Building A New House
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil4
Jan 27, 2020 4:48 pm
Signed up for Tribeca and currently waiting for DA. I don;t want to disclose final price on a public forum. Please send me a PM and I will reply with the price.
We went with the standard facade without the balcony, the upgrades we chose were:
- Upgraded stairs
- Bigger front door
- Larger Window on the master bedroom
- Tiles on the Kitchen wet areas
- Custom cutout for a single gas burner
Quite happy with the service and the quote so far. Can't wait for the construction to start.
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil5
Sep 21, 2020 10:50 pm
Hi, can you share all those that built Tribeca 28 with Hoot share your experience. And what to look for?
How long does the actual construction takes.
Is the builder open and transparent?
Your comments will be really appreciated.
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil6
Dec 14, 2020 9:40 pm
Hi quick question is your land exactly 10m wide?
If yes, Did Hoot forced you to have move the classic Facade to be build over a zero lot?
And charge early $5k or force you buy a different facade?
That is my case.
Anyone with this strange issue?
My tender without any change or upgrade.
And pending the borehole report, came 12k over compared with estimate.
Considering to drop this after 3 months and take another builder tender.
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil7
Dec 15, 2020 10:44 am
My lot is exactly 10M wide and we chose the classic facade, but when we went to council, the council came back with changes and we had to move the house to one side of the lot (zero Lot) and it cost us an additional 6K and we also had to make our porch bigger and extend the garage slightly. After those changes we were CDC compliant and went with CDC approval.
We were the first one to build the tribeca 28 and council came back with those changes, I guess they are forcing you to do it the same way because of their learnings from us and maybe others. Apparently the classic facade is too plain on the Council's eyes therefore they want you to do those changes.
But 12K over the initial estimate is too much.
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil8
Dec 15, 2020 11:08 am
Thank you for replying.
Yes, just over 12k in total.
But no changes were requested in relation to the alfresco.
I am being charge for the location of the aircon as it is on the Display. There is no other option but I suppose to pay $510 for that...
I will request a Tender with another builder, I think I will drop this is very disappointing but now extra $12K and borehole is still pending... how much more will it comeback after the report.
I felt I have wasted my last 5 months thinking on this building 😞.
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil11
Dec 17, 2020 8:20 pm
Well lucky you. I was advised that I can only have 920mm, with same 10 m wide lot.
I think they don't want to build my home as I have being receiving only negatives replies.
So officially I am dropping it out and losing the $1500 for the tender.
Very estrange, 12k over the estimate and suddenly the 1,2 wide door we asked from day 1 is NOT possible anymore. it fits in your lot but it doesn't fit in mine with same 10 m wide lol.
Wishing you all the best.
Sad, I have wasted 5 months and $1,500. but lesson learned. I would not recommend Hoot homes. They are slow and un-reliable excuses.
I am going with Clarendon now.
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil12
Dec 18, 2020 12:46 pm
I am sad to hear that. I agree that the pre construction process with Hoot is a nightmare. The sales agent tells you one thing whereas you don't get that on your tender and there is a lot of back and forth. I don't get why they can't do the same as we have with the classic facade.
The CSR assigned to us was also not welcoming to anything, the sales agent also made big promises but then lots of things promised as standard were in fact upgrades, but in the end it worked out fine except few things.
Our lot is a zero lot on both sides, maybe that makes a difference on cost? But it shouldn't technically. and $12K over sounds fishy. What is the extra charge that they have added?
But after the construction started, it has been a smooth sailing, the site manager is great and the build is near completion in just around 5 months.
Good luck with your build.
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil14
Dec 18, 2020 1:24 pm
Without any upgrade yet price increased on tender date was $ 12,090.
Signed Estimated Vs Tender Price
2590mm ceilings GF 3,500 vs 5,550
Landscaping Plan 450 vs 850
Translucent x Wet area 240 vs 365
Fibre Optic Connection 950 v 990
Extras- not mentioned before Tender
AHD Survey. 385
Position air conditioner as display 510
Saline (No Borehole report yet, how is this known as needed?). 3,750
Cost to use Zero Lot ( never mention we signed in Sep). 4,280
Termite Protection - Zero Lot. 550
(Window next to front door (Not in estimate) 795
Total differences and additions = 12,090
And Yes the person managing the tender is not welcoming at all. Main reason of dropping this.
