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100 questions from our users

trebl2015

trebl2015asked

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Has anyone who are currently building with Hotondo homes was provided with a stage by stage schedule? How are they tracking in completing the stage by stage key dates?

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Test321
Test321

I did request a project schedule, although Hotondo Melton never committed to providing it. Their response was, if required, that they would keep my updated on a weekly basis.

Jim T
Jim T

We are currently building with Hotondo in Ocean Grove. Will provide answer here later today as we have been told of start date twice and not happened. Shuffle the letters in HOTONDO and you get OH DO NOT. Is that an omen. Will answer later today, hope it's favourable.
Good news is after 6 months from buying block of land trades finally on site. The only schedule provided is verbally given, which is ok , but contractors could be delayed. I hope that as build progresses past the slab stage a more detailed schedule will be provided. We are renting nearby so can keep up to date on progress. The best advice given to us by another builder was ask questions, no matter how trivial you think they are, because it's the questions before and during the build that you do not ask that will come back to bite you. Also, take photos , lots of photos and keep a daily record of conversations . Email everything as well.
And BTW can add to the HOTONDO shuffle. It should read OH and DO NOT stress. It will all happen and in the required time frame.

trebl2015
trebl2015

I have been building with Hotondo the last 6 months and I was provided with stage by stage schedule and when they starting to get delayed on the roofing stage by 4 weeks they tried to get away with the schedule but I got Hotondo head office involve then they provided a revised schedule with recovery plan to complete as per contract .However nothing has improved and bad news is they are almost 2 months delay for locked up stage. I have a low confidence that my project will be completed on as pe contract given how things have progress to date. I"m getting to a point to write a review they deserve. Any thought out there from other Hotondo current client?

Chubba

Chubbaasked

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Has anyone built with hotondo in Sale 3850 victoria! Any feedback welcome!

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Chubba,

Gary and Ron head up the team at Hotondo Homes in Maffra, to review their client testimonials please visit http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/sale-maffra/.

Kind regards,
Hotondo Homes.

Jim

Jimasked

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Hi,
I am doing due diligence on and off the plan house in Dudley Newcastle. I am told the builder is Smith Brothers. In view of negative post on 2-FEB (see above) can you provide any up to date references to give me some confidence? Thanks! Jim

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Jim, thanks for getting in contact with us. To find recent testimonials from Jason and Dominic's clients please visit http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/port-stephens/

Alternatively you can get in contact with the team and they will be happy to assist with any enquiry you may have.

Kind regards,

Hotondo Homes.

grace
grace

Hey Jim
I have been building with the smith bros. Our house is almost complete.
Unfortunately i can not give you good feed back.
We have had a terrible experience.
I will be posting our feedback as soon as we get the keys.

cooper
cooper

Can you give more details grace? We are also considering building with them. It's a definite "no!" then?

Nanda

Nandaasked

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Hi,
Do you build in Kurangai council, we live in Turramurra, NSW and are planning to knock down and build 2 storey home? Do you have any display homes?
Regards Nanda

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Nanda,

Graham Dowd and John Stein are your local Hotondo Homes builders and would be more than happy to assist you with your building enquiries.

You can contact them here: http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/hornsby/

Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes

Beck

Beckasked

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How much is the cheapest home you can build for me? ... At upper blue mountains .
Thanks

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Beck,

Our Hotondo Homes builder that looks after the Blue Mountains region is Colin Duncan.

You can contact him here: http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/lithgow-blue-mountains/

He will be more than happy to assist you with all of your building enquiries.

Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes

Df1983

Df1983asked

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How long do you have regarding issues on a newly built house as I have a lot of problems arising and I still have parts that are incomplete 10 months after moving in?

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Dear Df1983
Your question is a difficult one to answer as items of this nature need to be reviewed by the responsible builder. We need further information so we are able to provide the correct advice, for example, your builder’s details, the address of your property and further details of the concerns you have. Please email through your details to our Customer Relations Team at customercare@hotondo.com.au.

Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes

Rcallegari

Rcallegariasked

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Hi,
Is Hotondo able to provide an update on Elegant Homes and their workings in the Mickleham area considering there are many outstanding issues?

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Leanne Taylor
Leanne Taylor

I'm sorry but I'm not to sure what you are asking? I don't work for Hotondo I only built with the Wallan franchise & I have no issues at all.....

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Robert,

Thank you for contacting us via the Product Review website.

