Display homes are an awesome source of inspiration.
You can get a feel for the layout, imagine yourself living there, and mentally place your favourite chair in the perfect spot. Inspecting display homes can be a lot of fun, but shopping around for your dream design can get overwhelming – especially if you don’t have a game plan in place.
With these 6 tips under your belt, you can avoid making rookie mistakes and get the most out of your display home inspections.
1. Make a List of Must-Haves
It’s all well and good walking through display homes and being dazzled by the perfectly placed décor – but what about the stuff that really matters to your daily routine and lifestyle?
Before you even think about stepping foot in a display home, sit down and make a list of all the things you’re looking for in a home. Consider factors like:
- What your budget is
- How many rooms you need
- If you need extra space for entertaining
- If you prefer single-storey or double-storey homes
- Whether your family is going to grow in the near future
- Non-negotiable needs vs. features you’re willing to sacrifice if you have to.
Having a clear idea of what you want will help you stay on track and find the right fit.
2. Do Your Research
Refer to good old Google for info on what’s out there. Our website shows you the different plans, facades, inclusions and packages that might be up your alley. We even have brochures and virtual tours for you to explore.
Researching what’s available can help you narrow down the designs that work with your lifestyle and choose a house display centre that suits you.
3. Plan Your Day
Visiting display centres or villages can be a day-long activity, so make sure you’re prepared with a game plan (and some decent snacks). A few steps for an efficient day looking at display homes might be:
- Find display centres with house designs that appeal to you
- Plot your journey and group your visits based on areas the display centres are in
- Take your list of must-haves along with pen and paper and a camera or camera phone (more on that soon)
- Take plenty of water and snacks
- Break up your inspections with lunch and use this time to go over what you’ve seen so far.
A little preparation goes a long way to avoid burnout and make the day run smoothly.
4. Take Photos
After a day of looking at different designs, it can be easy for every house to kind of blend together. Along with holding on to display brochures and floorplans from frontrunners, you should also take plenty of photos during your walkthroughs.
This will help you document the standout features and the things that don’t quite fit what you had in mind for your home. It can also help you remember your overall impressions and how you felt in that space. You’ll be glad you made the effort when you’re tossing up the options later on.
5. Ask Questions
Chances are you’ll have some questions pop up during your display home visits, so don’t be afraid to get answers. Whether you ask a representative then and there or you save up your questions for an email or consult later on, there’s no better way to get more info on the designs you’re interested in than to simply ask.
6. Take Your Time
Choosing your new home design is a big deal, so don’t rush into it. Take your time to inspect each design and consider how it fits with your lifestyle – and don’t forget to be practical about your time.
For example, if you have little ones in tow, you might not get through as many designs as you’d like. So just take it easy and don’t stress if you need to spread it out over a couple of weekends.
Clarendon Homes offers traditional and modern display homes at several display centres across Queensland. Find your nearest display home locations to see our designs up close and in person.
For more handy advice, check out our article ‘How to Prepare for a Display Home Visit’.