|The Whittaker - Chateau Facade (Source: www.metricon.com.au)|
|The Whittaker 45 (Source: www.metricon.com.au)|
So where do we sign up?
As we're doing a "knockdown and rebuild" we've been told that we need to go via the M Head Office. Good thing we did, we were given one of the best sales consultant in town - Mark R. (We were just in touch with a couple who's planning on building with M, they went through one of M's sales offices in the south east - not happy, Jan!!!)
Mark is very affable. He gave us as much information as we need about the Whittaker. He showed us an initial siting chart - this is how the Whittaker 45 will sit in our land given our land dimensions, where north points and front setback requirements, amongst a few. This gave us a bird's eye view of how our dream house is going to fit in our land. Front yard - check, back yard - check, outdoor living area is north facing - check. It was just right.
TIP: If there's something that you need to keep in mind when looking for a house is the fact that the display homes are all optioned up. What you is see is not what you get. Not necessarily, well not unless you pay for the upgrades. What this also means is the base price is just that, the base price. We'll delve more into the added bits and pieces later.
First meeting with M is not a short one (first of a series of long meetings we're going to have). So what did we got out of the first meeting ...
- Base price
- Promo details (what do you get for the extra $4950 you are paying)
- Area Surcharge (building in an established suburb is not cheap, add $7500)
- Estimated Site costs (for a "knockdown and rebuild", add $50K - $60K, no kidding)
- Whittaker 45 plans (I love looking at house plans, I must have been an architect in my previous life)
- Displayed Option List
- and behind the smiles, some slight trepidation as we walked off with lots of information on our hand
And the Displayed Option List, something that you really need to get from M if you're building.
More to follow ...