We have your contact details from the last time we assisted you with an enquiry and we will contact you shortly.

Hotondo Homes

JonB

JonBasked

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Hi, do Hotondo build at Spring Farm, NSW?

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Leanne Taylor
Leanne Taylor

Hi, I'm not too sure if they build in NSW, I built with their Wallan Franchise which is in Victoria, have you checked their website?

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi JonB,

Our builder for Spring Farm, NSW is Brandon and Lisa Cooper and you can find their details here: http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/south-west-sydney/

Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes

French toast

French toastasked

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How many of hotondo customers have had a more expensive quote from another builder and hotondo has saved you money by building a m class slab?

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Leanne Taylor
Leanne Taylor

Hotondo homes built our home in the most cost effective way to suit our budget, from slab type to pier costing even our excavation.

ag

agasked

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Anyone built with hotonda hunter valley nsw ... would like to build with them but want to know what the quality is like?

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Leeny
Leeny

Hi not sure if there is a Hotondo Homes Hunter Valley, but the guys at Hotondo Homes Greater Port Stephens look after the Maitland area. We have friends building with them at the moment. They have a sales suit at Hunter Homeworld Chisolm, might be able to help.

Sally
Sally

Stay well clear of the Smith Brothers Homes trading as Hotondo port Stephens
These owners have left a massive destruction of bad quality and have not paid many locals through out there time before taking on this franchise and even after we have heard of late they are not paying suppliers and court case are pending. Owners name are mud in the area still with Newcastle branch

strawberrygirl

strawberrygirlasked

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Is Spiros Falaras still working for Hotondo?

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Strawberry girl,
Spiros Falaras is no longer a part of Hotondo Homes. Is there anything we can assist you with?
If you have any questions, please email us at homes@hotondo.com.au.
Kindest regards,
Hotondo Homes

s.l.f 21
s.l.f 21

Hes just disappeared off the face of the earth with everyones deposits!

Brody
Brody

He has also substantial unpaid debts to the majority of his trades.

lebogypo

lebogypoasked

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Wanting to know if anyone has had any dealings with Hotondo Bathurst? I am looking to build an investment property in Kelso and up until now they have been perfect in every way, but just for peace of mind I want to know other's experiences.

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Questionable
Questionable

Hi,
We have had a very positive experience so far with Hotondo Bathurst. That said, we arent yet up to the building stage but it will be soon. I cannot recommend them highly enough for their professionalism and speed in getting things done. Of course, its hard to say what the construction side of things will be like but we have our fingers crossed it will go as soothly as it has so far!

Jean

Jeanasked

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Hi P Docherty, glad to see your review & answers because we are looking for a builder in Hornsby area. Beside what you mentioned in your review, is the house built within budget and on time? Do you know all the cost up front?

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Our house was built within budget and finished on time

P Docherty
P Docherty

Our house was built within budget and is due for completion in a few weeks. Costs come down to how many customisations and upgrades you want to make to the finished design and fittings. Contract costs for most builders don't include essentials like driveway, fencing, landscaping etc so it's wise to get quotes for all of these separately to ensure you include it in your construction loan application. Always make sure you have a contingency for unknown costs. Eg our house is on a sloping site with solid rock. Excavation costs and removal of all materials to a licenced tip is an unknown and can be expensive. Even my estimated contingency was a couple of thousand off the mark for this. There are some up front costs that you need to pay out before they can give you a contract price, including survey of all contours etc. You will also need to have cash separate from any lending to cover a deposit. Good luck.

P Docherty
P Docherty

I also meant to add that although we were hopeful of being in before Christmas, the building contract timeframe is longer and we are still within that timeframe. Always anticipate delays. Each site has its own issues, whether access or even just prolonged wet weather.

kylied

kyliedasked

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Has anyone built the illawarra 220?
Would also like to know any reviews on Hotondo in newcastle/port stephens area.
Thanks

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P Docherty
P Docherty

Yes, I am building a significantly modified illawara 220. I modified it to add an alfresco and squared off a lot of the rooms and shifted the kitchen/open plan living and dining around. The shape of our alfresco also had to be customised to the lot boundary. I changed the window positions to suit our aspect and capture breezes and reduce glare. I also upgraded brick and used weather board on the upper level . I also altered that porch size and increased it to open it on the side off of our driveway. This increased the size of the robe in the second bedroom. The building is on a sloping site so part of our foundation is a steel frame with the garage and alfresco on a concrete slab . I am building with Hotondo Horsnby. We are due to move in March. Hope this helps.

