Anyone heard of this builder before in Victoria?

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  1. kimba88

    kimba88 Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    I'm trying to do some DD and was wondering whether anyone has heard of H & L Victoria and Escape Homes? I'm trying to build on a small lot and have a floor plan i like, but i just can't seem to find too much information about the builder. Does anyone know a website i could look things up? Or has anyone had any experience with either of these 2 companies?
    hlvictoria
    New Home Builder - Escape Homes
    Any information is much appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. tobe

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    Yep. I've been doing Finance with builders and sales reps for about the last 10 years or so. The last couple of years the sales reps I've been working with www.mycompletepackage.com.au have been using escape homes. No complaints. Good value small builder. Feel free to pm me if you want any more info.
     
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    Did you
    Hi, did you go through with your build with these company's? How was your experience?
     
  4. kimba88

    kimba88 Well-Known Member

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    Hi, Yes I have. I've had no problems so far and both companies have been quite responsive. The build is still happening, but it is happening very quickly. So I'm pretty happy. Let's just hope the quality is great. :)
     
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    Hi There,
    Is this the same builder you talking about? - hlvictoria
    I am also wondering as I only get basic info on the website with no review.
    Thanks
     
  6. tobe

    tobe Well-Known Member

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    I think the issue here is that escape homes is a builder.

    They use marketing agents to sell their home. I don't think you can approach them directly and contract to build, they will refer you to one of their agents.
    That's different from many builders who do the marketing and advertising themselves.

    h&l Victoria Coyle be a marketing agent, rather than a builder themselves.
     
  7. kimba88

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    Yep, it is.. but they aren't the builder.. Escape Homes are. H&L are, like Tobe said, the marketers. Either way, I've had quite a good experience so far.

    Correct. Although, i am unsure on whether Escape Homes can be approached for a build.. I never tried.
     
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  8. tobe

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    I could find out for you but I'm pretty certain they would refer you to their agents. The agents I work with (my complete package) have been doing it a long time. They know how to site a house, how to deal with developer covenants etc and maximise value for money.
    For escape homes it means they don't have to spend any money upfront on marketing, or sales, they don't need to have customer relationship managers etc.
     
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    H&L are exactly the same.. i think my complete package and H&L are in direct competition with each other.
     
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  10. leo_melb

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    Escape Homes as they call themselves are not a good builder to use. I built with them and the experience was really awful. First they claim that you receive a "Full Home package" which is crap. They later come up with variation costs that make no sense that you have to pay in seven days.
    The contract is dodgy!!Go through it with a comb and don't let them pressure you claiming that they will increase the contract period...which they will at every opportunity. They charge for you for you to engage your independent inspector even though you are inspecting if they've built according to the contract and not making any changes...I haven't heard of any other builder who does this.
     
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    Hi I recently built with escape homes. They are not bad with quality. Takes longer than expected. You have to be monitoring and communicating all the time. Because once the contracts signed off they jus think they can do whatever they like. Expect changes to your inclusions, material etc while the building process. One thing really stand outbis They don’t care too much of your need once signed. Reasonable quality though. Also one builder who’s afraid of their work being reviewed by private inspector. Charge the client for this and add extra time to the building process each time you bring in an inspector
     
  12. Danny370z

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    I'm Building with them this year, i've seen the quality its not bad, as i have built alot of project homes for lots of different builders its all about managing them. I have friends building a Metricon house in melbourne and they are having the worst build ever with constant issues on $580k build. So paying more doesn't always mean better...
     
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    If your friend is looking for some resolution to their problems I suggest informing Metricon head office of major issues. Head Office will want to resolve any concerns.
     
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    Thanks for the tip, they are currently withholding payment and it has been escalated. As a project manager i know how a job has to be run a clear contract outlining the scope is a start with every build there is issues but it is how those issues are resolved.