Visiting various model homes is the most important step for new homebuyers as they get to see the floor plan in person. However, the tours can be challenging if you don’t know what to expect. Homebuyers may be overwhelmed with the furnishings and decorations and overlook important features of a new model home. To make the touring process easier, check out a few top tips for taking a model home tour and important questions to ask along the way!
Tips for Taking a New Construction Model Home Tour
Don’t Visit too Many Homes in One Day
Overloading your schedule with tours is sure to overwhelm you. You can’t properly judge a home when you’re going from one model home to another. When you’re in each home, focus on it and take time to reflect and talk about the positive and negative features.
Look Beyond the Decorations
It can be easy to get carried away with the decorations and furnishings as you dream about what your home may look like in comparison. However, you’re not here to check out the decorations—you’re here for the construction of the home.
Review Floor Plan Options Before Visiting
Before visiting a model house in person, talk to the builder and refer to their website to learn about different floor plan options. That way, you’ll have an idea of how additions or subtractions from the floor plan you visit will look.
Know Your Price Range
Some floor plans will be more expensive than others. Before you make any plans with a home builder, make sure you know the floor plans that fit your budget.
Ask Permission to Take Photos
When you visit a model construction home, it would be a good idea to take photos of spaces, features, and anything that stands out. However, if you want to do so, make sure you ask permission first.
Take Notes While Touring the Home
Taking notes is one of the most important parts of touring model homes, especially if you’re visiting multiple homes on a weekend. Write notes about each room and section of the house and include what you like and dislike about each.
Visit the Surrounding Community
Finding the perfect home requires looking beyond the home itself. Keep an eye out for the neighborhood and the local surrounding community. Go for a walk and a drive around to see the landscape, amenities, shops, parks, etc.
Important Questions to Ask While Touring a New Construction Model Home
Be sure to ask what comes included in the new house. For example, ask about kitchen countertops, cabinetry, bathroom features, and more.
What is the School District?
If you have children or want to have children in the future, it’s important to be aware of the school district and the schools your kids will attend.
How is the Community and What is There to do in the Area?
Ask about the local community and what it offers in terms of amenities, recreation, and public facilities.
What are the HOA Fees?
If the new home community you are searching in has a homeowner’s association, make sure you know what fees you’ll have to pay into it.
What Type of Home Warranty is Offered?
Normally, new homes come with some kind of new home warranty. Ask your builder about this to see what it covers and for how many years the warranty lasts.
How Long Will it Take to Build the Home?
Lastly, you need to know a time frame and if there are any assurances provided in getting the home completed by a certain date.
Bentley Homes is Here to Help on Your New Home Search
Finding your new home is a long process that requires attention and thoroughness. If you’re looking for new construction homes, talk to an expert at Bentley Homes today to schedule a tour of one of our luxurious communities along the main line!