Re: A question for all.3
Sep 04, 2007 11:10 pm
Only the reputation.
Reputation is everything.
It decides how one feels about the relationship, it gives confidence.
It decides your attitude to the whole process.
It is number 1.
If I write "I" please read "We"!
Re: A question for all.4
Sep 04, 2007 11:20 pm
I think there is an internal trade-off one has to make between how much they love a particular builder's designs and idea and how comfortable they feel with the builder. If you get both, thats a bonus. But in my experience we felt like the builders with designs that were unappealing had much more of a customer focus, whereas with the builder whose designs we loved, we felt we had to keep chasing them to get things moving. At the end of the day it's better to end up in a house you love.
Building for the 1st time with M3tricon
Site Start was 19th July 07.
It's been 2 weeks to Handover for the past 8 weeks. Go figure.
Re: A question for all.5
Sep 05, 2007 12:06 am
Correct orientation for your house. To ensure when looking for a house it will sit on the block using the sun and breeze to the best advantage. Then looking for a design to suit. Picking a good block to begin with is always helpful. Then picking a builder that you are comfortable with, I think this is always hard as the sales consultant is the first contact normally until you start giving them money. So do your research in your local area of a short list of builders.
Re: A question for all.6
Sep 05, 2007 1:45 am
I've never built from new, but looking at display homes and knowing what I like and don't like in a house
I would rate it like this.
Their design ideas need to fit my ideals.
Quality of fitout - without trying to overdo it.
Genuine approach and reputation.
and having visited a few display suburbs lately he's what I think are turn offs.
Pushy sales people who have know idea - forget it.
Poorly laid out designs - forget it.
Poor quality workmanship - see above
Signs of wear and tear already showing through - see above - it's a dipslay home - spend the time to repair the damn thing when it has 10,000 times more people that it should in it's life.
Re: A question for all.8
Sep 05, 2007 11:10 am
My builder is a member of this forum, so if you're reading this, please take no offence.
In my case these guys were not the greatest in selling their product/service, they are a couple of guys who normally just build spec homes and don't usually have to sell themselves. But as much as I felt like I was trying to encourage them to build me a house, I also felt that they were good honest regular blokes that I could trust to just do their job - building - and do it well.
We decided we could handle not being babied through the whole process quite as we would be with some of the project builders, and this way we get no-fluff straight talking from the actual people responsible.
Re: A question for all.9
Sep 05, 2007 10:03 pm
Some common denominators.
I agree with Steve with regard to display homes. I find nothing more offensive than walking through one that has been poorly maintained. In my opinion, it's a show piece, so treat it like one, clean it, make sure the paint is touched up when and where necessary. I that is how they allow their display homes to be kept, how are they going to treat my home.
I think it's hard to gauge reputation. Just refer to any string relating to builder "x" in this forum and see that rarely is there a builder that has no issues (whether it be poor customer service or poor supervision or poor quality). I think we have to take some things at face value and see where it leads.
But take notice of your gut instinct as first impressions count and they are usually the right one.
No eaves - Matt, I take it you're not a fan of the plantation/californian/victorian facades going around?
See you in the soup.
Re: A question for all.10
Sep 05, 2007 10:32 pm
Interesting question and one I missed.
Also interesting to see, that most people have commented on builders!
Also great to note Henning, that you appreciate attention to detail!
That is a must in design!
From what I tell my clients and what they tell me, I would say information about products and selections throughout their home. These are the things that clients worry about the most.
Choosing your builder is one thing…. But once that’s done, you have taken care of ONE thing in a list of hundreds! Then comes the selections of what makes you comfortable in your new home and leaving you feeling like you have achieved your end result!
So I would say the ascetics and functionality of the home, internally and external. For those that seek a professional’s advice, they are in tune with the exterior and interior balance.
Internal and External Building and Colour Consultant
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Re: A question for all.12
Sep 09, 2007 10:48 pm
Now onto the difficult one.
How many consultants are actually knowledgeable?
I refer to comments noted above regarding siting orientation. From my experience (similar to that of Yak Chat) some consultants (not all) are more interested in getting my deposit than making sure that my living areas are north facing.
I do not believe that I have met good one yet. The nice ones are usually clueless and the switched on ones are cold and short (not height).
I don't expect them to know everything, but I do expect them to know as much, if not more than me - I mean they are exposed to the industry on a daily basis.
Has anyone found the same?