Oakville Homes

April 8, 2012

Mattamy Homes & Peter Gilgan – might want to catch Toronto Star Article.


In the Saturday (April 7, 2012) there is an interesting article written by Steve Maxwell titled:” Tips for building better houses”.  If anything, it will show you why a house inspector for  a new home build is more necessary than in the past.  And, for the builders out there, it shows one of the reasons why some people are upset about their overpriced homes.  They are not necessarily getting the quality for the money they are spending.  The kind of money that allows some builders to give large donations and get photo ops with the local politicians – politicians who do nothing to help the taxpayer get what they deserve in terms of quality and safety.  Right, Mattamy Homes – who stuck me with a house without electricity and an illegally wired furnace?

Maxwell’s premise is that back in the day, when the trades were valued, a smaller crew of tradespeople built the house from the ground up.  They built the foundation and knew they would be doing the framing, drywalling and roofing.  So, time and effort was taken at each step to ensure the quality was there and subsequent work wasn’t interfered with by inferior previous work.

No infighting boys and cutting corners to make money.  When a contractor pays minimal money for work, do you honestly think the trades work for free?  That money that builders such as Peter Gilgan donate to politicians and other causes comes from you, the buyer.  And, it is achieved by cutting corners and shaving quality.  Who does that?  I guess the trades if they want to make money.  How many of you would work for nothing so that the big guy can get Press by donating money made with shortcuts and on the back of the buyer and trades.  Not too many I guess.

Maxwell points out that we may not have the same quality of tradesperson available now.    Stands to reason then, that some of us will have less than professional trades working on our house.  Guys who come in, do some kind of job and move on and leave a potential problem for the next guy.  And, as I’ve shown by a least one case with the Town of Oakville, you can’t trust the building inspector to look after YOUR interests.

And, who gives a shit?  In my case, Mattamy certainly didn’t, except for the fact that they did leave a piece/log in my basement.

Watch Mike Holmes’ show if you don’t believe me.  The proof is there.  I’ve got reams of evidence in terms of Mattamy.

So, read the Maxwell article and, after reading it, if you can’t see why you need a house inspector for your new house, then I guess you don’t mind spending more for less and letting your builder reap the press benefit by looking like the good guy.  That extra upgrade you pay for will look nice, for at least a short time but, the money spent on a house inspector might allow you to enjoy your home for a longer period of maintenance free time.  (Speculators ignore that advice)

Off topic a bit but, I watched a movie last night called:  “Fast Five” with Vin Diesel.  Short version – bad guy, played by Joaquim de Almeida, runs Rio de Janeiro and is able to do his bad stuff due to the donations he makes to the locals – police, citizens, etc.  Rest of movie a kind of chase/crime fantasy event.  Slice of life that kind of makes what we have here in Ontario believable.  Considering some builders are dealing with local organized crime.

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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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    Comment by Atlanta Remodeling Companies — April 9, 2012 @ 12:22 am | Reply

  2. 7 1/2 years later I have a leak in my roof and Mattamy basically told me to go F$$$ myself. Tarion is part of the problem as well. How do you get better warranty with a car then a house. I had a roofer go up on my roof and was told I had a leak from day one because the guy mattamy sent up cut through one of the shingles. My shingles have been shrinking as well so I have gaps everywhere, so plywood is expose. I thought shingles had a warranty as well, oh thats only if they are crumbling apart. I recommend anyone who buys a house of Mattamy think twice because the obviously do not care about their customers.

    Comment by J — May 14, 2013 @ 8:32 am | Reply

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