What You Need to Consider Before Visiting a Display Home
Buying a new Display Home can be a breathtaking experience. For the good or bad depending on how you approach it. This is a huge change in your life. You need to approach it with a plan and have all your ducks in a row. That means have your plans and stipulations in hand before even attempting to set up a time to see a show house.
Plus, there are a few other things that you need to consider before visiting a display home. That is why we are, to discuss things that you need to do before, during, and after. So, without any more fluff, let us get to it.
One of the most important things to double and triple-check is your budget. If you do not have one made up, now is the time to do it. You need to have everything detailed out, from your monthly debts to any long-term ones. Before you go visit a display home you need to know how much money you will have leftover to make a mortgage payment. If you have already been through a lender and figured out your money situation you are golden. If not at least have a full budget in front of you.
You must have a location in mind that you are wanting to move to. This may be why you are planning to see a display model, but if it is not where you want to settle down it is a waste of time to go look. If you are not set on going to a specific area and are willing to go close, then by all means go ahead and set up a time to go look. Even if you are unsure about the location, it may be a promising idea to check it because it may take your breath away.
If you are looking in an area that has more than one builder-making house you will need to compare them with each other. Get their names and do some online research to find out as much information as possible. You need to make sure that they have helpful reviews, good standings within the construction community, and that they are licensed and insured for the area that you are looking at. You need to be sure that the contractor is insured for home building from the ground up. For example, a person that is licensed and insured to paint homes, should not be building or finishing them.
What You Need
This is a crucial step that you cannot afford to ignore. You need to know exactly what you need. How much space do you need? What kind of parking it will have. How many rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. What extras do you need, such as a hot tub, porch, or pool? (Yes, these may seem like they are not needed, but for some people, they are a deal-breaker.) Once you get to the display home you can match up your needs to what is in front of you and go from there.
Everything that you put together above should be placed onto a checklist that you can go through as you walk through the display homes. Anything that you can think of that you need to check for or ask about should be entered into your phone notes, or with a paper and pencil if you prefer. The point is that you will have a checklist to follow when you get there; because otherwise you may get overwhelmed and forget something important.
Time To Visit With Family
When you do schedule a viewing at the display model you need to make sure that it is at a time that works for your entire family. After all, you are not the only one that will be living in the new home. It is a good idea to get the opinions of all your family members; it will not only ensure that the house works for all of you; but it will prevent any hard feelings from people that you did not include in the decision.
Focus On The Floor Plan
You already know what you need in your new home so pay close attention to the floor plan. It may not be a perfect fit; but if it does not work for you at all then you need to look somewhere else. You do not want yourself to get overwhelmed by how nice the place looks. If it does not work for you, it does not work.
Check Added Features
If you do not already know the display home will be all decked out with features and things that you could add on to the new home if you were willing to pay for them. That is right, a lot of the really cool features that you are seeing do not come automatically. You need to ask what is standard, and what is extra.
Look A Little Deeper
While you are walking around the home check the intricate details of the home. That means look at the craftsmanship of the walls, floors, plumbing; and so on to make sure that the house is built solid. Even though it is a display model the home will be sold so if the builder did a bad job with this one, you could almost bet that the one you would be purchasing is just as bad, or worse.
Do not be afraid to ask questions. If anything pops in your head while you are walking through the house; you need to ask the representative that should be there with you. If you had free reins to look through the house, you need to write all your questions done and make a phone call later to find out the answers to them all.
Buying a house is a long-term investment so you need to take a peek into the future. Your future. If you are planning to have some kids, or let your parents move in with you later in life, you will need a home that has some extra rooms. You do not want to be stuck having to be forced into moving before you have even paid off the interest.
Schedule A Follow Up With Family
Schedule a follow-up meeting with the entire family to discuss what everyone thinks. As stated earlier all the family members should be a part of the decision; so having a sit down with them all will make for a good family meeting where everything can be discussed before making a final decision.
That is all that there is to it. What you need to consider before going to see a display home may seem like a lot of steps; but when you combine it all into one task it will not be complicated. Just make sure that all your family members are included throughout the process; and do not fall for how amazing the place looks when you walk into it. If the floor plan, or the location, does not work for you move on to the next contractor in line.