Disaster Home
Disaster Home

Hi, I had a disaster home built through Hotondo Homes Newcastle and no response from the company head office either. Most stressful and costly experience ever.

JC

JCasked

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Hi has anyone built with Hotondo Caboulture team? Looking for some honest feedback on the quality of their build. Thanks #dreamhome

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Judi
Judi

We have just built at Toorbul with Hotondo Caboolture. We are very happy with our house, it is just beautiful. Kerry, Sherry and Shree went out of their way for us. The problems we did have were with the council, not Hotondo Caboolture. As we are on the waterfront on the Pumicestone Passage council made us build up and this caused our plan to change significantly. Kerry had al he dealings with the council and sorted things out for us.
We would not hesitate recommending them. The workmanship and finish is just beautiful.

Lyn

Lynasked

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Please let us know your experience with Hotondo Homes - Ipswich and surrounding area? I'm looking for someone to build our homes.

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Deb
Deb

We recently built with Hotondo homes Ipswich/Springfield (home in Brassall). [names removed] made it an easy Journey for us. They were very professional. [name removed] the colour specialist was really good as well. The good thing is the guys were very flexible especially with our design choice. We practically had our own design and they rolled with it, giving us suggestions and helping till we got exactly what we wanted. They were very patient and understanding. Communication was good all the way and they responded promptly to our every concern. We were able to go from time to time to see the progress of the home and make changes where necessary The site manager, [name removed] was easily accessible. Overall, we are quite happy we chose them. We have not moved in yet but everything looks awesome at the moment.

fg_house

fg_houseasked

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Has anyone built with Hotondo Homes in Brisbane North? Please let me know your experience. Thanks

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Joe
Joe

We used Hotondo Caboolture ph 0754281360 last year and they were very professional and easy to deal with. Everything was communicated very well with us and no issue was left unresolved. We would highly recommend them to build your home because of their knowledge and expertise in the building industry. This is a family run business as well so it makes for a pleasant building experience.
Joe and Josie

sg17-69

sg17-69asked

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Can anyone please let me know their experience with Hotondo Toowoomba?thanks

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

The team from Hotondo Homes Toowoomba have some great testimonials on the Hotondo Homes website: http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/hotondo-homes-toowoomba/. Hopefully there's also someone in the Product Review community who is able to answer your question :)

noopy

noopyasked

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Has anyone build with Hotondo Lilydale? We are considering them and would like to know how they rate. Appreciate any advice.

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P Docherty
P Docherty

Hi Natieb,
We are building with another Hotondo Homes team in NSW so can only offer my experience with that particular office. Overall the choice and flexibility of Hotondo homes is very diverse. As a company I found them to be more more accommodating than any of the other house builders I researched and contacted. Everything from meeting us on site at a time that suited us to showing us round the interior of other builds nearing completion and providing us with a list of all houses that have built in the area, so we could drive by and see the quality of the finished result for ourselves. They also allowed us to practically redesign the interior of a 2 storey design so that it worked perfectly on our uniquely shaped sloping site. Now at build stage the whole thing is going very smoothly and communication is excellent, which is important to keep my mind at ease. We started on site end of June 2014 and the roof is due to go on early Sept (next week!). Hope this helps.
Good luck.

Gazza D49

Gazza D49asked

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Hotondo display homes in Hunter Valley NSW?

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hotondo Homes have a home that you're able to view in Hunter Homeworld, Chisholm. The home opens on Saturday 19th July. The builder who owns this display home is Jason Smith; http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/smith-brothers-homes-pty-ltd/.

Sally
Sally

I would stay away from Hotondo Home Port Stephens due to court proceeding as we have been told they owe suppliers lots of money.
Smith Brothers Homes directors have left a trail of broken dreams through out hunter valley to Newcastle in not paying contractors or suppliers. Run by very rude and amateur owners giving the Hotondo Franchise a bad name in the area. We decided to go with a beechwood on our first home and we also know of several others that will not use them for investment port folios either due to the owner ripping off locals

Rob
Rob

We have used Hotondo Greater Port Stephens (Smith Bros) for four houses in Cessnock and were so happy we have commissioned them to build another two in Raymond Terrace. I think there may be some confusion here with Hotondo Central Coast whom I believe have gone bust.
There were some cost variations on our architect designed houses but the "catalogue" houses have been built to the original quote and within the original budget.

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