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I need to move a cabinet over my washer. Is the cabinet attached from behind? Was it hung with screws, staples or both? Any ideas of how to proceed would be greatly appreciated. TRA 459317; S/N 07-19-00-577-10652; Manufactured 6-25-99
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Please contact Dominic Rego [contact detail removed] New build at 34 Victoria St Malabar NSW 2 storey 4 bedroom rear lane double garage and granny flat. Scope: Knock down existing fibro house and new build DA approved plans by architect Looking for a reliable competitive builder Modern design with lightweight building materials Aim to start building end of 2018 Please let me know if this fits your scope [email address removed]
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Thank you for your enquiry Dominic Please contact us on our website so we can get your contact details and a sales representative will be in touch with you. Thank you,

I'm looking to build with champion homes with the two last comments didn't the contract have a time frame when the construction is going to be finished thats what they told us ? And if its not finished in time that they had to pay us for each day it was delayed anyway if we do go ahead I will definitely get my lawyer to look over the contract
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Every building contract documents when building works are to commence and when building works are to be completed. The time for building works to be completed is refered to as "the contract period".In the contract there is an amount to be agreed upon called "liquidated damags" and this is the amount that the builder has to pay to the owner if building works are not completed within the contract period.The amount of liquidated damages should represent the owners loss for not having the building works completed within the contract period.The owners loss is normally the interest the owner pays on the loan or the rent that the owner is incurring or a combination of both. So ,the owner needs to negotiate this amount with the builder.The owner must also bear in mind that the contract period can be extended for reasons such as adverse weather or if the builder does additional works.In relation to commencement of building works,building works cannot commence until the construction certificate has been issued and also the owner needs to have his bank loan approved or have funds available before works commence.

Hi all, im thinking of building with CH in Leppington area. My land is yet to be registered. Went to see the saleperson and he was very nice. Any good suggestions to go ahead with them? All i can see here is people getting additional charges?Do they hit you with these charges because you change after the tender is signed? Every changes i require have been priced up. Thanks
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Champion Homes are a fantastic building company. I cannot fault them, they are professional, honest, open and act with integrity. Remember, if no changes after Tender, your contract will be same as Tender. When you make changes after Tender or chose upgrades at colour centre or brick yard this will result in changes to your cost. Champion do not change prices, customers change selections, and this changes the price. My understanding is Champion Homes do not typically control Land Registration, and delays in Land Registration may result in price changes - check your contract. Lastly, I highly recommend Champion Homes as an outstanding first class home builder. However, it is my personal recommendation you (or any other person for that matter) meet with a Solicitor who specialises in property/construction law before entering into any contract with any builder. By getting independent, legal advice you will have a legal professional explain to you what you are legally committing to when entering into a construction contract.Hi Deano, thank you for your answer. When did you build your home?Vera, we are still under construction. I have had no issues with Champion homes. Champion are professional in their dealings with me. I have dealt with various different people at Champion without issue. I have a few friends who have also built with Champion - all of us have been and are very happy! The Champion contract is fairly standard and without complexity. Delays typically happen when the customer makes changes after sign off of the internal/external color selection process.Simply put your price changes and delays happen if you as the customer make changes. Of course sometimes things happen that are not perfect, but if you engage Champion they fix the problem. When I read the negative comments it seems strange to me, I have had no issues with Champion. why would they give me special treatment, they would not. Champion are solid professional builders, simple!

A lot of these reviews are saying that you can expect additional costs of between $20 and $60K above tender price. What additional costs should I beware of?
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Some possible Contract Adjustments and Variations could include: * handling (i.e if material is delivered to the front of site, and needs to be moved to the back by crane etc) * traffic management * Any engineering requirements (this includes drawings etc and then the materials that the engineer indicates) * soil removal (they underestimate this) * driveway allowance (again they underestimate, then sting you for the extra PLUS builders margin on the ENTIRE cost) * On site detention, again will underestimate the cost of works, charge you the extra plus builders margin on the entire price. * Council fees and works that we didn't know we'd need that they didn't bring to our attention were omitted from the quote * 3.75% fee if your start is delayed (don't blindly believe the sales person when they tell you this won't possibly affect your build, it's often another income stream). * Pay very close attention to the supplementary terms and conditions that alter, superceed or replace clauses in the standard HIA contract. These are very dangerous items and grossly favour the builder. * The Contract lists what IS included, but not what ISN'T included. Those items can rack up believe me. You may also need long term therapy to get over the trauma of building with this company. No blue sky here.

