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Thank you SJD Team
Sjd homes did a great job managing our build during the Covid period
Though it took longer than initially anticipated to start the job , the actual building process was smooth and very well managed by the friendly approachable Site Manager James who sent us photos and kept us posted and went above and beyond to allow access for inspections at convenient times when requested .
The initial plan was also modified by the Sales Consultant Doreen to suit our requirements for having a 4 bedroom home on a smaller block
The finer finishing details before the handover was done with minute attention to detail by Site Supervisor
Overall a seamless experience
Home built to suit my family
SJD were great I can not speak highly enough about our site manager A1 service and fantastic to work with . We had a few miner hiccups through out our build due to miscommunication from sales but he was onto it straight away and made us feel very reassured and at ease & everything turned out perfectly very highly recommended site manager⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Workmanship was good just a few miner issues to be reviewed. Our final cost was spot on , no hidden extras. I would definitely recommend SJD but I would advise to talk to your site manager with all things discussed at sales . Thank you SJD we love our new home .
Supplied everything in the contract
We purchased a turn key package. While the design discussion period agent promised us a pergola concrete and it was added in the house plan as "the concrete by the contractor". It was there from the beginning till the last plan we agreed. When we get the detail contract a $1000.00 added for the concrete. When we ask from the agent she told that did not promised it for free. We pointed out the drawings and after 5 times revised it was there as "the concrete by the contractor". She replied it as a printing mistake. So we contacted the head of th...e customer service department of SJD and he is so good and helpful. He added it back as by the contractor. Shane was the supervisor who is good and attention to detail finished the house on time. Even after handing over we had some minor issues in painting and toilet. Shane contacted the relevant people and fixed it nicely. Need to mention about the paint and carpentry minor repair person in SJD. His name is Guy. He and his men did really good job in painting and fixing other small issues. Finally it is a nice place to live!
We are so glad we chose sjd!
Sales consultant Tracey was lovely, approachable and and more than happy to help with all question big and small. Tracey was very punctual on emails as well as coming up with great ideas with our layout. She has great suggestions.
We loved the flexibility being able to chop and change the plans as we desired. Not like many other large building companies. We were even able to design our own facade, which was a big deal for us to be able to do. SJD made this happen.
Colour selection process was super easy and having the interior designer to h...elp us with this process was great. You got to pick everything for the house in one shot at the colour selection office. We were really happy with the build overall and the end product was great and we are really happy with this home. However, we feel that some of the trades that they used, let them down to a degree. The brickwork wasn’t the best. The internal carpentry work was a really poor quality and a lot of it had to be re-done, which was a real shame. Being a qualified Carpenter these items were noticeable. But that’s where the negatives end.
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Great experience with SJD
This was the third house that we had built and we were very impressed with SJD. Rachel was our first point of call and you could not meet a more experienced and lovely salesperson. Our site manager Shane was fantastic. He always kept us in the loop. We were informed at every stage of the build on completion and we were sent progression photos. If we needed any questions answered Shane was always just a phone call away and if he wasn't available he would call as soon as he was free. This was something that we had not experienced with our previou...s two builds but they weren't SJD either. We found the admin staff really helpful as well. Again, you always got to talk to someone if there was an issue and any problem was dealt with promptly. The ladies in the from reception also deserve a pat on the back, they were always helpful and always had a smile to greet you with and a chat if they weren't too busy. The front office is always an important part of any company, first impressions start there. The end product was well presented and we are now settled in our new home and very happy with it. Well done SJD you made our experience a very pleasant one.
Happy with our home
We were recommended to SJD by close friends of ours and decided to visit their display homes and were also recommended to see consultant Rachel who also took care of our friends. From the very beginning we felt that Rachel was so genuine in creating the home that we envisioned and genuinely cared about helping us achieve this and within our budget. She made the process so enjoyable and seamless and when we had questions Rachel was available to either see us face to face or phone/email. I could see the passion Rachel had for her work and we neve...r felt pressure to spend more money over our budget because it wasn't about that with Rachel, it was about helping us as best as she possibly could to achieve our goal :-) Rachel you are a GEM and we thank you so much. The building process went smoothly for the most part with a few hiccups along the way. Brad handled them all very well and kept us well informed throughout. There was nothing major that went wrong which we are very thankful for and felt at ease knowing Brad was on top of everything! I have to commend the lovely chap who bricked our home! He did a phenomenal job truly and again that’s thanks to Brad :-) the rest of the workmanship was nicely done. We’ve been in our home for a couple of weeks now and we truly do love our home. The only issues we’ve had was that our hot water wasn’t commissioned at handover and we didn’t check which we should have but Brad took care of that ASAP, our dishwasher doesn’t work which seems to be a manufacture issue but again disappointed we didn’t check properly at handover. I would recommend anyone to SJD and I would build with them again. Thank you SJD we LOVE our home! Alex and Andrea
My forever home by SJD Homes
First things first!!!
