Visiting display homes gives you an idea of things you can add to your home. You can also see some modernised designs you haven’t seen before, which you can incorporate into what you have in mind.
But before you do that, you must’ve already decided to build a new home. Having a new home is one of the biggest steps you can take in life. It’s mainly because it costs a lot and would take a lot of your time and effort.
The hardest part of building a new home is the planning process which includes finalising the design. But whether you already have a design in mind or not, it’s still recommended to visit display homes.
So what do you need to do when you visit a display home? To give you an overview, don’t hesitate to check the list below!
Before you fall in love with the display home, you should check the credibility of the builders first. Who knows, maybe the house is filled with excellent interior designs, but the foundation is not sturdy.
So before the visit, you can research the builders, their companies, and online reviews. It’ll help you evaluate whether what you’re going to see fits their description. Meanwhile, if you haven’t done that, you can still talk to them in person once you visit the display home.
Finding the right builders can be harder than choosing the design of your house. So ensure that you’re hiring credible builders before admiring their work.
2. Floor plan
While you’re inside the display home, take some time to look at the actual floor plan. It’ll give you an idea of what it feels like inside the already-executed plan. Of course, you can look at the floor plan online, but it might not be the same as when you’re seeing the house.
Aside from analysing the house based on your gut feeling, you should also look at its functionality. In the floor plan, you can see how efficiently the pipes and electric wires are laid down. If not, then that’s something you need to check on before agreeing to anything they’re offering.
3. Quality of the materials used
Your builders may be the best in the world, but if they’re using low-quality materials, your house won’t be as sturdy as you expected. Of course, the foundation should be solid, but you must also consider the finishing touches.
If the finishing and fixtures aren’t as high-quality as you thought they would be, they might’ve used cheap materials. It makes sense to pay for a small amount, but if the plan is expensive enough to make the house look good, you might have a problem with your builders.
So before anything else, ask for a copy of the finalised list of materials which includes the brands. That way, you can identify if these materials are good enough for your home.
4. Your needs
When you walk into display homes, don’t forget to bring a list of all the things you need in your house. Additionally, you must consider the needs of your family at the moment and soon. Then, during the tour, take note of whether you want a similar design as the display or if you need to make some changes.
Visiting display homes helps you decide how your house will look once it’s done. Do you plan to host a lot of parties? Are you planning to have kids? Do you want a modern home or the traditional one? Take some time to ask questions like these, and see what your responses would be.
Once you’re done with the overall observation, have another round of the tour, and look for the details. For instance, check if the rooms have enough space to accommodate the number of people indicated in the plan.
Then, see if there’s enough storage space at every level of the house. Of course, it would be a hassle if the storage is just exclusive to one floor. You’ll be having a hard time cleaning if you’re required to take the stairs back and forth to clean the clutter.
Similar to the quality of the main materials, the little things shouldn’t also be left behind. Because sometimes, the tiny details can make the overall look more appealing.
Don’t forget to ask about inclusions, freebies, or upgrades. For instance, you can get a free hardwood floor upgrade if you agree to purchase the packaged kitchen. It’s not as accurate as most offers, but you get the idea.
Meanwhile, if you need to know what to expect when it comes to freebies, It’s best to ask the construction company beforehand. That way, you won’t have to waste your time visiting their display homes.
On the other hand, there might not be freebies offered to you, but you can still score high-quality materials at a cheaper price.
Now that you’re ready to visit display homes, it’s time to have fun and enjoy the wonderful things you’ll see. Let us know if you have more tips about visiting display homes by leaving a comment below!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aliana Baraquio writes for Worthington Homes, the new Home Builder in Sydney NSW who makes major life milestones happen, and stays with you through thick and thin. You can also find her trying out new recipes for barbeque and other grilled meals in her free time.