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Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes21
Oct 03, 2012 9:41 pm
We are building with dennis family homes. The reason why I liked them is because you can get a reasonable size house for a pretty good price compared to some of the other builders. We are only at slab . Stage and the paperwork leading up to it took way to long but so far I'm impressed with the progress so far. There colour selections were really good the standards selection had a really good range so not much upgrading needed so less cost.. Good luck
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes22
Oct 04, 2012 9:28 am
we are meeting with a smaller builder who has offered us a full finish including driveways all the extra touches (glossy cupboards etc), landscaping for the same price as Henley. they are also flexible we can get things done on site while they build as long as we have a red card.. and if we dont like an item we can customise it to our own taste and they will just give credit back on the home, or pay for it if its same cost! (like appliances, taps etc)
not to mention customise the floor plan without limited options!!
im going to tell henley we will decide over the next week or so if we would still like to build with them, if henley can drop the price then we will sign otherwise theyve lost our business considering they mark up EVERYTHING! definietely not first home builder friendly!
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes23
Oct 04, 2012 9:38 am
it is pretty standard,
volume builders are what they are.
I know with henley once they dropped their price, they do not give freebies.....
it is really important to go through all the current inclusions and current promo's for the home you like. Then compare.....
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes24
Oct 04, 2012 9:51 am
it wouldnt be an issue if henley didnt misguide us at the beginning. up until our colour appointment we were expecting things that were promised to us when we first gave our deposit and then found out later the information we received was incorrect.
if we knew certain things prior then we wouldnt have commited to henley until we did more research. lesson learned though.
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes26
Oct 04, 2012 10:33 am
They mentioned items that were "included" in the luxury upgrade pack but then when it came time to choose everything our colour lady said "oh they're naughty you dont get any of that sorry" and charged us extra! plus i had 1 lady in the office tell me i get 3 coats of paint, another said 2, and then they couldnt give me an answer when i confronted both of them and then before we left they said it would cost us roughly 6k for an extra coat of paint!
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes28
Oct 04, 2012 10:38 am
we didnt get any brochures we just got advised of things and we asked them to write it in contract he said he will send a note off so they can. when it came to our colour appointment we got told it wasnt added in and cant change it now too late.
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes30
Oct 04, 2012 11:24 am
thats true! if we arent completely happy we shouldnt do it because we will only regret it in the long run. we are looking around we are in no rush we just want to get it perfect first time round
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes32
Oct 04, 2012 11:30 am
ive only ever renovated with my mum but building a house is a whole new stage for me haha plus i am only 20! i am being careful not to fall into the wrong hands.
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes33
Oct 04, 2012 11:35 am
Just a quick note if the sales consultant told you something will be included and its not or he will add a note and didn't. Go back him/her and tell them what happened.
Its never too late to make changes. We kept getting told several times its too late to change things and we kept pushing and they made the change we asked for. And I can assure you being in the early stages you are in. Its not too late. You can make any changes you want. It doesnt sound like you've signed your tender yet.
Building Henley Monaco Nouveau Q1 - Mernda Villages
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes35
Oct 04, 2012 11:55 am
im not sure how long you have been looking, but by the sounds of this maybe not long enough....
do your research, go out to the display villages and get all the brochures and promo's for all the builders and all the houses in your price range/feature range.
start a spreadsheet with all the pros and cons, the costings and inclusions, the promo's and the discounts.
they are all much of a muchness when it all comes down to it. Meaning you will find most of the houses apples for apples work out nearly all the same cost.
the key is to find the design, floorplan and inclusions and features that suit YOU and your block the best.
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes36
Oct 04, 2012 12:01 pm
we have been looking, but the design at Henley was exactly what we were looking for in terms of layout. We only signed so fast because the sales guy said the promo was ending that week. -- My fault for being so naive and believing him (the promo is still going!!)
originally i wanted to get our house designed/built and do fixtures flooring etc ourselves as my family is very experienced with renovations etc. but i only went with Henley because of what we were promised. they havent delivered so thats fine for us we learn our lesson and its back to the drawing board i am only 20years old so i want this to be a great experience not one ill regret later!
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes37
Oct 04, 2012 4:16 pm
I would continue to look, it doesnt sound like Henley were being very transparent. Dont sign anything until you are completely comfortable and get EVERYTHING in written form
Being only 25 ourselves we were very cautious not to be sucked in by people thinking we were naive.
We found Carlisle were completely honest, we knew exactly what we were getting and how much we would have to pay.
We could of comfortably built the base house with no extra upgrades just the promo (Entry level Essential),
They have been super fast (slab poured the 30th of July already at fixing stage and double story)
And the quality of work was commended by our inspector
Building the Carlisle Sienna 31 at Somerfield
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes38
Oct 04, 2012 4:32 pm
even at our colour she couldnt even estimate how much extra we had added on to our price! it felt like she didnt want to say it so we would keep adding and maybe not realise how much we had spent..
luckily i do my research and the things that can avoid being added, i didnt even bother looking at. we didnt even do flooring with them.. offered 11grand from carpet call for hard wood timber and cat 4 carpet.. henley were charging us $24,000 for the same product from carpet call!
Re: NEED OPINION! Henley, Porter Davis, Simonds Whos the bes40
Oct 05, 2012 1:42 pm
and at cosham they should have a list of standard upgrades for the house you want and the locked in pricing.
this is what we loved about henley is you knew what things were going to cost you prior to tender....
give or take
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