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BrisJay
10 August 2017
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Aug 10, 2017 10:42 pm
I should point out that I actually dealt with the guy from Newport. I don't know if they still have the North Lakes display open but when I first posted this thread, the sales guys said that he was from North Lakes but he was at Newport.

I actually got a follow up call from someone earlier this week who told me that the person I was dealing with is no longer with MJH and he was following up all of his files.
I should point out that I actually dealt with the guy from Newport. I don't know if they still have the North Lakes display open but when I first posted this thread, the sales guys said that he was from North Lakes but he was at Newport.

I actually got a follow up call from someone earlier this week who told me that the person I was dealing with is no longer with MJH and he was following up all of his files.
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BrisJay
7 August 2017
3
Aug 07, 2017 8:53 pm
Well I have chosen to NOT build with MJH. The sales guy seemed very nice but after a few weeks of asking for a breakdown of costs, I was given a generic template of exorbitant site costs. I am building two identical (except facade) houses side-by-side on a splitter block so being charged twice for things such as site fencing, temporary power poles, site survey, soil tests, etc. was ridiculous.

It was clear that the sales guy just wanted to get me into the office so I asked him to get some actual prices for my circumstances. He insisted that they had reviewed the prices and we arranged a meeting. Upon arrival I was disappointed to learn that the quote was still the generic template and they hadn't done anything.

I was told that if I wanted them to review something that I had to point out what was unnecessary. I could only assume that the strategy is to start with a whole lot of bogus costs and then you never actually get to negotiate... You're simply arguing to avoid paying for things that don't exist. I humored the sales guy and identified a heap of charges that seemed bogus and he insisted that he would come back to me within a few days. A week later he simply sends me an email asking if we can proceed to a contract... Still not answering the questions from day one.

I sent a polite email stating that I wouldn't be proceeding and I'm not comfortable with moving further when my queries had not been answered. He replied with an extremely unprofessional and petty email accusing me of having "ulterior motives" and that he always knew that I would "find a reason to make things their fault".

Considering we live in an age where emails can circulate, I found this lack of consideration of their reputation to be quite alarming. I'd be happy to share a copy if anyone is interested. I hope others have a better experience.
Well I have chosen to NOT build with MJH. The sales guy seemed very nice but after a few weeks of asking for a breakdown of costs, I was given a generic template of exorbitant site costs. I am building two identical (except facade) houses side-by-side on a splitter block so being charged twice for things such as site fencing, temporary power poles, site survey, soil tests, etc. was ridiculous.

It was clear that the sales guy just wanted to get me into the office so I asked him to get some actual prices for my circumstances. He insisted that they had reviewed the prices and we arranged a meeting. Upon arrival I was disappointed to learn that the quote was still the generic template and they hadn't done anything.

I was told that if I wanted them to review something that I had to point out what was unnecessary. I could only assume that the strategy is to start with a whole lot of bogus costs and then you never actually get to negotiate... You're simply arguing to avoid paying for things that don't exist. I humored the sales guy and identified a heap of charges that seemed bogus and he insisted that he would come back to me within a few days. A week later he simply sends me an email asking if we can proceed to a contract... Still not answering the questions from day one.

I sent a polite email stating that I wouldn't be proceeding and I'm not comfortable with moving further when my queries had not been answered. He replied with an extremely unprofessional and petty email accusing me of having "ulterior motives" and that he always knew that I would "find a reason to make things their fault".

Considering we live in an age where emails can circulate, I found this lack of consideration of their reputation to be quite alarming. I'd be happy to share a copy if anyone is interested. I hope others have a better experience.
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BrisJay
1 July 2017
1
Jul 01, 2017 10:09 am
I was wondering if anyone has a recommendation for ducted aircon installers in Brisbane? I'm building two new houses side by side and my builder is happy for me to get my own ducted systems installed during construction.


I'm able to get Daikin units at a great price but need someone to install them. Anyone have any recommendations for an installer that is reasonably priced?
I was wondering if anyone has a recommendation for ducted aircon installers in Brisbane? I'm building two new houses side by side and my builder is happy for me to get my own ducted systems installed during construction.


I'm able to get Daikin units at a great price but need someone to install them. Anyone have any recommendations for an installer that is reasonably priced?
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BrisJay
27 June 2017
1
Jun 27, 2017 1:30 pm
I'm looking at house plans and have spoken over the phone with their sales staff but I'm wanting to know if people have heard of good or bad reviews of their QLD offices? There are a lot of reviews from NSW but I assume that culture is really different between branches with most companies.

Do you have an opinion on their build quality, flexibility and that standard "oh, that's going to cost you a lot more", if you make any queries once they have your deposit?

