Building With Bay West Homes

The journey of building a new house...

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

I wanted to clarify something I was talking about earlier related to the interest charges: I spoke with Harry, the President of Bay West, and he said that they wouldn't have charged us interest if it was only a few days over. From their point of view, the most important thing is that the customer (us) is making an effort to get all the documentation in order. So it seems that when Marlene at Thompson & Ball told us that we would be charged interest, she wasn't speaking for Bay West. It's a little dangerous to throw around a threat like that!

However, that still doesn't change the fact that I felt the walkthrough should have been done before the meeting with the lawyers. When Gordon Thompson, the lawyer we met with, said that our only recourse was the Alberta New Home Warranty if we were dissatisfied, I knew we had made a mistake. Relying on a faceless committee to solve our problems instead of having control over the money we're paying the builder can't be a good thing.

I have some other thoughts about the walkthrough that I'll post later tonight or tomorrow.