There is no substitute for walking through an actual home. It’s one thing to read about a kitchen’s dimensions. For instance, if you look at the floor plan of our Aiken home+
That’s a big reason why visiting model homes is an important step in getting the home you truly want. And you can repeat that same experience whether you’re checking out the kitchen, the dining room, the family room, or any other room in the house.
Here are a few additional tips to help you get the most out of a model home visit.
- Carry Your Camera: Your smartphone will work just fine! But take pictures of the details that matter to you. Often online pictures are more of a full room view versus the details. There may be something you want to make sure matches all your style existing style. It’s hard to remember them later without pictures.
- Look Beyond the Glitz: Model homes are designed to look nice. There’s nothing wrong with that, but pay attention to other “less exciting” things such as storage space and ease of access to other rooms. Is the layout convenient for you?
- Take Notes: There is a good possibility that you’ll visit more than one model before you’re done. After a while, you may find them blending together in your mind. To keep the information straight, jot down the location, the name of the builder, the model of the home, and pertinent information (number of bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.). Label your picture the same way so you can match them up. Add a few notes about items you really liked and items you didn’t care for. An easier way is to download the Model Home Comparison Checklist to label each home with likes and dislikes.
- Do Pay Attention to Décor: Builders usually enlist the help of professional designers (either their own staff or others) so that their model homes will look great. Take advantage of that! It’s a great way to jump-start your own interior decorating efforts—even if they are a way down the road.
- Ask Questions: If you love the kitchen—but don’t love the countertops—ask what other options are available. Do the same thing with cabinets and flooring throughout the house. Find out which things are upgrades and which are simply other choices.
- Talk About Your Experience: After touring a model home, take a few minutes to debrief. Discuss some specifics (from your notes) and talk about how the home made you feel. This will help cement the information in your mind.
Seeing drawings is a good start for deciding what you want. Examining photos gives you a better idea of what you can expect. But actually walking through a home gives you a unique perspective for how all the parts of the house work together. And it gives you a feeling for what it would be like to live in a home like the one you’ve visited.Download the Guide