Building a home in Sydney (or anywhere else for that matter) can be a daunting process. Unlike most things you buy, you can’t return it if you change your mind and it’s likely to be the most expensive purchase you ever make!
There are many things to consider when looking at display homes. However much you might fall in love with a display home on the surface, you can’t let your decision be clouded by first impressions or fancy decor. That’s why we have devised six things to keep in mind while looking at new home designs. They will help you make the best decision on one of the largest investments of your life.
Prepare a display home ‘must visit’ list
Once you have decided which display home centre you will visit, take a look online and create a list of which builders and house designs you would like to see. Design centres can be huge and overwhelming for those without a strategy. When creating your list, think about your lifestyle, land, neighbourhood, and desired design features to help you narrow down your choice.
Consider your lifestyle
Your lifestyle will be one of the most important factors to consider when looking for the right house design. If you enjoy entertaining or have small children, an open-plan home may be more suitable. On the other hand, if you like privacy, a more traditional home with defined spaces might be the way to go. Think about how much space you will need. Do you want larger entertaining areas? Or would you prefer more storage? Your lifestyle will also determine whether you suit a one or two-storey home. If you enjoy the great outdoors, a two-storey house will allow for greater yard space, while a single-storey home may suit your needs if you have young children.
View homes that suit your block and neighbourhood
It is important you look at house designs that suit the block of land you plan to build on. If your land is not particularly wide, consider looking at homes designed specifically for narrow blocks. If your land slants, you may consider a split-level home. Or, for those with a view, a double storey home might work well.
Take a look around the neighbourhood you will build in and check out the style of homes already built. You may want your house design to fit in with the style that’s already been created in the area.
Know your budget and look beyond the showroom
It is important to know your budget before you view a display home.
Builders will always showcase the best in their display homes. Not only the best home, but the best floor plan, façade and upgrades (including air-conditioning, alfresco areas, landscaping, and designer fixtures). Therefore, the price of the display home might be significantly greater than the base price. Make sure you ask the sales consultant what features of the home are included in the base price, and what are considered “extras”. It can be disappointing to find your dream home only to discover the cost to upgrade it to look like the display home puts you way over budget.
Ensure the builder offers design flexibility
Every family is different and so is the perfect home. You could look at many display homes and still not find one that suits your family’s specific needs. You might want one aspect of a home design but love the features of another. Therefore, before you visit any builder, make sure they are flexible enough to make any changes you need.
Wincrest offers clients the choice to modify one of our current designs or custom design a new home from scratch. It is simply our way of making sure every client receives exactly what they want from their new home.
Find out more about the builder
Consider a builder’s experience in designing and building the home you require. For example, if you are looking at split-level homes for a narrow block, look for a builder that specialises in this type of home – like Wincrest.
By doing your homework and devising a plan before you visit a display centre, you’ll not only save money, you’ll give yourself the best chance of getting the home you want, avoiding hassles along the way.