March 17, 2023

There is nothing that Henley does faster than emailing off an invoice when they want to get paid. On the day of my concrete slab pour, the base stage invoice arrived in my inbox before the first concrete truck arrived on site. 

It was at least 6 weeks after my lock up stage invoice that the house was actually lockable. The front door had only a brick behind it, no sign of a lock. Again, the fixing stage invoice arrived 6 weeks before the last of the skirting boards were added to the master bedroom. 

True to form, on March 1, 2023, Henley emailed through the completion stage invoice and requested I send the following letter to my lender to get the ball rolling on the final payment process. 

To be fair to Henley, they did say that I don’t need to make the payment until I get the Occupancy Permit, but that appears to be some way off. 

On March 15, 2023, I met with Henley’s Site Supervisor and Construction Manager to discuss the defects found on my independent building inspection. During this meeting it became clear that it will be weeks before the defects are fixed and possibly the gas connected. Some of these issues will not allow the Occupancy Permit to be issued.  

It looks like I won’t be given the keys to my home until the end of March at the earliest. If only Henley completed their homes as efficiently as they send out their invoices. 

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