I am quite upset but I will move on tomorrow I am signing tender with Clarendon. Wish me luck.
Back to square 1.
All the best for your new home in the new year.
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil15
Dec 18, 2020 3:39 pm
Damn, The cost to use Zero Lot is too much.
Here is an extract from my CCV (Consolidated Contract Variation)
* Increase width of Garage by approx 480mm. Overall Garage width to be approx 6010mm. Garage sectional overhead door to remain as per standard size.
* Provide hip roof over Garage, excludes eaves overhang. Due building in close proximity of boundary, provide additional brickwork and alternate gutter line to suit.
* Increase width of Porch to approx 2150mm, thereby reducing deleting Garage Storage area.
* Provide additional structural beams to accommodate.
* Provide 1No. approx 2340mm high x 400mm wide fixed sidelight with clear
glazing to front Entry in lieu of standard.
All of the above for $6,035.00
Due to proposed zero lot setback, provide Granite Guard termite protection system in lieu of standard.
Btw, which area are you building in?
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil17
May 10, 2021 7:32 pm
We are about to sign up with Hoot homes to build a two storied Tribeca 28 in gregory hills.
Any reviews on the builder?
The are the tactical brand of Wisdom homes, curious to learn experience with hoot from other members.
How did the sales experience for Hoot Homes go? How is the price compared to the service ?
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil19
May 22, 2021 9:58 pm
I will build in Austral.
And the house I am looking to build is Rosebery 29 -Clarendon.
Hi LOA, How is your experience with CLARENDON?
Hi, I am waiting for DA approval. But already signed contract and Until now good experience.
Price is not comparable with hoot. House is slightly bigger. I was able to upgrade anything I wanted to pay for without any problem.(not our experience with hoot)
Sales vs tender no difference. Additional charges are directly related to our lot. For example Basix evaluation required some windows to change the glass thickness to save electricity ( less heating or cooling ).
Re: About to sign up with Hoot Homes to build in gregory hil20
May 24, 2021 12:08 pm
Hi LOA, Thanks for the reply and all the best in your journey with CLARENDON. Have few queries based on your reply. I had copy pasted specific sentence of your reply and my queries for each sentence.
But already signed contract and Until now good experience
How much % of the total contract price you had paid at the time of signing of contract?
Price is not comparable with hoot
In what way it is not comparable with hoot? My understanding is WISDOM is sort of equivalent to CLARENDON in terms of pricing and inclusions and Hoot [subsidiary of WISDOM], I assume is part with DOMAIN[subsidiary of CLARENDON and which sort of offers less choice, but it appears much faster construction at a relatively lower price]. Wanted to reconfirm, whether this must be reason when you said HOOT cannot be compared with CLARENDON or any other reasons
. House is slightly bigger. I was able to upgrade anything I wanted to pay for without any problem.(not our experience with hoot)
Could you please clarify. I had seen HOOT brochures, and looks like they have a price for each upgrade. The upgrades or changes that you said CLARENDON is more easy to deal with, what are they. Am just curious
Sales vs tender no difference.
This is very interesting statement. I also got latest sales quote for BOSTON 36. Am still debating whether to go to the next step of paying 5K or so to get the tender and your statement give a sort of assurance that we may not find surprise between sales quote and tender price. Also wanted to double check whether your land is registered or unregistered. My land is yet to be registered, so the sales guy had put X amount as estimated site cost. So if I pay the deposit now, am sure they will give the tender one or two months, by this time still my land will be unregistered as it is going to be registered in another 4 months. So trying to understand whatever site cost they estimated now in sales quote or what they are going to give in tender would still be approximate or do they fix the site cost at the tender stage? Wanted to check from your experience with CLARENDON
Additional charges are directly related to our lot. For example Basix evaluation required some windows to change the glass thickness to save electricity ( less heating or cooling ).
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