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September 22, 2010

If elected, will Mulvale help homeowners?

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I was out and about surfing the net and came across a very interesting thread.  Not unexpected, but the forum members were discussing their negative builder experiences.  Nothing unusual about the complaints – seems kind of standard for a  Mattamy.  One of the reasons they collapsed to the bottom of builder satisfaction in Ottawa.

But, a good point came up in the discussion.  You go to buy a resale and, if you put in the offer to purchase a house inspection clause, you can walk out of the deal or re-negotiate if the inspector shows that the house is less than what you were led to believe.  A safety for the buyer.

You buy a new house and you are stuck with it, no matter what your house inspector tells you.  In my case, in addition to other gag-ordered topics, my house was sold with illegal (code) wiring.  Nothing I could do about it.  Even ex-Mayor Ann Mulvale did nothing really, other than pass it to the province.  Lot of help from that end.  And to think she wants to be elected in the upcoming election after allowing Mattamy to do this illegal act.  Oh, I forgot, Mattamy donated money to Wellspring.  Based on past history, I think I know where the voter stands in relation to developers.

But, I digress…..After reading the following from a forum, what are your thoughts regarding a builder getting away with this kind of service.  Maybe having the right to stop a sale based on a professional house inspection would increase quality.

#1004    2010-09-14, 10:54 AM 
soupguncha 
Senior Member

 
 122 days and counting

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thats right folks if you dont get your builder to fix that problem it will probaly not get fixed. 122 days and counting still no hot bath yet, i’m beginning to get tired of my builder and the people who work for them, i can say is that some are honest and some are just plain f*d, sooo as to say haggle your builder and get on top of them to get things done, it’s been a long time since i walked into that warranty office and swore at them, i think i’m going to go in this week and do it every week till they get my house right.

on the other note about hydro, make sure you have the right serial number that matches your house, because all my neigbours have ac units and i dont, but my meter seems to have accumulated more then my other neigbours.
 

  #1005    2010-09-15, 06:32 PM 
 Cosmogrrl 
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soup – I can’t even believe the amount of problems you’ve been having. My cousin moved in to an Urban Town in May and it has been hell since day 1!!! I feel awful because I recommended them to her when we initially bought with them. What a horrid experience, including ripping up her main level (aka basement) and jackhammering, YES jackhammering the concrete to find the problem of a leak.
Since has had a brutal experience one day after another. I’m trying to convince her to sell, but no home inspector would recommend buying her house, since the one who did her framewalk told her to try to get OUT of her agreement. Grrrr…
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  #1006    2010-09-16, 08:47 AM 
nessiesens 
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Originally Posted by Cosmogrrl 
soup – I can’t even believe the amount of problems you’ve been having. My cousin moved in to an Urban Town in May and it has been hell since day 1!!! I feel awful because I recommended them to her when we initially bought with them. What a horrid experience, including ripping up her main level (aka basement) and jackhammering, YES jackhammering the concrete to find the problem of a leak.
Since has had a brutal experience one day after another. I’m trying to convince her to sell, but no home inspector would recommend buying her house, since the one who did her framewalk told her to try to get OUT of her agreement. Grrrr…

If her inspector told her to get out of her agreement why didn’t she?? Nothing personal but then you accept that you will have all those repair issues to deal with (the ones the company will come and try and fix).
Tell her to write to Mike Holmes (unfortunately he could still show up because he’s even fixed people’s houses who had foregone an inspection).
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  #1007    2010-09-16, 09:05 AM 
 Cosmogrrl 
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Ummm… Because she couldn’t afford to get out of her agreement. She could have gotten sued by Mattamy for not taking the house. That is the obvious answer. Have you tried to get out of an agreement with a builder?
I don’t think anyone is that $h*t dumb stupid to take a house knowing there were so many problems; that said, new home agreements offer very little protection for the homeowners. Her best bet now is to try and sell.
The “main” problem right now is a leak on her main floor, that they had to jackhammer the concrete to discover the problem. Not easily detected on any home inspection.
They also came to assess some leak in her kitchen, which AFTER they FIXED it, has left her with two floods.
Nobody spending this, or any amount, of money should have to deal with this crap that some builders dish out. Brutal.
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  #1008    2010-09-17, 12:01 AM 
DarCat 
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I have not logged in for a while but i’m glad I did… I can’t believe the problems going on with the Sh***y work that Mattamy has done. Since we moved in it has been nothing short of a nightmare. Our tile still is not grouted, our kitchen cabinets have not been fixed. The crappy carpet installation they did has not been fixed…. to top it all off we not have a leak in our kitchen which has turned the wall into mush…. it extends all the way down stairs into our hall closet and a full on drip in the ceiling.

I’m so frustrated with Mattamy the I just want to cry…

I’m not sure why we haven’t all gotten together and done something about this. The Ottawa Citizen, Mike Holmes, The Sun & All Orleans News Papers…. would love to hear about this. I’m sure Mattamy would also hate to have even more bad publicity right before they launch out in Orleans.

Maybe it will give them a push to get their act together and fix some of these problems… at this point they shouldn’t only be fixing the problems they should be compensating us.

If anyone is interested in submitting a story PM me.
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  #1009    2010-09-17, 09:34 AM 
nessiesens 
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Unfortunately many places like Mattamy just get the cheapest workers and they don’t care that people are putting in over $200k for a house to have it be done right. As long as it holds up and as long as it looks good from the outside that’s what matters. “Minor” issues is stuff they can address later, but there are never really minor issues. I can see cosmetic things, like they didn’t evenly paint, which sucks but I can repaint myself and my colour of choosing. But when they have leaks (around electrical) those are major.
I found a leak in my kitchen, around one of my lights and reported it right away (even before I’ve moved in), I came back and saw they ripped out the bulk head to access it.
I feel sorry for them when I do my PDI and have an inspector, I am already nit picking about crappy work (that even I couldn’t do but you know it’s wrong).
I guess short of anything structural you can’t get out of a contract, but I would hate to ever be in that situation where the inspector says it’s so bad – perhaps this is the downside of new homes (as with older homes if an inspector tells you to back away, you can).
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  #1010    2010-09-17, 09:37 AM 
 Cosmogrrl 
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Originally Posted by nessiesens 
Unfortunately many places like Mattamy just get the cheapest workers

They get cheap workers because they have a poor reputation of actually paying their trades.
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3 Comments »

  1. john…

    excelent info, keep it coming…

    Trackback by john — October 6, 2010 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  2. Thank You for the awesome article. I loved reading it!

    Comment by Christopher Rice — December 4, 2010 @ 6:21 pm | Reply


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