What do you mean they did not have the plans until 2 months later?
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They hold up the design process so then the140 days are expired and then you will get an increase.. When we finally finished building and I looked back you could see how the whole process is. The only way to stop the rot is do not build with them.don't you any designs changes and local council approvals for building BEFORE agreeing to the build.. I understand you would have to pay for council fees and insurance for any public damages and for any changes to the building design to be paid up front as these would need to be paid....as they are putting in the time for alterations... After the design of the home for the site....it should be known before hand what filling or elevations will cost...and then the cost of building should be readjusted? If this is not so.....I have myself questions if I would trust them...I was looking into them for building but I'm too old to go through hassles

why does champion homes takes so long in building one house and why is it before tender is presented the sales person does not explain everything unlike other builders and have to be put on a limbo between people working on the field and the ch office
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peacemaker, Thank you for your inquiry, however we will require further information to investigate your question. Please email customercare@championhomes.com.au with your job details and we will respond as soon as practicable.I have the same question, and adding to that, I am just wondering why there are people who are still willing to work for this company?I emailed customer care but came back and failed. With bob people still willing to work because they are part of these community who are good on their own way you do the maths maybe you could got a very good hint or answer

Can anyone please tell me if they have had a good experience with Champion Homes? Most of the reviews are about the 3.75% surcharge they are charging people. I'm looking to build in Kellyville and would love to hear from anyone who has built in the area with them. Also wondering if the homes themselves are finished well?
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Hi, my experience with Champion Homes was very satisfactory. They were very understanding and helpful. And the end result was of a great standard. I'm not sure about the 3.75% surcharge. I didn't incur that.Can I ask where you built at? And what home design you built. Thank you.Please tell your friends and even your enemies not to built them. If you have paid deposit. Leave it you will save more money by going with other builder.

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has a copy of a promotion that was advertised with champion late 2014 that states you received 12 months in your tender for unregistered land?
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They have told me that they offer 9 months for free on unregistered land and at an extra 1% of the tender price they can offer 12 months. They have told me when I went there about 2-3 weeks ago.Hi Danni Just wondering where you built ?Neverever build with champion homes they are very dishounest people , they always take too long too build your house and will always send amendments and will charge you more , you will regret for your whole life when you build with champion home , my sincere advise go and find someone else

Anyone who has built with Champion had to go and collect their keys from head office?
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Yes you have to.. You will get all the certificates related to the house and explanation at same time...

Has anyone ended a contract with Champion Homes prior to commencement of construction and what was the outcome?
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Stay away from champion homes...I have already signed the contract but construction hasnt started. Do you know if ending the contract at this stage is possible? What is your experience with them?I don't think you can without losing your deposit at the least, and perhaps have to pay a penalty, which the way their Contracts are crafted, I imagine would mean serious dollars. We found ourselves embroiled in a cost escalation nightmare, due to some biased clauses and intentionally omitted large items from the Contract. Admittedly we should have had a Solicitor, maybe a Barrister, make that Queens Counsel, look over our Contract, but we're old school, trusting, and never believed it could get so out of hand. Our experience was utterly harrowing, and has put us off building for life. Good luck, my best advice is put everything in email and make it clear to your Building Supervisor that you wish to be notified of the detail and cost before the commencement of any Contract Adjustment or Variation works. I hated Friday afternoons, that seemed to be when you were hit with the next ominous Variation bill, always just in time to spoil your weekends.

