New home buyer traps

Big is Bad

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
So many clients have been coming to us telling the same story. "We went to a volume Builder the prices were so cheap, and then came the extras!"  Extra for flyscreens, extra for the slab, extra for site costs, extra for garage door, extra for lights, extra for power points, extra for NBN, extra for permit and the list goes on and on. One client said he was given a quote from a major volume Builder of $280k for a
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New home builder

Friday, July 31, 2015
Many clients come to Berstan Homes with the same stories about builders behaving badly and some of the stories are quite alarming.  Many of the problems seem to stem from new home buyers looking for a builder often make the same mistake of going for the cheapest price. When the cheapest possible price is incorporated in to your home build it will in most cases create cost cutting by the builder. There are several ways this can happen, one is
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Home valuation problems

Saturday, June 06, 2015
Just recently we have had some interesting valuations from some of our client’s banks. The bank values for two particular properties in the same street where very interesting.   One home of 14s/q and land size of 213m/2 valued at $300k then a few houses down in the same street 16s/q home and on a 238m/2 lot valued at $305k work that out? The valuations took place in the same week and by the same bank!   How could this
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Ceiling fell down in Cranbourne

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
I was watching current affairs last year and there was a family who had their new home built by a major Melbourne based builder. Problem was the builder did not install any ceiling battens and their ceiling fell down.  Lucky for the family, they were out at the time and no one was killed. They approached the builder and because there was 7 year warranty period was up, the builder refused to do anything about it.  The builder then went
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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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Beware of cheap tiles

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A client of mine the other day purchased their own tiles to save on the build cost only to find out the tiles where seconds at best. Which created a problem with the tiles being unusable and ultimately cost the home owner more for the tiles having to be replaced.
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Laminate flooring with signs of cupping

Friday, June 13, 2014
Unfortunately once cupping occurs in laminate flooring, the flooring will need to be replaced. This is caused by water either by too much used when cleaning or spillage. I have had a few jobs where this has happened and we have tried to dry the area out with the use of heaters only to find the moisture was being retained under the flooring. When the flooring is laid the installers use a polythene barrier between the concrete and the boards
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