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The art of model home shopping

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David Bauer Spokane Home Builders Association

Buying a new home is an exciting, and sometimes daunting task. Carefully shopping model homes before you buy can relieve the pressure of the selection process and alleviate concerns before you begin building. The model home is one of your greatest assets in choosing floor plans and upgrades and visualizing your furnishings in the home. After walking through a model home, you will learn much more than you could have gleaned from a floor plan.

Sales Center a Resource

Before you walk through any model homes, stop by the builder’s sales center. Here you will find detailed information about the builder, homes, community and neighborhood.

The sales center will have the overall site plan, and many times the builder will display a topographical map to give you a perspective of the entire community. From these resources you can determine the finished size of the community, which lots are available, and what amenities and community features are offered.

In the sales center you also will find floor plans and elevations, and a list of available upgrades. Look through this information and study the floor plans before you select which model homes to visit. Determine the square footage and compare it to your current living space.

Ask Questions of Sales Staff

The sales professional is your link to the builder and your best source of information during your visit to the sales center and model home walk-through. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the homes, the community and even the construction.

Sales professionals have information about the community, including schools and public services, and even nearby grocery stores and shopping areas. They also know the available features and upgrades and will be thoroughly familiar with the plans and the homes. Tap into this knowledge to help you make smart decisions about your new home purchase.

Study Space, Consider Your Needs

Even though you may visit many model homes while home shopping, take your time. This is your opportunity to make smart decisions about your new home, so do not rush the process.

During the walk-through, study all the spaces in the house. Visualize your belongings and style in each room to see if it’s a fit. Examine closet and cabinet sizes. Open doors and turn on faucets.

The model home also will showcase many of the upgrades available including flooring, counters, cabinets, windows, fireplaces, bump outs and more. Take the time to prioritize your wishes and needs and determine which upgrades you need right away, and what improvements you can make to your home down the road.

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Have fun and gather ideas while model home shopping. Builders use some of the hottest products and appliances in their models. The rooms will use innovative lighting, paint effects, window treatments and more. Shopping model homes will give you a chance to see the latest trends in fabrics and colors, as well. Delight in the care and detail used to decorate model homes, and happy shopping!

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