Nov 12, 2021 8:44 pm
Has anyone built with Oakford Homes?
I'm meeting the building consultant on Sunday to sign the contract.
Understand I have a long, long wait ahead of me until the keys are actually handed over - the consultant advised a safe estimate would be 18 months from signing. I'm choosing to look at it as more time to save, since I'm going through this process by myself.
The reason I chose Oakford was because they had a floorplan which I really liked and didn't want to make any amendments to (also was a display home which helped) but secondly they were the only builder who actually listened to what my budget was.
I had two consultations with a prominent steel-framed builder. Was very up front about what my budget was. They provided the quote for what their 'turn key package' was (which was roughly right where my budget was, but I said I didn't need a turn key package, so let's start from the ground up and let's include what I want to include (the design from this builder was coincidentally also a display home, with a few key features that I wanted included in my build.
The consultant is running through the list with me "do you want to add this?" repeat x50.
"I would like to, but I feel I've been saying yes to a few extra things so I probably shouldn't be adding this"
"Oh no honestly I think you're going to fit this in comfortably"
I end up walking out feeling good and feeling like what I wanted was achievable based on their attitude and words.... get the quote back.... over $50k more than what I told them my budget was.
On top of this they told me they'd send someone out to site to try and do what was required for the footings. "We tried to get access but they've put a fence around your block"
I'm thinking oh ok awesome there's some movement now on the land! (was meant to register in October/November 2021) This was a Thursday. I go to my land the Friday after work.... no fence..... exactly has it has been each time I've gone there.
Disgusting taste left in my mouth with that builder.
Then another two builders did the exact same thing - "oh this is what it will roughly be, with everything necessary included"..... the real quote comes back and they once again balloon past the budget.
Do they seriously think people are just going to respond "oh haha yeah let's proceed, I was only joking when I said my budget was $50k less"
My fingers are crossed it will be smoother sailing ahead now after Sunday.
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