If you’re like most homebuyers, touring a model home is essentially a process of walking through the space, feeling the countertops and cabinets, and then deciding whether you like the layout enough to take the next step.
Those first impressions are important, but it can be easy to skip over the most important aspects of a new home if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. That’s especially true when you consider that most model homes are sleek and inviting.
To help you be sure you get the details and information you need during your next model home visit, here are a few specific things we want you to look for and ask about:
The Amount of Space in the Home
You’ll undoubtedly know the square footage of the model home before you actually tour it, but pay attention to how spacious it feels. Two properties that are the same size can give dramatically different impressions, based on the height of ceilings, positioning of windows, and other factors.
The Layout of Different Rooms and Areas
In addition to the overall space, you’ll want to be sure that you can envision the way you and your family would actually live in the model home. Are there long walks from one side of the home to another, and do the rooms seem reasonably -sized for the ways in which you would actually use them?
The Quality of Construction
There are a lot of building companies out there, and you want to work with one that recognizes the importance of quality materials and building practices. A new home should be sturdy enough to last for decades and longer. Inspect any model home you visit to ensure that it feels well put together in the areas that count.
Variations That Are Available on the Model
In many cases, there will be different variations available on the model home that you are seeing. These could include more or less rooms, different garage configurations, and even varying layouts with respect to kitchens, bathrooms, and bedroom placement. Be sure to check out your options and find the one that fits your needs.
Finishing Touches and Extras
As you examine appliances, cabinets, countertops, and other “finishing touches” within a model home, find out whether these upgrades and extras are available to you, and at what cost. That way, you’ll have a good idea of what a property will actually sell for once you have set it up the way you would like.
The Ongoing Construction Calendar
Most housing developments are completed in stages. On the one hand, that means you may have to deal with nearby construction even after you’ve moved into your new home; on the other hand, discounts might be available for early buyers who can handle the inconvenience. Be sure to ask about ongoing construction ahead of time.
Any Special Financing Options
Home construction companies often offer specialized packages through financing partners. That means you could save money not only on the purchase price of your new home, but also on the ongoing interest and mortgage payments. These discounts can be more substantial than you think, and may impact your monthly budget in a big way.
There’s a lot to take in when you tour any home, especially a brand-new one that’s part of a growing community. Make sure you get the whole picture, and the information you need, by checking out these details before you make an offer.