Tips for touring model homes

Isabel Elsesser
Isabel Elsesser
Published on December 6, 2017

If the homeowners have done their job, a home for sale has been cleaned up, gussied up and put on display to entice potential buyers to make an offer to purchase.

Never is this more evident than in model homes in new housing developments. Carefully staged by interior decorators, every element — from the wall color to the appliances and every decorative accent — is chosen for its ability to appeal to a buyer’s emotions.

If you plan on spending a weekend touring model homes, it’s a good idea to go into the process with as much information as possible. Let’s take a look at some of what you should think about before taking those tours.

What to Bring with You when building your new home!

The most important “thing” to bring with you when you tour new home communities is your Realtor.  A Realtor with experience in new home construction.  Someone that knows how to purchase the most desirable lot to build on.  

This may seem countarintuitive when you get there and realize that the builder or developer has an on-site real estate agent. Wouldn’t it be more convenient to use that agent?  NO!

Are you looking for convenience or assurance?

Although the builder’s agent may be a very nice person and although it may be perfectly legal for her to work with you and the builder in what is known as a “dual agency” situation, you are taking unnecessary chances by teaming up with that agent.  Do not forget this is a big purchase! Why do it alone without being represented ?  Do not pay for an upgrade this should be a standard feature in most new homes. 

The builder’s agent has a duty to look out for the best interests of the client and that client is the builder. Since it doesn’t cost you a penny to have your own representation, and you stand to gain so much by having someone in your corner, bring your own Realtor.

At the very least, let it be know that you have an Realtor and have no intention of working with the builder’s. 

Next, bring that wish list with you. Lists of any type help keep us focused on what’s truly important – what we really need and want – and avoid impulse shopping.

You’ll need a camera or your smartphone as well. Having photos of the various features will help you compare homes.

Bring along a tape measure so that you won’t have to guess at room sizes, the length of walls and the interior of closets.

If you’re shopping alone, bring along a friend or family member for a second opinion and to bounce ideas off of.

Get the lay of the land when building your new home! 

Location is everything when it comes to real estate so get to know the community before looking at the homes. Consider not only its location within the city, but surrounding amenities that you require.

Then, take a walk or drive through the community to get a feel for what it will be like when completed and to get an idea of which lots are better suited for your needs. 

Don’t fall for the staging when building your new home!

So often we see homebuyers lured into buying a new home simply because of the way it’s presented. Try to look beyond the snazzy décor and yummy paint colors to the flow of the floorplan.

Remember: Staging is meant to target your emotions

Try to imagine the same home with your furnishings, appliances and accessories. In fact, if you’ve fallen head-over-heels for a home, ask to see the same model, unfurnished.

After all, this is what the home will look like when you purchase it!

If your heart is set on the home looking identical to the model, request a breakdown of the upgrades used in the model and the cost to replicate them.  Also ask about the different finishes and material options.

Don’t be shy when it comes to asking questions. If your Realtor isn’t accompanying you on the tour, ask the on-site agent. Ask your Realtor to check with planning and development with the county. So you are informed of any other construction that may be coming down the pike in the future that could affect your decision to purchase at said location.

Find out about home warranties that are included with the purchase, the cost of upgrades that interest you, the type of financing offered, community amenities, the building process and whatever other questions come to mind.

The new-home buying process differs from buying an existing home. We’re happy to walk you through the process so feel free to reach out.  We are very familiar with all the builders in the  Greater Metro Atlanta. Call today we are here to help you every step of the way.  770-307-8751

Need to sell your existing home while building your new home?  We can time the process for you perfectly. Call us today and close on both homes on the same day.

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