So you’ve done your search and you’re ready to look at display villages.
To help you get the most out of your experience, there are a few things to keep in mind. Check out our guide on how to get the most out of visiting a display village.
If you’re building a new home, finding just the right layout and builder can be overwhelming. There are heaps to choose from, making it difficult to decide where to start and which ones are offering what you need.
Kick things off by doing a bit of research. You can begin to narrow your options down by looking into areas you’d be interested in building. This should provide you with a good idea of a few builders you can choose from. Look into each one to see who they are and what they offer.
Once you’ve settled on a couple of builders, the next step is to visit their display villages. This offers an immersive experience, showcasing design and materials so you can get a feel for their homes and see first hand what your money will get you.
But before you set off to explore, there are a few things to keep in the back of your mind to ensure your display village visit is as constructive as possible. After all, you want to walk away knowing exactly what you want to build.
Set your budget
Display villages are designed to showcase the very best in what a builder has to offer. They are packed with upgraded materials and features to entice buyers. This is why it’s important to set your budget before you start looking around. You want to be realistic about what you can afford and not get swept up in the aesthetics.
If you go in with a clear idea of what you can borrow, you’re more likely to spend your time focusing on how the home will function for you and your family.
Look at the layout and the quality
Perhaps the most important thing you should think about when walking through display villages is the layout and the quality of the homes. Go into the village with an idea of what kind of floor plan you’re looking for so you can experience your preferred floor plans first hand. If you have kids, bring them along. Walk through each home, paying close attention to how they will work with your family and your lifestyle.
Pay attention to the quality of the build and materials that are being used as well. Even if you can’t afford a swathe of upgrades, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best you possibly can for your money.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. These villages are designed to allow you to experience the homes and get clarification on every aspect of living in them.
As you walk through each space, make a note of any questions you might have about the home. You can even corner a sales representative and have them give you an informal tour, covering which features come standard and which are upgrades. It’s worth discussing your budget and what you’re looking for in your home, allowing them to provide suggestions that you may not have seen or thought about.
You should also think about any questions you might have about land allotments, the buying process or the building process.
Explore the area
While the display village will likely be your main focus for the day, it’s worth spending a bit of time exploring the local area that you’re thinking of building. Location is key when buying and building a home.
Whether it’s an inner city apartment or a home in the suburbs, think about what the local area has to offer in terms of lifestyle. Are there amenities nearby? What about schools and public transport? You want to make sure you’re looking in an area that will meet all of your needs.