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Belly

Bellyasked

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Hi, my partner and I are looking to build in Mannum, SA and where wondering who would you recommend be the closest builders to go through? We are just looking to get a price list for our area or if anyone would actually build there.

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Belly,
We're really sorry to say this but unfortunately we don't have a Hotondo Homes builder in the Mannum area of SA.
This website shows a range of builders who build in Mannum, http://www.homeimprovementpages.com.au/find/builders/sa/mannum.
Sorry we cannot help you more on this but we wish you all the best with your build.
Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes.

Casey

Caseyasked

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I would like to hear experiences of building with Hotondo at Beaufort, Victoria?
Thank you.

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Casey,
The Hotondo Homes builders in Beaufort are Russell & Jenny Pearse who are based in Ararat. There is a review on Product Review that you can read by clicking the link: http://www.productreview.com.au/r/hotondo-homes/556545.html. You could also contact them directly on (03) 5352 5045 and they might be able to get you in touch with past clients if you'd like to speak to them. They might also have some client homes that you could walk through.
Kindest Regards, Hotondo Homes.

Teese

Teeseasked

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Has anyone built with Hotono Macarthur?

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Seamless
Seamless

No we built with hotondo goulburn they were great

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Teese,
Brandon and Lisa Cooper are the Hotondo Homes builders in Macarthur.
They currently don't have any reviews on Product Review, but they do have some on the Hotondo Homes website: http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/hotondo-homes-macarthur/.
You can also contact them directly where they might be able to put you in touch with some of their previous clients who will be able to answer your questions.
Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes

Di

Diasked

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We are currently looking at builders to build our new home in Cootamundra, NSW. We know that Hotondo have builders based at Temora. Has anyone used these builders in this area?

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Seamless
Seamless

We have used Hotondo Goulburn to build a home for us recently. The quality of the work was above and beyond what was required. We had an Independent builder of good standing check the work and they felt it was faultless and that you don't see homes built like that with such care and attention to detail a that anymore.
Very very satisfied. Highly recommend phil meares.

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Di,
Yes the builder in Cootamundra is based in Temora. They are a father and son team; Denis & Kurt Hinchcliffe who have a great reputation. Unfortunately they don't have any reviews on Product Review, but they do have some on the Hotondo Homes website: http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/durhams-building-pty-ltd/.
You're more than welcome to contact them directly. Denis and Kurt are local builders who are honest, upfront and help you throughout the entire building process.
Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Thank you 'Seamless' for another lovely review of the team in Goulburn. It's a pleasure reading how wonderful your experience was and how much you love your new, top quality home :)

taz

tazasked

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Hotondo how much deposit do they ask for over how long?

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Hotondo Homes
Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Taz.
The most common deposit amount is $1000 which is required in order to do work to prepare a fixed price proposal. This includes engineering and site survey of the land. The deposit price does vary between different builders and different locations. The builder may also ask for a larger deposit if you’re thinking about building a custom design instead of a design from their own range.
After you have paid a deposit, you should have proposal in about 3-4 weeks.
In relation to a deposit for finance, that is a completely different thing. The deposit we're referring to above is a deposit paid direct to the builder in order to do work to obtain a fixed price quote. This deposit is non-refundable but if you decide to go with a different builder you will be able to obtain a copy of the soil/site survey.
Please call 1800 677 156 or visit hotondo.com.au to find your local builder and they'll be able to help you with your building questions.
Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes.

Baby Hippo
Baby Hippo

Hi,
We have paid $2k deposit to Hotondo for initial site works. We were told that the moment we paid the deposit and signed, we have entered into a house and land package. If we decide to go with another builder (before signing any building contract with Hotondo), do we have to pay more to Hotondo to terminate this alleged house and land package?

Hekko

Hekkoasked

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Does anybody recently built or building in Batemans Bay area? Looking for a builder that do not have any hidden cost, which seems to be an issue for many people in various forums and reviews. Any help would be appreciated?

