Deciding to build a new home is super exciting! Before you go signing the papers and selecting the colours of your new kitchen or designing the layout of the home, it’s important to do your research. Visiting display homes is a great first step on your building journey, this may determine your choice of builder, however it can also be quite overwhelming.
To help you make the most out of visiting display homes and make it a little easier, we’ve put together some tips to make it a valuable experience.
1. Before you visit a display village
Without being properly equipped, viewing display villages can take up a lot of time, hours or even multiple weekends!
If you plan on visiting a display village, we recommend doing your research beforehand. Look online at the display villages located near you or the location you’re planning to live in as this is a good place to start. When researching these display villages, pay attention to which builders have a display home in the village. Then, prioritise which builder’s display homes you would like to visit first, perhaps even shortlist about four display homes. If you’re looking for your first home or have a limited budget, it would be wise to visit the display homes that best fits your situation.
TIP: Be realistic. Although the luxury two-storey display home in the street that you know would be out of your price range is the one that attracts you the most, it is important to use your time wisely and get the most out of your visit.
If you’ve decided to embark on the journey to building your new home, one of the first things to consider is your budget. Knowing this before browsing home designs online, visiting display homes or engaging with a builder is a good idea.
Having your budget set out will be able to give you an idea on the type and size of house you would be able to afford, which will make the process so much easier in the long run.
Before engaging with a builder, we recommend speaking to a Finance broker. Firstly, to see if you can get finance and secondly, to find out how much you can borrow and spend on your new home.
Our in-house Finance team are specialists in helping our customers get into their first home, so if you’re ready to take the first step, we’re here to help!
2. During your visit
When visiting a display village, ensure you bring a camera or phone to take photos of the features or colours you like, so you can keep this as a reference when you’re planning your own home!
Take your time visiting each display, allow about 20-30 minutes to browse and ask questions. It can be a pretty overwhelming (and an exciting) experience, so taking your time will pay off in the long run.
Think about the future
As your browsing, think about how the space flows and how it would work for your lifestyle now and in the future. For example:
- If you have kids (or plan to in the future), is the layout suitable?
- Think about the layout of your own furniture in the space
- Look at the products (ie taps, door handles)
- Ensure you look at the quality of the build – can you see any issues (such as wall cracking)
Ask the New Homes Consultant plenty of questions! For example:
- What is the price of this floorplan to build?
- What is included in the specification?
- Ask about their experience
- Are there any available upgradable features for this home?
TIP: Keep in mind that many display homes are designed to attract and impress buyers, such as expensive finishing’s or features. Be sure to ask the New Homes Consultant what is included and what’s not, and any additional costs.
3. After your visit
Firstly, don’t expect to visit every display in one day. Ensure you take away brochures from each display. If you visit a few displays in the one day, it can be hard remembering which you liked, so while it’s still fresh in your mind, set aside the brochures from your favourite display homes or builder to refer back to. After you’ve picked a selection of your favourite displays, visit them again. Perhaps even visit them during the week when it’s quieter, to give you a chance to have a conversation with the New Homes Consultant and ask any questions.
Ready to visit a display home? Check out our range of displays located both north and south of the river.