Well we have engaged on the mission of building the Kallara 33 by Porter Davis. We signed our first Sales Order back on April 9th 2012 and today we have signed off the final construction drawings and building variations. Our file has been finally handed over to the construction team. So I thought it was time to create a new thread for our Kallara 33 to share our build experiences with others so that we can share our journey for others to learn from.
Now the administration process has been long and at times down right tiring but I must say thanks to our sales consultant who used to work at Clyde North, I won't mention anyone’s name as I understand and respect people’s privacy, but she was the most lovely lady to deal with during all our phone conversations and sales quotes and honestly we may not have built with Porter Davis without her. If you ever read these forums thank you again!
I'd also like to thank our BC who has been so friendly and patient in ensuring that every change was documented correctly and was who was also very accommodating with the many many changes and variations that we made through the process. I now understand that amount of work that is required to make a simple change and I think if anyone who is dealing with their sales consultants and BC's understand this and also works to build a good relationship with their BC/SC then they will be much better positions to negotiate and make changes.
What I mean by this we had 5 sales quotes, 2 tenders (one was updated), 3 contract variations and 2 building variations and these were the final version, not even including the revisions between sales quotes, and tenders!!
We did have some little annoyances with the administration process and the "system" but this is not a reflection on our BC/SC as their customer service is so good that we really have forgotten about these little annoyances.
The administration process is finally over for us and I can feel just that little bit of excitement kicking in. We will now see how the construction side of Porter Davis goes.
I'll start with our timeline so far to today as below, I'll also update with our final - final list of variations. There has been a lot of them!
Mid-Jan 2012 - Revisit building idea
07 Feb 2012 - Holding deposit paid on land
12 Feb 2012 - Land Contract Signed
12 Feb 2012 - Land Crossover change requested
14 Feb 2012 - Found local Solicitor
04 Feb 2012 - Land Deposit paid
19 Mar 2012 - Title search paid to Solicitor
10 Apr 2012 - Initial Deposit paid to hold base price for Kallara 33.
25 May 2012 - Tender Appointment
8 Jun 2012 - Colour & Electrical Appointments
15 Jun 2012 - Contract
4 Oct 2012 - Land Titles
14 Oct 2012 - I find out from land developer that land has titled but they had forgotten to inform me.
15 Oct 2012 - Solisitor told settlement with in 14 days
25 Oct 2012 - Land Settlement
30 Nov 2012 - Construction Drawings Signed, Building Varition 1 signed
5 Dec 2012 - Updated Construction Drawings (2 pages) signed, Building Variation 2 signed, Colours signed, file passed to construction.