You’ve done your research, made your list of wants and needs, and created a shortlist of builders. Now it’s time to start touring model homes. This is the most exciting part for most home buyers! You can just show up to a builder’s community and tour homes, but with a little planning and strategy, you can make the most out of your model home tour.
Consider the community
When driving to the model center, take a look at the neighborhood and get a feel for the community. Think about whether it’s in an area you’d like to live, offers the amenities you need most, and research other local highlights. You will definitely want to know how close it is located to schools, interstates, attractions, and more.
Do your homework
Before touring model homes, it’s helpful to review available floor plan options for each home. That way you’re aware of any additional options you may have access to. While the model home you’re viewing may not have the extra bedroom or office you need, it’s good to know if it is an option that can be added.
Our natural tendency is to avoid the sales representative when touring model homes, but don’t be afraid to ask questions during your tour. Our sales representatives are a wealth of information. They’re available to help you learn more about Southern Homes, our communities, floor plans, and options. They can also recommend other floor plans that could meet your needs and lifestyle. In short, you’ll be glad you took the time to ask the important questions!
Take notes and pictures
Most homebuyers tour a lot of homes so keeping track of which house had which feature you liked can be hard to remember. Bring a notepad or keep notes in your phone on your initial thoughts of a home, which options are standard or upgrades, what you liked or didn’t, and any other questions you have. Take pictures of the details you loved. This will help you to compare builders and plans later.
Look past the staging
Model homes are staged to show home buyers how the home can look and make them fall in love. But it’s important to look past the perfectly styled home and picture your belongings in the space. Consider if there’s enough room for your furniture, if the room fits how you live, if the floor plan works for your family, and most importantly if you can actually see yourself in the home.
Touring model homes is one of the best ways to get to know a builder and find the right home for your family. It can be a fun process, but it’s important to do your homework ahead of time to make sure you pick the right builder and home for you.
When you’re ready to find your dream home, Southern Homes is here to help. We welcome you to tour any of our model centers. Our sales representatives are available to answer any questions you have. We have several new home communities throughout Polk County and look forward to helping you find your new home.