If you are building your dream home, this is your ultimate guide to nailing a display village visit.
You've finally decided to take the plunge and build your home from scratch - so what should you be looking for and what does display home research look like?
To help you be better prepared and make the most out of your next display village visit, Porter Davis New Home Consultant and Property Advisor, Julie Ferriere, shares her insider knowledge on common mistakes people make when visiting display homes - and how you can avoid them!
1. Looking at homes completely out of your budget
"If your budget only stretches to build a single story home then don’t spend your weekends extensively looking through double storey displays," says Julie.
"That’s not to say avoid them all together, as exploring a variety of different homes is a great way to gain inspiration, however, be realistic about what’s achievable for you."
2. Visiting only one display builder
Take the chance to look around at as many configurations and designs as you can. After all, this is a huge decision.
"Display homes provide you with a great opportunity to conceptualise your future home. A display village is a good way to do this as it provides access to a number of different homes and styles from a range of builders, conveniently all in one place," explains Julie.
3. Not asking any questions
No question is too big or small when you're looking around a display village.
"Having the opportunity to ask whether you can alter a design, build in a certain area or how long a build will take are all part of the build journey," says Julie. "Display homes have experts available to answer any questions you may have - so make the most of them!"
4. Assuming your home will look exactly like the display
This is a common mistake people make when looking around at display homes.
"They tend to include top of the range fixtures and fittings and include almost all the extras. If you fall in love with a particular element of the display, make sure to ask if it will be available in your build package or if it’s for display purposes only," advises Julie.
"Also, keep in mind that each council has different restrictions on house orientation, landscaping, size and facade fit-out, therefore your house will need to modified to adhere to these guidelines."
5. Not paying attention to the layout
Display homes show you the potential of a space, but remember to think about the way you and your familiy as individuals would use your space.
"Do you want your master bedroom at the front of the home or would you prefer to create your own private wing at the back of the home? Imagine living in the home and your day-to-day activity." suggests Julie.
"Consider the potential amount of noise from one room to the next, think about where windows are placed in each room and the overall open or closed-plan living space."
6. Not knowing the difference between custom and volume builders
When looking at display homes, keep in mind that volume builders are not the same as custom builders.
"Custom builders are able to design every element of a home to be unique, whereas volume builders have set designs, allowing them to offer more affordable homes," says Julie. "Consider the requirements you need before you start looking at displays so that you can ask if the changes you desire are possible."
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