Visiting display homes can be one of the most fun and exciting times in the whole home building journey. It’s the time where you get to imagine what your lifestyle would be like living in the homes you visit.

You’ll sit on the couches in the living room, stroll through the outdoor spaces, check out the bedrooms and generally get a feel for what kind of a space it would be to live in. However, as enjoyable as this process may be, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re going to get the absolute most out of visiting display homes Perth.

They’re display homes after all, so their entire purpose is to encourage you to get caught up in the moment and wanting to buy them right away. That’s why it’s so important to approach your display home visits in the right way. 

Read the following guide to make sure that you’re armed with the info and preparation you need to make the right decision.

Establish Your Budget

We’re sure you know the old saying about money not growing on trees, so while it might not be the most fun or enjoyable parts of building a home, establishing your budget is a vital first step.

Before you even think about setting foot in a display home, you need to know exactly how much you can afford, what your monthly mortgage repayments will be like and how this will affect your lifestyle.

It can be tempting to get carried away and want to splash out on a great display home design with luxuries like a home theatre and a 3 car garage in the house plan, but what if doing so would mean that you have to give up on other things that you love (like going out for dinner regularly or going on overseas holidays)?

Establishing a firm budget early on can help save you from making rash decisions that can impact your lifestyle for years to come.

Work Out Your Needs

Before you start looking at display homes, it’s vital to sit down and work out what you want and need in a home - both now and into the future. 

What kind of lifestyle do you lead? What are your hobbies and interests? Do you plan on having a family? Will you regularly have guests stay with you? How much storage space do you need? What aspects are deal-breakers, and where are you willing/able to compromise?

Having definitely answers to these questions can save you from wasting a lot of time while you’re looking at display homes. It can also help to make sure that you have a much better chance of ending up with the perfect home for you.

Record Your Visits

If you’re visiting a lot of display homes, it can be tricky to remember all of the info that you’ll need to make the right decision. That’s why it always pays to go armed with a pen, some paper and a camera/phone so that you can record all the details of the designs and builders that you like.

This way, when you sit down to make your final choice, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips. You’ll also able to create a shortlist and compare the different display homes against each other. You might even like to condense this information into a “pros and cons” list for each of the display home designs that you’re considering.

Do Your Research

As we mentioned before, display homes are designed to look amazing and get you caught up in the excitement of the home building process. They know that you’ll be inspecting them, so of course the home builders are going to make them appear fantastic.

However, a shiny, impressive-looking display home doesn’t necessarily mean that a builder will be good to work with or deliver a great finished product.

Before you commit to anything, do your research. Look into their history, check their track record and read the reviews and rating left by previous clients. All of this information is pretty readily available online nowadays, so it doesn’t take too much effort to find out of they’re the kind of company that you want to trust to build your new home.

As we mentioned earlier, looking at display homes can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable parts of the home building process. However, in order to help ensure that you end up building the right home for you, make sure you keep the things we’ve listed in your mind while you’re checking out your potential dream houses.