Contract signed

21 03 2012

Today we had a meeting at Metricon’s head office with our Customer Service Coordinator, Karen, to sign our final contract, yay!!!!! We had done A LOT of reading and reviewing the contract prior to the meeting and had put together a detailed list of variations and questions that we had and emailed that to Karen a couple of days prior to the meeting. This worked really well because she was able to answer our questions and generate a variation request which we were also able to sign off on today.

Whilst reviewing the contract and doing all the preparation was tedious we felt that it was a critical step in the whole process. With so many selections, variations on top of the additional contract clauses there are lots of pages to read as well as reviewing the all plans.

We had a few additional questions and requests for Karen during our meeting which she was able to refer to her manager and get approval for. We were really pleased with how flexible and responsive Metricon were to our needs.

We also paid our 5% deposit – our wallets are feeling a little lighter today, although we know the worst is yet to come eeek!! In return for paying our deposit, Metricon gave us a nice folio to store all of our paperwork, samples and other tid bits, complete with pen, calculator and note pad which is great and really handy.

After many, many, many pages of initialing and signing our life away, we felt quite excited to have reached this important milestone in the process. At the end of our meeting we had a nice chat with Nick, the Customer Support Manager and feel really positive about how things are progressing.

So now the count down to site start is really on. We were advised that given we have already demolished the old house and have our block ready to go (except for a bit of lawn mowing), the plans can now be finalised in order to get the building permit. We will have one more opportunity to review the final plans once the last couple of variations have been made.

According to our timeline, it has been 143 days since we signed the preliminary works and paid the intial deposit. So it has taken just under 5 months to get to this stage. If we had been told it would take this long when we started we would have thought no way, but the time has actually gone pretty quickly. There has been so much to do in that time and we actually feel like things have moved at a reasonable pace.

All we have left to do now is attend our tile selection appointment over the weekend at Beaumont Tiles. Woohoo 😎


Final contract received!

16 03 2012

Yesterday we received our final contract and plans, yay!! Having had a preliminary look through last night we have picked up some errors, fairly minor ones but things we need fixed all the same. One of the funniest ones is our toilets. We had issues with them in the preliminary contract which we thought we had all sorted during our colour selections process only to now find that of the three toilets, two are the wrong ones. Not sure what happened there. We also now have two ceiling fans for the alfresco room… at least there will be a nice breeze 🙂

Anywho, we have a big weekend of contract reading and re-reading ahead in preparation for our contract signing meeting on Wednesday. After that all that is left is our tile selection appointment next weekend and then the countdown to site start is really on, we can’t wait!!!!!!!!


Final contract plans received by email and other progress updates

8 03 2012

Yesterday we received an email from our CSC, Karen, with our final contract plans (pleasant surprise).  It is very exciting to get the plans as we now can review what all the internal elevations (bathrooms, laundry, kitchen etc) will be like.  It is starting to feel more real now that we are getting towards the end of the contract phase.

Last weekend we took the Habitat Group plans from our electrical appointment and walked through the Greenvale Nolan display home to ensure what we have planned on paper will actually work for us.  We found this excercise really valuable as we picked up a few improvements such as relocating switches and powerpoints to better locations. We marked up the electrical plans with the changes and submitted them today.

In other news we have also had the block decontaminated and cleared of any asbestos.  We organised Adrian from Asbestos Audits to come and clean the site and also provide us with an Asbestos Clearance Certificate which Metricon required before any builders could step on site.  Adrian was really efficient and got the site cleared up which thankfully resolves the unwanted setback we had been facing.


Preliminary contract meeting – our house is flipped

3 02 2012

This week we received our preliminary contract and had our preliminary contract meeting with our Sales Consultant, Melissa at the  Metricon Head Office.  After many emails and phone calls, it was also nice to finally meet face to face with our Customer Sales Coordinator, Karen.

Since we received the first version of the preliminary contract plans back on the 16th Jan, there has been a few changes.  The most significant change has been that our floor plan has been flipped so the garage is now on the left hand side (south side) of the property.  This of course has meant that we had to apply to council to get the driveway crossover to be relocated to the south side of the property.  To the council’s credit they turned this request around very quickly and pre-approved the changeover in under 2 days!! Metricon can now proceed with the plans flipped.  Great work.

The reasons for flipping the house include:

  • A better design outcome for the proposed building design:- Locating the garage to the south will allow for appropriate positioning of north facing living areas.  In particular, the outdoor alfresco will have a northern aspect. It will also allow for potential building regulations to be easily met with appropriate building design.  However, we will still need to apply for Report and Consent for 3 regulations.
  • Visual surveillance along the driveway when reversing the car from the garage:- The current crossover location does not allow for comfortable visual surveillance for traffic approaching from the north end of street due to a sharp bend in the road. Relocation will allow for safer existing.
  • Widening of the crossover: – The current crossover is very narrow in width and when we relocate we will seek a wider crossover that meets Council specifications for the relocated crossover for easier entry and exiting.

At the preliminary contract meeting, we made a number of variations (adding, removing and correcting items).  We plan to review the contract further at home over the next few days before signing and see if there is any more opportunity to cut some costs.  It was very exciting to get to this stage.

I am currently creating a floor plan using Microsoft Visio based on our latest plans provided by Metricon and will post it as soon as I finish it.

Both Melissa and Karen have been very helpful in answering our questions and following up on a number of items promptly over the past few weeks and getting us to where we are.  Thanks guys!

Preliminary Contract Plans Received by Email

16 01 2012

Today we received our preliminary contract plans by email from Karen, our Customer Support Co-ordinator (CSC). How exciting!!!!

We will go over the plans in detail over the coming days. But one obvious thing we noticed in a glance over of the plans was the missing outdoor room extension. We were notified last year that we couldn’t get the Grand Outdoor Room due to the amount of cut needed out the back, however, we were advised we should be able to get some sort of smaller extension.  I have sent an email back to Karen asking her to clarify this.

Looking at the documents, it seems like we will need to apply for three Rescode Report and Consent items with the council.  We will apply for this ourselves as the owners with the help of our close friend who is a seasoned designer.


Making progress in the New Year

5 01 2012

Today we received a phone call from Karen introducing herself as our Customer Support Co-ordinator. We also made our Studio M (colour selections) appointment for early February. Yay!!! We originally made the appointment for a weekday as all the weekend appointments were taken. However, Karen rang back later in the day to confirm that there was a weekend available which we gladly accepted.

We also received a call from Melissa to make an appointment to go over our Preliminary Contract in early February as well.

Looks like a busy month coming up – we can’t wait!!!