Oakville Homes

December 29, 2011

Thanks Mattamy and other builders for the copy for 500 blogs. Sorry Homebuyers.


Well, I made it to 500 posts (my previous one published) and I guess I should thank not only Peter Gilgan and Mattamy Homes for giving me the copy I needed but also those other builders who seem to think PROFIT over quality  is good business and leave much to be desired in their construction.  If you’ve watched Mike Holmes, then you know what I mean when he dissects old and new homes to show that although the surface covering looked nice, the interior build was done in such a way to promise you excitement later in the house’s life.

One would think that after all this time, the homebuyer would have been given some kind of protection that worked.  Tarion is not the homebuyer’s friend, considering it is made up of mostly those from the construction industry.  Funny how a Toronto Star writer is on the Tarion board and it is the Star that thinks the police doing investigations of their own officers isn’t right.  Get your act together Star.

We’ve seen how donations are a part of the political arena, so much so, that one doesn’t expect any support from politicians.  I proved that in my case at the municipal level and provincial level.  I know that Mike Holmes also shows that there are less than professional house inspectors out there and you must do some due diligence yourself in picking out a house inspector.  The flashy brochure and fancy report might look alright but, it is the quality of the contents that matters.  Even your lawyer needs to be questioned about their skills.  A criminal lawyer moonlighting in real estate just doesn’t cut it.

And, one wonders why a reputable builder would not allow you to bring a house inspector with you on a PDI or, let one monitor the construction to ensure a quality build – you know, the quality build they advertise but don’t necessarily produce.

Mattamy banned a house inspector for supporting their client too much and also requires house inspectors to sign a form stating they won’t interfere with the PDI.  A house inspector needs more time than allowed on a PDI actually.

Hell, Volkswagen even allows you to watch your car being built-in Germany.  LINK

If you want to hide the build, one wonders at that.  Mattamy even built their homes in Milton inside a big building so no one could watch the construction.

Myself, I’d put in the purchase agreement that I want my own PROFESSIONAL AND INSURED house inspector to monitor the construction.  The builder will of course delete that but, later when the proverbial crap hits the fan, you can show you wanted to check things during construction and they refused.  You did your due diligence.

Get a GOOD real estate lawyer to check the purchase agreement – there are clauses that need to be deleted.

Get a PROFESSIONAL and RECOMMENDED house inspector – something Holmes recommends, even though his program does show what a bad inspection can result in.

Know there will be issues but be prepared to deal with them through your support system.

And finally – document, document, document with paper, pictures and names/places and times.  You will need all this when you have to fight the builder/Tarion etc.

And don’t expect the builder to protect your interest.  They hide behind the CODE and will not let you know who the tradesperson was who screwed up so you can get it fixed properly.  I know – my one window never closed.

So, 500 to date and another 500 to go.

Remember – you may pay for quality but it isn’t really guaranteed.

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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.


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