The circus has begun with the presentation of our first tender. Call us crazy but we are getting a total of five tenders all up. The theory behind this is we will get a broad range of prices and can then decide based on a number of factors such as inclusions etc.
The good thing is we do not have our heart set on any one design/builder so will not be swayed from that perspective.
Our first presentation was with Metricon who originally we thought may be the one. Their service from the minute we walked into the sales room has been excellent if not the best out of the five. The only difference with this option is it is the only one requiring DA approval rather than our preferred CDC. The design is the Laguna 40MF. Due to the DA requirements our original design has changed quite dramatically with close to 2m being chopped off the house length which has resulted in smaller bedrooms.
Next we had Provincial Homes. I must say these people are on the ball and have produced their tender in their standard seven days. No surprises and so far but one thing that does stand out is the number of provisional allowances they have rather than fixed prices.
After this on one full day we had Clarendon and Wisdom Homes. Both to the same degree of detail as Metricon and again no real surprises. We ruled Clarendon out straight away as they wanted to use 900 mm drop edge beams and have the back yard set down from the house. While Wisdom insured us that we could do it without the drop edge beams and have the level yard we are after.
The final tender is from Kurmond Homes but unfortunately they have ruled themselves out purely on being too slow and making a few mistakes (flipping the house and sitting in the wrong position. To date we have still not received their tender costings and can't wait any longer.