Going to view a show home is an excellent way to learn what your new home needs are. A show home tour gives you a feel for the builder, the layout of the home, and some of the finishing options you have.
While you're there, you also want to make sure you talk to the area manager and ask the right questions.
What questions are those?
Well, luckily enough, we've put together this handy list for you!
What Is The Average Timeframe?
A general guide to follow would be nine - twelve months. However, the timeframe of a new home build depends on a variety of factors. You have the style of home, weather, tradespeople, and so on. You need to think about whether you plan on building from the ground up or go with a quick possession option. Talking with your area manager will give you the answers to these questions.
If you're going into a brand-new neighbourhood, the builder may not have broken ground yet, which will add time to your build. Basically, your area manager should lay this all out for you, but if you don't ask you'll never know!
Which Model Is The Most Popular? Why?
The area manager will have some insight into the most popular models. They should be able to tell you what previous clients have said they enjoyed about the floor plan, and what aspects will fit in with your needs. But don't feel as though you have to choose a 'popular' option! As long as you have a clear idea of what you want in your new home and communicate that to the area manager, they will be able to find floor plan options to suit your family.
Do I Have To Use The Builder's Preferred Lender?
This is one of the most important questions you can ask your area manager. Without a good lender, you won't get your new home! While you don't have to work with your builder's preferred lender, you can save time and money by doing so.
The builder has an established relationship with the lender already, and you benefit from that without all the extra work. The lender has experience with the home buying process, as it relates to building because it's a different situation from a resale house. The convenience of working with an experienced lender means less wait time, a great interest rate, and flexibility in available programs.
How Will You Keep Me Updated On My Homes Progress?
So you've chosen to build new? Wonderful! But you want to make sure you're kept up to date on the construction of your new home. While each builder has a different process, your area manager should give you the details on that. The walkthroughs and key points in the build (i.e.: framing, drywall, electrical, etc.) need to be clearly laid out.
Sterling Homes offers you a home owner portal online, so you can log in and see the most accurate information on the progress of your dream home build.
What Is Considered Standard? What Upgrades Are Available?
You want to make sure you know exactly what will come as standard in the home as well as what is considered an upgrade. Some show homes may be fitted with a few "extras" so it’s always good to ask so you know what you can expect. This way, there's no surprises when you're moving in, what your home needs are, and what you're willing to pay for.
When Do I Need to Finalize My Design Choices?
We can't stress this enough - get specific dates and get it in writing. Once your builder has started the build process, you will make you design choices. We're talking flooring, cabinetry, paint, finishes - all of it. It's all dependant on when your build starts and the model you've chosen.
But Sterling makes it so easy for you!
A trip to our designQ and you're all set. Once your appointment is made, you'll come for a visit and pick all of your finishes. Done! (The only thing you'll need to worry about is whether you want blue or green for the bonus room).
An area manager is the best person to talk to about a prospective builder. They know how the builder works, and will give a clear idea on the building process and be with you every step of the way.