Oakville Homes

March 27, 2012

Peter Gilgan – Thank you for helping my blog.

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It appears that the recent flurry of donation activity by Peter Gilgan and Mattamy Homes has brought attention to my blog.  Some even offering advertising income.  For the record, I don’t see my blog as a source of income but a method to inform people on some of the hazards of homebuying.  Mattamy is just a good example based on their past performance – all proven facts.

I’ve noticed some of the search terms people use to find my blog.  Some rather odd.  I notice a trend towards “Peter Gilgan Divorce“.  Seems a lot of people are interested in that but rest assured Peter, I’m not a scandal rag so, any dirty little divorce secrets will not be posted  on my page. I just hope you didn’t have a say in the construction of the rather beautiful home your ex-wife built-in east Oakville and that it will last longer than your mega estate (Edgemere) did.

Another search to my page got my attention.  It took me to MSN Real Estate and an article written by Marilyn Lewis titled: “Will your new home still be standing in 50 years?”  A good question since we seem to live in a land where product life longevity seems to be disappearing as we move along in our disposable lifestyles.  Just how long did you keep your cellphone or computer?  How long do some of you live in your rather expensive houses?  No where near the time your parents spent in their HOME.

Lewis’ article brings up some good points.  Paraphrasing, it seems that our forebears built homes with massive structures, built to last.

“An old home’s strength comes from its big timbers made of dense, old-growth wood. Built when fuel was cheap, old homes leak heat from windows, doors and cracks.”

“Most homes built today get their strength from engineering principles, not massive timbers. Built correctly, new homes are weather-tight systems of interrelated parts, each highly engineered to do a specialized job.”

And, therein lies the rub.

“Whether new homes perform as intended depends greatly on whether these highly specialized systems are assembled correctly. Each component has technical requirements that, if ignored, can void its warranty and sabotage the home’s quality.”

In my case, the component parts didn’t all come together in a way one would expect, considering the money spent on said house.  And, based on comments and complaints, it seems that builders, and this includes Gilgan’s Mattamy Homes, aren’t always on top of things.  Our houses are more complicated and therefore need better care in putting them together.  Using sub-standard trades or, demanding trades make shortcuts to increase profit (and opportunities for donation money) only makes your investment less sturdy and decreases just how long it will be livable.

Not concerned because your flipping the house or moving out once the kids get older?  Well, these shortcuts can cost you money right away, not 50 years down the road.  A weak structure can start costing you money from the get-go.  I know, my Mattamy cost me from day one.  Just little things like having to fill in the holes that would allow critters to invade.  My neighbours weren’t quick enough and they ended up with housemates.

In today’s Toronto Star – front page above the fold, there is an article titled: “Where did $56M go?”.  Basically, SNC-Lavalin’s CEO, Pierre Duhaime, has resigned over a scandal in that $56M went somewhere but he can’t say where, even though he authorized the payment.  Hell, I thought I had problems when I misplaced a $10 bill.  Now, one just has to read between the lines to understand the ethics going on here.

Kind of reminds me the ethics used when Mattamy illegally wired my furnace to allow the sale to go through and the Town of Oakville building inspector allowed it.  One wonders about all these donations to various causes (all good causes by the way) and the politicians who are getting their photo-ops with the “king of donations”.  Just what kind of inspection does one get when donating that kind of money?  In my case, it is proven what can happen during an inspection.

Exactly why one should be allowed to hire a house inspector to monitor your investment instead of depending on a municipalities building inspector.  Is there a conflict of interest when the municipality accepts large donations from a developer and the municipalities’ employees are doing inspections on said developer’s activities?

I ask the Town of Oakville – why did I not see the report made regarding the illegal wiring on my furnace?  I forgot, Wellspring got a donation after the mayor asked Mattamy to help out.  Oh well, politics.

And, one wonders just how embedded organized crime is with the developers.  We’re talking large money here and historically, organized crime is attracted to money ventures.  Remember Project 80? I’m sure Peter Pomeroy, ex-chair of Halton, remembers it and he is presently employed by Mattamy Homes.  He’s the one who stated that the bused in workers didn’t have a clue why they were sitting in Halton council chambers as a protest. Guys taken off the work sites to show solidarity against Development Charges.

Are they in bed with you Mattamy?  Just asking.  Maybe your lawyers could account for some activity recently, unless they have the memory of Duhaime.

And, just for the record, Peter Gilgan’s lawyers have been notified they are also guilty of defamation with a third-party – according to the facts taken from their website.

Again, thank you Peter for your generosity.  Hopefully it will help those in need, unfortunately may get you a better break in development charges/inspections and, it certainly drives readers to my blog.  I guess we all win Peter.

P.S.  Is it true Peter Gilgan is working on the Order of Canada?  Maybe Conrad Black knows – seems he is keeping his.

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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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