Tips For Touring A Model Home

Posted on: 19 June 2018

When you're planning to buy a new house, a newly constructed home comes with a lot of advantages. Everything is new; there is a warranty, and your family will be the first people to live in the house. One of the first steps in purchasing a new home is touring open home models built by the builder that you are interested in buying from. Use the following tips when touring a model home:

Bring a Real Estate Agent

While you may be planning on purchasing a new construction home, it is still important to have a real estate agent. When you have a real estate agent, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that there is someone protecting your interest during the home buying process. Using a real estate agent to purchase a new construction home does not cost you any money out of pocket -- just make sure your real estate agent is with you the first time you tour a model home.

Know What is Standard and What is Upgraded

Model homes are designed to highlight everything a home builder has to offer. Thus model homes often have a number of features that are upgrades and cost extra. While you are touring a model home, it is important to ask what features are standard with all new homes from the builder and what features are upgrades. It is also a good idea to ask for a price list that outlines the cost of upgrades so you can determine which upgrades will fit into your budget. 

Picture Your Belongings in a Specific Floor Plan

While touring a model home, you need to try very hard to picture your own belongings in each room. Model homes are typically professionally decorated and have a lot of very nice furniture. However, you should not let the decor and furnishings sway your decision when choosing a floor plan or builder. Your new construction home will be empty when it is finished, and you will need to fill it with your own belongings.

Ask Questions

Touring a model home should involve more than just a quick walk-through of all of the rooms in the house. A model home tour is an excellent opportunity to ask the builder representative questions about the building process, how long it will take for a home to be completed, and whether or not there are any builder incentives available for buyers.