This is it. You’ve done your research, you’ve created your shortlist, and now you’re ready to get out and start touring model homes. It’s an exciting time — you’re one step closer to buying a new home after all! But before you get caught up in the experience, here are some simple tips to help you get the most out of your tours ahead.
Take Notes Along the Way
By now, you’ve already put together a mental list of all the things you want or need to see in your new home. So before you head out the door to start touring homes, we recommend writing your wants and needs out so that you check things off as you go along.
Don’t be afraid to take other notes along the way, too. You’d be surprised by how much can be forgotten as you tour multiple homes throughout a day.
Always Ask Questions
Sales counselors stationed in the offices in model homes are there for one reason: you. They’re there to help you learn more about the builder, the community and the model home itself.
As you wander about or take a guided tour, speak up if you have questions about anything. A good sales counselor will be more than happy to answer your questions and is one of the best resources for you to talk to throughout the homebuying process.
Look for the Little Details
As you tour a model, you’re going to notice the big things — the kitchen, the master bedroom, the deck. Sure, first impressions are everything, but it’s just as important to take a closer look at all the rooms, features and finishes as you go along.
Does that beautiful kitchen that caught your eye look like it’s crafted with quality materials? Is the builder showing that they care about the little things as much as they care about the big picture? You’re going to get well-acquainted with whatever home you ultimately choose to buy, so it only makes sense to sweat the small stuff now rather than later.
Wear Some Comfortable Shoes
This is an easy one for most people, but it’s also an important thing to consider as you get out of the model home and start exploring the community.
If a model impresses you, you’ll want to wander around the neighborhood to see what else it has to offer in terms of amenities and features. And there’s no easier way to ruin that entire experience than by wearing uncomfortable shoes that will be bothering you all day.
Slow Down and Enjoy It
This is essential if you’re planning on visiting multiple model homes or communities in a weekend. It might seem all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of shopping for your dream home, but you’ll find that it’s so much more rewarding when you do your research ahead of time and then take your time to explore and just take it all in.
Happy new home hunting!