I've got a small private builder that will probably cost me a decent amount more for a very similar plan and I'm tossing up just paying the extra to avoid project builders. Would love feedback!
I'm looking at house plans and have spoken over the phone with their sales staff but I'm wanting to know if people have heard of good or bad reviews of their QLD offices? There are a lot of reviews from NSW but I assume that culture is really different between branches with most companies.

Do you have an opinion on their build quality, flexibility and that standard "oh, that's going to cost you a lot more", if you make any queries once they have your deposit?

I've got a small private builder that will probably cost me a decent amount more for a very similar plan and I'm tossing up just paying the extra to avoid project builders. Would love feedback!
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BrisJay
21 June 2017
3
Jun 21, 2017 4:54 pm
Both are for investment. The project builders all seem determined to make their money one way or another. Like I said, the changes at my last consult was to extend the shower but no changes to walls and suddenly prices jump.

It seems like unless you take the bare bones model with no alterations, they will find a way to make their intended profit. It's really not possible to build a base model house without variations. They are designed that way...
Both are for investment. The project builders all seem determined to make their money one way or another. Like I said, the changes at my last consult was to extend the shower but no changes to walls and suddenly prices jump.

It seems like unless you take the bare bones model with no alterations, they will find a way to make their intended profit. It's really not possible to build a base model house without variations. They are designed that way...
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BrisJay
21 June 2017
1
Jun 21, 2017 2:44 pm
I've got a large block with an old house that I'm knocking down and will be building two new houses. Each house will be approximately 280m2 on a 405m2 block. I've spoken to project builders and I feel like no matter how hard I try to keep within their plans, the second that I make a change (literally changing the configuration of the enusite), they get into "oh, this is a custom build and we can't progress without an initial deposit".

I'm wondering if anyone can give me information about the likelihood that builders will be more honest and direct if I get my own plans drawn and then simply ask them for a price. I get that site costs and basic provisions such as services can vary but that will be the same no matter where I go.

Does anyone know if this process is likely to cost more for the same thing?
I've got a large block with an old house that I'm knocking down and will be building two new houses. Each house will be approximately 280m2 on a 405m2 block. I've spoken to project builders and I feel like no matter how hard I try to keep within their plans, the second that I make a change (literally changing the configuration of the enusite), they get into "oh, this is a custom build and we can't progress without an initial deposit".

I'm wondering if anyone can give me information about the likelihood that builders will be more honest and direct if I get my own plans drawn and then simply ask them for a price. I get that site costs and basic provisions such as services can vary but that will be the same no matter where I go.

Does anyone know if this process is likely to cost more for the same thing?
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BrisJay
22 March 2017
3
Mar 22, 2017 7:02 am
That is a good option but I don't think that it would sell or rent as well in the area that I'm looking at. I know that people are doing heaps of these out in Ipswich but North side of Brisbane is probably a bit snobby to get a good return on a duplex.
That is a good option but I don't think that it would sell or rent as well in the area that I'm looking at. I know that people are doing heaps of these out in Ipswich but North side of Brisbane is probably a bit snobby to get a good return on a duplex.
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BrisJay
21 March 2017
1
Mar 21, 2017 8:27 pm
Hi All,

When I built my first house, I was on here every day! A few years have passed and I'm looking at building two houses on a splitter on the north side of Brisbane.

I am having a hard time properly costing the build. The blocks will both end up being 10m x 40m and we are looking to build something of med-high standard. Nothing too flash but caesarstone benches, 450mm tiles, etc.

Both houses are going to be 4/2/2 and between 270 - 300m2 and I am budgeting between $290k - $310k each. I will probably end up doing floor coverings, window coverings, landscaping, etc. without the project builder but those things are meant to fall withing the budget.

These are the type of designs:
http://www.clarendon.com.au/qld/home-de ... view-city-

http://www.metricon.com.au/new-home-des ... EqD8t4P.97


I am asking for people that have have built similar style homes what the total cost was excluding basic site costs. I know that there are standard formulas to estimate $/m2 but nothing really makes it real quite like someone else having run the full exercise.

Thanks in advance!
Hi All,

When I built my first house, I was on here every day! A few years have passed and I'm looking at building two houses on a splitter on the north side of Brisbane.

I am having a hard time properly costing the build. The blocks will both end up being 10m x 40m and we are looking to build something of med-high standard. Nothing too flash but caesarstone benches, 450mm tiles, etc.

Both houses are going to be 4/2/2 and between 270 - 300m2 and I am budgeting between $290k - $310k each. I will probably end up doing floor coverings, window coverings, landscaping, etc. without the project builder but those things are meant to fall withing the budget.

These are the type of designs:
http://www.clarendon.com.au/qld/home-de ... view-city-

http://www.metricon.com.au/new-home-des ... EqD8t4P.97


I am asking for people that have have built similar style homes what the total cost was excluding basic site costs. I know that there are standard formulas to estimate $/m2 but nothing really makes it real quite like someone else having run the full exercise.

Thanks in advance!
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