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Living (in) the Dream – A Guide to Visiting Display Homes

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Design & Trends, Features, Interior Design, Real Estate Radar, Variety

Buying a new home is an exciting time; it’s a chance for you and your family to choose a new place that is wholesome, and yours. These times are difficult however, as there are so many layouts available, and options to consider. Should you build your own new home, or buy one that’s already standing? Big houses or small houses? Close to public transport, or private and peaceful? All these questions must be weighed and considered throughout the process of searching for a new place to live.

A common activity undertaken by those searching for a new home is visiting a display home. Whether looking for homes in Mornington or Oran Park, display homes are something you are bound to come across one during your search. This is a great way to fully immerse yourself in a potential home, and is much more effective than plans or photos. Here is a short guide to visiting display homes that will get you started on your new-home adventure.

Plan Ahead.

In the days leading up to your display home visit, you should be planning any questions you may have. It is easy to become distracted by the attractive display, and questions can easily be forgotten. Make sure to write these questions down so you don’t forget. You should also prepare for any questions that the real estate agent may ask you. “Are you planning on expanding your family?”, “do you require extra storage?” and “how important is a garden to you?’ are all questions that they may ask. Sit down and contemplate what these answers may be, and how your home should be tailored to support them.

Clarity.

Distraction will come when entering a display home. It’s exciting to observe a fully-fitted brand new home that may be a reflection of your future living conditions. While taking in all the fancy fittings, remember to check what features are included in the standard layout, and what are extras. Make sure to note these down, as the cost will increase by a large factor if you “opt-in” to a significant number of extras.

Shop Around.

Even if the first display home you visit bears all the hallmarks of your dream home, it is important to shop around. There are many reasons to do this, with price and location being the prime factors to consider. Beyond these, it is also valuable to assess the attention to detail paid by both the real estate agents, and builders of different display homes. You may not notice any issues with these until you have visited a few display homes, and you may be surprised at how differently you are treated by different companies. Shop around and know your options.

Budget.

This is perhaps the most important thing to determine before visiting any display homes. Your budget will narrow down the number of display homes visited, and the extras that can be considered, leading to time saved and a lowered chance of “big-picture” spending. When looking at the prices of houses in Australia, a sum such as $10,000 does not appear too large. When buyers are offered an upgraded kitchen for an extra $10,000 it does not seem like a large expense. After all, $1,000,000 and $1,010,000 are essentially the same right?

Wrong! When paying for a home, $10,000 is never $10,000. It is $10,000 + interest from whatever mortgage loan you’ve opted for. It is also a large amount of money to spend on an upgrade that may not be necessary. Don’t fall into the trap of overspending, and know your budget well. Spend on extras that are meaningful to you, and do not become distracted by the flowing words of the real estate agent.

So there you have it, a short guide to visiting display homes. Although stressful at times, buying a new house is a wonderful venture. After all the searching, and the signing of forms, you are left with your very own home. So enjoy the process. Good luck.

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