For prospective homeowners setting out on their first building experience, visiting display housing can be an exciting way to build knowledge and spark creativity.

Before you make a huge list of display homes to visit, it pays to do a bit of research and preparation. These four considerations will allow you to get the most out of your browsing and set you up for success.

Discern Standard Features from Luxury Inclusions

Display housing is often fitted out with the most expensive appliances and inclusions in an effort to entice potential builders. Before you get too excited about those marble countertops, you need to find out what comes standard and what is an additional cost.

Take a pen or paper with you or make some notes on your phone about the cost of luxury fittings you can’t do without – once you start doing up a comprehensive budget, you might find you have to lower your expectations on certain luxuries to stay within the agreed range.


Consider Property Orientation and Privacy

If you’re visiting display housing having already purchased a block of land, the most important consideration is how well the home will fit your new property. You need to think about potential configurations, morning and afternoon light and privacy from the neighbours.

Visiting a display home can give you a better idea about how you want your property configured, even if the housing you visit isn’t to your liking.

Thoroughly Research Home Builders Before You Visit

Visiting display housing can be an exciting and informative part of the planning process, but it pays to do your research on builders before you get too attached to certain styles and fittings.

Some builders simply operate beyond your price range, or have not been operating long enough for you to be confident about their reliability. Many builders also work according to time-frames that do not fit your plans, both in regard to commencement and completion dates as well as approval processes. Extra waiting time or building delays usually result in greater expense incurred by you, especially if you are renting a property in the interim.

Ask Plenty of Questions

Australia’s strong building market means that display housing is often very busy. The consultants you deal with are likely to have answered every question several times over, but don’t let that discourage you from asking your own.

Turn up with a list of questions, and don’t be afraid to ask consultants for their own opinion on a certain fitting or feature. You’re on a mission to learn, and any knowledge you gain will inform your future decisions. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with other people browsing at display homes, as they may have some valuable insights you were unaware of.

Visit Our South East Queensland Display Homes Today

Homes by CMA operate four display homes to help potential builders get a feel for our quality designs and finishes. Our Brisbane display homes are located in Baringa, Newport, Ningi and Burpengary East.

We pride ourselves on being one of the leading home builders Redcliffe and the North Lakes area can offer. Use our online contact page to contact one of our Sales Consultants, or give us a call on (07) 3188 9324.

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