Mar 18, 2021 8:57 pm
My husband and I are about to start construction with McDonald Jones Homes. We’re building the Miami 15 in south-west Sydney.
To say we’ve had a very rough, disappointing start to our journey is an understatement.
From initial site inspections not being done due to “our land being unregistered and no roads in the estate” (land has been registered since Oct 2019 plus they’ve built 4 other homes in the same estate, two of which have been handed over for at least 5 months now) to having the drafting team completely flip out house mirror imaged and shrink it on the plans 5 days before we were due to attend our plan presentation. (Based on what they apparently assumed would be best for us). To then even having our project coordinator temporarily taken off our file by management due to her argumentive behaviour towards us over compliance issues with our local council which my husband and I had already sorted out and had letters from council stating the same.
We’re nervous to say the least and after reading reviews, reading posts here on homeone and speaking to people that are both building with, and others that have now handed over, makes us think we’ve made a very big, very expensive mistake.
What are some recent experiences from others out there currently building, and handed over? Has anyone built the Miami 15? Does anyone have any suggestions on what we need to really look out for now?
Any stories, links to blog spots or advice would be greatly appreciated at this point.
Re: Recent McDonald Jones construction experiences.2
May 07, 2021 11:25 am
How has your build progressed? We are considering building with them but in the Port Macquarie area and trying to get as much information as possible as we are also looking at other builders (Hotondo, Coral).
Re: Recent McDonald Jones construction experiences.3
May 30, 2021 8:06 pm
Hey sorry for late reply,
We’ve finally got our slab down but still having a list of issues with them.
It feels as though it’s nothing but a complete battle and trying to talk with anyone about our concerns, questions or anything for that matter is just a waste of our time.
There are several other homes in our estate both completed and still in construction with McDonald Jones and the owners are also quite upset with a various list of items and issues they have caused.
I understand some people are happy with the whole experience with them, however my husband and I are yet to see it for ourselves.
The sheer lack of communication from supervisors and the bad attitude from the office construction team at Baulkham hills are enough to make anyone feel like just another number and endless money pit.
They have beautiful designs, their sales staff are absolutely wonderful, but that’s it in my opinion.
I’d recommend you really look around at other builders. A joyful experience to build a beautiful family home has not been experienced yet.
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