6 questions to ask when visiting a display home
If you're looking to build, visiting a Perth display home can help make picking a builder straight forward. You might like what you see, making the decision easier, or you may find cause for concern when you experience the building in person.
To help make sure sure you make the right choice, here are six things to look out for when visiting a display home:
1. Does the floor plan suit you?
After a stroll around a display home, ask yourself if the floor plan suits your family and your lifestyle. Try to look past the interior design features if possible and look purely at the space.
Are there enough rooms for everyone, and perhaps a spare to use as an office or entertainment room? Does the layout of the living areas suit you? Will the spaces in this home fit your furniture?
2. Is the design up your alley?
Display homes are always beautifully decorated, furnished to look their absolute best. Again try to look past the flashy furniture and fittings, and look at the design of the home itself to decide whether it suits your tastes. Spend a few minutes walking around the outside of the property: do you like its angles, the placement of windows and fittings?
How about the interior? Do you like where the kitchen is placed relative to other living areas, and is there good indoor/outdoor flow?
3. How about the build quality?
Your average display home will be impeccably built, nearly flawless. Take some time to look closely at the quality of the fittings and the building itself and you'll get an insight into what the builder is capable of.
You should also consider how the space makes you feel, because at the end of the day that's just as important.
Examine door and window fittings and check for any gaps, poorly applied sealants or inaccurate levelling. The quality of these small details will help give you an insight into what your double-storey home design might look like as a finished product if you were to choose that builder.
4. What brands do the builders use?
As you look around a display home ask about the brands the home builder uses for building materials, appliances and fixtures and research them when you get home. These will give you an idea of the overall quality that the builder is supplying their customers.
If premium appliances and fixtures aren't included as standard, ask if they can be added as optional additions.
5. Will the home's shape fit your lot?
Regardless of how much you love a certain home, if it doesn't fit the lot you've bought (or are considering buying) it just won't work. Always know the dimensions of the home before you visit and consider how it will fit on your lot, and where each room will face.
If possible find a home that allows you to orientate the lounge and living rooms towards north so they get as much sun as possible. You should also consider the property's sides: how close will they be to the edges of your lot? And in which directions will doors and windows face?
6. How does the home feel?
When you visit a display home you should spend most of your time thinking practically about its dimensions, layout, quality and features. But you should also consider how the space makes you feel - because at the end of the day that's just as important.
Can you imagine yourself living there? Do you like where the rooms are located within the home? And does it feel as cozy, comfortable and stylish as you'd like?
If you're planning to build new in Perth, visiting display homes is a great way to get an idea of what you're in for. Go prepared and ask yourself the necessary questions and you'll get much more out of the experience.