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Hekko.
Here is a review that has been written about the builder in Batemans Bay: http://www.productreview.com.au/r/hotondo-homes/526462.html#reviews.
The builder's name is Darren Phillips and he is honest, upfront and doesn't have hidden costs. You can find more information about him here: http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/seacoast-homes-pty-ltd/.
Darren will be more than happy to speak to you about your building requirements, and he might even be able to put you in touch with some of his past clients.
We wish you all the best for your building endeavours and if there is anything else we can help with please ask.
Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes

Krackers

Krackersasked

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Team, what has happened to the Arizona display home at Glenmore Ridge? I've just booked accommodation in the area so I could do a walk through the house to check it out. Don't tell me that it's closed as it's no longer on the list of display homes. If it has closed will there be another one opening? It's difficult not being able to check it out so we can work out our own personal touches.

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Krackers. The Arizona at Glenmore Ridge is currently closed. The builder is happy to open it for you if you would like to go through it. You can contact the Hotondo Homes team in Faulconbridge by calling (02) 4751 5222 and they will be happy to work out a time to suit you.
We also have photos of three different Arizona homes on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.267219780002619.61725.108909219167010&type=1. Each facade starts a new home design. You'll be able to tell the difference between them based on the internal style and colours.

Kiea

Kieaasked

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has anyone used Hotondo Ulladulla for building their home, flicked through a bit and can't seem to find any reviews on them, any feedback will be good thanks?

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Kiea,
Below is another questions about our builder in Ulladaulla where the 3rd response by 'GoAnna' is someone who built with them in 2012.
You could also contact Chris & Ann-Maree Harley directly and they'll be more than happy to speak to you and possibly get you in touch with some of their past clients. Their contact details are available on the Hotondo Homes website: http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/harbourside-homes-constructions-pty-ltd/
We hope this helps you out.
Kindest Regards,
Hotondo Homes

Bretto01

Bretto01asked

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Hi there,
I would like some feedback on Hotondo Homes at Ulladulla. We are about to build and I would really like to see what other people have to say. I have also been trying to find a price list for Hotondo Homes but with no luck. I understand that each State and area are priced differently and also depending on the design too, however there should be a guideline of sorts. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

kind regards,

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Ritika Blair
Ritika Blair

Hi Brett,
I dealt with my local franchise (Hotondo Hornsby) and received pricing from them, but can't help with any feedback for the Ulladulla franchise as it is totally separate. If you contact them direct I’m sure they can provide pricing for you. Good luck! Anything else please feel free to drop a line via Product Review.

Ritika

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Bretto01,
We don't have any public price lists as each state/area is different. If you contact your local builder they would be more than happy to provide pricing on any design that you're interested in with no obligation.
Your local builder might also be able to get you in touch with their previous clients if you would like to have a chat about their building experience.
The builder in Ulladulla is Chris & Ann-Maree Harley and they're absolutely wonderful. Their contact details are available on the Hotondo Homes website: http://hotondo.com.au/home-builders/harbourside-homes-constructions-pty-ltd/
Kindest Regards, Hotondo Homes.

GoAnna
GoAnna

Hi I have Built with Hotondo Ulladulla. My home was complete Dec 2012. I was a first home owner and found the team at Hotondo very easy to deal with. they looked after everything, communication was excellent they help me through everystage, that was propberly the best thing about building with a local builder was that i was able to talk directly to builder during the whole build. Even after the home was complete they remained easy to deal with for maintenance and other small concerns I had. Definently recommend building with Hotondo Ulladulla.

wirralboyinoz

wirralboyinozasked

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Has anyone had any dealings with hotndo homes in ulladulla?

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Bretto01
Bretto01

Hi there, I would really like a response to this question too. I am about to build a home and have had a look at Hotondo Homes and would really appreciate feedback. I have also been trying to find a price list for Hotondo, I understand different prices for different states and depending on design but there must be a approx. guideline somewhere. Any feedback would be greatly received

Chris and Joan Trotter

Chris and Joan Trotterasked

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Regarding your request for further information we would be happy to provide this if you wish to ask us specific questions. Regards Chris and Joan

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Krackers
Krackers

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Arizona. Difficult to know where to start. Did you personalise the plan to suit you? Do you find the design comfortable and convenient? We are thinking of widening the garage, with the balcony across the front of the house. Suzanne is looking for a walk in pantry with a sink. Also, more decking for alfresco use.

Hi

Andrew Brown from sketch design did the plan and you can have pretty much whatever you want. He is very flexible.

