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Review of post construction of our house
Throughout the build ,[name removed], the site supervisor, was approachable .He is a outstanding person.We could even contact [name removed] one & half year after hand over & was happy to help us out. The build itself went along smoothly ,thanks to [name removed] help. [name removed] answered or return our call back as he could.We approached in SJD Clyde and Sales Person [name removed] helped us to make our dream home in reality [name removed] should have given us more suggestions to keep in mind as this was our first experience in building a ...house ,so that we shouldn't had to regret in certain things when we got the key of the house.The internal carpentry work was really poor quality and some of them had to be re-done, which was a real shame.Overall the only thing stopping SJD getting the 5 Star review was some of their trades letting them down on the quality.I have only words of gratitude for all the SJD Home Team especially to [name removed].
was nothing outstanding
I remember reading these reviews and thinking WOW we really need to build with SJD Homes especially being a local builder with acreage designs.
Now almost a year after moving in I can't say I'd recommend them, and wondered maybe if we just had a bad build, site manager etc. its ok quality nothing exceptional...we've spent a lot of time fixing small things because really I can't be bothered with them anymore.
lets start with a few positives
1 - ability to change plans was great
2 - most people we dealt with were lovely and took the time to list...
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The sales process was good, slow communication, sometimes 2 weeks between emails but other than that our sales guy Kevin was helpful. He gave us realistic prices so there was no contract price shock, he walked us through the upgrades in the display, he showed us the standard inclusions. Somethings he could improve on were elevation plans, we never saw these and if it wasn't for us contacting the cabinet maker directly (as we were instructed to do by our SS) we would of walked into a house with a kitchen layout we didn...
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Great building supervisor
[name removed] was fabulous and easy to deal with. He provided regular updates and made things easy. [name removed] would receive a 5 star review however I can't just rate him. Do yourself a favour and get yourself your own finance broker as that impacted my build. Despite getting told I would receive a call from SJD several times I never got one.
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Happy with our house
Overall we are pretty happy with our home.
We experienced a LOT of issues during the build though.
Incorrect door sizes on plans so builders had to re order different doors, our chosen floorboards were discontinued and they only realised the week before our flooring was meant to be done LOL
Didn’t receive many updates during the build.
Our landscaper did our landscaping before the fencing was done ?
Our landscaper planted our plants over the boundary line so one of our garden beds is half the size it was supposed to be :)
All our air conditioning vents are crooked.
The heating wasn’t connected properly (rattled)
When the cooling was installed (evap) no one bothered to hook in the water lol ? ...
Questions & Answers
Hi, just wondering whether the SJD will change the size of the building to our choice. I like one display house it's 33 squares fits lot size 16x32. But I have 16x28 lot. So want to know whether they can change the size. Thanks
You will be surprised at what they can do, and they’re pretty good with adjusting and customising to your needs. Our house was made a little bigger than off the plan. Good luck!
Thanks for your reply. Will try them.
Hi Chitra, we can definitely alter plans and will work with your block to achieve the results you are after.
Im in WA. Do you guys only build house or also help with the purchase of land? I am a first home buyer, Wondering if I have to purchase the land separately and hire a builder to build my house or both can be done together by the builder? Also with the land, can I choose my own or does it have to be the ones offered by the builder? Also the whole interiors and material that goes into the house can be freely chosen by the client or need to stick to options offered by builder? I really don't like the modern Australian homes I come across everyday, I want my house to have more stones and woods included and less glasses and steels that makes the house cheap and unnatural and tacky. I am dreaming of a small two storey house. Thank you.
Hi Kinz, if you are looking to build in WA, I'm sorry, we cannot help you. We only build in the SE suburbs of Melbourne.
Sorry should read Do SJD charge more to build in Wonthaggi
I don't know mate, but we had to, because we are close to their outer boundaries. Try Leigh Shoebridge from sales, he has a simple sheet that tells you exactly what the premiums are, if there's any at all...good luck
Yes SJD have metropolitan, region 1 and region 2 pricing, Corinella is Region1 (that’s where we built) I think Wonthaggi fell into Region 2.. I did play around on their website and the pricing with regions was on there in 2018 we then met with Leigh Shoebridge went over the plans, elevations, pricing etc. He is very thorough and patient. Our build went quite smoothly, not overly impressed with the plumber though (has attitude and won’t admit fault - little like Dan Andrews). Build completed inside of time frames & no price shock. Customer Service and site supervisor “great”.. all the best
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SJD Homes Services
- Both new home building and house and land package services are provided, offering a variety of designs, house sizes, floorplans and facades.
- Display homes can be visited in several locations across South Melbourne, allowing you to find inspiration for a new home.
- SJD Homes is a Greensmart builder, meaning it’s responsible for creating environmentally sustainable houses. Its Z-range display home is a particularly sustainable pick, due to its energy efficient design and low carbon footprint.
Points of praise for SJD Homes:
- Several reviewers were grateful for the incredible support they received from SJD Homes staff throughout the building process. Staff displayed a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the building process, and their personal and prompt service was greatly appreciated.
- SJD staff showed a good responsiveness to any issues that arose, resolving them in a timely manner and communicating changes to home builders effectively
- The build quality of houses was sound, with many reviewers being more than happy with the final product.
As the ProductReview Award-winner for Best Home Builders in Melbourne and Victoria for both 2019 and 2021, SJD Homes has certainly earned its home building cred. It particularly excelled in the areas of: transparency regarding business practices, and timeliness in completing building projects.
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