Visiting a display home is a vital step in building your own home. It allows you to see your home’s appearance after it is made.
It will give you a basic idea of how much room you would have, what the layout of the rooms would be like, and how high the quality of the construction is.
It will also feature some of the most state-of-the-art technology to date.
That means you can see the house up close and personal before you spend the money to build it.
But just seeing it in the display house does not mean the home comes with it. If it does, you will have to pay extra for it.
Keep in mind that the contractor has made this home look as good as possible in an attempt to take your breath away.
With that being said, let’s take a look at 3 essential tips to remember when visiting display homes.
Does the Price Fit Into Your Budget
The most important thing you can do is make a budget on a template and follow it. If you do not have one set up, do so now.
It gives you a picture of what you can afford. You may be able to adjust things up and down to get to the payment amount that the lenders want, but you need to take a step back. Step back and ask yourself if the asking price is worth it to you.
If it is, then, by all means, do what you have to do, as long as it can logically fit into your budget.
If it cannot, you must walk away from the display home before falling in love with it. Look around and see if you can find one to go visit that is more in your budget.
There are also ways to work around the house cost if you cannot live without the one in front of you.
Sit back and wait until the display house is slightly outdated and the contractor is forced to build a new one.
Once that happens, you can make an offer on the display model, which will be less than a brand-new build from the ground up.
Does the Floor Plan Work for You
The great thing about walking through a display home is that you can accurately visualize what the house would look like.
There will be no surprises if you decide to go ahead and let the builder create your new home.
When you put the order in for it, you may be able to make some minor changes for a fee, but overall you will know what each room will look like and how much space they will each have.
Hopefully, you have brought the entire family while walking through the display homes.
This will give you a way to test-drive the house, so to speak. If you have three teenage boys who like to eat, you want to ensure that the kitchen and dining room are big enough for them.
You get the point, though. The floor plan will need to accommodate your entire family. Don’t forget any furbabies that you have, either.
A big dog lying in the middle of a narrow floor may be a nuisance for both of you.
What about the future? If you plan to expand upon your family, you will not want to move in a few years to allow it.
You need to look ahead and see if the floor plan will work later down the road.
You can always put your children into one room to share while they are young, but they will want their own space and privacy when they get older.
Do Not Get Distracted by the Extras
The builder will put all the extras and upgrades into the display home to make it more appealing. Think about it.
Would you be impressed if you walked into a display house that was just an empty shell?
You want to see what the house will look like with stuff. Furniture, fancy lighting, plush carpet, and so on. You want to see the house at its best, not its worst.
This makes for a fantastic visual tour for you, but it can also be very distracting, which is what the builder is trying to do.
If you are busy checking out the excellent appliances and furniture, you will not be accurately gauging the floor plan and how well it works for you.
Stay on point and enjoy what you are looking at when you walk through the display home, but always remember that what is essential is the actual floor plan and the space it will give you.
These 3 essential tips will help guide you on your journey through one of the first steps in building your own home.
It is nice to see what the house will look like when finished rather than looking at a blueprint and figuring out what it all means.
The bottom line comes down to you and your personal preferences.
No matter how the house looks, move on to the next one if it does not work for you and your family.
Never settle for something that will not make you happy. After all, it will be your home for a long time to come.