Oakville Homes

December 27, 2011

Christmas gatherings – a chance to find out the truth about builders.


Ahhhh, the Christmas season.

A time to enjoy, reflect, visit friends and relatives and, let your belt out a notch or two. Not a good time to be diabetic with all the colourful and flavourful treats lying about, taunting you to do a taste test.  I love the getting together for friends and relatives, some of whom you haven’t seen since last year.

At this year’s gathering though, I found I had fellow victims of the “Mattamy Treatment“.  We were enjoying ourselves as guests in one home and someone remarked how lovely their house looked.  Seems it looks that way because the owner would attend each day after work and monitor the construction.  He had some knowledge of construction so he knew when things weren’t being done right.  Even Mike Holmes’ name came up and most were envious that his type of inspection included being able to tear down walls to see what the problem really was.  Something most of us don’t get to do and why you really need someone to monitor the construction – like a house inspector.

I didn’t mention my Mattamy event but some others brought up their experiences with Mattamy.  Funny, but they weren’t like those two page ads (although last Saturdays was only one page – hmmm) that tell of a fantasy land experience with your Mattamy built home.  No, they had major issues that required constant (2 years) interaction with Mattamy and themselves.  They concluded that those who built didn’t do a good job and those who did warranty must have been trained by those who built.  Interestingly enough, Mattamy was the only builder brought up in the conversation where people had problems.  Deja Vu.

Drainage issues, sump pump issues and a plethora of other issues.  I couldn’t tell them mine due to the gag order from Mattamy but I expressed my sympathy to them for the issues they suffered.

I guess Mattamy forgets that they can spend millions on advertising, push donations to politicians etc and get good press but, when it comes down to the old family/friend gathering – THE TRUTH COMES OUT.

Those at the gathering learned a lot and one thing they did learn was that unless you monitor the construction, you can easily suffer poor construction surprises later.  A fact backed up by Mike Holmes’ crew.  Seems he is the only one of the shows that actually lets people know the pitfalls of poor construction.  Mattamy or another builder, it doesn’t matter.

Most also had a similar feeling about Tarion and how useless it is and builder centric in their decisions.

So Mr. Politician who gets the builder donations, there are a lot of VOTERS/TAXPAYERS out there that are getting pissed off with the lack of quality control supposedly brought in by the building code.  And remember, building inspectors don’t look at every home in a new sub-division.  They take a sampling.  One wonders just how they pick which ones.

I wonder what Mr. Gilgan and other builders discuss at their family gatherings.  Maybe how they are billionaires whose fortunes were built on the backs of people like those at my gathering.  I know Gilgan is a billonaire due to his ever-present exposure in the press.  The other builders seem to have smaller egos and are less exposed in the press so I am assuming they are up there in wealth

Cheap shortcuts designed to increase profit so they can have a better Christmas maybe?


P.S.  This is my 500th blog – thanks to Mattamy for continuing to give me copy.

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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 requirement 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.


1 Comment »

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