We are very pleased with our new home.
The initial sales and planning of our home was completed by Philippa the sales consultant. Philippa was outstanding with her commitment, communication and organisational skills. She appeared to go above and beyond to help a first time builder.
Wes, the site manager, was initially taken aback by the female side of the soon to be owners but quickly warmed and worked well with us both! His efforts ensured the build ran smoothly and were appreciated. He promised to complete the build befo...
Happy with the end result, excellent supervision team
SJD's site supervisor Kim was outstanding,
Quality of the build was excellent, SJD would have received a five star rating however their Plumbers let them down. It took the plumbing team 5 attempts to eventually get downpipes fitted, on top of other minor issues. Down pipes are a major component to our build as we are on tank water. If we could rate the plumbers and their workmanship alone it would be one star.
However Kim fixed the plumbing issue professionally and we are now happy with the result
I would recommend SJD to build you new home
Overall happy with the builder, Painting could have done better.
Professional staff, lovely working with SJD, Colour selection staff was also very patient. Building is of good quality but still like any house you need to supervise them.
I’m giving 5 star to Design & Sales team, Site supervisor and Tiler, 3 star to Bricking, Painting and Insulation(rating Just for wrap, I still haven’t checked the roof cavity), 4 star to Cabinetmaker, Electrician ( could have installed better LED globes, it’s useless) Plumber and all other trades.
Just finished final inspection so can’t really comment about handover and after care, however SS promised all the issues will be fixed before handover. So far satisfied with the house.
Never thought that it would actually happen.
Building is a team effort, it start with the sales team (Mark and Resta) and end with the building supervisor (Kim) and somewhere in all of this is the back office. From a ratings point of view it could have been 'Excellent' if the back office did their part.
During the sales cycle Mark and Resta were always available and we went through a number of iterations before we came to the $ number that fit into the budget.
Initially there were a short delay but once the slab was poured the progress were pretty good...nearly too good. Kim managed t...he whole process and was always available and took my calls whenever I called him. He made sure that the trades kept the building site neat and the floors clean after every stage of the build. Overall the workmanship and quality of materials used are pretty good. A big thumbs up for the tiler, he did an excellent job. A special thanks to Kim. There are some horror stories out there and he took all the stress away and made the final product something to be proud of...for him and us.
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SJD Homes Overall Very Happy
This is the second home that we have built with SJD and would highly recommend them. In our experience they have been very accommodating during the design phase to ensure our needs were met. We were impressed with Neville during our initial consultation to design the house.
Part way through the build we were allocated a new building supervisor, being Kim. We could not speak highly enough of Kim. The level of service and care he has shown us has been exceptional. Kim is 5 out of 5 stars in our opinion :)
Good build overall, finished a little rough.
We chose SJD in 2015 on a recommendation and overall were happy.
- Value for money was great, better standard inclusions than all the big name builders and very few extras to take up, so we kept cost down.
- At the time we were able to use our own electrician.
- Flooring was included in price.
- Build ran well and finished on time.
- No major unforeseen variations, few minor ones.
- Fit and finish of carpentry was good.
Great builder with a very good quality home
Building your home for the first time is a very daunting and nervous project. Upon conducting reviews on the internet, we came across SJD Homes. Unlike bigger companies, they seem to tick all the boxes for us on paper.
Next step was to visit their display homes. Their standard quality and finish were impressive. By now we had been through at least 20 different homes by different builders but always seemed to be talking about SJD Homes.
Before we even signed the contract, we had several hours of discussions with them regarding our plans. [...Name removed] was very patient and very helpful with the customization of our plans and answered all our questions. All through the build, they were very thorough with the paperwork, timely with meeting deadlines, and honest the whole time with no surprises. Our site manager [Name removed] was fantastic and communicated to us through the entire process. We have been in our property for nearly a year now and have had minor things that needed fixing during the maintenance period, which again was completed in a timely manner. As owners, we are very happy with the quality of home that was built for us.
It was a good experience.
Was it worth it?
Our first house building experience began as we wished our last to end, to our sadness it seemed that the only enthusiasm was on our side of the contract, the remainder appeared to be in how far we could fill up the Builder’s wallet with various extra dollars that no doubt enhanced the quality and appearance of the whole project The lie to that statement was found in the smile that over took the expression on my wife’s face at the handover some 5 Months later.
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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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