Oakville Homes

June 17, 2011

Going house hunting this weekend – watch who you buy from.


The weekend is upon us and some of you may have the itch to go house hunting.  If you’re just going to be window shopping and you know you are just looking for ideas, you really don’t have to prepare for that, except to lay out a plan of attack on which places to go to.  For those in a more serious mode, I hope you have done your homework in regards to a house inspector, a good real estate lawyer and you know your rights (limited though they be) under Tarion (link on the side).  Just in case, on the spur of the moment, you jump into a deal with a builder on what you are sure is your dream house.

If you’ve read through my blog, you will note that your dream house can in fact be a horror house.

All the builders promise the world and, some actually come through.  Others, well, not always, sometimes spotty and, some downright never.

Go to the Mattamy website out in Alberta and you’d think they were offering paradise.  “To our way of thinking, it’s not about houses, it’s about people.”  I guess myself, wife and children didn’t qualify as “people”.

Here is a Tweet I saw that kind of reflects what you might experience from Mattamy – the one who says it is all about people.  And, I thought I had it bad.

Take care and enjoy the weekend.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirment when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed but do not preclude what happened to me from happening again. Beware.


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