Got my free tender and wanting to sign however I have read a lot of neg comment or comments removed, I'm now worried I pay the $6,000 and then be left with price increases etc. So my question is anyone who had there house built was there much additional charges, as I do have a small family and want this to be our dream home - looking at the Toscano 17m frontage
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always hard to tell because there is always fine print small print at some places which you have to look out for. But I will avoid this company at all cost - they don't seem to care about their customers and there is no communications at all in my case.I would allow a minimum of 25% on top of the tender price that they quote you.you have been warned

I am about to sign a contract with Champion Homes to build in BUNYA so can you please advise about their inclusions in Bunya
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abcHi, It seems that the one who writes the negative breed back is the same person,you could tell that from the way of writing,spelling,etc. May be,they had a bad experience,but you need to do your own homework,shop around,then decide. This is the way which I'm doing right now. All the best

I am about to sign a contract with Champion Homes to build at Oran Park , Its a land & package deal . I went to my solicitor last week for him to look over the contract, where he found little hidden things like the 3.75% charge if building isn't commenced with 140 days of signing the contract, and since the land is supposed to be Registered not until July. This is a worry if their is any delay in the registration of the land . Also they don't including the connection of the water & sewage in the tender price and that is a extra cost . I thought when you build a house that included the water connection . I would love to hear from any body that can inform me of their build experience with Champion Homes and what little hidden costs they had especially anyone in Oran Park Thanks
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The best advice I as well as 90% of people who have commented here is to forget champion and go to another builder in Oran Park like Masterton,Eden Brae or Wisdom.I had a bad experience with them and lost my deposit. I found about these hidden thinks and they reluctantly change the contract then I found that a big item ($20,000) which suppose to be included in the contract as it is in the tender, they excluded which make me pull out and loose the deposit. I could not trust them.Be prepared to pay up to 25% more on the build. agree with GB1972 and go elsewhere!

For those who have build with Champion homes? Can you please advise if the tender fee paid is deducted from the actual contruction price? We are in the process of building and our broker has seen the building contract and she has questioned that about the total contruction price on it, being different to what was stated on the Tender amendment? As it the tender fee has been deducted from the actual construction cost.
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Hi Cherice49, We had the same issue that your broker is referring to. I had my solicitor also look over the two documents to ensure consistency. The tender document will not remove the tender fee from the total construction cost. Champion remove the tender fee from the construction contract price. However, it is specified within both the tender and contract documents that each document is interdependent . That is the construction document must be read in conjunction with the tender document and tender amendments. This includes the tender fee paid. I know this seems illogical and I agree with you, however it is legal and unfortunately champion will not change this process. You need to ensure that your bank reads both documents and I recommend you send your bank the tender fee receipt as well. yes, tender fee removed from construction price. In our case, we got the loan based on the price given in the contract.... It is wrong and could be arguable in land and environment court. They do it so they reduce the cost of the home warranty and they don't give the home warranty insurance when you sign the contract because you did not pay a deposit and the payment you made was for the tender. It is illegal but they do it legally since they have not revived any deposit on signing the contract. Don't go with them

I am seriously looking for a builder and after hearing their ad on 2gb, i decided to check out the web site. My only question is how do they continue operating with so many negative coments?
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Hi I don't know, 60% of my estate is champion homes. My neighbors and myself haven't had any issues what so ever, and and small issues I had were fixed without hesitation. There was issues in the past, but that was over 10 years ago. I wouldn't trust all the negative feedback. Lots of consumers expect too much.i know for fact they built over 350 houses last year. That's a good number if you ask me.I think that there is always more negative feedback than good feedback for builders. I have found champion homes have been reasonable so far but we haven't started building yet. Many negative feedback for champion stems from their previous owners and managers prior to 2005. I think you need to do what's best for you. I have found that champion homes are better in estates than already established areas as they have more competition. Hope that helps. Toscano's response in relation to champion only being good for new areas seems to be correct as our experience as well as others in established areas has been disastrous!i would run away as quick as you can if you are doing a knock down rebuild!

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