What to look for when visiting a display home
When you’re looking to build new, display homes can be your best source of information and inspiration. Regardless of how many brochures you read, or how much online browsing you do, there’s no substitute for seeing a builder’s work in real life. However, with so many amazing display homes to visit, it’s easy to get dazzled by bright, shiny things. Display homes represent a builder’s best work, and every display home is designed to make you fall helplessly in love. By following our top tips, you’ll know exactly what to look for when visiting a display home – so you can use your head and your heart to make the best possible decision.
Does the display home fit your block?
How a home fits on your land makes a huge difference to the finished package. When measuring display homes, you need to think about more than just the home’s dimensions.
Consider what views you’ll enjoy from different rooms, whether the bedrooms are orientated to reduce street noise, and which areas of the home will provide access to sun and shade.
Burbank sales consultants are highly trained to help you choose the right size home for your block, and will be able to walk you through the features and benefits of different home designs.
Does the display home showcase quality construction?
Display homes are a great way to assess the quality of a builder’s work, and there are few key things to look out for.
Examine doors and windows, checking for any gaps or inaccuracies that indicate the builder has rushed construction.
Look at the quality of the paint job, and even the overall cleanliness of the finished display home. This will tell you a lot about how much pride the builder takes in their work.
It also pays to do some research into suppliers the builder uses, and check out the brands of appliances and fixtures on display. Are they names you know and trust?
Generally speaking, better quality brands indicate a better quality home.
Does the display home have the right size and layout?
Every homeowner has different needs. When assessing display homes, think beyond basics like how many bedrooms you need and consider how you’ll actually livein your home.
Open plan layouts are hugely popular, and it’s likely you’ll come across many display homes with large multi-purpose spaces. These homes are ideal for entertaining, and are often favoured by parents who want to keep a close eye on kids when doing tasks.
However, if you prefer more privacy, look for display homes with a more traditional layout where separated rooms run off a central hallway.
At the end of the day, you need a design that works perfectly for you, regardless of whether it’s the most popular.Does the display home fit your budget?The best way to keep your wits about your when visiting display homes, is to look for homes within your budget.Before you start shopping around, talk to your bank or mortgage broker about what you can afford, then plan your visits accordingly.While there’s no harm in looking around for ideas, there’s no point visiting only high-end display homes if you’re a first homebuyer on a tight budget.If you need help with finance, Burbank’s in-house finance department, National Pacific Finance, offer obligation-free consultations to help you find the right loan.Finally, keep a log of your display home visitsThe ‘wow’ factor of display homes can be huge, and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. The best way to keep your wits about you is to keep a log of your display home visits.Take photos of different display homes, and write notes about the layout, size and features. What did you like or dislike? What would you change or upgrade? Make notes about price, size and everything in between.After weeks of visiting different display homes, your notes will be your best friend when it comes to narrowing down your decision.Ready to buy?Check out our display homes in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.