Oakville Homes

May 30, 2010

Amish quality – is it only a myth like Mattamy quality?


Just came back from a week in Pennsylvania – specifically north of Pittsburgh in Amish country.  We enjoyed some beautiful weather and, while enjoying a cool one on the deck, we could hear the steady rhythm of horse-drawn buggies as they travelled the highway.  The clip-clopping of the horses enhanced the feeling of peacefulness.  Kind of like the lifestyle Mattamy tries to portray in their ads.

Speaking of Mattamy.  Our friends took us for a drive in the local area and I spotted a nice looking log built home.  Having assisted in the building of a log cabin, I was interested.  Told it was built by the Amish.  Now, most people equate quality and the Amish in terms of construction.  I have bought several items built by the Amish and the quality is impeccable.

I was sadly informed that this log cabin turned out to be a total disaster – top to bottom.  So bad, the owners had to resort to legal measures and had the whole thing rebuilt.  Owners who had relied on the long-standing reputation for quality construction by the Amish.  Brings back bad memories.

Mattamy seems to rely on their old reputation of quality – from the 1970’s and 80’s.  But, as previously noted in this blog, they don’t talk about quality in their ads and just mention old awards.  As seen recently, people have suffered quality and reputation issues from Mattamy in Ottawa, Bracebridge, Cambridge, Milton and Oakville – even Florida.

So, even the Amish can blow it in terms of their reputation.  I’ll still buy something from the Amish but, if it was something big like a home, I’d be more apt to hire a house inspector to keep an eye on things.  I doubt Mattamy can match Amish quality, so I’d be doubly sure to hire a house inspector for one of their builds – based on previous experience and knowledge.

Especially since they don’t even put quality in their ads.  Just lifestyle and that is something you have to build, not Mattamy.

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  1. … The developer, %#^ Homes, went out of business, but the owner now operates another construction company in town that sells homes. He declined a request for an interview …

    Comment by this goes on in Halton Courts too — June 2, 2010 @ 8:37 am | Reply

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