Jan 27, 2018 7:14 am
We have a contract for construction of a new house with Metricon in NSW. The house is about 70% complete. In November 2017 an independent building inspector identified many serious defects, some are structural. It was quite fortunate we had organised an extra inspection at this point. Pictured below are some examples of the defective work. Most people would not do this and would be unaware of major defects until the final handover time, if at all. Our experience suggests Metricon’s contractors’ work is not adequately supervised or checked for quality. Metricon seems hurried in moving from one step to the next without checking their contractors workmanship. If any defects are found early on, to keep the job moving Metricon promises they will be fixed later to allow them to issue the next progress payment invoice. It's more likely most customers will only identify defective workmanship just prior to completion in the ’Pre Completion Inspection’, and many others will not notice anything. By this stage, unfortunately, customers are in a vulnerable position, anxious to move in, possibly having nowhere else to live, and their finances stretched. Metricon will promise to fix everything later under warranty and require the customer signs a ’Practical Completion Form’ before they can move in. It seems getting things fixed properly after handover can be very difficult and time consuming. We suggest thinking very carefully about Metricon’s organisational culture and conduct before signing up and, during your build, inspecting their workmanship regularly and carefully - both by yourself, as well as using an independent inspection service.
Re: Inspect Metricon's workmanship regularly and carefully2
Feb 04, 2018 8:59 pm
Absolutely agree 100% nearly finished my build with MetriCON never again.
When I had my framing inspection done I had stud walls that were not fixed to slab my inspector just kicked the stud wall out. Tie down rods were to fixed into slab either, Plumbing pipes in wrong position, Studs in walls just cut right through by plumber. At least 40 noggins knockout.
I never see the supervisor on site keeping an eye on workmanship and quality. Very disappointed with the quality of work compared to there price.
Have another inspection this week then hand over later in month.
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Feb 05, 2018 8:56 am
Unfortunately during boom periods the quality aspect becomes less important to Builders and Government regulators (for whatever reasons?).
What you haven't mentioned are the long term structural defects that manifest as a combination of things that are non-compliant. These generally appear outside of the Maintenance & Structural warranty periods for which you may not be prepared for. I highly recommend that you Consult with a Structural Engineer and Not a building Inspector for such matters
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