Regards

Chris

Krackers

Krackersasked

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Has anyone in Australia built an Arizona 332? We like the look of it with the apparent roominess of a house with a small footprint and frontage. We would be doing a knock down east of Melbourne. Checking the list of builders, it looks like it could be the team from Narre Warren, Tim & Margaret Van Dam. All information and advice is greatfully accepted.

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Hi Krackers. One of the best ways to walk through a home is to contact the builder directly. Tim and Marg van Dam have built the Arizona design before and they might have a client who is willing to let you walk through their home. We also have the Arizona 332 display home located in Glenmore Ridge (near Penrith, NSW) if you were planning a trip to Sydney in the near future. Kindest Regards, Hotondo Homes.

Krackers
Krackers

Thanks for the response. We have made contact with [name removed] who is with the van Dam team, and with Christmas out of the way, will be progressing our interest.

Krackers
Krackers

Team, what has happened to the Arizona display home at Glenmore Ridge? I've just booked accommodation so I could do a walk through but it's no longer on the list. Please don't tell me that it's closed. If it has, is there another one opening?

Sue

Sueasked

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Do you build in Queensland as well?

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

Yes we do. We currently have 9 builders located throughout Queensland. To find the builder closest to you, visit the website

Squares

Squaresasked

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Has anyone had a home built by Hotondo Wallan, Victoria, would love some feedback if possible.

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

The builder in Wallan has built over 200 homes since joining Hotondo Homes in 1997. Here is a recent review that was posted http://www.productreview.com.au/r/hotondo-homes/488859.html#reviews. You can also contact them directly and they'll be happy to show you other testimonials from previous clients.

Tej

Tejasked

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Has anybody build with Hotondo in north of Melbourne Craigieburn area ?

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k whiteside
k whiteside

Yes. We went to Craigieburn display home, signed a contract with Hotondo. Our home was being built by Elegant Homes and Developments T/A Hotondo by a builder Spiros Falaras. It is a 2 bed home, started in August,2014, it is now Mid April,2015, have barely reached lock up stage, he demanded monies before reaching completed stages, showed up to work, on average, 6 hours a week over this time, had 6 goes at getting slab correct. House has several defects, cannot contact builder by phone or email, and on contacting people have found out he does not return to fix defects. We are in process of terminating contract. Hotondo has offered no support, went to lawyer and found out that even though Hotondo advertise warranty and guarantee, , Hotondo give none, they are purely a franchise and have no responsibility, in fact they have washed their hands of us. Have names and phone numbers of others misled by this company and in same position . Is anyone else in this position? would love to hear from you

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

@ K.whiteside :

Omg ive also signed a contract with hotondo craigieburn and ive been waiting since November for a building date. The communication is VERY slack!! The person we dealt with at the actual display, Bill, was awesome. Very efficient with commhnication and always got on top of any questions i had, but unfortunately he is no longer with the company. The two we dealt with at epping was not efficient AT ALL. They even organised a meeting at one point for us to receive an update, my husband and i took time off early from work, we got there and the office was closed. We stayed there for 45 minutes thinking maybe they were late, but they never showed. I called and emailed regarding this, and never got an apology or an explanation of why they never turned up. I tried to be as patient as i could, having an open mind that things like building, does take time, but there is so much patience one person can have. Its very unfortunate that an experience ive been looking forward to for a long time has turned out like this. I would like to be in contact to discuss other situations others have had with Hotondo Craigieburn.

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Hugo B.Hotondo Homes

K.Whiteside - Thank you for coming into our franchise support office last week to discuss the issues you have had with Elegant Homes and Developments. As you’re aware, they are no longer operating under the Hotondo Homes franchise system. Given your building contract was with Elegant Homes and Developments we had limitations with the actions we could take, however, we will do what we can to assist you, and are in the process of doing so. You have our contact details for any future questions that you have.

s.l.f 21 – We are in the process of assisting other clients who have had a disruptive building experience with Elegant Homes and Developments. We are more than happy to discuss your concerns, and support you as much as possible, within our scope to do so. If you’d like to do this, please send an email to customercare@hotondo.com.au and we can arrange a time.

