Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Neo Dusk Promotion

With the unpredictable housing market many builders are throwing in more and more inclusions for free or for a fraction of the actual price. Metricon have the neo Dusk where you get up to $90k of inclusions for $3,900. However when we signed up and paid the $1,000 deposit in Nov the Neo Dusk was free and about to finish so the promo could cost more or have different inclusions now.

What we are getting with Neo Dusk

Corinithian wide style pivot door and door frame
Gainsborough pull handle set and entrance door furniture
Tiles to main floor areas
Carpets to main floor areas
Bi-fold timber door
Caesarstone quartz bench tops kitchen, laundry and vanities
2 overhead kitchen cupboards
Glass splashback to kitchen
Isis ss kitchen sink
Mia Cucina dishwasher, microwave, rangehood, cooktop and oven
Polished edge frameless mirrors
Frameless shower screens
Kohler vanity basins and toilet suites
Kohler taps
Kohler flipside shower
Laundry cabinet with Java ss drop-in tub
Autodoor garage
Venice lever door handles
2550mm high ceilings to ground floor
2340 high passage doors to ground floor

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Key Milestones

Received an e-mail today from our Customer Service Consultant (CSC) introducing herself and explaining the Key Milestones in the lead up to our build.
The Key Milestones
1. Soil testing, survey and preliminary contract
2. Contract signing after which colour, electrical and tile consultation appointments will be organised. (Now I thought this would have been done prior to signing the final contract as obviously what we choose for bricks, roof tiles , kitchen finishes, electrical layout, carpets, tiles and so will surely affect the final contract and price?). CSC also suggests going to Studio M to look at colour selections and tiles but omits to even tell us where they are...hmmm that's useful.
3. Formal selections for tiles, colours and electrical. We have heard bad things about the electrical consultations regarding lack of information, displays, choice and assistance from the electrical consultants who are not Metricon but a third party contracted to them. Hoping that some of the issues we have heard about will have been rectified by the time we get round to planning out electrics. However we will not be taking chances so will be going in with as much information and as many ideas as possible. The plan start making a list now. Any tips?
4. Lodgement to private certifier/council. The building approval documentation has to be lodged and rubber stamped before the build commences.
Note at this stage M will want a 5% deposit.

Better e-mail CSC to get Studio M details don't fancy my chances of a reply as it's so close to Christmas now.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Getting Ideas

Not much to report right now as we are waiting for our Preliminary Contract.. Been using the time checking out images of M homes and the Studio M and Tile studio websites and seeing as many display homes as possible.The problem with this is that we keep seeing more and more things we'd really like to have in our house so the wish list is getting longer and longer and we have no idea how much any of the alterations or add ons will cost. It doesn't do any harm to dream though! We are trying to be as prepared as possible with our choices and have a back up option in case something costs far too much. 

Pool - like this?

We also want to put in a pool down one side of the house so have been looking at who we might use for this. Metricon will need to have an idea of where the pool will be as this may mean extra reinforcing to the structure of the house (more cost) and whether we are having it installed during the build or after.

Will post a list of upgrades from the Neo Dusk promo and the ones we have selected soon along with some photos and prices where we have them.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The House is on the Market

We have a few months before the land settlement is due so in an attempt to save money we have decided to get the house sold and move in to our temporary accommodation. The house needed a few finishing touches like repairing worn decking boards and fully repainting inside and out. I was horrified by how much we had been quoted for painting with quotes coming in about $10k more than we had anticipated, either these guys are using gold plated brushes or they are taking the mickey. Finally we approached the painter who did the work at our business and he came in with a figure which was much more realistic. Unfortunately he had a motorbike crash on his way home from day 2 of our job and ended up out of action for over a month which meant instead of the house going on the market end Oct it is now Dec. By now the housing market is more unstable with buyers nervous that house prices are dropping and they may end up paying over the odds, fingers crossed we will get a quick sale and a decent price.
The house looks great on the real estate photos so should attract potential buyers.