Oakville Homes

December 16, 2010

Closing delays – a reality. Protect yourself.


As we approach the Christmas (Holiday) season there are all the pressures of gift shopping, getting ready for the BIG meal and, of course, mentally getting ready for the visits to be made and to receive.

What one doesn’t need is the extra pressure revolving around a house and a closure near Christmas and the end of the year. But, getting into the house probably will blow all that away and you get to enjoy you new “Home”.

I know myself and others have gone through the delay process most builders seem to flog onto the homebuyer. And, in fairness, we can’t always blame them for these delays when they are caused by events out of their control (Strikes, supply issues, planning, etc).

But, there are things you should be aware of to protect yourself.  Go to this link to see what is legal under Tarion guidelines as the builder will probably hold to those.

Here is what one family who suffered the “Mattamy” treatment has to say.

“We signed last January and have received two delay notices totalling a little over three months delay. Our final closing date is Jan. 13 (less than a month – yay!). They just called today to reschedule our PDI to Jan. 11… Two days before we close… GG Mattamy!

Can’t wait to get in there already. Steve C. Told me were getting the “full compensation” as they gave us less than 90 days notice the last time. I have no idea what that means, I’ve read the Tarion booklet but I’m still confused. “

Now, as I said, Mattamy isn’t the only builder who will suffer a delay onto the homebuyer but the fact they are doing the PDI two days prior to moving date really shows how much they will do in regards to the PDI.  I doubt if they will get things “done” prior to the move.  In my case, I did the PDI on moving day.  The gag order prevents me from stating what happened.  Make sure you document all damage in the house otherwise our Mattamy friends might try to blame it on the move.  Especially if you are doing a DYI move.

But, can you imagine, on top of all the things happening around this time of year you are faced with a PDI two days before moving.  And, you should try it on moving day – an experience to really get the blood rushing and stress levels sky-high.  I wonder if Gilgan will wait until the last minute to give the $10 million to the Oakville Hospital just to have fun like it seems he has with the PDI’s?

And one other thing… Keep on top of all deadlines and delays with your lawyer and be careful what you sign.  It could cost you the compensation you deserve.

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  1. You kept harping on Mattamy, GIVE IT A REST

    Comment by Anonymous — December 17, 2010 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  2. I see it more as informing people of what can happen when they buy a new home and just use Mattamy as I can prove what I say. You may be one of the lucky ones who scored a nice home (did you put in the survey for them and get the prize? ) but some have been shafted royally by them. Ask those in Ottawa that waited 2 years for their homes and then were told to buzz off. Should I just roll over and stop informing people and let them get shafted. Not my way….

    Comment by LN — December 17, 2010 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

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