Mar 18, 2022
Tips When Visiting Display Homes
Visiting a display home is undeniably one of the most exciting parts of building your own home.
Not only do you get to examine the design up close and personal, but you can also experience first-hand what it would be like to live in your new house. From family dinners to children’s birthday parties and anniversaries, visiting a display home allows you to fully imagine all the celebrations and joys that will take place in your new home.
While visiting a display home is a lot of fun, the experience can often be clouded by stress, indecision and information overload. But by choosing Aston Homes, you can rest easy knowing that we’ll guide you through the process and make sure it’s as straightforward and enjoyable as possible.
Below are some of our top tips for visiting display homes, to help you get the most out of the experience.
Do your research
Before visiting a display home, we recommend that you gather as much information as you can. Most importantly, you should think about what floor plan is right for you.
At Aston Homes, each of our display homes showcases a different floor plan, which is why it’s a good idea to browse through our catalogue of floor plans before visiting, to choose the best layout for your lifestyle. After all, you don’t want to waste time visiting a display home that only has three bedrooms, when you have a five-person family!
Other things you can do in this research stage include:
- Finding the right builder: Search different builders online, compare reviews and seek recommendations from friends and family.
- Creating a vision board: Cobble together images of your dream home and use these as a source of inspiration throughout your planning process.
- Making lists: Write down a list of must-have vs. nice-to-have features or inclusions for your home, and refer to these when you start visiting display homes.
By doing all of these things, you’ll be able to narrow down what your ultimate vision for your own home is, which will help inform your decision-making when settling on a home design.
Plan your display home visit
Your research will determine which display home locations you visit. It’s important to plan for your visit in the days leading up to it, to make sure you receive all the information you need.
Here are some things you can do to guarantee you arrive prepared for your visit:
- Write down some of your initial thoughts and questions, which you can run by our new home consultants on the day.
- Bring a pen and paper, and print out a copy of the floor plan for note taking (we can also do this for you at our display centre).
- Take your mobile phone or camera so you can capture photos of the rooms to review later.
- Bring along family members to get their opinions of the display home.
- Take a tape measure to ascertain the dimensions of wall cavities, built-in wardrobes, benchtops, etc.
This will help you digest and process the information and advice you receive from our new home consultants during your visit, and allow you to come away with a more complete picture of what your future home will look like.
Map out your budget
To avoid the devastation of falling in love with a display home only for it to be outside your price range, you’ll also want to have a clear idea of your budget constraints before visiting a display home.
Consult with your lender beforehand to find out exactly what you can and can’t afford.
Once the building process begins, our team at Aston Homes will help keep the construction within your individual budget and enlist only the best trades in the industry, so you don’t have to worry about incurring any nasty unexpected costs down the track.
Pay attention to the floor plan
When you get to the display home, it’s necessary to look beyond the lavish styling and fixtures, and focus primarily on the functionality of the home. While a floor plan may look nice online, there’s a chance it won’t suit your lifestyle when you’re actually living in it.
Pay attention to all the features – big and small. Where is the laundry located? How close are the kids’ bedrooms to the master bedroom? Is there a walk-in wardrobe and ample storage space?
You should keep track of all of these details with a pros and cons list, giving more weight to the features you consider the most essential, so that you can work out whether the floor plan is right for your family.
Check out the inclusions
Some of your favourite display homes could be decked out with the most luxurious fixtures and fittings, most of which will come at an additional cost to the homebuyer, leaving you with an unrealistic view of what your final home will look like.
At Aston Homes, our display homes showcase our extensive range of inclusions, which are valued up to $56,000 and come standard in every single home we build – meaning there’s no extra cost for the buyer! This allows you to gain an accurate idea of what you can expect when you buy an Aston home.
Debrief with a new home consultant
When you visit our display homes, you’ll also get the chance to meet our new home consultants, who are there to answer the questions you may have about our display homes, floor plans and more.
Our friendly consultants will also be happy to continue the conversation after your visit to the display home, so that they can answer your lingering questions or concerns.
Debriefing with our highly knowledgeable professionals can help illuminate things you hadn’t previously considered, as well as assist you in gaining a better understanding of how the building process works.
Visit an Aston Homes display home today
Our display homes are located in Melbourne’s north and west, including Wollert, Truganina, Tarneit and Mickleham. Most of our locations are open on weekdays and weekends for both walk-ins and appointments.
By partnering with Aston Homes, you can trust our team to offer top-quality guidance and support throughout your building journey, and ultimately create a dream home that you will love for years to come.
Visit an Aston Homes display home today and discover the possibilities of your brand new house!