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Are you building or renovating and want to visit local builders Display Homes?   To build your dream home it takes patience and research.  Visiting display homes was my greatest source of inspiration  when we built our home last year.  It helped us plan and see if there were going to be any little surprises in the budget. However, if you are new to town or not familiar with the building industry, it is really time consuming to find out where display homes are located.  I had to type in Display Homes Port Macquarie on google and visit each builders website and who has time for that. IBuildNew has a great search facility that allows you to search by state.

Getting organised

  • Phone with a camera in it.  Taking photo’s and video’s is essential.  Create a folder in your gallery of each home you visit so you don’t get confused
  • Plan a schedule of which villages you are visiting if you live in a large city.
  • Leave the kids with a babysitter.  They usually cope with 1 or 2 visits but I can guarantee things will get messy very quickly
  • Take a bag to fit all the brochures
  • Use your notes on your iphone or take a pen and paper.

Here are our  top tips to consider before you start looking at display homes.

 

1. Building Quality in Display Homes

Checking the building quality in a display home is essential.  Now you don’t have to be a builder to see painting, gaps, uneven tiles, skirting, doors and windows.   It is also good if a display home has been around for a few years so you can see if there are any secrets hiding.  Make sure you chat to the builders and get lists of all their suppliers, fixtures and fittings.   Join our House to Hub home below and chat to other people who have built

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2. Display Homes Layouts

It is important to check that the builder will allow you to make changes to the layout of the plan.  Will this change affect your budget?   What are the builders exclusions?  Do you already have the land and want to put a display home on it?   Remember display homes have included all the bells and whistles so it is important to find out what is included in their package details.

At the end of the day we all want value for money and a job well done. Planning and research is the key and as important as the job itself. Building your new home will never be easy but do your homework and you will help to ease some of the pain and expense. Good luck and happy building!

 

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