.
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