jonquill99

jonquill99asked

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We are considering hotondo homes .has anyone in the Newcastle area had dealings with this company. would appreciate any help?
thanks

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Jodie B
Jodie B

You did the right thing by not using hotondo, not sure if who u r using will be much better. As you changed to a flat block why did you not look at macdonald jones or masterton?

jonquill99
jonquill99

after a lot of research and talking to people who had built their homes in the area we are building we have chosen Montgomery Homes. Unfortunately there is not one builder in this area that has 100% positive feedback. We have also contacted an independent building inspector who has checked out our contract, tender and plans and all is well. We have received our approval from the certifer(CDC) and this only took 2 weeks, much better then going to council.
At this stage we are very impressed with Montgomery Homes and staff so hopefully it will continue.
I intend to keep updating our progress on the Montgomery Homes Review site.
Regards
Jan

Lou7000

Lou7000asked

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Would anyone who has built with Hotondo on the Sunshine Coast be willing to chat a bit further (over email) about their experience? Considering using them and would love to ask a few more questions. Thank you.

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Happy customer
Happy customer

Hi Lou, I have been delighted with my two builds with Hotondo on the Sunshine Coast. Even finished building 4 weeks ahead of schedule amongst a very wet summer. Most happy to discuss via email: lisaheppel@me.com

Lisa ...

nicky.weise.3
nicky.weise.3

Hi Lou, would you mind if I contacted you too as we are trying to decide whether Hotondo or Grandview at the moment. I like both and really can't decide right now. Thanks. Nicky.

nicky.weise.3
nicky.weise.3

Hi Lisa, sorry meant to ask you too if I could contact you as well for advice. Thanks, Nicky. My email is rayh67@bigpond.com

Kevin

Kevinasked

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Has anyone had any experience with Hotondo in terms of costings? My parents have been talking with them and have been given an official estimate of costs. The problem is that in order to proceed to a fixed price contract Hotondo wants them to be financially committed by paying a 5% deposit which is around $20,000. Technically this is legal under Qld law, however I do worry that Hotondo could do anything they want when arriving at a fixed price and even if they came back with a price that is tens of thousands more than the current price we really wouldn't have much choice but to go ahead.

Is this typical of how Hotondo operate with other customers or do you normally get a fixed price with potential variations before you sign a contract? Has anyone ever had an experience where they paid a deposit and then suddenly everything apparently got expensive and the fixed price came in way higher than any of the estimates?

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Happy customer
Happy customer

Hi, although this may be legal, my advice as a contracts manager who negotiates multi billion dollar construction contracts for a living is - get them to give you a fixed lump sum price, specification schedule and time frame for building with milestone payments attached before you commit anything. You should always be 100% happy with the costs, quality and timeframe before you hand over your money. Remember that your deposit = contractual acceptance.

Lea
Lea

Hi Kevin, I think you will find that the fixed price is provided BEFORE signing the contract. All they need is the smaller deposit, like all other builders ask for, to get soil tests done, and drawings and stuff. I really think you might have misunderstood the order of things. Call the rep and clarify...

Not happy
Not happy

We had to pay a deposit of $2,000 to get a estimate which we did after a site visit and a verbal estimate that what we wanted to build would be within our budget.When the estimate came in it was $35,000 over our budget. They then came back with a revised esitmate (after suggesting a few changes) that was about $16,000 over our budget. After deciding not to proceed we received a refund of $1,500, so it cost us $500 to receive an estimate and a preliminary plan. The estimate was not a fixed price contract - they wouldn't make any commitment until soil tests, etc were done. They builder we have gone with provided a fixed price contact without us having to make any payments, nor did we have to change our basic design to come within budget.
Lynda

lookingtobuild.2013

lookingtobuild.2013asked

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Has anyone built with hontondo in Melbourne region? Could you please provide beedback on contractor quality etc. It would be greatly appreciated.

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buildingrightnow
buildingrightnow

We are currently building with hotondo pasco vale branch, fair to OK at the moment but I hoping for a little improvement once strip footing are finished.

Weezie

Weezieasked

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Would like some feedback on the quality of workmanship from Blue Mountains Hotondo? please

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peterandlizwood
peterandlizwood

Sorry...we did not deal with Blue Mountains Hotondo

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