How to Tour a Model Home
Going to visit a builder’s model home is one of the best tools for hands-on research. You may wish to visit a few model homes so you can compare, and also gather information about how a builder approaches their design process. You can also ask the builder or their representative questions about customization and what can and cannot be changed in the layout and design of the new home.
One of the most important things to be aware of when you are touring a model home is understanding the difference between what comes with the home as a standard design feature and what is an upgrade (i.e. a feature that comes with an additional cost and impact on your budget).
Use a keen eye when inspecting the craftsmanship and quality of the building of the model home. Look at the woodwork, the moulding, how the floor is laid, how the cabinets have been installed, etc. This is an opportunity to get a look at the builder’s attention to detail.
If you are considering purchasing a pre-construction condominium, please see our tips on what to know before buying a pre-construction condominium.
How to Tour the Community and Talk to Other Homeowners
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. It makes good sense that you will want to put some legwork into your research.
Consider taking a walk around the community and don’t be shy about stopping to talk to homeowners in the community about their experience both with the builder and the community itself. A home builder’s job is not complete just because the last tile has been laid. A good home builder ensures that their customers feel supported long after they’ve settled into their new home. Ask some homeowners if this was the type of experience they had with the builder.
If you are unable to walk around the community, or wish to have a broader view of the community, you may consider taking a drive around the neighbourhood, getting a feel for the community, discovering local amenities, and inquiring with any residents you meet about the builder’s reputation in the community.